Keeping Street Art Cool: Icecreamers
Here’s a gallery of eye-catching, ice cream-indebted art, taken from the recent Icecreamers show at East London’s Great Eastern Bear Gallery. The exhibition features a wonderfully wacky collection of hand-pulled silkscreen prints, canvases and sculptures from graffiti artists Iker Muro and Fabio Álvarez, who give a refreshing twist to the street art canon.
The debut UK exhibition by the artists features a host of colourful, manga-ish ice creamed characters and bold, neon desert designs created with a graffiti aesthetic, all of which look good enough to lick. Perhaps having anticipated this, the artists were present at the exhibition to hand out spray can ice lollies, keeping the salivating audience thoroughly satisfied.
The idea was to “transform the gallery into an old-fashioned ice-cream shop,” said Fabio. They describe their work as “a mixture between pop characters, graffiti vibes, illustrations from the '80s, and a bit of graphic design.”
It's an unashamedly fun, saccharine twist on street art characterisation, yet still put together with a huge amount of passion and talent, and the whole thing is about as easy to love as ice cream itself.