Touring the streets of east London earlier this week with a heavy portfolio of stencils, and their little daughter in tow, were artist duo Jana & JS. Ahead of their show 'Inner World' at Stolen Space Gallery, the Austrian/French duo have been busy leaving their marks on Brick Lane.
Although they usually draw inspiration from their urban surroundings, their most recent work has a different focus entirely. Having worked together now for over ten years, their new show centres on their relationship with each other as well as the passing of time, and the works are full boundless passion and emotion.
The three stencil artworks just left and right off Brick Lane as well as the work exhibited in the gallery are based on their own photographs and usually consist of two layers of stencils, which are then hand finished by either Jana or JS.
If you feel like hunting down the work yourself, the first one of the three can be found on Fashion Street on an electrical box in front of Jimmy C's 'Joe's Kid'. The second one is further down towards Allen Gardens in a dank alley, where you can also bask in the reflection of a giant fish tank by artists Fanakapan and Louis Masai. The final piece is an image of a curled up girl on Quaker Street.
Make sure to swing by the gallery before July 31 to catch a glimpse of their creative use of jigsaw wood canvases, Austrian oven doors and pharmacy desk drawers. It’s street art with a domestic edge – hey, we all have to grow up eventually, right?