'Do Look Down' was our debut solo show held at London West Bank gallery between 6th June and 12th June, 2013. We essentially painted a city (called 'Lowdown') across 40 metres of wall inside the gallery using stencils and created a newspaper (called 'The Lowdown Times') to go with it.
The newspaper contained stories and articles about Lowdown as if it was a real city, referencing scenes you could see on the wall. People were also welcome to purchase a part of the city, using various sized frames to mark off areas that I would then paint onto canvas for them.
Thank you so much to SEV for the photos he took at the show's opening, please check out his page!
Read the newspaper in full below!
The journey of this solo show has been a fantastical, immobilizing, terrifying, tiring, self-doubting, joyfully tearing, shimmying, ramshackling, polished and professional, art-affirming, challenging, second winds, third winds, fourth winds, dead-on-our-feet, heartening, euphoric experience.
We must thank Tommy and Dizzi for first showing their faith and passion in our work to offer us a show at the brilliant London West Bank. A knowing and sincere thank you to Charlotte for being an irrepressible force of curation, forthright organization and a mean trimmer of card. Annalise was just as fantastic and the show was made all the stronger for your involvement, your passion was more 'walking' than 'talking', so thank you so much. Thank you to Angus, Ashwin, Henri, Zoe, Lindsey, Anna and Billy for being the synapses that fired between Charlotte and action.
Thank you to www.chromeandblack.com for coming through with an emergency pack of paint. Thanks also to Snik for the can of Anthracite, as well as the words of fuel to keep on pushing, along with Laura and Kim. Your mid-visit was a reminder of the world outside and a breath of fresh air. A grinning cheers to Tyler for inspiring the newspaper, as well as the rest of the crew from Oxford for making it to the show. We’re not quite sure you understand how much that meant to us. Specifically thanks to Bone and Tyler again for getting us pumped about the show during one of the many lows.
A massive thank you to My Dog Sighs for being a show buddy of sorts, as we both secured a solo show at the gallery around the same time. Your words of insight and encouragement were invaluable and your unflinching dedication to your own work was a passive source of competition, haha! To Myriam for the unsuspecting but surprisingly inspiring advice of "Doesn't matter how you do just as long as you do it, that's what counts". Those words were more valuable than we would have ever expected.
And of course thanks to everyone that came to the show, shared news of the event and have supported us this far with their positive words and buying our work, thank you so much. It wasn't until we started working on this solo show that we began to glimpse the vast network of support we have around us. Before we knew what had happened, we were where we wanted to be. This experience has only made us more determined to work at what we do and fight the onset of complacency with every last tooth and nail and can of paint we have.
To everyone and anyone, thank you.