Mark Ward’s ‘Hand Rendered Hype’ artwork
There’s only one week left to see graphic artist Mark Ward‘s ‘Hand Rendered Hype’ solo show at Slam City Skates, so if you’re in London then we recommend you get down there before the 4th September to check it out. The exhibition is themed around Mark’s early fascination with the American influences of skateboarding, music, TV and videos, and his gradual realiation that the images of a sun-drenched American lifestyle he was being sold as a teenager didn’t reflect the reality of his South London environment. The artwork that the Central St Martins graduate created for this shows demonstrates his love of the glossy American ideal while at the same time revealing the more sober underlying truth. The show should strike a chord for most viewers since anyone growing up outside the US in the last few decades can probably relate to its theme, whether their influences were skateboarding, basketball, music, film or fashion.