Vibrant digital art materialises in Shoreham High Street

Matt Whistler, from digital art duo The Artful Bodgers, at the pop-up exhibition in Shoreham. Picture: Bonny Hazelwood
Matt Whistler, from digital art duo The Artful Bodgers, at the pop-up exhibition in Shoreham. Picture: Bonny Hazelwood

The opening night of a mysterious art gallery in Shoreham High Street unleashed a playful philosophy of ‘bodrification’ on the town.

The Artful Bodgers, a duo of digital artists, originally had no intention of setting up the exhibition at 16 High Street.

However, when they edited a photo of the outside of the empty unit to appear as if they were opening a gallery there, a humorous online exchange led to the owners inviting them to do just that.

Among the featured exhibits were imaginative depictions of Adur Ferry Bridge and a three-dimensional sculpture made from inanimate objects to celebrate the world of the random, featuring numerous silver surfers allocated to shoot paint across Planet Earth.

Speaking about the work, Matt Whistler, the only Bodger to appear in public, said: “If you don’t look round the corner, you’ll just go round the bend.”

On November 3, the space will transform into Neighbourhood Store, a selling platform for local artists and designers.

Meanwhile the Artful Bodgers are on the lookout for a new home.

Emma Criddle, co-owner of Neighbourhood Store, said: “We act as a bit of a launchpad.

“I think it’s going to cause a bit of an uproar in Shoreham – it needs a boom of colour and creativity.”

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