1. HA HA Gallery presents Nomoneyfun. An exhibition by Mette Hammer Juhl and Lorenzo Tebano.

    LAUNCH PARTY: SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER, 6 - 9 PM, ALL WELCOME

    EXHiBITION CONTINUES UNTIL SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER

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    Nomoneyfun

    Mette Hammer Juhl, Lorenzo Tebano

    The rubbish pile has no hierarchy, everything becomes equal in the layers of waste yet here we are still dreaming of a job whilst watching unsold pieces of yesterday’s life stagnate inside window displays.

    The shopping center is both a carnival and a prison of our desires it offers instant spontaneity, fantasicing, exploring, stealing, wasting time and hanging-out. The youth who either refuse or are excluded in the communion of consumerism celebrate the neglected corners in the architecture of the shopping center and temporarily transform them with their presence.

    Unlike other forms of leisure this public display of inactivity is unquantifiable and could be considered a protest as it greatly juxtaposes the intended function of the space. What sorts of social and cognitive activity can this environment offer and as shoppers are moving online how will the mall adapt?

    You are invited to come and waste time. WHATEVER.

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    Mette Hammer Juhl and Lorenzo Tebano live and work in Copenhagen where they run the project space WHOA NOW.

     
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  3. DEAD FAMOUS

     

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  5. Dead Famous // Accompanying Text

    It might be a stretch to compare the curation of a group exhibition of 15 young artists to the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan in 1992. It’s 9 members were brought together from previously unaffiliated gangs, who where in some cases rivals, and unified to bring about what is generally agreed to be the most influential hip hop group of the 20th century. I think it is an interesting comparison to make, given Wu-Tang’s recent decision to release a new album as a work of collectable fine art that is carefully protected from becoming public.

    In music as well as fine art presenting the work of members of a group has been a way for individuals to shine through and take the glory as solo artists. Wu-Tang is the only group where each of it’s 9members has had a solo album at the same time as releasing albums together.There could then be a comparison here between the artist collective and the group show. Recently it seems more common for groups of artists to be treated as a singular production team, for example Bernadette Corporation and Bruce High Quality Foundation. Regarding the latter art group Bob Colacello was quoted as saying ‘Everyone is famous now, as Andy predicted. So maybe anonymity becomes the new kind of glamour.’

    This idea of anonymity also relates to the Wu-Tang clan, where each of it’s members has a bold alter ego and name that acts as a badge of respect and creates a specific kind of aura. In their videos and performances they often have their faces obscured, which unifies the gang’s members and makes them only distinguishable by their individual rapping styles.

    There is also a relationship between anonymity, power and accountability. In the documentary ‘Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan’ Poppa Wu tells a tragic story of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, an eccentric man living by his own rules in a world of drugs, alcohol and exceptional creativity, who ends up getting caught out. The argument is made that any other celebrity at the time would have been sent to rehab while ODB ended up in prison, an environment that was so unbearable to him that he set himself on fire to get transferred to the psychiatric unit. However according to another source he did spend time in a court-mandated drug treatment facility before going to prison.

    In the context of his arrest Ol’ Dirty Bastard became Russell Jones, like a superhero unmasked. Sentenced to 2- 4 years at the height of his fame for driving without a license and for being a convicted felon wearing a bulletproof vest (the first person arrested for this offence under a new California law). He died in 2004 after he was released, caused by an overdose of cocaine and tramadol. Before his death he is quoted as saying to a close friend ‘I’m waiting to die, because when I die you mother fuckers is gon’ wake up.’

    The Wu-Tang symbol has recently been used by Luc Fuller in a series of paintings, apparently it was not intended as a reference to the clan itself or their music but rather an example of how a symbol can flood the collective memory. The Wu-Tang symbol exists as pure meaning in the same way as a member’s unique name, there is no other ODB, no other Wu-Tang symbol, and yet Russell Jones’ brilliant mind belonged to a physical body and a socially implicated name.

    The art object acts as a symbol or an alias, it is the production of an iconic substitute, and can be created to represent an individual or collective identity.

    Tommy Camerno 

    www.shneeto.tumblr.com

     

  6. DEAD FAMOUS OPENING GALA

     
  7. SHOW CONTINUES TO THE 2ND OF AUGUST

     
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  9. DEAD FAMOUS FEATURING WORKS BY

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    RAFAL ZAJKO

    rafal-zajko.com

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    ROSHNI BHAGOTRA

    www.roshnibhagotra.com

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    HANNAH DINSDALE ROBSON

    www.hannahdinsdalerobson.com

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    LIBERTY HODES

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    PAUL VIVIAN


    http://www.paulvivianstudio.com

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    JETHRO GERMAN

    jethro-german.co.uk

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    ISAAC WHITCOMB

    cargocollective.com/isaacwhitcombe

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    ANA AGUIAR

    www.aleala.com

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    CHARLIE JAMES

    charliejamesartist.weebly.com

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    PAUL KINDERSLEY

    www.paulkindersley.co.uk

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    FRANCESCA BLOMFIELD

    www.francescablomfield.com/

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    MUSTAFA CHOUDHRY

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    HENRY PETRIDES

    www.henrypetrides.wix.com/henrypetrides

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    LIV FONTAINE

    www.livfontaine.com

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    ALEX BELL

    www.alexandrabell.co.uk

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    EDWARD ALDERWICK

    http://edwardalderwick.tumblr.com/

     

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