British artist CodeFC recently reached out to invite us to view his upcoming solo show, “20:12″ in London at the Curious Duke Gallery on Thursday June 7th. As we won’t be able to get across the pond for it, we wanted to feature his truly incredible work, and show our support as fans.
Code has been working over the past couple of years on developing a conversation in the streets of London about the upcoming Olympic games that the city is hosting this summer. His work features stenciled athletes with heads of cameras and camcorders, suggesting that we look at how much the media and hype of such an event actually affects the sport, the host city, and people who live there. This quote from a press-release for the show says it all:
“20:12 places the glorification of the Olympic Games brand and the notion of “sportivity” well and truly within London’s urban context, which is in itself potent with particular socio-political circumstances and challenges faced as hosting city. These large scale pieces dotted around the city serve to show the Londoner on the street that the games and can be great thing, to show to the corporate company’s behind the Olympics what the games used to be for the ordinary man.”
Check out photos of his work below. And, if you’re in London Town in early June stop by the show as it is running for one week only from June 8 – 15. Peep the ad for the exhibit toward the bottom.
[All photos courtesy of the artist]