Eye in the Sky - livening up London's skyline
Back in 2012, preceding much of the frantic ‘London clean-up’ operation, art and music collective ATG took it upon themselves to inject a bit of fun into some bleak, grey pockets of London.
Looking to reach communities that perhaps felt undermined or undervalued, the group looked to council block roofs as the perfect canvas on which to communicate with people.
Splashing these patches of grey with their signature bold colours and uplifting aesthetic, the eyes daubed into the skyline aim ‘to serve as a reminder to the public that they still have control over their surroundings’ and that ‘there is still room to take risks…..and change the world around you.’
Now, ATG (which stands for Ahead’a The Game) are celebrating their body of work with a new exhibition, which also marks the launch of a limited-edition hand-bound artist book.
The show demonstrates the group’s admirable goals to saturate the city with colour, showing limited edition screen prints, originals and photographic work.
Having started out in 2000, the collective has since expanded from a graffiti-based an ATG umbrella which now encompasses other visual artists, as well as DJs and MCs. The ATG ‘brand’, it says, focuses on maintaining a mentality of ‘quality control, originality and representing London worldwide.’
Eye in the Sky runs from 3 August – 2 September at Stolenspace Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1