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  • The War Boutique

    On first hearing War Boutique it sounds like a shopping paradise for the worlds angriest people. In reality War Boutique is a superb artist tackling the subject of War head-on through the medium of art…but what and who is War Boutique… The War Boutique was ori....
    On first hearing War Boutique it sounds like a shopping paradise for the worlds angriest people. In reality War Boutique is a superb artist tackling the subject of War head-on through the medium of art…but what and who is War Boutique… The War Boutique was originally set up in the summer of 2003, at Area10 in Peckham, London, in part as a reaction to the invasion of Iraq by US and UK armed forces, engaging local artists in the recycling of ballistic military materials (flak jackets, stab vests, body armour, etc), as a symbolic gesture of peace. Through the artistic theory of non-verbal overidentification, as a strategy, the War Boutique aims to record the events that all too readily escape from the column inches, becoming yesterday’s news, documenting them as pieces of social commentary, within an historical context. It has developed further over the years through a series of workshops, exhibitions and fashion shows, in conjunction with local and national organisations such as the Peace Not War Cooperative, Save The Children, The Damilola Taylor Trust, and Southwark Youth and Connexions. The War Boutique, through its organic structure, has enjoyed a myriad of creative collaborations, from the worlds of film, theatre, art and fashion, producing works alongside the likes of John Maybury, Adrian Brody, Gieves & Hawkes, Maharishi, Sarah Lucas and Banksy. It even includes an on stage debut performance with Dame Vivien Westwood. War Boutique has been brought into the public eye once more through his feature in a BBC4 documentary following the graduates of Goldsmiths Art College in 2009. The programme followed war boutique in the summation of his degree leading up to the final degree show. War Boutique joined artrepublic last year snapping up his limited edition ‘You Shop We Drop’. Since conception War Boutique works have hung in The Bristol Museum, The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and The British Museum, in London. If you are interested in this article and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =
  • Static to Feature Artwork for the International Knot Violence Campaign

    Art duo Static have been asked by Knot Violence to create and design an image for a series of statues travelling the world in the run-up to this year’s World Cup finals. Knot Violence, the international charity promoting anti-violence have linked with the sports world for a campaign at this ye....
    Art duo Static have been asked by Knot Violence to create and design an image for a series of statues travelling the world in the run-up to this year’s World Cup finals. Knot Violence, the international charity promoting anti-violence have linked with the sports world for a campaign at this years world cup finals, which is to staunchly promote the message of anti-violence. At the heart of the campaign are a series of statues, which are recreations of the world famous sculpture ‘Non-Violence’ that currently sits outside the United Nations building in New York City. Non-Violence, frequently referred to as the ‘knotted gun’, is sculpture of a 45-caliber revolver with its barrel knotted. It was created by Swedish sculptor Carl Fredrik Reutersward in 1980. A cast metal version was gifted by Luxembourg to the United Nations in 1988. The international campaign has gathered serious momentum over the coming months with several high profile footballers signed up to create the images to adorn each statue. The idea is a simple but effective one: have a number of high-profile footballers from varying nations across the work create an image that embodies the world’s call for a stop to violence. As well as international footballers, Knot Violence wanted some cutting edge artists to create images for the ‘knotted gun statues’ as a way of reaching the intended audience for their message and they have asked the emerging art duo Static to headline. This is the first in a line of high profile coups for Static who are rumoured to have their debut solo exhibition in central London later this year. The Knot Violence Futbol for Peace statues will be showcased at an exclusive event in London before they are flown out to South Africa where they will go on display at Cool Britannia throughout the World Cup. Clem Leech, Campaign Director has said “The Non-Violence Foundation are delighted to be working with artrepublic on the Knot Violence: Futbol for Peace campaign. Over and above the obvious quality of work Static provides a strong and recognisable link to our target market and their style of street art makes our project and campaign far more accessible to young people who can relate to this form of urban art.” See the artwork of Static here If you are interested in this article and would like to know further information or to enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email soho@artrepublic.com Return to our London section $test =

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