It’s been a long time since Christiaan Nagel’s Mushrooms started to appear on London’s streetscape, back in 2010. A year later, we spotted his polyurethane creations appearing on Camden Market and we were there when the South-African artist held his first exhibition at Shoreditch’s Rich Mix that same year.
The artist is back with a new solo exhibition which takes place at the Hoxton Gallery, starting on Thursday 7 August and going on for a few days. The Fi Of The Underworld displays a brand new sculptural concept, featuring colourful fishes made out of his signature material, Polyurethane.
This new exhibition focuses on reality merging with a deeper spiritual dimension, exploring the relationship between humankind and nature. Nagel, who since starting has become well-known among street artists for his mushroom-shaped sculptures across London (see above), explains his new series of artworks:
The Fi are shoals of fish that appear in great numbers, hundreds of thousands. They swim vertically from deep below the ground and thrust their way through the earth’s surface.
Gravity and natural laws have long surpassed us now. This is where we get deeper and deeper into our own subconscious minds. This is where rational takes a back step and the self is being played out in a harmonious and automatic fashion.
The private view takes place on Thursday 7 August from 6-7pm and is open to everyone, the artworks will be on sale as well.
The Fi Of The Underworld is on display from 7-12 August at Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA. Entry is free. Photos by the artist.
For more art exhibitions this month, see our August art listing.