From abstractions of the work of Kevin O’Neill to a vision of life on The Hoop from Halo Jones, art inspired by the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic is due to open in London in late March.
Work by leading graphic artists inspired by 2000 AD’s legendary creators will feature in PROG-RESS, presented by 2000 AD and Carhartt WIP at the Dinner Party Gallery in London.
Hosted at London’s Dinner Party Gallery, PROG-RESS explores the lasting influence of the galaxy’s greatest comic, with original artworks from Ed Davis, Oliver Payne, Mudwig, Leomi Sadler, Skatething, Gasius, Will Sweeney, Ancco, Hans Berger, and Liv Preston.
Originally conceived for Carhartt WIP’s biannual publication WIP magazine, the brand has invited various artists from its network of friends and collaborators to offer their own unique take on the 2000 AD universe. The exhibition will feature a variety of works and formats, including sculpture, painting, and video.
Launched in 1977, 2000 AD created sprawling, multifaceted universes, capable of synthesizing politics, literature, subcultures, and films. Their weekly ‘progs’ were often set in futuristic worlds, but offered subtle critiques of ongoing political and world affairs, delivered alongside unique, arresting visuals.
For many, the title was also their first exposure to some form of countercultural visual art. Since then, 2000 AD has inspired countless artists, both in spirit and form, some of whom are featured in this exhibition. The comic also continues to publish regularly today, both online and in print.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 12noon to 6pm daily, from Friday 25 March until Sunday 10 April at the Dinner Party Galley, 70 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5QA