The Connor Brothers | So It Goes 

So It Goes by The Connor Brothers. 

We first moved to our 81 Stoke Newington Road gallery in 2015 and it's safe to say we kicked things off in a big way. We launched the space with 'So It Goes', a show by The Connor Brothers, exploring the porous boundary between reality and fiction. The show saw the participation of Pussy Riot's activist and musician Nadya Tolokonnikova who gave an inspiring speech on her collaboration with the duo and their joint effort to raise awareness of the reality of 'The Jungle' refugee camp in Calais. The event was a huge success, with more than half of the works selling before doors opened at 6pm.
Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova with The Connor Brothers at the show's opening.

Mark Powell | Anthropology

Anthropology by Mark Powell. 

Mark Powell's solo exhibition, 'Anthropology', came next. Master of the Bic biro, Powell, displayed a fresh body of work for the show, visually documenting his travels from across the globe. Having immersed himself in new cultures and experiences, Powell expanded his visual vocabulary and took a new direction in his work. Vintage cameras, used typewriters and other old and abandoned objects decorated the gallery, hinting at the untold stories of their forgotten owners, reminding viewers of the inevitability of time’s passing.The opening night was a near sell-out and lots of fun for everyone involved. 
The crowds forming at Anthroplogy to experience Powell's new works and vintage ephemera. 

 

Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting curated by The Connor Brothers

The Connor Brothers pose in front of their 'Cabinets of Curiosity' at Wondrous Obsessions.

In the Spring of 2016, we hosted The Connor Brothers' exhibition Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting. The exhibition was the third instalment of their celebrated Museum of Curiosity shows, combining art with natural history, scientific objects, antiquities, and artworks. The Connor Brothers commissioned a select group of internationally acclaimed artists to make works specifically for the exhibition. These included; Butch Anthony, Candice Tripp, Dr. Victor Schroeder, Giles Walker, Joe Webb, John Henry Toney, Laura Keeble, Mark Powell, Motion Paper Project and Swoon. The cabinets of curiosity were meant to allow viewers "to recapture a childlike sense of wonder and curiosity at the extraordinary world we live in." The set-up was incredible and included a horse skeleton in the centre of the gallery!  


The crowds explore Wondrous Obsessions.  

 

Lauren Baker | LIGHTVISIONS

Hang-Up's bunker space launches with Lauren Baker's 'LIGHTVISIONS.' 

After an incredible first year at  81, it was time to expand. We launched our bunker space with 'LIGHTVISIONS' a solo show by Lauren Baker. LIGHTVISIONS, displayed a new collection of original neon works and limited edition prints. Inspired by the stimulating impact of light, Baker’s LIGHTVISIONS was a physical exploration of varied materials, texture and form. The artworks explore Baker's philosophy of life with a focus on love, connection, and metaphysical transcendence. It was a perfect opening for our bunker space which looked incredible flooded with the colourful lights of Baker's artworks.

 

Our bunker illuminated with Lauren Baker's exquisite neons.  

Johnathan Reiner | Femme Fatale

The gallery was looking tropical for the private view of Johnathan Reiner's 'Femme Fatale.'

Femme Fatale came next, the inaugural exhibition by Tel Aviv-based artist Johnathan Reiner. The show featured Reiner’s female portraiture works, which challenged both historical and contemporary representations of female beauty. A self-taught artist and trained neurologist, Reiner's work dissects 'objective' and 'universal' ideals, and reveals them to be socially constructed concepts. Using found materials, ranging from early 20th century soft pornography to contemporary fashion magazines, Reiner contrasted Western notions of beauty with those of non-western, native and tribal beauty. The show's female subjects were raised from that of a models who are coveted, to figures which are worshiped. The exhibition showcased Reiner's vibrant body of screen prints and previously unseen originals as well as an exclusive hand-finished screen print published by Hang-Up, with the private view going down like a tropical storm!

Johnathan Reiner with Laura on the night. 

 

Darryl DMC McDaniels | The Art of DMC

DMC performing a secret, intimate gig in our bunker after the show's opening. 

We then had the honour of exclusively launching the new collection of works by Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels from Hip-Hop's most notorious band, Run-DMC. The Art of DMC was the hip-hop icon’s inaugural London exhibition, showcasing his new and unseen collection of ‘Darryl Makes Comics (DMC)’ Fine Art, a body of signed limited edition prints born out of his love and deep passion for comics. Visitors swarmed into the gallery to enjoy an evening of live signing, art, music and superheroes, complete with an intimate live DMC gig in the gallery bunker - it was truly a night for the books. 

The gallery was packed for the official UK launch of The Art of DMC.

 

Keep an eye out for Part II of our exhibition round-up, coming next week.

It truly has been an amazing ride. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in any way so far, our artists, collectors and friends for making the last four years so memorable. We are beyond excited for the next chapter in our new, purpose-built space on Regents Canal, Hoxton. Make sure you are following us to stay updated on the launch of our new space and more. The opening exhibition is set to be our biggest yet...  

 

Till next time, 

 

Hang-Up Team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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