Thursday, 10 July 2014

Urban Decay

Dead space converted into an art garage, sheets clipped onto the ceiling separated a messy work space from the displays. It was split in two; the words 'Acid House' and 'Girl on Fire' split the respective displays. Kush Chorlie on one side - her trippy pieces offering insight to her generation's relationship with music, and by extension, the influence of acid house on music today. On the other side, Joanna Thompson's recreations of sixties inspired culture: sex, drugs and politics.

Like her inspiration, Chorlie's collection was disjointed but wonderful: a throwaway bench salvaged, restored with images of the Beatles and starfish; an empty gas canister, remodelled into a Native American deadmau5 display; the Marlboro man. It was odd, to say the least, but it came together like the minimalistic aesthetic of house with psychedelic drugs - a pairing that works, creating something new, colourful, exciting.

Thompson's collection was based on sixties culture -  Edie Sedgwick, Andy Worhol, Christine Keeler and John Profumo formed the basis of her work. The most stunning of her pieces, her take on the famous Lewis Morley shot which was taken amidst the scandal of the Profumo affair. The image was re-shot with Chorlie in place of Keeler, and then painted on red velvet with the words "Nothing has been proved..."

To see more images from Chorlie and Thompson's art show, follow on.

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