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Ian Berry: 'Soho Records' at The Smallest Gallery In Soho

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Time 10:00
Date 27/11/18
Price Free

Denim artist Ian Berry takes over The Smallest Gallery in Soho to present his new installation 'Soho Records', an-all-denim tribute to music and record-sleeve art delivered with nostalgic panache.

Read Ian Berry's Run-Riot interview, here.

Ian Berry's 'Soho Records' runs at The Smallest Gallery in Soho all day, all night, from 27 November - until 20 January 2019.

The Smallest Gallery in Soho is delighted to present a new installation by Ian Berry who is known for his works made just out of denim jeans. It is a response to the ever-changing high street, to a time when the record shop was a haunt to meet and hang with kindred folk.

The entire gallery will be filled with record covers, tee shirts, records and framed albums. Many of the records will have a connection to the story of denim. Music and denim have chimed together through time, with acts and genres ranging from Elvis to heavy metal, Bob Dylan and punk - the pioneers of youth music have worn jeans. The exhibition will feature many famous album covers - all created from denim.

More about the artwork
Last year, 4.1 million vinyl records were sold in the UK, almost 1 million more than 2016, and a 12-fold increase on the levels seen in 2011. Fashion and music have always been inherently entwined together in society - combining both an expression of identity and communication of happenings in specific moments of time.

Artist Ian Berry uses denim as his medium to transform the space into a unique record store. The aim of the installation is to communicate a resurgence of a material and concept which is nostalgic.

Gone are the days of Virgin Megastore, HMV, Our Price, Woolworths and Tower Records where you would see such musical covers projected onto our streets. Yet it is an owed to the constant underground that music is always around and reinventing itself.

Support from: Lighting design: Syntax Lighting

About the Ian Berry
Ian Berry creates melancholic urban scenes, often depicting a lonely or less glamorous side of city living –  a comment of community – or lack of. The changing fabric of our urban environment. Even at touching distance, many viewers don’t realise that they are looking at many layers, and shades, of denim jeans.

His success has been seen in many countries, giving a chance for people to see the work in person. With all his solo shows selling out, he has shown across Europe and the States, including the home of the modern jean, San Francisco where in December he will unveil another installation.

Ian has been written about in major media in all corners of the globe leading to him being named as one of the top 30 under 30 artists in the world by Art Business News Magazine.

About The Smallest Gallery in Soho
The Smallest Gallery in Soho is a historic shop-front which faces onto Dean Street, in the heart of Soho. The aim of this intimate gallery is to display artwork that captures people’s attention on their journey through Soho and encourage them to stop, think and be inspired. It hopes to transcend the rapid changes of building developments and the dispersion of the creative cohort — that was once so vibrant within the area — by exhibiting free and engaging art works to view from the street.

The space was established by The Garage Soho, an early stage investor company that champions brand building and creativity.