Le Gun – Space is Deep

It’s not often that press blurb for an exhibition opens with a quote from space-rockers Hawkwind.

Spacebear by Walter Newton
Spacebear by Walter Newton

Le Gun was founded in 2004, and comprises five artist illustrators – Bill Bragg, Chris Bianchi, Neal Fox, Robert Rubbish, and Steph von Reiswitz – and two designers – Alex Wright and Matt Appleton.

Tableland by Bill Bragg.
Tableland by Bill Bragg.

The group initially made its name with its eponymous publication – a beautiful and curious piece of narrative-led illustration and text.

Ceremony by William Sweeney
Ceremony by William Sweeney

Since then, the group has expanded into creating design shows, art exhibitions and installations – including a brilliantly surreal piece that saw urban foxes pulling a ‘shamanic amblance’ as part of the V&A’s Memory Palace exhibition.

Now, the group is working together on a new show at east London’s Daniel Blau Gallery, entitled Space is Deep.

Glor by Emma Rendel
Glor by Emma Rendel

Work by individual Le Gun members will be on show alongside collaborative pieces by the collective.

Leper Messiah by Neal Fox
Leper Messiah by Neal Fox

Famed for its predominantly Monochrome aesthetic, the show will see Le Gun move into glorious Technicolour, showcasing their characteristic collaging of punk, occult, pop and surrealist influences.

The works are as jarring, odd and wonderful as ever, presenting sometimes surreal, sometimes familiar circumstances through a lens of the not-so-familiar.

Treehouse 2010 by Andrzej Klimowsk
Treehouse 2010 by Andrzej Klimowsk

Robert Rubbish’s A Late Drink, for instance, shows us a rather dapper pair – she with Marge Simpson-esque barnet; he with Victorian moustache – enjoying a drink with a chipper little chimp:

A late drink by Robert Rubbish
A late drink by Robert Rubbish

Space is Deep runs from 13 December  – 8 February 2014 at Daniel Blau Gallery, 51 Hoxton Square, London N1

Scream by Chris Bianchi
Scream by Chris Bianchi

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