There's a long tradition of creatives attributing works to extensions of their personalities, be it authors escaping their reputations via noms de plume, or ventriloquists distancing themselves from controversial material like "Hey, I'm no dummy!" Opening his first solo show in London but totally not responsible for its content, French street artist Dran.
Hailing from Toulouse and inspired by also-one-named Belgian national treasure Hergé, Dran presents a "warm yet steely take on contemporary society" through the alleged creator of his latest work, a homeless puppet named "Scribouille" who, in the words of Pictures on Walls gallery, is a "modern Tintin -- but with fury and spray paint" (the fury comes from blistering barnacles).
Taking over two floors of a 'til-today secret Soho location, the show's centerpiece will be a shack-like studio, where you'll find an actual model of the pint-sized Scribouille working, surrounded by various materials and inspiration; the rest of the gallery will be presented as a street, complete with trash and signage, and flooded with works drawn on everything from canvas to cardboard to newspaper (an odd choice, as art is clearly alive).
The showcase pieces will be "You Can't Buy Style", with the proverbial rich boy in a posh go-cart staring scathingly at Scribouille as he tags his own ramshackle jalopy (reproduced in 3D for the show), complete with pilfered Mercedes ornament and boom-box taped to the side; and "Marilyn", with pigeons pooping on a wall bearing Monroe's likeness -- for the 3D version, there'll be stuffed pigeons and real poop, because some like it hot, and some like it stool.
Because buying stuff is wonderful, on December 2nd there'll be an affordable-to-purchase, print-only follow-up show at the east London gallery called "I Have Chalks", which sounds like an unpleasant condition, but sure beats a hand up your bum.