It’s Official: “The London Police Ride Again”
The BLDG Gallery is pleased to announce the opening exhibition of British art collective The London Police (TLP), March 19, 8 pm to 11 pm at 30 West Pike Street Covington, Kentucky. This show is the first of four international exhibitions planned by TLP for 2010 and will present new original works of Cincinnati and Kentucky themed paintings and videography. Born in Chelmsford, Essex, The London Police founders, Chaz and Bob, moved to Amsterdam in 1998. Recognized for their iconic LADS characters and precision marking, TLP is universally renowned as “pivotal voices in the history of street art.” Their acclaimed works include: murals of titanic proportion, (The largest can be found in Kreuzberg, Berlin a mere 6 story outdoor installation.) coveted original canvases, short films and even shorter music quips of high regard.
TLP generates an ever growing network of loyal fans spanning Europe, Asia, North America and South America. TLP works have graced the walls of the Stolenspace Gallery, London, GO Gallery in Amsterdam, Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in LA, Fresh Factory in NYC gaining resounding praise and selling out most of their original works. The artists were recently spotted in Miami, South Beach, executing an install in conjunction with the Primary Flight Collaborative.
So what caused TLP, international institutions of the art world to put down on Kentucky soil? Perhaps it was the not so by chance encounter with proprietors of the BLDG, who with deliberate and shameless intent ignited the insatiable wanderlust of the boys of Britain. According to Mike Amann, BLDG co-founder, “the self proclaimed “geezers” can court and spark in the best of venues, we aggressively pursued them for our 2010 schedule.”
Those who have not yet experienced The London Police once engaged will be mesmerized by the deliberate and distinct style developed by the artists over the past 10 years. The “LADS” continue to come to life in the form of perfect circular characters drawn by Chaz, meticulously positioned in a complex world of architectural illustration created by Bob.
As a collective, TLP balances the talents and creative technique of the two artists. With unbridled humor and a familiarity generally reserved for best friends Chaz and Bob spread the love, gifting their host cities with abundant good will, leaving behind a vibe guaranteed to energize and entertain constituents even as they struggle daily with economic uncertainty and global security.
“It is a privilege to bring TLP to the Tristate and to share the experience with our neighbors north, south, east and west.” notes Roman Titus BLDG co-founder. The BLDG has sent ahead images and the flavor of our region to TLP, anxiously anticipating the exhibition and the arrival of the “LADS”. Patrons can expect to encounter black and white canvases and screen prints in this classic TLP style featuring local influences and architecture. BLDG Gallery visitors will additionally be treated to the TLP Cinema, an intimate movie-going experience highlighting short films by this pair of British gents.