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Contemporary Vanitas at the Lights of Soho

SEEN can tell you that the collaborations on show at Lights Of Soho never disappoint and Contemporary Vanitas, the latest venture by this slice of neon heaven on Brewer Street promises a fascinating extemporisation on the modern art of vanity and oversharing.

SEEN can tell you that the collaborations on show at Lights Of Soho never disappoint and Contemporary Vanitas, the latest venture by this slice of neon heaven on Brewer Street promises a fascinating extemporisation on the modern art of vanity and oversharing.

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Curator Lee Sharrock (Venice and Istanbul Biennales and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) has collaborated with Hamish Jenkinson (LoS’s curator) to bring a witty celebration of the Latin word for vanity to this iconic part of London.

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Vanitas is a metaphor for the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of earthly goods and pursuits. They were originally created in the 16th and 17th centuries as metaphors for human achievements, serving as reminders of mortality.

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LoS regulars will feature work alongside newcomers to the gallery: Alt-Ego, Lauren Baker, Sara Pope, Paul Broomfield, Pure Evil, Kalliopi Lemos, Nancy Fouts, Rebecca Mason, Toni Gallagher, Soozy Lipsey, Derek Santini, Jeroen Gordijn, Alexander James, Tom Lewis and Jimmy Galvin. Each artist will interpret the theme in their own unique way.

Sara Pope

Alt-Ego has created a series of skulls reflecting on mortality. ‘Death Disco’ by Jimmy Galvin features a skull and a disco ball. ‘Exit Jesus’ by Nancy Fouts features Jesus embracing the ‘x’ of the word ‘Exit’. Pure Evil’s ‘Angels Never Die’ has portraits of screen idols of times gone by with neon haloes, inspired by the immortal Marlene Dietrich. Plenty there to engage with today’s obsessive selfie-takers and users of social media. We’re already creating our own Memento Mori…

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Contemporary Vanitas will be at Lights of Soho from 26th May – 18th June.

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