Next week, nonceptualist artist, writer and musician, Jeremy Gluck, drops by with his features on Mark James and Jamie Reid. Two major items for OUTSIDELEFT and in both cases, let's say, we have never been more excited...
Mark James is an internationally commissioned Cardiff-based artist, graphic designer and filmmaker. Last fall, as the Brexit thing reached its denouement, as people were convinced by other people that other people were just the people to get it done, Mark's “Post-Brexit Anxiety and Depression” show, at the GS Artists Gallery, Swansea, Wales, brought rave reviews.
Nearly stricken with a sense of seething defiance and, yes, frustration, the show subverted and reinvented diverse national tropes, tracing a canny, sometimes caustic, line through the feral smash-and-power-grab crypto-fascist antics of the current regime, rejoicing in work such as a swastika rendered in Daily Mail logos, a parody of Band Aid entitled “Brit Aid”, printed as is the case with many of the pieces on tabloid stock and – Gluck's personal favourite – a monochrome vintage Union Jack scanned onto a bin liner. Compelling, with a telling time-release impact, this is mature, human work, deserving of scrutiny and celebration.
Jeremy Gluck talks to Mark James about this moment and about his work.
Later in the week, once the dust settles a bit, Jeremy publishes his interview with Jamie Reid. I won't pretend this is not the most excitement there has been around Outsideleft since somehow Alarcon got Charlize Theron to talk to us in 2004... Don't ask me how, I still don't know. Jamie Reid is of course best known for his décollage covers of the Sex Pistols’ albums ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols‘, as well as their singles “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “God Save the Queen”. While at Croydon Art School Jamie's path crossed fatefully with future Sex Pistols manager and punk svengali, Malcom McLaren, and in harness they transformed music and art. Jeremy spoke with Jamie at the launch of Dragons Revenge, his 2020 retrospective at Swansea’s GS Artists Gallery, curated by Reid and his long-time representative John Marchant. At 73, be assured, Jamie Reid is still an iconoclast and highly political working artist.
Come back next week for the Jeremy Gluck Takeover. It's spectacular.
Jeremy Gluck Takesover OUTSIDELEFT
Jeremy Gluck Takesover
Jeremy Gluck Takesover - Mark James
Jeremy Gluck Takesover - Jamie Reid
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