Webzine Edition issue 9

Exhibition: Painkillers – Joanna Rajkowska at l’étrangère, London, 17th September – 24th October 2015

Joanna Rajkowska, Uzi submachine gun, 2014 for P-TCP

Uzi, Painkillers II, 2015, life-size cast, powdered analgesic, polyurethane resin © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

By Guy Sangster Adams

Black and white. Even before one discovers the paradox at the heart of Joanna Rajkowska’s powerful and confronting sculptural series, Painkillers, one is arrested and unsettled by the guns fashioned in pure white. Consciously or unconsciously, the fact that black is the hue one would normally associate with guns taps into the traditional Western cultural duality that black and white symbolise distinct opposites: the dichotomies of night and day, evil and good, war and peace, killing and healing.

Rajkowska’s research into this last pairing informed her series when she discovered a long history of pharmaceutical companies at the forefront of the development of analgesics, antibacterials, and antibiotics, also being at the forefront of the development of chemical and biological weapons. Similarly, engineering companies innovating and producing medical equipment also innovating and producing military hardware.

Joanna Rajkowska, M4A1 carbine, 2014 for P-TCP

M4A1 carbine, Painkillers II, 2015, life-size cast, powdered analgesic, polyurethane resin, © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

Rather than killing and healing being distinct black and white opposites, as the Polish born, London based artist explains, “similar technology is often used in both fields, the same knowledge, quite possibly the same or similar substances, germs, and the same people are often involved. To produce an effective weapon, to define the damage it can cause to a human body, an extensive knowledge about the mechanical/chemical/psychological consequences of its use is needed”. She continues, “It seems that means of killing and means of saving peoples’ lives are related to each other in terms of the forces generating them. This closeness can probably also be found between the means of inflicting pain and relieving it”.

For her visual representation of her theme, she has created life size sculptures of pain inflictors from powdered pain relievers – powdered analgesic tablets; hence the white colouration – and polyurethane resin. Having created her first works in the Painkillers series last year, for her inaugural exhibition at London’s l’étrangère gallery she has specially created new works, Painkillers II.

Joanna Rajkowska,14.5 x 114mm MDZ high explosive shell, 2014 for P-TCP

14.5 x 114mm MDZ high explosive shell, Painkillers II, 2015, life-size cast, powdered analgesic, polyurethane resin, © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

In a separate space within the gallery the exhibition will also feature Rajkowska’s large multi-chambered crystal formation which she brought back from Brazil and which was first exhibited last year outside Erdington Library, Birmingham, as part of her public project, Soon Everything Will Change. Inspired by Brazil’s “fusion of different kinds of beliefs, spiritual orders and rituals”, her intention was not “a site-specific installation but rather a travelling, global device – a mobile chakra”. A chakra that rather than being a ‘centre of spiritual power in the human body’, became “a point of high energy in the organism of the city”.

Joanna Rajkowska, Soon Everything Will Change, 2014 P-TCP

Soon Everything Will Change, 2015, crystal formation, © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

In Painkillers the large crystal will rest precariously on a wooden palette, symbolising the fragility of the human body, not least set against the works of Painkillers II, and within this interrelation her intention is that the object is returned to “its native meaning, simultaneously unifying and futile in its non-human temporality”.

Painkillers – Joanna Rajkowski
runs from 17th September – 24th October 2015
at l’étrangère, 44a Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PD
Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm or by appointment

For more information:
Joanna Rajkowski  www.rajkowska.com
l’étrangère  letrangere.net

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The Art Car Boot Fair Margate Edition with Turner Contemporary Sunday 30th August 2015

The Art Car Boot Fair Margate 2015 flyer for P-TCP
By Guy Sangster Adams

“Growing up in Margate was fantastic,” artist Tracey Emin has said, “you could swim from May until September, you could sit on the beach. Whatever trouble you would get it, it wasn’t as much as if you were in an urban city. Therefore teenage sex is quite high in that part of England. The landscape lends itself to it.”

The landscape around this seaside town on the Isle of Thanet on England’s south coast also leant its inspiration to Romanticist painter, JMW Turner, who said, “the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe”. Throughout his life Turner was continually drawn back to the town by the limitless skies and dramatic light.

Tracey Emin at Art Car Boot Fair P-TCP

Tracey Emin

Sea, skies, sex, already powerful pulls perhaps, but on the Sunday of this August Bank Holiday weekend there are myriad more reasons to be in Margate as The Art Car Boot Fair, at the invitation of Turner Contemporary, visits the town for the first time. The gallery on the seafront, in the car park of which the fair will take place, sits on the site of Mrs Booth’s guest house, where Turner stayed when visiting Margate; he not only loved the town for the sky and the light, but also Mrs Booth.

