From 6th March Lazarides Rathbone presents World Domination, a solo exhibition by celebrated New York artist Todd James.
For his first solo show in London since 2008, Todd continues his iconic Somali Pirate series in a new collection of acrylic paintings. Often in headgear and masks, and brandishing secondhand AK-47s and RPGs, these pirates perform a range of quotidian activities. A selection of gouache on paper works will also be on display, many featuring singular brand of All-American girl as cheerleader of the Apocalypse, bearing arms and baring ass.
In addition to this series of new works, the exhibition will feature a recreation of Vandal's Bedroom, the sprawling, graffiti-filled structure that was a highlight of the Art in the Streets exhibition at the LA MOCA. Part object, part installation, this bedroom-turned-graffiti-battle-station gives glimpses of plans for an imaginary artistic takeover.
The vandals and pirates that people the works of World Domination share a common thread; both parties sidestep invisible boundaries erected by controlling factions.