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PURE EVIL – SLEEPWALKING TOWARDS THE APOCALYPSE – OPENS THURS JULY 26, 6-9PM – UNTIL AUG 12

Internationally renowned UK street artist PURE EVIL, aka Charley Uzzel-Edwards, returns to Australia for the first time in 10 years with a new exhibition of his pop art propaganda. ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’ explores the cult of celebrity and the darker side of our utopian dreams in the social-media age.

PURE EVIL’s trademark images of fanged bunnies and portraits of crying famous figures, both on the street, on canvas and in screen printed form, have become icons of East London and throughout the world. Over the past 15 years, he has exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, Chile and all over Europe.  In 2006 he was a part of Banksy’s now infamous exhibition ‘Santa’s Ghetto’ and was also featured on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ and Channel 4’s ‘Four Walls’. He is also the director of Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch, produces a monthly radio show, and runs regular workshops and lectures about street art.

“We are so bombarded with images and information” says the Uzzel-Edwards, “that we are sleepwalking through our lives – there is just too much to process. I don’t think it’s the end of times, or the end of empires, but I do think that the times – they are definitely changing. Are we moving into a new utopian technology-driven age? or are we sleepwalking towards the apocalypse?”

In addition to the solo show, Uzzel-Edwards is also giving a little back to the community with a free drawing workshop: PURE EVIL – KIDS DRAWING CLUB – SATURDAY JULY 28TH, 12-2PM

Head to VS Gallery on the Saturday after the exhibition for a fun and unique afternoon of colouring and art-making, led by the artist himself. The Pure Evil Kids Drawing club is FREE, and consists of a big long table covered in a big roll of paper, loads of coloured pens – AND LOADS OF KIDS!

The drawing club has so far been held in London, Brighton, Sweden and Texas and is a great way for your kids to engage with a world-renowned street artist. All materials will be supplied, with light refreshments for the kids in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. You can check out pictures and more details of the event on the VS Gallery website: www.vsgallery.com.au

For further information, contact: Jane Louise Rolls 0448 224 712 or [email protected] to RSVP.

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Roland Henry

About Roland Henry

Roland Henry is an international writer, curator and contemporary urban art specialist. Previously the Managing Editor of the independent arts magazine, Very Nearly Almost (VNA), he has developed close, personal relationships with artists, gallerists, and creatives worldwide and currently provides content for The Guardian US as well as numerous other publications.Roland is now based in Melbourne, Australia, where he heads up art agency, Studio Supply, in partnership with the former creative director of VNA, Greg Beer. The agency supplies curatorial and PR consultation services to a worldwide network of brands, artists, and creative professionals.