A Cosmic Collision; Urban Art and Street Photography

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It was this photograph that first gave our director Gemma Peppé the idea for our upcoming Urban Art vs Street Photography themed Secret Auction being held at The Other Art Fair Bristol later this month. The image is by an internationally revered street photographer and features the work of equally internationally renowned street artist, Cosmo Sarson. Two luminaries unintentionally collaborate and compliment one another to tell a story on Bacon Street in Shoreditch. 

The image features Cosmo's version of Caravaggio's David with the Head of Goliath, where David takes a selfie. Who better to hijack with a counter-cultural statement than Caravaggio? The 16th Century artist is remembered, of course, as the rebellious, hot-tempered punk of art history and is here featured almost as a third party to the artistic alliance. Neo-classic translates to a revival of the classical style, which Cosmo does, introducing a new audience to traditional subjects with an urban twist.

Gemma told us what it was about the image that struck her-

"The area is all getting redeveloped, especially that particular street. A lot of that market won’t be there in a couple of months. The image shows the stark mix of old East end and new with its hipsters and urban art. The old guy in his flat cap, braces and shiny trousers is oblivious to the street art. And the art takes the social commentary further with Cosmo Sarson’s selfie satire of Caravaggio’s "David and Goliath”. The David and Goliath theme strikes a chord in that area; old East End can’t fight the invasion of the new, high rents, big corporations and high street brands"