Sunday afternoon, Hackney, creme pies, Paul Sakoilsky, the Angus Hughes Gallery and the final day of the rather good looking Nuance Outcasts show, that and a whole lot of looking at me looking at you. The afternoon was mostly about Paul Sakoilsky’s close of show lecture come talk, and an invitation to participate in a Kunst-Clown lecture-action….
“Art is boring” said the little girl reluctantly dragged in by her mother, then she saw Kunsty the clown, she didn’t take much notice of his taking about art and the subtext of society falling apart and artists being the enemies, of integrated virtual networks and neo-feudal globalisation, but she soon forgot about art being boring as the pies started to fly on the last day of the rather impressive portrait show featuring the work of John Lee Bird, Bill Bissett, Richard Ducker, Ben Edge, Ian Gamache, Aly Helyer, Sadie Lee, Fred Lindberg, Richard Meaghan, Paul Sakoilsky and Neil Tait.
“Figurative work and portraiture are outcasts, much out of fashion, for the most part overlooked. I’m addressing this by presenting artists whose work is challenging because of its direction of investigation, or challenging the world full of invention, creating their own journey through life. Portraiture need not restrict itself to painting, drawing, sculpture, the photographic and film – it can be sound or prose, leading me to think about the portrait meal, the notion of you are what you eat. Portraits relate to the layers of the soul.” – William Angus-Hughes.
‘KUNST-CLOWN DISCOURSE ON METHOD ≠3’
A Lecture-Action by Paul Sakoilsky
for the Finissage of Nuance Outcasts
A rare chance to participate in a Kunst-Clown performance, and the last chance to see this superb exhibition. Also on show: a new edition of Kunst-Clown photographic/mixed media works, and premier of the film ‘Kunst-Clown: No-Body’ a performance from this summer’s ‘Fete Worse Than Death (20th Anniversary)’ at Red Gallery, London, made by Slack Alice Films.
About the performance: Starting with a reading of a famous section of Rene Descartes’ ‘Discourse on the Method’ (1637), the Kunst-Clown will attempt to deliver an extemporised lecture concerning concepts of art, politics, technology and economics in the age of integrated virtual networks and neo-feudal globalisation. As per usual, the audience will be invited to pie the artist-philosopher-clown with shaving-foam and sequined pies during the performance.
Paul Sakoilsky is a painter and poet, perhaps best known for ‘The Dark Times’ project and ‘Kunst Clown’ performance series. Since the first performance in Budapest, 2006, the ongoing Kunst-Clown series has taken various guises from the simple to the more elaborate. The common denominator is that the audience is invited to ‘pie’ the performer with shaving-foam pies. There have been attempted philosophy lectures, newscasts, portrait painting sessions as well as a banquet in Naples where food took the place of the usual ‘pies.
Some photos from the show at the Angus Hughes Gallery and from Chatsworth Road Hackney, click on a photo to enlarge or run the slide show. All photos S.W