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Showing: 'Wall To Wall' Group Show at Hang-Up Gallery with Exclusive Indoor Installation by RUN

04/04/2014 16:29 BST | Updated 04/06/2014 10:59 BST

In a recent interview with Iggy Pop for Interview Magazine, renowned artist Shepard Fairey admits that 'For me, there has always been a disconnect with the sort of elitist structure of the high-art world--and my distaste for that is at odds with my feeling that art should aspire to do great things...I'm not saying I'm above any of this--I'm a part of it. '

This short quote grasps the complex relation between institutionalized art and art in public spaces so well, that it hardly needs any explanation. Street art has lived a while now on the brink of acceptance and it has slowly made its way to the white-walled gallery spaces. The transition from urban to confined institutional settings has not been a straight forward nor an easy one, but it seems more like a natural progression and it is a proof of the movement's maturity and evolution.

Just over a week ago Hang-Up Gallery hosted the opening of its newest show 'Wall to Wall'. Quite a challenging project, the exhibition strives to reveal that maturity and diversity of the often illicit practice of street art.

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'Wall to Wall' was a far from easy to curate show. First and most important challenge to overcome during the process of curation, was to justify the fact that a generic gallery setting is and can be an acceptable surface for street art.

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It is true that street art uses the city walls as its main canvas, but it also a fact that the movement has took the gallery challenge and it now resides within the white cube quite comfortably - a sign of its resilient and dichotomous nature...

'Please Lie to Me', 2008, David Choe

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To answer this, the solution was to carefully juxtapose examples of works by artists that used space as another medium with freshly painted installation created for a gallery setting. Maintaining this fragile balance was a curatorial priority.

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'Wrong War' Placard, and 'Soup Can', Banksy

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'Bunny Boy', Faile

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'Jerome', Matt Small

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All the works above reveal the wide spectrum of street art as a multimedia creative practice. They are examples of the movement's duality, recreated through (painted with) a vast array of materials and techniques; a blur between 'high' and 'low' culture...

RUN's installation 'Overflow' is the natural response to the call of bringing street art into gallery spaces, blurring again the contrast high-low in its own unique way.

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Detailed shots of the installation.

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The artist in front of 'Overflow'.

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Some say street art is dead. We tend to disagree... Street art is not dead, it has just shed from its skin and matured to become this re-imagined, unrestricted by class and status inclusive practice, constantly pushing boundaries and provoking thoughts, communication and ideas that really matter...

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'Wall to Wall' is on view 22 March - 27 April 2014

Images: Josh Chow, Chuck Noble an Carla Nizzola