I live north of the Thames. For non-Londoners that means it takes a lot to persuade me to venture south of the river. This year the only things worthy of the trip were Method Man at Matter, a meal at the Oxo Tower to celebrate getting a First in my degree and a rooftop screening of The Warriors. But on Monday night I went on a mission to Victoria for Polo Ralph Lauren’s Art Stars auction.
It was worth the trip. And not just for the champagne and mini hot dogs. Thousands were made in the auction with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. 43 artists were chosen to take part in the project, featuring some of the best contemporary artists in Europe and the Middle East. Each participant was given a 3D denim star to customise with the star spangled banner as inspiration.
The stars combined many different styles, with acrylic, gaffer tape, bleach and polyurethane foam used as materials. The artists included painters like Matt Small and Gilles Balmet alongside many names from the street art scene including Herakut and Case, who I interviewed earlier this year. I have many favourites, but if I was to own one I would chose James Jessop’s Captain Kong.
Here’s a video of Rigo creating his star, another I’d like to own.
The stars are on display at Phillips de Pury on Howick Place in Victoria until Friday 10th December. For more information go to artstars.polojeans.com