Music manager Pat Magnarella and former major label A/R executive Roger Klein built up a successful visual art roster for eight years offering an alternative to the traditional gallery or dealer models usually found within the art world. Borrowing heavily from rock n’ roll they aspired to make contemporary art accessible to young people. They launched exhibitions with Logan Hicks, Charming Baker, D*Face and Dan Baldwin amongst others, as well as the Art Project around Green Day’s ‘21st Century Breakdown’ album.
Now they have re-united to promote contemporary mixed media urban duo Miss Bugs.
Miss Bugs – originally from Bristol and now based in London – appropriate imagery from a combination of low and high cultural references employing a range of techniques including resin casting and silk screen printing to create vibrant ‘pop art’ imagery and sculptural works.
For this exhibition, each piece is made up of everyday and low-fi objects including small plastic Japanese charms, superhero toys and surgical blades alongside Lego figures and old toy cars. The collaged pieces are suspended within polished cast resin creating a reflective surface that evokes TV and mobile phone screens ubiquitous in modern life.
The arrangement of the works are representations of patterns found throughout nature and society, recreated by the artists to reflect modern day ‘echo chambers’ found throughout man made social networks, and mass media. This body of work explores how, with our beliefs encased inside a closed system, repeated back to us ad infinitum, leads to the amplification and reinforcement of these ideas.
Miss Bugs, presents Echo Chamber – an exhibition of new works on view in a pop-up Mayfair gallery at 10 Hanover Street, W1S 1YQ from 9 – 14 November 2018