After Blondey McCoy’s Thames A.D. exhibition, he’s back with ‘Home is the Hero’ – a new exhibition running from today until the 18th November at the Heni Gallery in Soho, if you’re in London definitely head over to
Following the barnstorming success of his gleefully smutty art show bonanza ‘Thames A.D’, notorious London skate rat/art guy Blondey McCoy has wasted no time; going straight back into the studio with a headful of weird ideas and an armful of jazz mags and glue. The result is HOME IS THE HERO, an all-new bumper show of collages, paintings, sculptures and video.
For the new show, McCoy has paid heed to the age-old art world formula of “If it ain’t broke, Pritt-Stick some tits to a board and whack it in a frame”, creating more of his signature seedy, energetic and LOL-inducing collaged images that mash up shouty tabloid headlines with 70s pornography, vinyl skateboard stickers, daubs of paint, and more anti-monarchical sentiment than you can shake a stick at. HOME IS THE HERO also showcases some of McCoy’s recent forays into sculpture, with life-size mannequins plastered with old-timey erotica as well as new, double-sided 2D pieces that dangle from the ceiling in plexiglass cases. Some of them have even got little poems scrawled on them; schoolboy odes to the city that’s inspired it all. The show also features the first video piece McCoy has ever exhibited; a touching 12 minute film of the artist’s Lebanese grandparents talking about their move to London and the life they left behind in the north of Lebanon. It’s a fitting centrepiece to a show that McCoy says he wants to be “a celebration of the importance of home and family, wherever and whoever it may be.” It will also, once again, be an excuse for an enormous chin-stroking piss-up in the middle of Soho with all the gang.
HOME IS THE HERO runs from 11/12/15 to 18/12/15 at the Heni Gallery, 6-10 Lexington Street in Soho.