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Two Shoes

Playing with fire

3rd October – 4th November 2011

An exhibition which is expected to attract much interest this autumn is the debut collection from TWO SHOES, a collaboration between the photographer Alexis Chabala and designer Simon Williams.

The controversial pieces in the collection will be their work with the use of fire and the creations that evolve when it comes into contact with children’s toys. Simon has been inspired by these destructive forces and the results of combining them with the strong vibrant colours and features of the toys. He maintains that the genesis of the artwork began long before the recent riots. The work symbolises the myriad scars left on children when their parents go through a break-up. The bright blue eyes, glossy golden hair and the smile on the doll’s face still shine through, despite the side of her face being singed - a reflection of the innocence which children still have despite often being confronted with the harsh realities of family break-ups. Toys resemble the beauty and innocence that their young minds are intuitively drawn to despite the difficulties of the realities they may be facing.

Alexis Chabala is a well-established fashion and corporate photographer. Having made his mark in the industry he is in high demand by elite designers such as Wallpaper, Tatler, Burberry and many other highly reputed companies.

Simon is an established name in the field of graphic design and has been running a successful theatre design agency called Feast Creative for over two decades; working with some of the world’s most prestigious theatre clients such as the Royal Court, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and choreographer Matthew Bourne. 

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