From 24th May – June 20th Lazarides gallery in W1 welcomes back artist and musician Robert Del Naja aka 3D. Fire Sale is a unique retrospective of painting and design that have helped define Massive Attack over the past 20 years, covering the pages of sketchbooks to 12 million record sleeves.
Previously unseen pieces created for Massive Attack’s latest album Heligoland (2010) will be exhibited alongside archival works painted and screen printed for the first time from 1991’s Blue Lines and 1994’s Protection. Robert’s ongoing collaboration with UVA with whom he designed Massive Attack’s hugely influential live shows are represented in digital mirror pieces.
Fire Sale will be the first and only time these pieces will be collected in one place: images have been hand-finished and are total one-offs – unseen images alongside those more familiar – enhanced and redacted especially for this show.
Under the tag 3D, Robert was a central figure in the Bristolian graffiti movement that would eventually spawn Banksy. Like his music, 3D’s art is modern and grounded, challenging and beautiful, industrial and ethnic. A vocal critic of the Iraq war, the conscious elements of the pieces are a reminder that Massive Attack have always been outspoken on social and international issues.
He has collaborated with many diverse organisations including The Hoping Foundation, Reprieve, Occupy and London’s Southbank Centre (where he co-curated on the 2008 Meltdown Festival). Robert is currently working on a major commission for Manchester International Festival with filmmaker Adam Curtis and a book of his artworks – ‘3D / The Art Of Massive Attack’ is published later this year.
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