Thursday, June 4, 2020

Urban Surrealism


Alex Chinneck MRSS (1984 - ) is a British sculptor known for creating temporary public artworks in a style that has been aptly described as “urban surrealism.”

Alex Chinneck standing next to A Pound of Flesh for 50p
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Most of Chinneck's installations feature across Greater London.
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His early works include . . .
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Telling the Truth Through False Teeth (2012):

Chinneck used 1,248 pieces of glass to create 312 identically smashed windows across the derelict facade of a factory in Hackney.


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From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes (2013):

Located in Margate, Chinneck created the illusion that the entire facade of a house had slid into the garden.


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Under the Weather but Over the Moon (2013):

A commercial property situated on Blackfriars Road has been created to look as if it had become completely inverted.

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For his work in Hackney, local residents have described Chinneck as the "Banksy of Glass".
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His more recent works include . . .
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Take my Lightning but Don't Steal my Thunder (2014):

A building located in Covent Garden designed to appear as if it floated in the air.



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A Pound of Flesh for 50p (2014):
  
A temporary installation consisting of a house on Southwark Street made from 7,500 paraffin wax bricks which slowly melted.


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Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together (2015):

A Vauxhall Corsa suspended upside down in Southbank Centre car park.

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The Guardian has called Chinneck a "master of architectural illusion".
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And more . . .
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A Sprinkle of Night and a Spoonful of Light:



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Alphabetti Spaghetti:


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Birth, Death and Midlife Crisis:

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A Bullet from a Shooting Star:

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Open to the Public:

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Six Pins and Half a Dozen Needles:


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Self-Employed Sculpture:


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