Art exhibition ‘This Cold Metal Future’ by Laser 3.14, April 23rd - May 21st 2010
On Saturday April 23rd at 17.00 the gallery RADAR Architecture & Art will start the exhibition of the well known street-poet Laser 3.14 entitled ‘This Cold Metal Future’. In occasion of the ten years of his writing the artist will present a series of brand new works, never shown before. We cordially invite you to the opening party of the show at our new location, Rozengracht 77 A in Amsterdam.
“The Future Is Now The Future Is Set To Be”*:
Laser 3.14 has been writing the streets of Amsterdam for 10 years. Today more than ever his science-fiction/cyberpunk tags are a perfect commentary to a world in which the future predicted by the fathers of science-fiction is happening nowThe artist is fascinated by the fact that the future we dreamed of as children, represented in science-fiction books, movies, comics, animation, music, we are actually living today.
“This Cold Metal Future”*:
In Laser 3.14’s work written on the streets in the last 10 years one can see both admiration and at the same time a subtle criticism towards our futuristic world dominated by technology. Everything that surrounds us today is ruled by the binary code as rightly mentioned by Laser 3.14. That on one hand gives us unseen possibilities of communication, while on the other it exposes us to an incredible amount of information and a constant control of every aspect of our lives. We are becoming “Slaves Of The Digital Overflow” to quote the artist.
These issues have evolved and matured over the years in the work of the artist and are the center of the exhibition This Cold Metal Future.
The soundtrack of the exhibition will be strictly Post-Punk and New Wave music because the same message of admiration and criticism of the technological world has been and still is expressed by many bands of this genre since the early 80's.
Laser 3.14 is an artist, cartoonist and poet, but is mostly known for his unique style of street art/graffiti in the streets of Amsterdam, London and other European cities. Short poems like: 'Today I hired a detective to track me down', 'Binary Code be Thy Name' or 'He Cut Out Both His Eyes So He Could Finally See' are his trademark next to his tag. For Laser 3.14 the city is his canvas. His poetry appears on ‘temporary’ materials, like fences, containers, porta cabins and scaffolding.
Laser 3.14 is also known for his gallery artwork. He has had multiple expositions in galleries in Amsterdam and London.
This Cold Metal Future is the second exhibition by Laser 3.14 at the Radar Architecture & Art gallery and the ninth exhibition organized by Radar Architecture & Art.
Press Release by Marco Radar 30 March 2011.
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