blondey mccoy’s new exhibition is all about debauchery
Our favourite skater/designer/artist is back with an exhibition of collages, prints and mirror paintings, inspired by Soho, The Pogues and British tabloids.
Blondey McCoy's fourth solo exhibition of his work is appropriately enough titled Fourth Fancy. He describes it as an exhibition about "normalised debauchery" — the press release, fittingly then, opens up with a Pogues lyric ("Picked up by the coppers and kicked in the balls") from their classic ode to the shady and seedy streets of Soho, The Old Main Drag.
From here the still-only-19-year-old has created a new series of works that range from collaged works pasted onto mirrors, to massive prints made on canvas. The works circle around classic Blondey motifs; vintage smut, scribbled on bank notes, and clippings from tabloids. There's even a nod to Blondey's favourite pub, The Cross Keys in Covent Garden, as he's turned his till receipts from behind the bar into works.
Between all the personal ephemera, and the mirror works you find yourself staring back at yourself in, there's a definite existential-bent to the work. "I want it to offer a furtive glimpse into what it is that makes a young man tick," Blondey explains. "But mostly I hope the show might vaguely suggest that people, young and old, should just let it all out. It's a celebration of self expression: pure and simple and sexy and mucky and lols."
50 percent of the proceeds from the show will be donated to Together for Mental Wellbeing.
Blondey McCoy's Fourth Fancy runs from the 19th-27th of November at the Heni Gallery, 6-10 Lexington Street, Soho, London.
Text Felix Petty