’10ibs Lighter’ an “Independent Exhibition of Conceptual Urban Art” by TRUST.iCON in West London

The other week we were fortunate enough to attend the opening night of ’10ibs Lighter’ an “Independent Exhibition of Conceptual Urban Art” presented by stencil artist TRUST.iCON, which was certainly an interesting show taking you to another world defined by iCON’s witty take on his subjects. 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 with the subverted situation he places his subjects in, 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. Presenting an excellent array of works, including paintings, many of which we have seen on the streets at one time or another, and a series of immersive installations and even games for the viewer to lose themselves in, the show really does offer more than your average pictures hanging on a wall experience. A couple of recurring subjects in his works certainly have their place in this exhibition with a run of pieces based around Disney characters, Peanuts and the world of Super Mario all having their moment throughout. On a whole certainly a pleasure to see so many fantastic artworks and be presented with such a setting to view it all.

’10ibs Lighter’ runs until Thursday June 7th, so if you are London bound be sure to head along to the Crows Nest Gallery while you can to meet with a fantastic experience, you will not be disappointed. The Crow’s Nest gallery can be found at 3-5 Crowthorne Road – a short walk from Latimer Road Underground Station. Additionally there are a trio of Street Art pieces on the outside of the premises by iCON that are also well worth the visit for in their own right.

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This work was not only brilliant as is, with this 8bit crime scene, but it was also the subject to a stunt that caught us so unaware we didn’t get the chance to get our camera out. Once the exhibition was nice and busy the seemingly dead victim stood up, stumbled around for a moment to gain his bearings and then somewhat dramatically exited out of the gallery. First rate!

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Before.

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After.

The audience was promised a “SURPRISE SPECIAL APPEARANCE OF TRUST.iCON” and they got it! Video kindly provided by TRUST.iCON. A must watch. Bravo iCON.

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An installation of a “Thwomp” from Super Mario World, who are found in the Mushroom Kingdom and typically spend their time attempting to flatten any dare to pass below, but as can often be the case those things in life tinged with danger are the most thrilling.

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’10ibs Lighter’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Real Artist’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Snoopy Brown’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Time For School’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Lady & the Tramp’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Last Trip to Wonderland’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Piracy is a Crime’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Snow White’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘I Don’t Believe in Fairy Tales’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘8bit Still Life’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘VR’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Stop & Search’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Stop & Search’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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A little glimpse as to what life is like on the other side of the fence, a place where things are not always nice, tidy or safe.

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‘Peanuts’ – Mixed Media – by TRUST.iCON & Mikaela Bartlett..

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‘Busted’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Fuck Censorship’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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‘Diagnosis’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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’10ibs Lighter – Woodstock Edition’ – Spray Paint on Deep Edge Canvas.

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Job Well Done.

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’10ibs Lighter’ by TRUST.iCON in Crowthorne Road, West London.

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‘Time For School’ by TRUST.iCON.

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‘Apes Together Strong’ by TRUST.iCON.

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