In the wake of the recent exploitation of public figures such as Huw Edwards and others by British tabloids, “The People Fled When The Sun Went Down” exposes the hypocrisy of The Sun by wielding their own headlines against them to unmask the hypocrisy ingrained in British media. Corbin Shaw, a significant figure in the modern art world, best known for his exploration into the complex realm of masculinity and identity, unveils a series of 25 striking prints that serve as a scathing, satirical commentary on British tabloid journalism. 

We joined the Sheffield born artist on the eve of the exhibition opening night to experience the recycling process used to create the paper for the unique prints. To ensure that The Sun saw no money from the project, Shaw exclusively used found and stolen copies of The Sun. These copies were then shredded and combined with water to create a pulp (Pulp Fiction could be a good name for this step), which was then dried in sheets to form the paper used for the printing process. The incorporation of The Sun’s own words imbedded within the paper makes for a profound irony as the base for Shaw’s re-contextualised headlines and imagery. 

The show, running until the 12th October, is presented in Jealous Gallery. Jealous is an artist led fine art print publisher and studio together with a physical gallery space located in East London’s Shoreditch, where the exhibition is currently running. The series of 25 text-based designs inspired by the tabloid newspaper are centre pieced by a life-size newsagent kiosk displaying copies of The Sun’s most provocative headlines over the years and finished with the confectionary and cigarettes you’d expect to find on any kiosk, as well as notable items designed specifically by Shaw. 

Exhibition Friday 22nd September – Thursday 12th October 2023

Jealous, 53 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT