Press Release 30 Sept 2013


As Hallowe’en approaches, something wicked this way comes to Wadebridge with the launch of Evil & Wild at POP, the town’s new café/gallery.

Acclaimed British artist of the international street art scene and Banksy stablemate, Pure Evil, will exhibit alongside London-based Wildcat Will for the first time, and in Cornwall – a double exclusive for POP, which is the brainchild of Mike Polson.

“The aim of POP is to provide a contemporary arts space that not only celebrates the cutting edge of Cornish creativity but also attracts leading artists from the edgier environs of London’s East End and beyond,” explains Mike. “Our second show certainly achieves the latter with its 21st century take on the Pop Art movement.”

Pure Evil has recently featured in TV series, The Apprentice and Four Rooms, and exhibits globally. The ghoulish grace of his Nightmare series is attracting collectors to acquire canvases in their droves from his Shoreditch gallery, but his work is also accessible to a wider audience because he produces limited edition screen prints – which are available for purchase, exclusively in Cornwall, at POP.  Pure Evil will also be wielding his paint brush live at the Evil & Wild show.

Will Blanchard, aka Wildcat Will, has exhibited his reconfigured ready-mades and collage across the world from London to Los Angeles. Usurping influences from Pop Art and interpreting their twists and turns for the modern day, his work explores self-provocation, humour, whimsy and immediate gratification.

“We are delighted to welcome these two artists to Cornwall and to share their work with a new audience,” adds Mike, former guitarist for Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers, and currently bass player for Louis Eliot & the Embers. “Both artists represent a refreshing disregard of the corporate art world, subverting it from within, and in that spirit of subversion and the spookiness of the season, we will also be hosting a series of pop-up events for children during half-term so look out!”

The Blue Bus Catering Company (Cornwall’s culinary VW camper van) and Wild Bake (wood fired pizza from a converted horse box) will offer pop-up restaurant nights for the grown-ups during half-term too, on Thursday 30 October and Friday 1 November respectively.

Across two floors, POP offers framing services, affordable contemporary art, Cornish themed posters, limited edition prints and photographs upstairs and coffee, cake, an eclectic, ever-changing gallery space and an events venue for hire downstairs.

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