Female street artist Shuby celebrates bygone Soho sex scene in new London show.
Female UK street artist, Sophie Ashton aka Shuby will debut her solo show (19 Jan-18 Feb 2017) titled ‘This Is The Spot!’ later this month, showcasing a brand new body of work inspired by the films shown in the cinema clubs of 60s Soho.
Described as a ‘love-letter to a bygone era’ by Simon Sherdian, historian, author and director of Respectable: The Mary Millington Story (documentary aired on the BBC and launched on Netflix earlier this year), the works range from large calling card-esque silkscreen prints on painted canvas to wall hung 3D pieces incorporating light and mirrors.
Over the past decade, worldwide film memorabilia has featured widely throughout Shuby’s collages and street art. The artist felt it a natural step to turn her attention onto Soho cinema clubs and the films they showed in this all-new body of work.
Ashton says the work is intended to take a light-hearted view back to the cheeky beginnings of the UK sex industry, which originated in Soho and by today’s standards seems quite tame and innocent. She feels that although places change over time, it’s sad to see the history of an area virtually erased and is concerned this is happening in Soho at the mercy of commercial developers.
The issue of over-gentrification is a hot topic concerning Soho so the collection is very timely and is sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia among many old-time Londoners while raising awareness of the modern history of the area.
One piece within the show ‘Come Play With Me’ references the film of the same name starring porn pioneer Mary Millington – unbeknown to many, made and first shown in Soho, to this day it remains the longest running movie in British cinema history.
Lawrence Alkin Gallery: 20th Jan – 18th Feb 2017
Private View and Press Preview: 19th Jan 2017