I decided, after several requests, to stage an exhibition of my work at a small bar gallery in Prague’s famous Mala Strana district.
The owners of Mad Bar (Plaska 5, Praha 5), keen promoters of modern art, suggested I use their restaurant to display my Popaganda-themed work. Instead of using the more intense images for which I’ve become known, I instead chose a selection of more colourful creations.
This is also the first time I’ve employed the digital print-to-canvas system and I was very impressed with the results (although it didn’t work so well with the black-heavy prints).
The gallery organiser turned out to be useless so Zuzana, my Czech girlfriend and PA, stepped in to organise the prints and help with the installation while I sent out eVites and set up Facebook events to promote the show.
Installation was pretty quick and glitch-free thanks to a fluid hanging system employed by the architects to protect the heritage building.
A last minute problem with the burning of the showreel led to me missing Gilbert Shelton and Robert Crumb’s talk at the Lanterna across the bridge from the exhibition but there was a healthy turn-out for the event with several skate decks and canvases sold.
Show ends July 13th
We originally made this promo for Future Shorts
but, when they decided not to go with the comedic
excitement angle and opt instead for boring talking
heads, we edited it down for our own purposes.
Special thanks to Zoran Kovacevic as Dr.
Sinister, Rory Wilmer as my screen buddy, our DoP,
Trevor McDonald and those builders who let us
use their elevator
Written & directed by Aidan Hughes
(shot on location at the PragueTV Tower,