Gavin Turk Art Car Boot Fair P-TCP

Gavin Turk

Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard, Vic Reeves, and Jessica Albarn, are all part of the great line-up of artists taking part in the Margate edition of The Art Car Boot Fair. Now in its 11th year, it is co-curated by sisters Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward who have developed the event, which combines a car boot sale and an art fair, from writer and independent art consultant Ashton’s original idea. Taking inspiration from events that took place in East London in the 1990s – the late art impresario Joshua Compston’s ‘artist’s garden fête’, The Fête Worse than Death, and artist Gavin Turk’s Livestock Market and Agricultural Shows – her desire was to “pick up where they left off with the intention of re-introducing some summer fun and frivolity into a thriving but increasingly commercial London art scene”.

“We aim for the Art Car Boot Fair to be a day when the artists let their hair down,” Ashton and Hayward say, “and for all-comers to engage with art in a totally informal way, and to pick up some real art bargains to boot!” All the artists taking part in the fair create special limited editions and sell them in-person at affordable prices.

Hit art sale concept Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair travels to Folkestone Harbour to coincide with the Folkestone Art Triennial.

Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward

The theme of the 2015 Art Car Boot Fairs is ‘dogs in art’, which has also informed the Art on Postcard series which will be available at the Margate event. These postcards are specially commissioned, signed, limited editions, by artists including: Rankin, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarson, Robert James Clarke, Margot Bowman and Benjamin Murphy. All proceeds from Art on a Postcard go to the Hepatitis C Trust.

Alongside the artworks the fun and frivolity will also be riotously stoked and stimulated by an array of suitably eccentric and eclectic activites and spontaneous promenade performances and happenings, including: The Dog in Boot photo shoot in a vintage Vauxhall Viva, Vanera Camera Obscura (an ex-NATO camper van turned into a pin-hole camera, taking portraits on giant pieces of photographic paper), Pin the Tiara on Edvard Munch’s Scream, a knitted swimsuit fashion parade, free custom screen-printing at The Copy Shop, Poetry Roulette, the inky selfie machine, Cabaret Futura stage featuring live music, stand-up, and quite probably the outlandishly unexpected, and a dog show along the seafront promenade, with a judging panel made up both of dog experts and artists, and special prizes including Most Inspiring Hound.

Hit art sale concept Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair travels to Folkestone Harbour to coincide with the Folkestone Art Triennial.

Vic Reeves

Sea, skies, sex… art, tiaras, and inspiring hounds… this August Bank Holiday Sunday for me you can indeed, as Messrs Chas and Dave had it in their ode to Mr Turner’s favourite town, “keep the Costa Brava”, Margate is going to rock!

The Art Car Boot Fair | Margate Edition with Turner Contemporary
Supported by Vauxhall Motors and the Arts Council of England
Sunday 30th August 2015, 12 – 4pm,
Admission: £3
at Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Artists taking part in The Art Car Boot Fair Margate:

Tracey Emin & Emin International · Gavin Turk · Vic Reeves and Michael Hogben · Rachel Howard · True Rocks· Matt Collishaw · Polly Morgan · Holly Allan· Jessica Albarn · Camille Phoenix · Lizzy Rose & Kate Hare · Crate including Erin Hayhow, Sam Giles, Holly Rodgers, Layla Jessica Moore, Madeline Webb, Krztian Borst, Dom Elsner, Jack Coulson, Hannah Weatherhead, Tom Langley, Jeremy Deller, Joanna Jones & Clare Smith (Dover Arts Development), Moyra Derby, Charley Vines and Leigh Clarke · Limbo including Paul Hazelton, David Price, Tessa Farmer, Steve McPherson, Tasha Marks (AVM Curiosities), Sarah Wicks, Sarah Craske and Katie Welsford · Resort including Dan Chilcott , Charlie Evarist Boyce, Crowther/Plant, Jo Elbourne and Jason Pay, Kate Harrison, Steve Ibb, Nick Morley, Heidi Plant, Julia Riddiough, Sara Wicks, Rachel Wilberforce, Leise Wilson and Angeli Yara · Bon Volk Studios · Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton · Nicole Mollett and the Kent Cultural Baton · Tom Thumb Theatre and Jessica Jordan-Wrench · Simon Merrifield · Bob Chicalors · BeDRAGgled from Amy Redmond / SINK The PINK · Sir Peter Blake (TBC) · Scrawl Collective · Carla Petschek · Soul Fast Food · Kristjana S Williams · Moniker Projects · Turps Painters · Bumble and Earwig · Alice Herrick & KEELERTORNERO · Hantverk & Found with C.A.Halpin, Angela Frederico, Tom Swift, Jason Pay, Sam Zine · Alteria Art · Binnie Sisters · Wilma Johnston · Silvia Ziranek · Dolores De Sade · Marty Thornton · Art on a Postcard with Rankin, Robert James Clarke, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarsen, Margo Bowman and Benjamin Murphy for the Hepatitis C Trust · David J Batchelor · Frances Richardson · Jake Clarke · Kate Knight · Joseph Gibson · The Juncture ·Andrew Cunningham · Cultivate feat. Sean Worrell, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent and Julia Maddison · Dylans Mobile Book Store · Francis Thorburn· Swifty ·Lucy Soni · Jealous Gallery · Club Shepway · Paul Sakoilsky · Mark Jones · X-ray Fog · Ian Dawson and The Copy Shop

