ORGAN PREVIEW: Okuda and Crystal Wagner at Stolen Space, big bright things are promised…

What’s coming up next week then?  Where’s the art?  Okuda has a new solo show called Lost Olympus opening at Stolen Space next Thursday evening. Aren’t those studio shots down there enticing, promises to be a bright bright show…


“In ‘Lost Olympus’ Okuda offers us a representation of the mythological idols and characters from ancient Greece as contemporary icons through his geometric structures, multi-coloured patterns and dreamlike scenes as part of his continuous reflection of our contradictions, longings, intuitions and beliefs. Okuda’s work reflects a surreal world of geometric colour and pattern. Exploring existentialist contradictions, the meaning of life and the false freedoms of capitalism, his work has been classified as a kind of pop surrealism. A certain existential restlessness and a deep curiosity for the history of the different cultures that he finds in his way have led him to admire the form chosen in each of them to represent their gods, legends and myths as a repertoire of images and complementary concepts.


Deities created to appease the dissatisfactions of society and the uncertainties of our existence that are projected from an infinite universe in which nature is our only certainty. Working in with spray paint, embroidery and sculpture, his work depicts deconstructed animals and bodies. Easily recognisable by his use of shape and colour, his work creates its own iconographic language. In 2015, Okuda took on his biggest project to date, painting the entire inside of a former church as part of its transformation into a public skate-park. The scale and impact of the project its truly mesmerising, and we are excited to see him transform StolenSpace into part of his vivid world”.


StolenSpace is at 17 Osborn Street, London, E1 6TD.  (top of Brick Lane, just off Whitechapel and around the corner from Whitechapel gallery).  The Okuda show runs from February 3rd to February 26th 2017. The opening reception is Thursday 2nd Feb, 6-9pm.

And of course there are two rooms at StolenSpace, so that means two shows…

‘Bioforms and Blooms’ is the new solo show by American installation artist Crystal Wagner –  “Wagner’s work plays with ideas of the 2 and 3 dimensional. Her technique and use of material make the viewer question their understanding of texture and space, playing with paper, printmaking, and a dazzling use of colour. Her work appears both natural and otherworldly, creeping across walls and floors like liquid to create a truly spectacular effect”.


Crystal Wagner


“Bioforms and Blooms explores the realm of familiar and foreign. I am interested in our relationship with the natural world and how in the new technological landscape that is the 21st century, forms and structures found in nature are more and more alien to us. As hybrids, the work draws on textures and shapes from seemingly otherworldly sources, but is rooted in the deep visual and sculptural language of exotic flora, micro and macro organisms, and the rhizomatic growth that is endemic to life outside of the cultivated spaces that surround us in our modern landscapes.”


Crystal Wagner


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