Aloof Icons

Back in 2003, illustrator and filmmaker Joe Magee found himself sacked from The Daily Telegraph.

Joe Magee, Thatcher 2014
Joe Magee, Thatcher 2014

The right-leaning broadsheet had taken umbrage with a print showing a woman’s head. Nothing wrong with it at all on looking at it for most of us.

However, Magee had written “Thatcher F*cked Us” across the image in Braille…

This print, which takes the same name as that slogan, is now going on show at a new exhibition of Magee’s work in east London called The Day of the Aloof Icon.

Joe Magee, Rabbit Function
Joe Magee, Rabbit Function

Among the other works in the show, most of which deal with the subject of identity, are some beautiful prints of disembodied bunny heads; and more colourful, abstract prints.

Joe Magee, Scatter
Joe Magee, Scatter

The selling show will take place at The Modern Warehouse – a Scandinavian mid-century furniture stockist – and Magee hopes that the way he is showing his prints will show those perusing them how they might fit nicely into people’s homes.

Joe Magee, Jelly
Joe Magee, Jelly

“I think that interaction between the art of now and the classic objects will be most intriguing”, says Magee.

“How it will work is still a mystery…”

The show will mostly consist of Magee’s screen prints, some from previous projects, and some new work created especially for the event. He may also be showing some of his film work over the two-storey space.

Joe Magee, Nettles
Joe Magee, Nettles

The Day of the Aloof Icon  – Prints by Joe Magee is on show from 15 – 31 October at The Modern Warehouse, 3 Trafalgar Mews, Hackney, London E9 5JG

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