Velvet Rope

by Richard Lees

Inspired by photomontage icons, from Angus McBean to the Stenberg brothers, Richard Lees’ compelling screen prints depict a darker vision for 2017 : Velvet Rope.
Opening evening 7th April then open Tuesday to Saturday 12 – 5 & Sundays 12 – 4pm Free Entry at HIP Gallery Princes Quay Hull

Best known for his Agit-Prop posters for Hull Rock Against Racism, Lees leads us through a disturbing landscape, scarred by hidden dereliction and poverty, thinly masked by cultured disguises. With mainstream media obsessed by carefully stage-managed celebrity and spectacle, these prints scratch away at the surface exposing everyday alienations and cultural identities split between the desired and the undesirable.

“The most urgent questions asked by Velvet Rope,” says Lees, ” surround a visual culture of privilege, telling us Don’t look at that, Look at this – but don’t touch, you’re excluded. A symbol of elitism, velvet rope tells us to covet, but no trespassing, as surely as barbed wire tells us private property, nothing to see here, keep out! “

START DATE: Apr 7th
END DATE: Apr 30th

6:30 pm
8:30 pm

Richard Lees is a Hull based print-maker, trade-unionist and the chair of Hull Stand Up To Racism. His posters for Rock Against Racism are currently on a UK exhibition tour to galleries in Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Hull, and to schools and Colleges in Hull and the East Riding. For more information, go to www.richardleesprints.co.uk

Exhibition details

START DATE: Apr 7th
END DATE: Apr 30th

6:30 pm
8:30 pm

Location details

HIP Gallery
East Yorkshire, Hull HU1 2PQ, UK