Gerald Wilde, Pompeii (detail),1976. Pastel and gouache on paper, 64 x 84 cm.
Dream No Small Dream
40 Years of the Transvangarde
11th April – 25th May 2019
October Gallery celebrates the anniversary of 40 years of energetic activity in London with an exhibition of works by some of the Gallery’s major artists, including newly commissioned works. A special programme of events will run alongside the exhibition to mark the Gallery’s rich history.
The exhibition will include works by Gerald Wilde, Aubrey Williams, Kenji Yoshida, Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs, all artists the Gallery first showed in the 1980s. Gysin, a radical cultural visionary, artist, writer and performer, introduced his lifelong friend, the writer William S. Burroughs, to the ‘cut-up’ technique. Together they experimented in sound and image, using collage, light painting, writing and film.
In the early 1990s, the Gallery began working with El Anatsui who will be represented in the exhibition by one of his sumptuous metal wall sculptures. Romuald Hazoumè, first shown in 2005, will create a new work especially for this exhibition. With the ubiquitous plastic container as his iconic signature, Hazoumè is known for his masks and other monumental installations, which act as metaphors of African history, place and identity. This exhibition will also feature the work of Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, who began showing with the Gallery in 2015. His haunting paintings explore the seismic shifts in the economic, political and social relationships of the peoples of the Congo (D.R.C) that have taken place since the colonial period began.
LR Vandy has recently joined the Gallery. In her highly sought after ‘Hull’ sculptures she transforms the hulls of model boats, animating them with fishing floats, porcupine quills and needles. These ‘hulls’ refer to the hidden world of indentured labour and the perilous journeys which migrants are forced to undergo. Jukhee Kwon creates works using the printed pages of abandoned and disused books, which she cuts and manipulates by hand to create magnificent sculptures that brim with energy. Her subtle interventions infuse everyday objects with worlds of alternative meaning.
Kinetic light sculptor Paul Friedlander will transform the October Gallery courtyard with a light installation. His light sculptures have been exhibited around the world, including a twenty-metre ‘DNA strand’ that hung in the New York Hall of Science.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication about the Gallery’s history.
Notes to Editors
October Gallery History
Located in a 3-storey Victorian school building the Gallery opened, in 1979, with an exhibition of Gerald Wilde. From the beginning the Gallery’s aim was to discover a new visual sensibility: the Transvangarde, the cross-cultural avant-garde, exhibiting artists from around the planet. The Gallery wished to create a meeting place for artists and their public, a caravanserai and generator of creative endeavour in the centre of London. From the outset, the Gallery produced a series of talks, events, theatre and dance performances, musical concerts, and, to broaden the appeal, opened a restaurant serving international cuisine.
The Gallery began in a very Eurocentric and overwhelmingly westernised art world. Since those early days the Gallery has exhibited artists from over eighty countries and a wide range of different cultures to open London to the appreciation of artistic work from around the world. October Gallery became a registered educational charity in 1986 and runs a dynamic and active education department, reaching out to schools across all of London.
Exhibition: Dream No Small Dream - 40 Years of the Transvangarde
Dates: 11th April – 25th May 2019
Private View: Wednesday, 10th April, 2019
Venue: October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
London WC1N 3AL
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Press contact: Paige Ashley - 020 7242 7367
Image Credit: Gerald Wilde, Pompeii (detail),1976. Pastel and gouache on paper, 64 x 84 cm.