Much as it follows a conventional art gallery framework, Lazarides is far from a conventional art gallery. At their gallery spaces in Soho and Fitzrovia (as well as a third physical site in Newcastle), Lazarides represent the work of artists who can honestly claim to being 'outsider' (in the most accurate sense of the word), including Banksy, JR, Invader, BAST, Jonathan Yeo and, former member of Prodigy and Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett. The latest show, at Lazarides' home on Rathbone Place, is a display of work by equally-outsider artists, collective Artists Anonymous.
Based between London and Berlin, this is the first show at the gallery by Artists Anonymous. Their work is strong, and is drawn from a singular and unique voice. The images that they present are made up with a heavy dose of after-image. Merging photography with a form of ethereal photorealism. Their works are born in a fantastical world comprised of war, famine, sex, drugs, rock'n'roll and self-destruction. Taking a cue from C.S. Lewis, this world is named Alice's Apocalypse.
Most of the works here are displayed in pairs, as erstwhile diptychs. These are artists working within the after-image of postmodernism. In a world where everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes, Artists Anonymous' pictures are conglomerates of both form and content. These 'paintings' are made of the spectacle of our twenty-first century remix culture. Like it or lump it. It's incredibly beautiful, in an incendiary or pyromaniacal sort of way.