Exhibition preview: Robert Del Naja aka 3D: Fire Sale, Lazarides, London, May 24 – June 20 2013
From the insides of sketchbooks to the sleeves of 12 million records, artist and musician Robert Del Naja, otherwise known as 3D, offers a journey through the paintings and designs which have accompanied the music of British trip-hop artists Massive Attack during the past two decades.
A central figure in Bristol’s prolific graffiti movement credited by Banksy as a strong influence on his own work, 3D belonged to a collective of street artists known as The Wild Bunch; the group would become the forerunners of the Bristolean underground scene.
The parallels between 3D’s artwork and musical output are clear. Socio-political themes abound, reminding viewers of the artist’s staunch opposition to the Iraq war and Massive Attack’s outspoken stance on numerous issues.
Previously unseen pieces produced for the band’s latest album, Heligoland, will be showcased amid archival screen prints and paintings from the debut album Blue Lines and Protection, their second release.
Del Naja’s design collaboration on Massive Attack's ambient live shows with UVA are also included, scaled down and re-enacted by digital mirror pieces.
The first and only time this collection of works will be shown together, many of the artworks have been redacted and hand-finished especially for the exhibition.
Del Naja is currently working on bringing the works together in a book, 3D / The Art Of Massive Attack, which will be published later this year. He is also finalising a large-scale commission for Manchester International Festival with filmmaker Adam Curtis.
- Lazarides, Rathbone Place, London. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm. Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @Lazarides_Art.
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