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UNDESIRABLE TYPE

UNDESIRABLE TYPE
22.09.07 - 30.09.07


Undesirable Type presents the third group show in the +44 141 space, breaking away from sculpture and painting to introduce graffiti and photography to the gallery’s schema. The three artists featured will reveal Graffiti’s efforts to discard its ‘Hip Hop’ lineage and shed the ‘tags’ to establish the art form as an illustrative and graphic practice, at home in the artists studio as much as on the street.


Two of Glasgow’s most notorious ‘graffiti writers’, GAZMAC and ASONE will present a series of works on canvas and the gallery’s fabric, which demonstrate the art form’s evolution from the tunnels and railway bridges into the gallery context. Alongside the graffiti works Wes Kingston, will represent a series of photographic works closely entwined with graffiti rooted in our urban situation.


GAZMAC, a long standing SWG3 resident, began painting around 1983/4 after being heavily influenced by artists in New York. During the eighties he travelled extensively in the UK creating pieces across the country and collaborating with other infamous writers of the times. His works have now developed onto canvas and legal walls, such as the temporary ArtStore façade on Queen Street, Glasgow. He is an Undergraduate Lecturer of Graphic Design at Cardonald College and has a large commission clientele including Miller beer and The Sunday Herald.


ASONE was first introduced to graffiti on the trains and Metro on a visit to Paris in the early nineties, working both in Glasgow and Sheffield for over fifteen years. His work can be seen in the westend of Glasgow, such as a recent commission for Trocabrahma as well as in more inconspicuous locations. He is also an established Graphic Designer and Illustrator. 


Wes Kingston has been a resident at SWG3 since 2005; he attributes his passion for photography to his lived experiences in countries throughout the globe. He is heavily influenced by his urban and cultural surroundings, giving rise to the urge to photograph the differential cultures and landscapes each country reveals. Through investigations in shape, colour and form, Wes produces a range of imagery from documentary to more abstract graphic compositions.