show is telling you that: Fine art is concerned with itself
in a way that no other art form could get away with. Art people
are neurotic contends Freud. Sublimated desire erupts in their practice.
sexual energies are channeled into areas where the impulse that
dictates them erupts again and again. Instead of obfuscating they
should by stylish and hip. They should also be willing to exploit
the downtrodden, the outsiders, the experience of others and put
it to their own service. Because self-love rules.
want some of your attention; give it to me. Chrisse Hynde This
work is new and valuable: in dealing with culture, with desire,
with Being, with incongruity, with misplaced, mis-shaped, look at
me, look what I done, mentality, sensuality: broken and bastardised.
The barriers that define the normal, the bogeymen, out there: Your
worst nightmare and your waking secret dream. To be violated by
that which you violate. If not them, then me: If not me, then them.
my people go go' - Moses or Sly and the Family Stone Remove
the middle class nexus that neuters and drains of all vitality the
wonderful human exuberance of being. Puritan is suspicious of anything
that gives pleasure. Pleasure yourself.
Thesis of Radical Chic suggests that the privileged adopt the modes
of dress of the exploited, the outsiders, the undesirables. The
Romance of 'Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves', Cher, has a long history.
The economically disenfranchised, the surplus humanity that keeps
labour cheap for the masters; Tax evaders are great material for
A FAST ONE The exploited become models for emulation in style
matters. Poverty is extremely marketable. This is what this show
does. Using individuals that belong to marginalised groups provides
us with chilling monsters. We let them speak.
AWAY with MURDER Music and fashion are pre-occupied with the
poor urban blacks of North America. It's cool to be Poor.... and
make good. This is what the privileged wish to tell the world by
adopting the style of the marginalised: they have made it on their
not ROMANCE To be poor and to become a master is every young
blood's dream. But this solves no one's problems and lets selfishness
rule. This way of managing our existence is no longer tolerable.
Let's give life over to pleasure not struggle.
FILTH is the ONLY WAY The piety and the self pity of those that
identify with out groups has been underestimated. The only motivation
is that of self-interest.
Centre of Attention has no Centre The romantic gypsy gallery
continues to wander intrigued by the marginal as an identity the
gallery reflects its own nature. Exploit or take on elements of
the appearance of out groups, elements outside society. If you want
to be cool.
We thank the Notting Hill Arts Club and Ola for their support.