(5.10.2017 - 17.11.2017)
As part of our bi-monthly curatorial calendar at the Exhibitionist Hotel, we have invited the urban artist Marco Polo to paint the walls of the hotel and host a solo exhibition.
Marco's interpretation of the exhibition, in his own words:
"As an artist your work can be noticed while you're a living entity, you can paint on walls or hang your masterpieces in galleries, I once heard an artist say "as a man I want to stay healthy and paint as much as I can to provide for my family"....... as an Artist I want to kill myself so my paintings really will provide for my family". It's no secret that paintings and artists are really sort after commodities.................. once the artist is DEAD.
Vincent Van Gogh sold one painting whilst he was ALIVE nobody wanted his work. This is repeated through history. As an unknown artist I will continue to post my work up on street walls and hang my art in Galleries if the people WANT them, they can have them whether I'm DEAD or ALIVE."
The name Marco Polo came about as a form of taunting the Essex/metropolitan Police force that resulted in the game of catch me if you can against the police and their crack down of street and tube taggers in 2013.
Eventually being caught in 2014 Marco Polo took his art off street walls and decided to use canvases on gallery walls instead. As a huge fan of the 80s graffiti movement in New York, he focused on the bright colours and messy subway taggers that covered walls in their crews tags and logos.
Supported by Graffik Gallery