Wandered down Electric Avenue after hours recently? Noticed anything different?!
After overcoming multitudinous obstacles, the Electric Patterns Project (produced by The Brixton Project, funded by Lambeth Council and National Lottery Heritage Fund) is going live and brightening up a street near you with bold, colourful abstractions of Brixton’s essential spirit. So take a twilight stroll and keep your eyes peeled to spot every design. To find out more about the project please see here.
In each article of this series we will be highlighting these innovative heritage- inspired designs and letting you know where you can see them for yourself. To find out more about this local creative opportunity, the artists selected and what inspired their designs continue reading.
Location: 41 Electric Avenue, SW98JP
Artist: Brigitte Stepputtis
This artwork is inspired by the dome at the entrance of the legendary grade 2 listed music venue Brixton Academy, now known as the O2 Academy Brixton. This great cultural centre is shown at night, decorated with strips of neon, which enhance the three-dimensional effect of its roof, the arced light features also communicating the idea of stage lighting as experienced at a concert. The repeated pattern is also inspired by Art Deco, a prominent style in historic Brixton architecture.
Brigitte Stepputtis works in a range of media; film, photography, assemblage, prints and emerging digital technologies. While many of her works have a highly aestheticized surface quality, they all share a point of view that is essentially political, often drawing on influences from the arts culture of her native Germany. Her solo exhibitions include Röhsska Museet, Gothenburg; Hanmi Gallery, London and Fondazione Gervasuti, 56th Biennale di Venezia and a two-artist show at Cheongju Art Centre, South Korea. Brigitte was one of 10 invited artists who created a public work for the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad. She most recently showed at the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Bienale in March 2020.
Brigitte Stepputtis is a member of Warrior Studios, an artist collective operating in Brixton since 1990.