Laurie Vincent: Disillusioned
Pop art inspired exhibition by punk band Slaves' guitarist
Its preview coinciding almost to the hour with the announcement of the 2016 Mercury Prize shortlist, this commercial gallery show in a bright and airy new space on Stockbridge's St Stephen Street should gather plenty of attention, despite not being a part of the official Edinburgh Art Festival itinerary. Its creator (sometimes in collaboration with gallery partner Daisy Paris) is Laurie Vincent, guitaris with emotive Brit-rockers and 2015 Mercury nominees Slaves; its style bold and eye-catching pop art which uses vivid colours, a uniform unschooled aesthetic and impudent contemporary references to grab attention. That this is his first full gallery show is a strong selling point
Inspired, we are told, by Warhol and Basquiat, Vincent's pieces possess a child-like quality, married with a downbeat, sloganeering commentary on contemporary life. The title piece bears the word 'Disillusioned' alongside a textually identified gun and a toilet, a ghost and a spaceman, and a hangman drawing. 'Injustice' includes the motto 'It's okay when it's not happening to you' next to a tank, some ghosts, a skull and what looks like a suicide bomber. Branded shopping bags are another motif; there's no question it's all a bit Nathan Barley, but with a knowing sense of humour and a vivid aesthetic sensibility both apparent.
Flaubert Gallery, until 17 Aug, Wed-Fri 10am–6pm, Sat/Sun 11am–5pm free.