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Plastic Fantastic - Chris Ratcliffe’s The All London Blue Bag Extravaganza at Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace

Last night GoSee attended the private view of Chris Ratcliffe’s The All London Blue Bag Extravaganza exhibition at Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace. Chris Ratcliffe is a founding member of the Garudio Studiage creative collective, established in 2003, London.

The blue plastic bag is an often overseen, yet iconic London object. A part of the Londoner’s everyday life, no matter which area they may live in, the blue plastic bag can be found in all corners of the city – from the Royal Borough of Kensington, to the nail bar flooded streets of South East London.

Chris Ratcliffe’s series of 14 plastic bags with hand screen-printed graphics illustrate various areas of London, including ones which aren’t quite the obvious tourist attractions but provide just as much inspiration.

The logos such as ‘My Mum went to Oxford Street and all I got was this lousy blue plastic bag’ are witty takes on the city’s everyday imagery, including Foxtons estate agent’s ‘For sale’ signs that decorate Notting Hill’s houses in today’s age of the credit crunch.

They add value to an everyday object that can often be found littering the city’s streets and encourage the viewer to think about the consumption and disposal of everyday goods.

A limited number of blue plastic bags will be slipped in between the piles that are kept behind corner shop counters, ready to surprise a lucky customer.

The locations are secret and a little note has been placed inside the bags asking the customer to get in touch with the Garudio Studiage creative collective.

Like messages placed in bottles, these plastic bags that are released into the urban raging seas that are London’s streets, will hopefully result in some exciting tales of the bags’ adventures.

Those of us that aren’t lucky in finding the surprise bags will be pleased to read that they can be purchased from the online Garudio Studiage store. ( www.garudiostudiage.com )

Chris Ratcliffe’s The All London Blue Bag Extravaganza
At Westbourne Grove Church ArtSpace,
Westbourne Grove (corner of Ledbury Road),
London, W11 2RW
From 19th May to 29th June.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am – 5pm (Closed Thursdays).
Saturday & Sunday time vary – please call before visiting