Changing Room Gallery presents 'RES. 006' featuring John Sheehy and Joseph Aina. The Sixth in our residency’s series, both artists took over the top floor of 13 Manette Street, Soho - a former building site, turned temporary home to Changing Room Gallery.
Sheehy’s initial interaction with the Gallery - curiously wandering into our exhibition space one Monday morning - was reflective of how we desire the public to interact with artists in residency.
Aina’s work grapples with narratives concerning social discourse on the ills of popular culture and race. His paintings function as a biography of a Black man, which brings to light truths and experiences that spectators viewing his art must consider.
The pair were an unusual but fitting match. Both are painters, spiritual beings and are drawn to street art seen in passing. Soho immensely inspired the work both artists produced throughout their residency - from research to final pieces. For instance, Aina’s colour palette was crafted by considering the energy of Soho, while Sheehy’s love of language led him to dig deep into poets and painters throughout history.