Over the last few years Mexican artist Delgado has garnered a following in the area thanks to his intriguing – if easily missed – wee folk, which grace public spaces with their strange scenes and narratives.
The works take existing images and place them in weird situations – we see one poor fellow attacked by seemingly being stabbed in the head with a firework; while another intervention features what looks to be an arsonist, accompanied by two sheep.
Now, Delgado’s work is being brought off the streets and into the gallery, thanks to the new Even Less show opening this week at London’s Howard Griffin gallery.
‘The title of the exhibition reflects Delgado’s obsessive focus in minimising and reducing his work to its smallest expression’, says the gallery.
‘The constant need to be less reflects the world’s unsustainable requirement for resources and necessities. As a counterpoint to this, minimalism and an emphasis upon negative space become a paramount means of expression.’
Delgado’s work will be displayed as a gallery-wide installation, taking over both levels of the east London space.
As with the artist’s public art interventions, the installation of new works features a peculiar cast of seemingly unrelated characters and objects, placed in new scenarios.
According to Howard Griffin Gallery, this creation of miniature scenes and visual narratives is Delgado’sway of posing ‘questions about repetition, imitation, abundance and ephemerality’.
Even Less by Pablo Delgado runs from 16 May – 8 June at Howard Griffin Gallery, 189 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU