I was lucky enough to go to the launch night of the new "Punk & Beyond" exhibition curated by Gaye Advert, the iconic bassist with The Adverts. The Exhibition features artwork by various musicians, DJ's and artists involved in Punk Rock through the years and whilst, some pieces might be more a case of enthusiasm over natural artistic talent, the standard throughout is very high. Gaye Advert herself was also extremely pleasant and her superb artwork sold out in minutes, you can see why she deserves to be curating the Exhibition.
|Ray Gange in front of "Wiseguys"|
|Photographer Ray Stevenson|
I managed to talk to Billy Childish, who was also very pleasant and interesting about his fellow Medway-ites The Len Price 3 and Ranscombe studios. As I left the gallery I was dazzled by a cheerful bundle of energy with a bright shock of blonde hair and flourescent emblazoned outfit proclaiming Spizz Energi. Yes, the singer of one of my all time favourite post-punk songs "Where's Captain Kirk?", a classic single if ever there was one. Spizz was great fun posing for photos and it was a real pleasure to finally meet him. Other artwork on display included works by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Robert Pollard from Guided By Voices who contributed three excellent pieces, Jamie Reid's classic "Rock & Roll Swindle" collage and one of my favourite pieces on the night, "Dog in Aldridge Road Villas" by The Clash's bassist Paul Simonon. I'd been to see an exhibition of Paul's Spain influenced artwork previously in a very posh Mayfair gallery so was already aware of his talents.
|Spizz with Gary Loveridge|
But it was those interesting surprises that were the real pleasure of the night, as I mentioned Ray Gange's artwork but also there was a really great wall mounted sculpture called "Mick Jones Guitar With Life Mask" by Alabama 3's Nick Reynolds and nice portraits of Poly Styrene by Chris Bell from The Briefs. The Exhibition was actually a fitting tribute to Poly Styrene who so tragically passed away earlier this year and there were some additional portraits of Poly by Knox and Charlie Harper as well as photographs by Ian Dickson. The news about Poly was made even sadder as she had just released a fanatasic new album "Generation Indigo" that was getting critical acclaim and putting her back in the fore-front of music again where she deserves to be.
|Gaye Advert Artwork|
The Exhibition is being held until December 17th at The Signal Gallery at 32 Paul Street London EC2A 4LB
Here are some more of my photos from the launch night.
|The Signal Gallery|
|Robert Pollard from Guided By Voices|
|Artwork by Michael Davis of The MC5|
|Poly Styrene by Chris Bell of The Briefs|
|Self Portrait by Marco Pirroni|
|Artwork by Jowe Head of Swell Maps|
|Paul Simonon "Dog in Alridge Villas"|
|Artwork by Penny Rimbaud|
|Artwork by Robyn Hitchcock|
|The Adverts by Jill Furmanovsky|
|The packed out Signal Gallery|
|Gaye Advert in front of her artwork|
All Photos by Steve Worrall - Many thanks to Gaye Advert and Chris from Signal Gallery