For more details:
Art Car Boot Fair: www.artcarbootfair.com
Turner Contemporary: www.turnercontemporary.org

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Rockaway Beach: Johnny Marr, Public Service Broadcasting, Echo & The Bunnymen to headline new indoor music festival 9 – 12 October 2015

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

By Guy Sangster Adams

With a name inspired by The Ramones’ 1977 single, Rockaway Beach is a new indoor music festival, “the inspiration for which,” says festival organiser, Ian Crowther (from The Way of Music), “comes from the pure excitement of hearing great music for the first time”. His criterion for the line-up is that it should “bring together a selection of the best emerging, breakthrough talent, and established alternative artists”.

Echo & The Bunnymen

Echo & The Bunnymen

To this end the acts already confirmed include Johnny Marr, Spiritualized, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Monochrome Set, and The Fall. Alongside, Public Service Broadcasting, whose live AV Transmissions weave old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics, Ghost Poet, the 2011 Mercury Music Prize nominee, who mixes spoken-word, electronica, and alt-rock, plus a live electronica set from acclaimed DJ and producer, James Holden.

Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting

Also, the hotly-tipped, Lola Cult, “brooding psychedelic rock” – The Independent, “all motorcycle thrills and fuzzed up guitar lines” – Clash Magazine, Skinny Girl Diet, “putting the grrr into riot girl” – i-D, “evil twin sisters of the Shangri-La’s” – God Is In The TV Zine, and FURS the London-based four piece who play stateside influenced psychedelic pop with a distinct UK sound and are due to release their debut album in 2015.

Skinny Girl Diet

Skinny Girl Diet

Rockaway Beach, which is presented by The Way of Music, an independent music promotions company, in partnership with Butlin’s Live Music Weekends, takes place at Butlin’s Bogner Regis, on England’s south coast, from 9th – 12th October 2015. The Butlin’s resort has a residential capacity of 5000 and so Rockaway Beach will be, as Ian Crowther says, “an intimate festival, allowing audience and artist to get close and share their love of music”. Tickets for the festival include accommodation and access to all the live music venues. Early bird tickets are available now for a limited period from £85.

For full line-up and more information:
http://www.rockawaybeach.co.uk/
www.bigweekends.com/rockawaybeach

From the Plectrum-The Cultural Pick archives. Read a live review of Echo & The Bunnymen here: http://theculturalpick.com/wordpress/webzine/thebunnymen/

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Taschen returns with the Summer Warehouse Sale

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The Taschen warehouse sale has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the arts world. This year the sale will be returning with up to 75% of some of the most sought after books, with some books being the last of the stock (so you better get there quick!)

Running from June 25th to 28th 2015 there are 50% to 75% discounts available in all Taschen stores worldwide. There is a minimum of half-price on titles from cutting-edge design, stunning photography and some of the most beautifully designed fashion books.

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The London store in Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, will feature some of the very best bargains and in a special twist, the publisher is bringing the #TASCHENsalefie promotion to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The most “liked” photos using this hashtag will win a share of up to $10,000 of Taschen books, this is set to fire imaginations and create a stir!

For more information have a look here: http://www.taschen.com/

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Free Range: A Season of Graduate Art and Design Shows

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Free Range is back with their annual graduate season showcasing the best creative graduates in the UK. Over the next six weeks the art and design shows will showcase talent from different disciplines such as fashion, design, photography, art, architecture and interior design. Held in the heart of East London at the Old Truman Brewery the shows are the perfect way to view the future elite of the art world.

With Free Range’s focus being on graduates the shows are incredible opportunities, for both the public and industry experts to be part of the journey from graduate to renowned artist. Not only is Free Range celebrating the incredible talent but they are also helping the graduates take their first steps into the creative industry and encouraging them to explore their future.

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Throughout the 6 weeks, alongside the exhibitions and shows, British Journal of Photography and Cass Art who are working in partnership with Free Range to support the graduates, will curate talks and workshops. With each week showcasing a different discipline the exhibitors are given the chance to display their work outside of a university situation for the first time and fully submerge themselves into the experience.

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Creative Director and founder, Tamsin O’Hanlon, explains: “The aim of Free Range Shows is to provide career development and opportunities for the incredibly talented artists from leading arts schools. By inviting the public to explore and embrace the cutting edge art that has been created, we hope to inspire the next generation of artists. This year we will be pushing boundaries further than ever with the staggering work on display, such as performance architect Alex Schweder’s collaboration with the Cambridge University Architecture society, an installation called Push Me Pull You”.

Free Range Shows, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
For more details: http://www.free-range.org.uk

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