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Loaded With Meaning


A new exhibition from London-based street artist T.Magic.

Opens this Friday at Brick Lane's The Loading Bay Gallery.

Over 40 new pieces of photography, sculpture, painting and silk screens.

11am-7pm, every day until 5th October. Free entry.

Come check it out!

Phoebe

13 comments:

homer pimpson said...

If business is an art, then surely T.Magic is proving himself a master painter. Few personify innovative art more dramatically as he. Thanks for the heads-up, Phoebe. Will DEFINITELY be there.

Ginger Kid said...

I'm there.

If you see me throw your fours up.

Be well.

illsun said...

I love the idea of loads of people in a gallery throwing up 4s

“Animal…absolute animal” said...

Wow, this is the best post EVEEEEEEEEEEER! I had absolutely nothing to do on Thursday. I was dreading another evening alone in front of the T.V, then along comes Phoebe with another great post. No one else seems to know of any cool things happening these days. Keep feeding us with events info please Phoebe. You’re the best. It’s official.

Booga said...

Anyone else dislike the image of Malcolm X holding flowers as much as I do?
(Well, at this point, anyway, given I have no other context and have not read/heard the artists commentary.)
I mean, people are shooting at bombing you and yours for demanding HUMAN RIGHTS and you're suposed to come out with flowers? I'm all for peace, but some people push peace to hard, not being realistic of extranuating (sp?) circumstances.

Anonymous said...

@booga you made me stop n think

Anonymous said...

@ Booga, you should visit http://www.tmagicworld.com and http://www.artismyhustle.com and holler at the artist, T.Magic, directly. My take on it is this: That particular image of Malcolm is one of the most powerful images in history. I interpret it as Malcolm showing love, as having read everything on the man from his Autobiography to books of his speeches as well as various commentaries from those close to him to those who disliked him, one thing was undeniable: his message was really about freedom, justice, equality and love.

So when I first saw that image, with the flowers being held as opposed to the M-16 (in the original shot), it's an expression of love from a man who cared deeply for humanity, which is what his life truly represented, as opposed to the gun, which only has 1 or 2 [mis]interpretations. (Even in the context of that particular image, he allowed himself to be photographed with an M-16 as various threats had been made on his life and that was one of his ways of letting those making the threats that he was protecting himself and his family....by all means necessary).

I will make a point to ask the artist this question at the exhibition. Knowing his work, and how thought-provoking it is, I look forward to checking out the show.

michael j. rocks said...

I agree that the image of Malcolm clutching flowers actually represents Love in the strongest way. Made me think of some of KRS-One's lyrics from 'World Peace' below.

"Yo, a lot of people are under the assumption
that peace, is soft or somethin
We must begin to reprogram our thought
FROM, how we were taught
Back in school, and our TV screens
Strength, is always mean
Love, is always soft
and peace is too peaceful
when all are equal
Sit back, and read the papers
about the murderers, thieves, and rapists
We depend on police for justice
but when do we say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Right now, and call their bluff
It's not a matter of frontin like you're tough
It's a matter of takin yours
and livin universal laws
Cause those laws, cannot be bribed
nor changed, or paid on the side
You must come correct and walk straight
More love, less and less hate
When you walk, walk with AUTHORITY
Tell the negative people, don't bother me...."

Magdi said...

This is what London is missing.... I am proud that i have been there for the last couple years... seeing how T has developed....

This show is going to be nuts... i have seen some of the peices already... and they are so sick...

The Malcolm X image is amazing... im loving it... this is what an art exhibition should be like...

Props T... I was going to post this... but i guess Pheebs got there before me... lool

see you at the show people...

Booga said...

@ anon #1- rad.
@ anon #2- I'm off to check those sites after here. I can dig that, it being about love for his people, not necessarily pacifism. If you do inquire at the show, I'd be interested to hear his response. Sounds like it should be an interesting show.
mj rocks- I feel you, and krs-1 lyrics are always a good thing... However, the thing is, is that some gun toting and ass whooping were very necessary back in the day. We (well- American Black folks anyway) did not get where we are today (although, no doubt no quite at the finish line) with pacifism and text-book "love" alone. I thank early Malcolm X and the Black panthers just as much, and maybe moreso than post-pilgramage Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, etc.
When crowds are throwing stones, sicking dogs, spraying high powered hoses, spitting, beating, killing and lynching Black women, men and children, flowers seem like the most dubious of responses unless they are offerings of condolence or grave ornamentation.

michael j. rocks said...

@ booga, it's necessary for both. Aside from the core elements, Hiphop was also built on Bambaataa's values of peace, unity, love and havin' fun....(but headz will stick kick ya ass when they have to!) The way I see it is that war is the easier, or should I say more cruder option. Peace, now that's the REAL gangster shit.

And the image isn't saying you should offer flowers when someone is throwing stones or threatening your life. Even without speaking to the artist, to say that is to take it completely out of its proper context a complete misinterpretation. For me, it's saying, yo, I'm all about peace and love, but even that statement is 'loaded with meaning!' However, art is subjective and if that's how you view it, that's your opinion.

As for Martin and Malcolm, they both went through several stages of personal growth and evolution throughout their lives. It's not as easy or as simple to tag Dr. King with the "pacifist" label, and Malcolm with the "militant" one. Especially when you listen to Dr. King's speeches AFTER the famous 'I Have A Dream' and read/listen to how militant he was after the Watts riots and rebellions, and especially Vietnam. Plus, never forget that Malcolm once took Coretta Scott King aside (Dr. King's wife) and told her, how he was on the same page as Martin, but he wanted those in government to understand: You either reason with Dr. King's demands....or you gotta deal with me.
They had different schools of thought, but one common purpose.

And as for "post-pilgrimage" Malcolm, again, there was more radical thoughts expressed by Malcolm after his pilgrimage than in his NOI days. Go back and listen to how he was speaking truth to power in '64 and '65. He was much more of a threat to those in authority that wanted to preserve the status quo when he internationalized his perspective and began connecting with world leaders all over the globe.

And if you read Huey P.Newton and Bobby Seale's books, you will see that the organization that Malcolm started AFTER he left the NOI and began building AFTER his pilgrimage (OAAU) was the organization that inspired the birth of the Black Panthers.

As for the great KRS-One, read his book 'Ruminations'.

Anonymous said...

as i can't reach for the opening nite, i hope ACTN's own Uncle Fats will be there shooting the night to post up here!

Anonymous said...

Image looks wack an unoriginal. Bansky like to say the least. P.s Whats a street artsist? He meant to be some sort of graffiti head? This guy aint never put work in on the streets like that

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