Graphic artist Luke Embden’s upcoming London show boasts the rather self-concious title ‘An Introspective’.
But hopefully visitors to the Doors Showcase exhibition will spend more time studying the artworks than analysing their own thoughts and desires, as Embden’s work rewards close scrutiny.
Using an abstract style and frequently drawing on graffiti and typographic styles, the repetitive patterns of Embden’s work frequently feature layers of hidden messages – most obviously in risograph Summer Loving.
As well as working on canvas, paper and textiles, Embden also spreads his patterns across a variety of surfaces, including vases, dolls and a rather swanky pair of customised Nike trainers.
The gallery says, ‘Embden’s Pop sensibilty sees his animal patterns take on a viral-like quality, devouring desirable consumer objects… Under this seemingly all-embracing consumerist semblance, he conceals his cryptic messages and thoughts.’
And if that’s a bit to analytical for you, there’s also a lovely picture of a sloth to look at.
Luke Embden – An Introspective is at Doors Showcase, London EC2A, from 27 July-27 August