Sunday, 24 April 2011
Hello heres some
more photos from
the opening of close eyes to exit
at the red gallery on the 1st april
i am off to berlin today so will update
the blog when back next week
Saturday, 23 April 2011
here are some photos i took
of the night of the opening
of close eyes to exit
on the 1st april at the red gallery
very sexy photos yes
lots more to come
bye for now
Thursday, 21 April 2011
A young man from the us of a
has written a review of the LE GUN 123
book its very good his please
check it out below heres the young mans
name and tittles
C. Daniel - Journalist, Scholar, Historian, Cultural Critic, Networker, Creative Mind, Lover of Humanity, "the Psychedelicasoulrebel, " or you can call me "the Hip Hop ED Bradley"/"The Journalistorian."
big love to you man
bye for now
This may be by a long shot, but this book I just read is a TRIP, yo!
I mean it! Le Gun 1,2,3 commemorates the first three editions, first published around 2004, of probably the most mentally excruciating yet cutting edge magazine I’ve ever seen: 202 pages worth of iconoclasm but sheer craziness considering you have the PDF like I do. I’d honestly be lyin’ to y’all by sayin’ that I could grasp every concept behind the bulk of the material, or “pictorial poems” as I saw noted somewhere.
Don’t believe me? What the hell would you think if you were to see some all red cover art with a three-legged man standing in front of a window? What about a black-and-white sketch of a woman takin’ a shit in front of her husband with a caption reading “LOVE IS?” That shit might freak you out, too!
Well, um…Le Gun 1,2,3 does come courtesy of London’s thought-provoking Royal Academy of Art alumni-turned-editorial brainchildren Robert Greene, Neal Fox, Chris Bianchi, and Bill Bragg along with graphic designers Matthew Appleton and Alex Wright. It was even better to read Andrzej Klimowski’s, the Royal Academy’s Professor of Illustration, front row seat narrative for how Le Gun all began leading up to the progress of the visually stunning collection (or abomination in some areas). At first glance, I couldn’t agree with their esteemed mentor more that Le Gun at first wasn’t organized worth a damn. It was quite “titillating” in way too many sections – either these guys have a healthy obsession with nude women throughout the entire text or areolas are nothing more than a novelty. DAMN! I asked myself a million times as I sift through the literature, “What’s with all of the damn risqué thinking?” It’s kinda creepy, don’t you think?
However, there is raw wit, irreverent humor, and social commentaries between the pages that I can appreciate. This shit will fuck you up in the head if you ain’t careful. Something was up when I saw the picture of the girl with her hand covering her mouth in the first few pages. Imagine a crucifix with an out-to-lunch sign tacked in the center. I was on the floor laughin’: knowin’ that in the back of my mind that the average American would act a damn fool over this! Think about it; doesn’t it make you wonder how many folks would question this or totally get pissed off? Oh well…I thought the Steven Seagal head on the bird body was kinda funny, too.
Anyway, Le Gun is so wild and avant garde, it’s brilliant…in concept I might add. I do like the variation of visual art – the black and white still photographs, collages meshed within the sketches, quotes in gargantuan block fonts, pseudo-comic strips with captions in; around; and underneath the images, distorted yet demented caricatures, and hallucinogenic-lookin’ stories. The storyboards and layouts at the end of each issue are a nice touch. Once we get to segue into the second and third volumes, we finally get some color scheming goin’ on with sleeker, well-defined imagery (and neater penmanship, of course). I actually prefer when Le Gun transitions into this children’s storybooks-looking format. Yes, Le Gun is everything Herbert Fischl says in the foreword: timeless fantasies built with ink-stained hands and common ground.
Le Gun is without reservation an uber psychedelic alt-world: in other cases, just a lot of shit goin’ on (probably too damn much for some of y’all). LOL!!
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Hello the interweb
here are some photos of me in the
unkown room taken by rebecca thomas
i am looking very camp and clashing
with the black and white room
show still on till sunday at the red gallery
bye for now
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
IMPROMPTU LAGER SOIRÉE This Saturday afternoon LE GUN and Bare Bones artists and contributors will be gathering to kiss goodbye to their exhibition wi
IMPROMPTU LAGER SOIRÉE
This Saturday afternoon LE GUN and Bare Bones artists and contributors will be gathering to kiss goodbye to their exhibition with a few drinks, as well as sign copies of the aforementioned publications for anyone who wants one... plus Midlife Crisis DJ's, and artist / taro reader - Kevin Quigley presents for you - MYSTER K'S MYSTIC METAL TARO EMPORIUM (tarot reading / metal disco)
4 til 8pm Saturday, at CLOSE EYES TO EXIT, Red Gallery, Rivington Street London E2
Sunday, 10 April 2011
on Saturday 16 April from 16.00 to 18.00 LE GUN artists and contributors will be signing books and sharing a few sherries at the Red Gallery, anyone is welcome...
so if you want to buy a copy of
le gun and then get it written on
with our priceless john hancocks
please come on down show is open
daily apart from monday
Friday, 8 April 2011
So tonites the big warhehouse party at the red gallery
fun fun fun
lots of bands and djs
above is the
Limted edition collaboration 3 colour screenprint available on the night at the Red Gallery.
Artsists : Heretic, Chris Bianci, Harry Malt, Robert Rubbish le gun/bare bones/heretic
more for your money
for sale on the night
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Must Not Miss – Eye To Exit – an exhibition by LE GUN and Bare Bones.
Bare Bones and LE GUN have entirely covered the walls, floors and ceilings of the Red Gallery in ink, paint, pens, paper, possibly blood, snot and tears.
The opening night saw monstrous gangs of arty types, fans and press, blocking Rivington Street to get inside to see what the various artists had created.
