Phantasmagoria exhibition

If you've ever questioned how multinational soft drink, sports goods and car companies have assimilated counter culture art such as grafitti into their advertising, put Thursday 9 February in your diary. That's when the Forman's Smokehouse Gallery in East London is opening the group show Phantasmagoria, which looks at this very topic. It features the work of Jon Burgerman, Boicut and Shin Tanaka - illustrators and custom designers whose very unique work is often mass produced on consumer items yet feels handmade and authentic.

David Marchant and Sara Kwiecinski are curating the event. "The concern with this is that in order for capitalism to work, people have to keep buying new things, so commodities have to be disposable things, but at the same time appeal to a society that demands meaningful objects," points out Marchant. "When consumers discover their items to be void of authenticity they will seek something new. Art that is a counter reaction to consumer culture is too often used by the same culture it is challenging, and usually distorted."

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