POP! London Champagne Kids

A few weeks back, we battled the London springtime elements (which resembled more an arctic freeze), and made our way down to Central London. The Stephen Friedman Gallery to be precise, for the opening of Yinka Shonibare’s (MBE) solo show POP!  Commenting through sculpture, the exhibition plays with overindulgent use of power, which has perhaps lead to our current economic crisis.  In Yinka’s typical direct style, we see mannequins with brightly coloured batik outfits, witty stances, and of course the Bellerby globes as heads!

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All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery

The series we worked on is called “Champagne Kids”, and formed a whole section of the exhibition, leading onto a ‘Last Supper’ style banker’s table, brazen headless mannequins and painted fabric panels.  We were really honoured to contribute to a a show exploring a social, current issue, which challenges the way our generations are suffering now, due to years of the bank’s extravagant behaviour, using humour and suggestive symbolism.



Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

As we were sent flat graphs and charts, our team set to work morphing them into gores and intricately pasting them onto our mini globes. The charts marked the financial crash of 2008, focusing on the Lehman Brothers, Tokyo, Irish, Spanish and Greek Stock Exchange, and the finished globes sat upon indulgent, ironic party mannequins, seen below hanging, rocking and pouring champagne.

Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

Yinka Bellerby Globe Head

All photo credit: Steven Friedman Gallery

The result is super interesting, well structured and thought provoking, and we would recommend you to visit the show if you’re in London, it’s on until 20th April.

The Steven Friedman Gallery 28 Old Burlington Street, London W1S 3AN, open Mondays – Saturdays. More info here.

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