Little women (and men)

If you’ve noticed some strange little people loitering on walls, at the bottom of lampposts or lingering by the canal in east London, chances are they’re part of the family of folk created by Pablo Delgado.

Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art
Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art

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.

Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art
Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art

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.

Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art
Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art

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.

Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art
Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art

‘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.’

Kuma is on the run 2014
Kuma is on the run 2014

Delgado’s work will be displayed as a gallery-wide installation, taking over both levels of the east London space.

Requiem for a triangle 2014
Requiem for a triangle 2014

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.

The greedy Iron wise man 2014
The greedy Iron wise man 2014

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’.

Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art
Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art

Even Less by Pablo Delgado runs from 16 May – 8 June at Howard Griffin Gallery, 189 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU

Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art
Pablo Delgado, Even Less, Street Art

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