Last week, the launch party for Dalston Superstore's second exhibition was packed to the rafters. Curator and Dazed contributor Alex Noble invited a diverse selection of artists to contribute work derived from the concept of ‘Dirty Laundry’ and his cabal of cutting-edge painters, sculptors and illustrators certainly pushed the concept to its limit.
Tony Hornecker's wispy, curling tree particularly stood out, adorned with tiny tree houses and ladders it was titled 'The Tree of Fucking Creatives' – a response to how friends and lovers are all are connected somehow, creating a feeling of community, but also contrasting feelings of incest and deceipt.
Another installation piece comes from Emma Gibson, who constructed a series of gaping brief cases suspended from the wall that exploded with the thought processes and investigation techniques of a private detective. Exactly who or what said detective is investigating remains ambiguous.
Literal dirty laundry is aired in the form of Rebecca Maynes's tea towels printed with modern femme fatales, which are hung up on a washing line. Cathal O'Brien's captivating and homo-erotic projections flicker ominously in the background throughout, and provide the icing on a thoroughly enjoyable exhibition.
(Participating artists include Alex Noble, Emma Gibson, Moses Powers, Erin Petson, Beth Atkins, Tony Hornecker, Ralf Obergfell, Alessandro Bartolomei, Morgan O’Donovan, Rai Royal, Cathal O’Brian, Libby Shearon, Becky Maynes)
'Dirty Laundry' at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 until June 10