Where were we? Keep it aloof, we don’t want people engaging with any of it, art is not for you, don’t be writing about it, we don’t want you making big deals out of anything. Tuesday things then, drops and big deals and you are here and where’s Nick Cave and new Dalek and here we go, it really is a two way thing….
Tuesday, what’s the big deal today then? Well the latest Big Deal show is happening over in Camden this week, another of those art gatherings and a show that looks like is will be alive with interesting artists once more, the link you just passed will take you back to previous Organ coverage and give you more details in terms of this week’s who, when and where. Camden this time I do believe, although they’d prefer we didn’t mention any of that, it ain’t “cool” to have people engaging with art shows, they don’t want coverage, so we won’t. instead here’s more new Dalek…
You Are Here – An Exhibition by David Shillinglaw
You Are Here is a new body of work by a young energetic artist – ranging from large painted canvas, works on paper, wooden assemblages and installation. This body of work pulls together the last 10 years of David Shillinglaw’s practice – combining elements from his work on the street and in the gallery – but also remixing his own personal history – which propels his work into a fresh visual territory. ie David is stepping up his game.
Although conscious of the history of painting, and at the same time celebrating outsider approaches, David’s new work mixes a more formal approach to paint on canvas, whilst including other less ‘finished’ methods of realising ideas. He is taking his street and outsider ethics, aesthetics and sensibilities onto the walls of a West End gallery, as you do.
At first glance, the work of You Are Here leans towards maps and hints at a board game – brightly coloured and playful – but this is just the jump-off point, as his intention is to lead you in, and then hope you get lost. Interactive like – he’s trying to get you involved in his work and not just stood there clutching your plastic cup of white wine nodding your head like you ‘really get the street art influence here’. That’s the old model; we’re way past that.
All the places David has got up in over the past 10 years are represented: NYC, Cape Town, Paris, London, Athens, Kosovo, Etc. All the different walls and streets he has covered with his art, and travelled through now become constellations on a map of his past; a psycho-geographic response to an ever changing, developing, and brave new world, which, you must admit, is pretty neat.
So upon arrival at the exhibition take the supplied map/graphic pamphlet and use this tool to help you navigate through the humour, texts, typography, references, sign posts (both metaphorical and physical) and other cool-as-fuck elements that will undoubtedly end in a sensory overload. But a good one, not one that does your head in. We all need exhibitions like these…
‘Inspired by the relationship we all have with the ideas of being physically/geographically lost, and lost within our own imagination/spirituality. The overriding theme being that its ok to get lost, we all are from time to time, and in fact the process of getting lost goes hand in hand with discovery. We used to find short cuts, we used to draw maps. No we are all guilty of relying on sat-nav and following computer generated pins that lead us to where we want to go. While around us the environment (especially in the city/ especially in London) grow at an alarming rate. Add to that map millions of people, colliding and bumbling around, we are lost in a labyrinth we are convinced has been created for us.’
– David Shillinglaw
‘I’ve watched David mutate from the street to the gallery and – more importantly – back again gain. The difficult juggling act that defines the important artists of our time is that they must keep one eye on the streets, one on the art world, and the third eye on the stuff that really matters: The Gonzo visions that capture the zeitgeist. Otherwise you’re just a fucking illustrator, and there are enough of them already out there. David’s work is everything it should be at this exact moment in time; it is his time to shine and we all know that timing is everything.’
– King ADZ
Meanwhile, NICK CAVE and WARREN ELLIS have a new film soundtrack…..
“Very often a tension can happen between music and picture that is about chance and a kind of unknowingness that can be really amazing. Just by putting together two things that were created in isolation, music and film, suddenly something quite magical can happen.” – Nick Cave The latest ravishing score by Cave and Ellis is for director David Olehoffen’s Loin Des Hommes (Far From Men) and is released through Goliath Enterprises on May 18th. Loin Des Hommes was a triple prizewinner at the Venice film festival (2014) and stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb. Adapted from a short story by Albert Camus, it is a powerful tale of divided loyalties and colonialist violence during Algeria’s war of independence. With its mesmeric drones, pointillist piano jabs, weeping strings and nerve-jangling electronics, this is one of the duo’s most emotive and experimental soundtracks to date, sounding both achingly intimate and cosmically vast”.
More of this tomorrow, maybe, maybe not, no big deal if you don’t want it, plenty of other fish to fry, we’ll cover whatever the hell we want.