‘Every Day is a Miracle’ is Art Below’s first gallery exhibition since January, and it opened today, Friday 17 July at Ad Lib Gallery, London. Art below has been representing artists for fifteen years and after months of lockdown was keen to re-open with a positive outlook.
The exhibition will be open to the public for ten days with a series of events, each with a limited capacity by following COVID-19 lockdown guidelines.
The exhibition looks back at some of the most iconic billboard posters from Art Below’s archives, including Ben Eine, Sarah Maple, Billy Childish and Alison Jackson, as well as work from the Art Wars collection by artists such as Hayden Kays, Philip Colbert, Orlanda Broom and Joe Rush. Brand new work from James Ostrer, Karen Bystedt, Anna Kenneally, Tom Lumley, Jeffrey Robb, Ben Eine, Ru Knox, Mark Metcalfe, Pauline Amos, Nasser Azam and Mikey Voice is also unveiled at the shows.
“I feel that the coronavirus has created a wall in history and that everything that happened before 2020 we will reminisce about for years to come – about the way things used to be. This brief window of time is an opportunity for me as a curator to reflect on those wonderful years as Art Below went on its journey, from 2006 to its last event at the start of this year. This is a chance for us to relive that wonderful time, enjoying a gallery as we used to do and seeing those iconic works that once starred on the walls of the London Underground in a new environment. Things, I believe, will not be the same again in our lifetimes, however with change comes opportunity, and we are looking forward to our continued work with new, emerging artists on the scene, as well as those with whom we have collaborated for over a decade.” – said Curator and Art Below Co-Founder Ben Moore
Part of the show will be dedicated to the work of underwater photographer Terry Arpino (12 December 1944 – 7 April 2020), a regular contributor to Art Below, who passed away in April this year. Terry has been photographing nature underwater for over 35 years, describing his work as being at times “beyond imagination and dreams.”
A billboard poster of work by Terry Arpino was installed at Hyde Park Corner Tube Station on Monday 13 July 2020.
For more information, visit: www.artbelow.org.uk