Thanks to Dukkan for making this happen. xx
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
In collaboration with one of the most productive and offbeat creative houses in town, Dukkan, Heretic, LE GUN and Bare Bones are back in town after last year’s limited edition prints sale success.
The eight thriving names from London’s pleasantly strange art collectives will be drawing, painting and giving away a glimpse of their signature style. Curated by Damla Kurklu and Necdet Sahin, an exclusive silk print workshop taking place between the 16th and 20th of November, “Never Mind The Bosphorus” is sure to be a genuine experience for both its attendees and visitors; who will be able to buy the freshly created, limited edition goodies as the workshop continues. And the best part is -being an attendant is totally free.
SUZANNE TARASIEVE PARIS / LOFT19
Passage de lʼAtlas – 5, Villa Marcel Lods 75019
Le Gun and The Black Squid, La Catastrophe
Exhibition 4 November 2011 – 23 December 2011
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am–7pm and by appointment
Opening Friday 4 November, 6–9pm
Le Gun and The Black Squid, La Catastrophe
Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve has the pleasure to announce the exhibition of LE GUN.
Le Gun are the artists Neal Fox, Robert Rubbish, Stephanie Von Reiswitz, Chris Bianchi.LE GUN was founded in 2003 by a group of MA graduates from the Communication Art and
Design course at the Royal College of Art, London. Also, LE GUN is an independent narrative
illustration publication and provides a common ground for both emerging and established artists,
illustrators, writers and poets.
The Black Squid (Le Calmar Noir) were a group of surrealist artists based in Paris who broke off from the core group of the surrealists in 1924 in disagreement with André Breton's manifesto and their continued use of colour. François Lardon, Thomas Le Turk, Olga Tiktokova, Diego Mangina, and Éduard Lezard were talented artists but little known outside their small bohemian circle and have since faded into the margins of art history.
The group believed that dreams were always in black and white, and that the exclusive use of black and white in art would make the everyday into a dreamscape. They claimed they had simultaneously dreamed of a giant black squid who imparted their manifesto. Apart from exploring the squid as a dream symbol for latent sexual desires, they revered black ink as a liquid of creation.
Not long after the split, on September 25th 1925, the five artists held a black and white banquet, the exact motivations behind which remain unclear. They consumed a sumptuous meal and varied drinks, and strange sounds were reported to have emanated from the room. All five artists left the banquet intact and went their separate ways, but catastrophically all five found their demise in various ways the very same night.
The debris of the mysterious final dinner was documented in minute detail. No poison was found, or evidence of a suicide pact, and hypothesizing about what actually happened that night was for a while a popular pastime in fashionable salons. Soon however the whole event faded into oblivion.
The original document detailing the exact layout of the room & the objects within it still exists.
As a group of artists working in black and white, LE GUN feel a strong connection to the Black Squid group and were particularly intrigued by this age old mystery. As well as reproducing large scaleportraits of the Black Squid's elusive members, based on the group's original 'exquisite corpse' drawings, LE GUN has attempted to recreate the final supper before the catastrophe, which will be shown alongside the Black Squid's last known surviving painting.
Besides having collective exhibitions, performances and the self-titled Magazine, Le Gun have
produced large-scale communally executed drawings in London, opened a curiosity shop, cooperated with Paul Smith for a clothing line, produced a music clip for Pete Doherty's Babyshambles and
recently did an impromptu window display/exhibition, talk,etc at Arrtco Collection in Beijing, China.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
'75 Peters', the exhibition will be held in Brisbane, Australia (in association with the Institute of Modern Art) and London on the occasion of Iconic British Architect (and Archigram founder) Sir Peter Cook's 75th brithday.