SIDE BY SIDE - Shantell Martin X Ben Sheppee

Observatory and Design District
Friday 22 Oct—Sunday 31 Oct
Building C1, Design District, Soames Walk, London, SE10 0AX

From Thursday 22nd October - 31st October Shantell Martin and Ben Sheppee come together to present a show of collaborative projects through different mediums including augmented reality (AR), animation, drawing installation and limited editioned prints in building C1.

“Side by Side” will be the artists’ first physical exhibition together since meeting in Tokyo in 2007. The exhibition will be both a retrospective of past pieces and an exploration of current work, and will include collaborative projects between the two artists as well as pieces each artist has created alone 

Works on show will include ‘Bowie 1976’, a collection of three NFTs [non-fungible tokens] created in association with Playboy, and inspired by a Playboy interview with David Bowie in September 1976. 

About Ben Sheppee Ben Sheppee (b.1978, Bristol, UK) has been part of the VJ and audio-visual arts scene for over twenty years. As technology developed and became more accessible, Sheppee began to move into the realms of creating for high profile brands and institutions such as Dior, DNKY, the BBC and the British Library. Sheppee has exhibited his work extensively, with venues including Tate Britain, ICA, San Francisco MOMA and The National Portrait Gallery. Recent projects include ‘Drawdown’, a site-specific installation involving projecting his work onto historical buildings in King’s Lynn, which is due to be restaged in November 2021 to coincide with UN Climate Change Conference COP26. 

About Shantell Martin Shantell Martin is one of the most ground-breaking visual and multimedia artists working today. Below the surface of her signature black and white drawings is an artists’ inquiry into the role of artist and viewer, where a work of art is more than an object of admiration disconnected from its inception. Known for her exploration into the vast potential of the drawn line, using an ink marker, she creates small personal sketches, large-scale murals, live drawings, and collaborations with artists and institutions including Kendrick Lamar, the New York City Ballet, Tiffany & Co., Puma, and Adidas. She has exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The New Britain Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, The Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and MoMA. Recent collaborations have been with the Whitney Museum and Playboy.