We are now posting our last catch up look at something that took place in 2017, but this was something most impressive and has to be shared, albeit somewhat late, namely TRUST.iCON’s “Street Artist” exhibition which saw the artist bring his latest body of works together around the Streets of London. This is the second time this artist has taken his exhibition to the gallery of the streets with his latest venture being in-keeping with his “Genuine Article” exhibition in 2014 (covered here) and on each occasion it has proven why Street Art is always best displayed as it should be on the streets.
In his work Trust Icon set’s to capture a moment or a snapshot from his, and many peoples, childhood, taking subjects from popular culture and creating scenes and situations that combine his own style of poignant insight or humour injected into each work, making his style his very own and his works what they are. The vast majority of works from Icon instantly bring a smile to the face upon viewing and force the viewer to reflect and this latest exhibition is no exception with an excellent collection of 17 works placed up and 12 of which we were fortunate enough to find and are therefore able to share with you below. The works in West London were placed up with support from Rocheart.Me and the works placed up in South East London shared below were placed up with support from London Calling Blog.
Level 2 – Trick or Treat – West London
Level 6 – Snake– South East London
A brilliant take on the Nokia game Snake which first appeared in 1998 marking the first mas popular computer game on a mobile phone, set here being charmed from its basket with a design so well suited to this grimey corner.
Level 7 – V.R. – South East London
Level 8 – Stay up Snoopy!– South East London
Such a lovely work that is so well suited to its residential setting with Snoopy wandering away having just ‘hit’ the wall.
Level 9 – Less Vanity– South East London
Probably the most serious image and subject broached in this run of works with this stark work looking at the contrast in the worlds poverty gap and how it is shrouded in consumer culture.
Level 10 – Fully Charged– South East London
Excellent use of this space with this brilliant design.
Level 11 – The Hunt– South East London
This work as do many of iCON’s in this run also makes exemplary use of the unconventional space available, on this occasion with the two little tribal children stalking their prey – a lady in a leopard print fur coat – as she has ventured around the corner and out of sight of active hunters.
Level 15 – Fat Cat – South East London
A work with a message very dear to our hearts on two levels, firstly how massive corporations use the innocent images and memories of a generations childhood to “sell” them items, in this instance aptly depicted through a particular brand of a national banks use of Top Cat to encourage people to beg for money. Secondly this work also takes a look at how advertising kills Street Art which is something we couldn’t agree with more.
Level 14 – Take Out – South East London
Another thought provoking work looking at the Western worlds consumer culture, in this instance with a particular focus on fast food and depicting the contrast between the effort and struggle so many people endure to get a meal whilst on the other hand so many can get more food than they should eat at any main road.
Level 15 – Untitled – South East London
Level 16 – Stop and Search (Remastered)– South East London
Fantastic to see this most iconic of iCON’s work to date given a fresh reworking and unleashed upon London’s streets.
Level 17 – Grandma’s House – South East London
Masterful use of this quirky space with this design which is just spot on, we would struggle to pick our second favourite work of iCON’s from this run, but this is certainly a favourite.
Level 18 – Lady & the Tramp – West London
A superb end to a brilliant series of works with the contrast between rich and poor so sweetly depicted in the contrast of the presentation of the homeless person set in grey-scale and the rich Lady from Disney’s Lady & the Tramp set in popping colour.