Inspired by photomontage icons, from Angus McBean to the Stenberg brothers, Richard Lees’ compelling screen prints depict a darker vision for 2017 : Velvet Rope.
Best known for his Agit-Prop posters for Hull Rock Against Racism, Lees leads us through a disturbing urban landscape, scarred by hidden dereliction and poverty, thinly masked by cultured disguises. With mainstream media obsessed by carefully stage-managed celebrity and spectacle, these prints scratch away at the surface exposing everyday alienations and cultural identities split between the desired and the undesirable.
“The most urgent questions asked by Velvet Rope,” says Lees, “surround a visual culture of privilege, telling us ‘Don’t look at that, Look at this – but don’t touch, you’re excluded.’ A symbol of elitism, velvet rope encourages us to covet, but no trespassing, just as barbed wire denotes private property, nothing to see here, keep out!”
Richard Lees is a print-maker, trade-unionist and the chair of Hull Stand Up To Racism. His posters for Rock Against Racism are currently on a UK exhibition tour to galleries in Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Hull, and to schools and Colleges in Hull and the East Riding.
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HIP Gallery, Princes Quay, Hull
Alan Raw, curator