SITE GALLERY LAUNCHES BOUNCE! BY FLORENCE BLANCHARD, A LARGESCALE INSTALLATION IN SITE SQUARE, BROWN STREET, S1 2BS.
Sheffield-based artist Florence Blanchard is known internationally for her work transforming city spaces with her signature style of flowing, amorphous shapes in bright colours. Working in partnership with playground paint specialist Uniplay she has transformed an area 1000 sqm into a vibrant, playful focal point for the Cultural Industries Quarter in a landmark project that can be freely accessed by anyone.
Judith Harry, Executive Director of Site Gallery, said:
“The impact of Florence’s work is remarkable. It has added a whole new dimension to the public realm around Site Gallery and is a wonderful addition to a series of public artworks we have commissioned in the area over the past couple of years. Florence has recognised the untapped potential of the square and created an environment which celebrates the creativity of the cultural industries quarter”
The project was commissioned through City of Ideas – an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence funded programme which was led by Site Gallery on behalf of a consortia of Sheffield arts organisations based in the Cultural Industries Quarter.
To read the full press release, please click here.
To celebrate this project I produced a print edition inspired by the design of the square. The print is available on my online shop.
Here is my contribution to Parisian agency Costume 3 Pieces’ annual summer show ‘TOUS A TABLE’, which took place this month. Artworks from 32 artists around the theme of dining on display in the agency’s offices + a feast.
New paintings and hand-printed works by Florence Blanchard & Kid Acne are currently on view at BLK BX x Trinity Leeds in a rare two person exhibition. The show, titled YES PLEASE! runs until February 24th, supported by additional prints from the B&B archives, celebrating some of the studio’s favourite collaborations and most popular graphics.
New works by Florence Blanchard & Kid Acne
February 8th – 24th
10am – 6pm (Thursday – Sunday)
BLK BX, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, LS1 5AT
Last week and last chance to check out the summer group show at Stolenspace gallery in London.
StolenSpace Gallery is delighted to present, ‘Wish You Were Here’, an eclectic showcase featuring original works from 40 leading urban contemporary artists.
Prompted with the prototypical postcard sentiment, each artist reimagines the phrase and translates it into their own visual language – setting their work in conversation with the many other creative minds featured in the show. Whereas some choose to uphold the typical associations of travel and summer vacation, others select less conventional interpretations, such as unrequited love, detachment and separation. The result of this variation offers a genuine overview of the vast and consistently increasing diversity of urban artists working cross the globe today – a diversity with StolenSpace is honoured to represent.
Featuring work by; Adam Caldwell, Alexander Chappell, Alexis Diaz, Augustine Kofie, Beau Stanton, Ben Frost, Buff Monster, Case Maclaim, C215, D*Face, David Bray, Drew Leshko, Erik Jones, Florence Blanchard, Herakut, Jaime Molina, Jason Woodside, Josie Morway, Kai and Sunny, Kevin Cyr, Mando Marie, Miss Van, Mysterious Al, Nic Bowers, Okuda, Paul Stephenson, PICHIAVO, Pref, RYCA, Remi Rough, Seth Armstrong, Shepard Fairey, Sylvia Ji, The London Police, The Lost Object, Von, Vinnie Nylon, Will Barras, Zest
From June 7 – July 25, I’ll be showing new colourful works as part of VIBRATO exhibition at galerie 1831 in Paris. The opening is tomorrow 6pm and coincides with the start of event LA DOLCE VITA at Carré Rive Gauche. More info here: https://monacomadame.org/2018/04/03/exposition-vibrato-du-7-juin-au-25-juillet-2018-a-la-galerie-1831-paris/
Alhambra (acrylic on1m x 1m canvas)
Left to right: St Tropez 20130, Strawberry Thief v2 (acrylic on 1m x 1m canvas)
New work on view until October 28 at Treason Gallery 319 3rd Ave S Seattle, Washington 98104 USA.
COMPENDIUM is an exploration of the contemporary abstract movement post graffiti. Utilizing blends of color, line work, and space as subjects, each artist’s unique approach to their work is weighted in the individualism and self-determination that graffiti culture fosters. COMPENDIUM’s roster highlights an eclectic blend of local, national and international artists all communicating through the visual language known as abstract art.
Really excited to be part of this exhibition, which is opening this week at Saatchi gallery in London. For this occasion I prepared a few new paintings I’m super pleased with. Please message me if you’d like to attend the private view this Thursday.
Altered States showcases works by eight urban contemporary artists based in the UK. The artists featured in Altered States are: D.A.N.T.E., David Shillinglaw, Florence Blanchard, Kid Acne, Lily Mixe, Skeleton Cardboard, Sr.X and Victoria Villasana. The exhibition has been curated by Olly Walker.
By its nature art concerns transition and transformation. Ideas and emotions transform from impulses to physical images. Substances are transformed when rendered on surfaces, liquids become solids and colours merge. Similarly, artists find themselves living within a society that is constantly changing and presenting them with new challenges and opportunities.
The UK is home to a community of diverse artists. Some were borne in the UK and others were drawn to it; but all continue to explore artistic ideas as the nation evolves. Altered States showcases the output of a selection of British-based urban contemporary artists working today.