If you come to a private view at CHELSEA space chances are that you will see a London black cab parked outside. From the distinctive yellow and silver livery on the front wings, you will discover that you have just seen CHELSEA cab.
CHELSEA cab is joint project between CHELSEA space and London cabbie and art collector, Jason Brown. CHELSEA Cab includes a featured artwork on the rear doors and the tip-up seats as well as the CHELSEA cab logo and the CHELSEA space address.
The artworks on the doors of CHELSEA cab were originally by Stephen Farthing and the current work is by David Shrigley. The tip-up seats inside the cab have also included works by Gary Woodley and Ian Carr Harris. CHELSEA cab was also included in Late at Tate curated by Donald Smith and Adrian Shaw in August 2007.
Jason Brown and his cab are no stranger to the art world: Brown is well known as a supporter of art and artists and the cab was previously known as 'Cab Gallery' in an internationally renowned project in collaboration with London art dealer Paul Stolper (visit www.cabgallery.com). Over its three year life span, Cab Gallery featured many celebrated British and international names alongside younger up and coming artists. Those wooed by the chance to work with a London cab included Lawrence Weiner, Alex Katz, Bob and Roberta Smith, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Fiona Banner, Jemima Stehli, and Gavin Turk amongst a host of others.
Jason Brown is a bona fide licensed cab driver and CHELSEA cab can be hailed in the street in the normal way. If you are lucky enough to catch him, you will be surprised that Jason's version of 'The Knowledge' includes Art and Americana music as well as the quickest routes around London.