Hell’s Half Acre-interpretations of hell.

Steve Lazarides, one time agent to Banksy is responsible for bringing Hell’s Half Acre to the Old Vic Tunnels from the 12 – 17 October 2010. This ground breaking art event, is being held in the warren of tunnels that were recently discovered deep beneath Waterloo station, and are quite littreally going to be turned into hell, as dreamt up by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

It consists of series of art installations by a bunch of young and cool artists in the maze of tunnels, which were once home to British Rail storage facilities. This is the kind of art event, where the viewer has the chance to interact with the artwork and really get into the whole vibe of the show. The dark, damp tunnels add to the erie atmosphere creating the perfect setting to view the artwork on display.

Dante’s nine circles of hell will be brought to life, by the artists who will provide their own interpretation, with freedom to reference both Purgatorio and Paradiso from the trilogy of The Divine Comedy. The works exhibited will include paintings, sculptures, video, performance and mixed media installations. It is a subterranean journey into hell as envisaged by a group of young, cutting edge artists, a vision of our hellish society under coalition rule, inspired by Dante’s Inferno.

Tickets are free but you have to sign up to view this at: http://www.hellshalfacre.co.uk/

Lazarides gallery is responsible for presenting many brilliant cutting edge works of art from the freshest sources, they are definately worth a look- some of my favourites:















I like images/artwork that provoke a reaction, especially designs that reflect an unspoken part of society or taboo subject matter. Also the least obvious and most unusual combinations excite me, often when two far removed subjects are pieced together like the butterfly shown here!

Controversy provokes reaction and can be the perfect basis for great artwork.

Recognizing fear and putting a spin on it is always a great inspiration for imagery- I am shit scared of spiders, to the point where they make me sweat in fear if I’m confronted with one, this street art gets me going, I like the spin of it being taken for a walk by it’s female owner.


About High Velocity Trifle

My friends call me Sammy Lee but I was born Lee Tomlinson, I play drums in loads of bands and have done since I was 12, music is an obsession of mine, I try to balance it with my other love which is design; digital / hand drawn illustration / photography / video... I love to be creative and get excited when I see other peoples clever use of imagery, whether it be a piece of graffiti, a billboard, a magazine advertisement, brand logo design, an original/against the grain adornment of style, not to mention a well executed shamrock in the head of a pint of Guinness... What? Music and design share many similarities and as a working musician and design degree student I intend on creating work that depicts this as I try to establish myself as a graphic designer. I studied graphic design at ND level after leaving school and since then I have concentrated my efforts on playing music- this has been frustrating to say the least but also given me some incredible moments to cherish- I have some road stories and varied success with a few artists. The music industry leaves you with a very sour, synthetic taste after a while... Kinda like Sambuca but less flammable, but I was fortunate to record in many of London's legendary studio's and play in some great venues. After nearly ten years of sacrificing a decent wage (and occupation) playing music full time, I now want to focus more on my design work and put more of my artistic energy into this area/platform from which to be creative. There will always be critics and confidence breakers in every creative field but at least with creative design you don't have to deal with LSD (lead singer disease) ego platforms, dodgy promoters, touring up and down the country with hairy smelly wannabe rock stars and lugging instruments too and fro setting up only to find out the total attendance at that particular gig is the bar staff and the support band... I don't agree with that in the workplace!
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