I grabbed a second with Neal Fox, one of LE GUN’s original artists, about the show, Bare Bones, George Melly and the Die Die My Darling wall.
“It’s been good to do something back in London after a couple of years of doing shows abroad… there were a few drinks spilt and handbags thrown along the way but we got there in the end, by the skin of our teeth… George Melly’s son Tom came to the show and was smiling the whole night at the drawings of his dad and that was one of the best things about it all for me.”
Referring to the Unknown Room, one of the show’s main attractions, showing life-size drawings of the bizarre – based on the contents of George Melly’s Briefcase… containing plasters, pill, condoms and other paraphernalia.
Venture a little further (if you dare) and you hit the Bare Bones cinema (with some really interesting shorts, one of which was created by Alex Turvey) and the Die Die My Darling wall.
“Those drawings are some late night beer fueled pieces by Bare Bones artists, hard to remember who exactly, it was a pretty crazy night.”
So yes, get on down to the Red Gallery before the show ends, it’s really rather something and for you that like to make some shapes pop down to their ROUGH TRADE WAREHOUSE PARTY on April 8th with live DJ sets by Caribou / KUTMAH / CLOAKS DJ Sets Action Beat Live + Special Guest
Exhibition from 2nd April – 18 April 2011, Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London, EC2
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
ROUGH TRADE WAREHOUSE PARTY - Friday 8th April 9pm - 4am 08/04/2011
LE GUN MAGAZINE & BARE BONES PRESENTS...
A ROUGH TRADE WAREHOUSE PARTY
Friday 8th April
9pm til 4am
At Red Gallery, 1 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT
Tickets available from:
Rough Trade East / The Red Gallery
15 in advance 18 on the door
Caribou (DJ Set)
Bo Ningen (Live)
Kutmah (DJ Set)
Cloaks (DJ Set)
Action Beat (Live)
Analog animations performed by 'PureA' artist Martin Fischer & Bare Bones
Rough Trade Shops are teaming up with Le Gun Magazine & Bare Bones to create and curate a night of music & art to remember in the sweaty bowels of The Red Gallery. The legendary Rough Trade Shops have been trading now for 35 years and their reputation as a true independent has gained them global acclaim. This is a meeting of music & art like no other with Le Gun's macabre punk ethos & Rough Trade's musical pedigree hand-picking some of their favourite bands & DJs.
Caribou is Canadian Dan Snaith's brainchild, who formerly recorded under the moniker Manitoba. He incorporates Electronic Psychedelia, Krautrock rhythms, and Breakbeat drums and creates a swirling, lush, musical panorama. Caribou's 2010 release 'Swim' was Rough Trades album of the year with good reason. Dan's DJ sets take you on a journey through all manner of styles & textures, they're something special to behold.
Japanese noise merchants Bo Ningen are renowned for their powerful psychedelic live onslaughts. You can hear the past in their wall of sound and massive melodies, but the past re-imagined - from Butoh to Black Sabbath. They update the j-rock template with elements of kraut-rock, metal, hardcore and funk scratched all over it.
DJ Kutmah aka Justin McNulty is a veteran of the L.A. Beats Scene and a key figure in the Dublab / Low End Theory / Brainfeeder creative community. Kutmah's DJ sets could include anything from his own unique slabs of Hip Hop fuzz, rare Egyptian Funk to hot off the press exclusives from his L.A. friends all guaranteed to raise the roof.
To say that Cloaks are swimming against the tide would be something of an understatement; as opposed to offering the listener a breath of fresh air, they have created a sound so dense it's closer to giving them a boot to the face. With their billowing bass and shredded metallic klanks, leading to apt comparisons of Trent Reznor performing through Jah Shaka's stacks.
Action Beat is an improvised Noise / No-Wave punk band, heavily inspired by early Sonic Youth, The Ex, Glenn Branca and other avant guitar ensembles. When it comes to action beat, improvisation is the operative word, although the band comprises a core of around five musicians, their cast can expand to as many as fourteen for their live shows. a normal gig will have at least three guitarists, a bassist and more often than not four drummers. Intense energy from start to finish.
BUY TICKETS AT ROUGH TRADE OR FROM THE RED GALLERY
Monday, 4 April 2011
A straggly group of strange Edwardianly bearded types spilling out onto a Hackney street? It must be a gallery opening, right? Well, yes, correct. Set in Shoreditch, next to the dead boarded up space that was The Foundry. However, let’s leave the world of artistic cliché
behind, the show, called ‘Close Eyes to Exit’ is by LE GUN and their offshoot Bare Bones, after all.
If you don’t know about LE GUN and Bare Bones, and you have any interest in modern illustration then hang your head in shame. We loved the show for LE GUN 4 The Family so much that we gushed like an excited teenager in the first flush of teen icon crush.
We’re glad to say that this new show didn’t disappoint. Two rooms of fantastic things, and one room showing a film, with a mural painted in the corner that admittedly didn’t grab us quite so much.
The entry room has, on one side, a series of artworks based on the Tarot archtypes. There’s a reworking of The Devil card, for example, which has a baby with a strangely old face and Hitler moustache. On the other side: oddities such as a red and black print of Shane McGowan eating records.
But this is not really the main exhibit. That honour goes to the Unknown Room, a 3-D lifesize drawing based upon the contents of the sadly departed George Melly’s briefcase. This contains a large map of Legundon (which appears to be near Belgium), a table which was impossible to photograph without it looking like a drawing, a drawing of the room itself and much else besides.
Really, please make an effort to see this show. You won’t be disappointed.
By Oliver Gili
‘Close Eyes to Exit’, an exhibition by LE GUN and Bare Bones runs 2-18 April 2011 at Red Gallery, EC2A 3DT.
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