The Oldham Gallery gears up for the LEGO art exhibit
LEGO fans will enjoy the upcoming Gallery Oldham exhibit which will be unveiled next week.
The Brick by Brick exhibition, which runs from June 26 to September 4, brings together the work of 18 artists, designers and photographers from around the world who use LEGO bricks as a medium or source of inspiration.
Using this simple plastic building block as a starting point, they’ve created amazing, thought-provoking and often humorous works of art that will appeal to art lovers and LEGO fans alike.
Cllr Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Council, said: “Over the past year, residents have missed so much.
“So it’s great that the Oldham Gallery is reopening and organizing exhibitions with international artists.
“LEGO is loved by people of all ages, so I’m sure we’ll get people of all ages through the doors – and the added bonus is that entry is free.”
Toronto artist Ekow Nimako began using LEGO bricks in his professional practice in 2014 and has since cultivated a unique approach to sculpting this iconic medium.
Composed only of black bricks, Nimako will exhibit five captivating works of art, referring to mythology, West African proverbs and Afrofuturism.
Internationally renowned artist Michael Brennand-Wood has created four stunning works of art especially for this exhibition.
Using a range of brick colors, shapes and sizes, Michael has created a series of abstract montages that fascinate them.
Artist David Turner, from Belfast, will exhibit his LEGO gun installation, which consists of 19 replica guns. This work refers to his childhood and adolescence spent in Northern Ireland during the time of “The Troubles”.
Known collectively as The Little Artists, John Cake and Darren Neave have collaborated to reproduce a series of works of art and well-known contemporary figures using LEGO bricks. Look for Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Brazilian photographer Valentino Fialdini has created photographs that show a collection of empty rooms and hallways. Using specialized photography and lighting techniques, Fialdini tricks the viewer into believing that these miniature LEGO® rooms are life-size.
“Eat My Bricks” is a collaboration between German artists Michael Feindura and Soren Grochau who use LEGO® mini-figures to create humorous photographs on a large scale, often with social and political commentary at their heart.
American-born artist Janet Curley Cannon, who is now based in Berkshire, will exhibit her work “Not on the High Street Anymore”. This installation was built using her husband’s childhood LEGO® bricks and references the disappearance of the UK’s main street.
Inspired by the wide array of artwork on display, a LEGO® graffiti wall, construction tables and a selection of LEGO®-related games and contests will give visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating their own work of art in building bricks.
The participating artists are: The Little Artists, David Hughes, David Turner, Jason Freeny, Ekow Nimako, Janet Curley Cannon, Hannah Gibson, Cole Blaq, Little Big Art, Zino, Eat My Bricks, Samsofy, Michael Brennand-Wood, James Paterson , Valentino Fialdini, Agabag, AME 72 and Jonathan Rolph.
Brick by Brick is a traveling exhibition of the Center des arts visuels 20-21