30 Jul 2021 – 17 Sep 2021
Hang-Up Gallery is proud to present their upcoming exhibition entitled Adrift, the inaugural London exhibition by acclaimed Spanish Street Artist David
de la Mano.
The multi-faceted exhibition will showcase the artist’s brand new collection of acrylic, coffee and inks on canvas and paper. The artist’s monochromic murals that can be found across the globe will be brought from the streets into the gallery, where the walls will be painted from floor to ceiling in his distinctive poetic style.
In a world of those forced to flee, of poverty, of war and violence, David de la Mano paints his haunting figures as shadows looking for their place in the world. All united, they are travelling to a destination unknown. Boats with broken sails and women with animal heads drift without direction but are all linked by an uncertain journey. Adrift portrays the anonymous epic of travelling on a rough ship, or passing through reinforced wire fences - all characteristics of the current fear of some nations to the refugee invasion.
Adrift analyses the timeless concept of migration and group behaviour. It refers to the drifting movement that characterises the migrant's journey and the determination and strength that grows and develops when your house and your neighbourhood have already been disfigured. As writer, critic and poet Ben Clark says “When I first stood in front of one of David de la Mano’s pieces, I couldn’t help but wonder whether I was contemplating an image of a distant future or a distant past. “Adrift” made me think of a world on the edge of our own. A world of lost souls marching without a purpose towards a war that they have already lost.”
In celebration of the launch of Adrift, Hang-Up will be exclusively publishing a limited edition screen print that will be hand-finished by David de la Mano in his favoured medium of coffee. In support of the theme of the show, Hang-Up will donate 10% of the profits from sales of this edition to the Refugee Community Kitchen.
"Adrift analyses the timeless concept of migration and group behaviour."
With legions of his shadowy figures appearing everywhere from Paris to Uruguay, painter and sculptor De La Mano has adorned the world's streets with monochromatic, outsized murals exploring the relationships that humans have with each other, as well as their wider environment. His smaller scale pieces on canvas and paper tackle the same topical themes in miniature form, sometimes adding coffee stains in an echo of aged found objects.Find out more