PV: THURSDAY 23RD JULY
24TH JULY – 30TH AUGUST
For his first solo show in London, Martin presents a collection of drawings which, rendered as simple, stylistically infantile doodlings, appear superficially as playful and amusing. However, a far cry from the technicolour musings and the homogeneous, race-less caricatures that now pour from Walt’s studio, Martin’s alternate, primarily monochrome Neverland, stimulates ominous, often desolate nuances which serve to gather the clouds of an anxiety laden zeitgeist. These subverted and satirical imaginings are reminiscent of the Lewis Carroll’s undertone and his technique draws parallel to the hugely influential Andrew Rae and The Peepshow Collective’s Perverted Science projects which approached some of these sentiments in an albeit more whimsiacal fashion at the turn of the millennia
With the threat of a new calamity around every corner Neuro Disney is this artists cathartic response; a psychologically defunct theme park, it declares ‘This is our imperfect world. This is our sad playground, This is my fear, but I will still find ways to play.’
Illustrator and artist Martin Wollerstam was born in 1981 in Sweden. Having no formal art education Martin started out his artistic career the way most self taught talents do, creating work purely for himself and his friends. He soon progressed into the world commercial design creating flyers for club nights in his hometown.
Since moving to London just over two years ago, Martin has relentlessly strived to bring his work to the public. In 2008 he created a window for our boutique, no-one, an in his short time here has built a sizeable portfolio that includes murals, illustrations and designs for brands such as Selfridges, Swear and Fabric.