The suitably gritty, urban surrounds of The Rag Factory in London’s East End is welcoming a veritable Who’s Who of UK and international street art under the banner Go Hard or Go Home. Headlining the event is Pure Evil – any mention of him must begin with his ancestor Sir Thomas More, author of Utopia and later victim of the axe-happy Henry VIII. Pure Evil’s work is in contrast pretty dystopian, coming from a background of Thatcherite misery which found a voice in urban art after 10 years designing streetwear in America.
The exhibition has been curated by J Patrick Boyle, who has curated a few of his own pieces into the mix (one of the perks of the job, but definitely there on merit) – another of those anarchic Bristolians, the artist formerly known as Motorboy produces a variety of works from memorabilia assemblage to signs riffing on song lyrics and soundbites. Also on the bill are Sickboy (Bristol) bringing his signature visual chaos, bold Parisian style from Mambo, Beejoir (UK via Thailand), and a long list of other notables. The gallery off Brick Lane is the place to go from 31 October to 4 November.