Double Vision – drinking and design

Dubbed ‘pub signs for the thirsty and illiterate’, illustrator Mr Gresty’s new Double Vision exhibition is a perfect marriage of drinking and design.

Dagger and Skull, by Mr Four Fingers
Dagger and Skull, by Mr Four Fingers

The show features work from 15 artists.

Gresty briefed them to create a piece of work based around the idea that when a lot pubs opened hundreds of years ago, many of their patrons were unable to read. As such, the visual cues of the signs were paramount – and the work on show looks to be identifiable to those who can’t read; and those rendered illiterate through something of a heavy, pub-based evening.

The Hawn and Fawn by Jen Dionisio
The Hawn and Fawn by Jen Dionisio

‘This brief encourages the artists to create a piece that is completely within their control, but within the same format’, says Mr Gresty.

‘An open brief, can create a huge range of different interpretations, ranging from: Bear in Mind, Cock and Fly and Ye Olde Donkey Punch Tavern.’

Bear in Mind by Mr Gresty
Bear in Mind by Mr Gresty

Double Vision forms part of Mr Gresty’s LHR series of shows, which has seen him host exhibitions in three pubs across north and east London – The Laursiton, which is hosting Double Vision; The Hanbury and The Victoria.

The Noose and Monkey by Marco Bevilacqua
The Noose and Monkey by Marco Bevilacqua

Previous highlights have included Whisper; the colour-based Spectrum exhibition and A is for….?, which saw each participant given a different letter of the alphabet as a starting point for their work.

The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by Tim Miness
The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by Tim Miness

Double Vision runs from 7 March  – May at The Lauriston, 162 Victoria Park Road, London E9. You can find out more on the Facebook event page here

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