The rumours started months ago, now we can confirm, My Dog Sighs exclusive UK exhibition is coming to Bristol!
The Upfest Gallery Presents...
1 November at 18:30 until 24 November at 16:00
Painting on recycled materials is a signature of My Dog Sighs’ work, most recognisable is the staple food, drink and spray cans, which are twisted, crushed and hand painted. Each has its own character, be it melancholic clown or aggressive punk. Working with recyclable materials picked up on the streets, ‘Bristol Can’...’will have a particular slant to celebrate the city, with works produced on cider and spray cans.
My Dog Sighs explains;
“My focus for ‘Bristol Can...’ is using my association of Bristol’s street art scene as well as a tongue in cheek nod to cider drinking synonymous with the west country, using empty cans to create new pieces of art for the show. Upfest festival helped me to gain a new audience and confidence over the years, starting with a 4x4 board initially and culminating to creating a My Dog Sighs van this year. Free Art Friday was born from a desire to interact with the urban landscape and its inhabitants without impacting on them. The narrative is based on counterpointed poignancy that resonates with those that have the opportunity to find them.” Stay tuned for exciting updates...
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My Dog Sighs focuses the relationship and emotional discourse which arises between the work and the audience.
Melancholic figures left on the streets pull the unsuspecting viewer into a confusing moral dilemma;
where the guilt of ‘taking’ is directly opposed with the desire to nurture and protect.
My Dog Sighs's style is characterised by the combination of melancholic and often naive portraiture with the use of found materials including abandoned food cans; an unusual choice when considering traditional street art ideas of painting or pasted walls. Initially stemming from the desire to interact with the true public without causing permanent damage to public and private property this transient work is not concerned with permanence or mass audience, but a beautiful desire to communicate quietly with a single participant. Why cans? By recycling already ‘lost’ and abandoned materials, the cans add a layer of humanity and fragility echoing the solitary moment the 'finder' discovers this lost soul.
After 10 years of giving his art away for free as part of the now infamous Free Art Friday project (‘FAF’ which was covered this year by the BBC's flagship arts program the Culture show), My Dog Sighs has this year finally found himself strapped in to a well-deserved meteoric rise. With an incredible international following in Israel, Japan and of course the UK, three sold out shows under his belt, and astronomical numbers on Facebook and Youtube; My Dog Sighs is fast becoming an important figure on the contemporary art scene.
My Dog Sighs is an artist based on the south coast, with work exhibited throughout the world.