Art duo Static Press Play on their show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery

An 80’s video game themed art show from Walthamstow based duo Static has been capturing the imagination at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho.

Called ‘Press Play’ it’s a homage to the iconic games of the arcade when you needed a quarter to play, or at least given that we are in the UK, a 10 pence piece.  Space Invaders, Tetris and probably a whole host of other games I can’t identify has got the Static treatment .

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Game On by Static

Tom Jackson and Craig Evans grew up in the Yorkshire coastal town of Scarborough, a place with more than it’s fair share of arcades and a place where I myself might have spent the odd afternoon.  It’s a far cry from the Stow but Press Play is about bringing the glory of this long lost 8 bit world into the city.

Static’s work combines street art with fine art and uses mixed media and screen printing techniques to create multi layered images.  According to HookedBlog the duo got the inspiration for the show from a mural they painted as part of the Walthamstow Wood Street Walls project.

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The ‘Game On’ mural in Walthamstow captured by Hooked Blog

It’s an exciting time for Static as they celebrate ten years together as a duo.  The show at the Lawrence Alkin was just the start.  Shows in Hiroshima and Tokyo in Japan follow along with an exhibition in Chicago as part of a group show.  They’ll also be returning to paint some more murals as part of the Wood Street Walls project and if what they do on the street is as good as what they do in the gallery then we’ll be looking forward to seeing and keeping an eye on those.

Press Play by Static exhibited at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho from 15 January 2016 to 13 February 2016.  They are currently spending two weeks touring and exhibiting in Japan and will return to the UK in early March 2016

Static ‘Press Play’ Gallery

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Arcade signage

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Tetris corridor at the Lawrence Alkin

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Game Over pictures

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Labyrinth by Static

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Chopper Dropper by Static