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LE GUN & Friends go Technicolour
It does not feel, it does not die, space is neither truth nor lie Into the void we have to travel, to find the clue which will unravel Is this the reason deep in our minds
This quote by the 1970s British rock band, Hawkwind, sounds like it would have been a fitting alternative opening to Star Trek, doesn't it?
Not far off. Instead, it is the inspiration behind the latest exhibition at the Daniel Blau gallery on Hoxton Square in London. Space is Deep will be open until the 8th February, and features the work of LE GUN and Friends. LE GUN is a collective cult magazine that publishes art and short stories. The teams consists of five illustrators and two designers who met at London's Royal College of Art.
As well as their magazine, LE GUN frequently put on art shows, and in Space is Deep, they have invited emerging and established contributors to their magazine to share work which experiments with the use of colour.
A combination of both black and white illustrations alongside technicolour drawings emphasise the focus on animated designs that you might find in a graphic novel, comic book, or comic strip. For example, Passport Control by Leigh Fox is reminiscent of the political cartoons in newspapers that cover the latest current affairs. Neal Fox's Leper Messiah, on the other hand, could be the love child between an alien and the Fonz.
Photography also features, such as Star Wars by James Unsworth, which is quite literally a picture of loads of Star War merchandise: action figures, a t-shirt, and baseball cap. Perhaps less expected are the tribal designs by Chris Bianchi, which is a step to showing how eclectic the group is, and how enigmatic their messages can become.