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Gee Vaucher screening of “Angel” with Q&A in NYC 29 May

Gee Vaucher’s film, ‘Angel’, is not so much a movie as a study of stillness wherein the standard exaggerated dramas and sound-bite trickeries of Hollywood are replaced with a profound introversion: a meditation. For some forty-five minutes we are asked to consider a young girl staring back at us, the camera. Sometimes she appears amused, sometimes accusatory, sometimes removed, sometimes present, but because we are given few clues as to her real condition, so those reflections are almost certainly expressions more of our psychologies than hers. In this sense she acts as an angel within, offering us an opportunity to consider our own deeper selves and, for once, to escape the more often than not cynical and manipulative contrivances of the entertainment industry. 

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In the truest sense, Gee Vaucher is a rebel artist with a cause. Having been born into the greyness of post-war Britain, she sought from the start to find and fly her own colours both for and against her working class roots (which in those days did not easily accommodate artistic aspirations). Through a mixture of rugged self-determination and a natural gift for line, form and colour, she was able to assert herself as an artist. Following this path, she gained a place at art school and then went on to subvert her enormous commercial potential (notably as a much in demand illustrator in 70s NYC) into what became widely accepted as being seminal to the protest art of the 1980s. However, her history with the anarchist band Crass during that period has been well documented elsewhere, and tells only one part of the story.

By seeing her art as essentially a tool for social change, Gee Vaucher has ducked and weaved her way through whatever medium might best express whatever it is that she seeks to say. Within paintings, drawings, collages, prints, films, happenings, sculptures, and soundscapes, her singular demand for human rights, dignity and fairness is always manifest. Expecting (and more often than not demanding) no returns, she has remained a resolute outsider, free to express herself as she desires, and completely divorced from any commercial consideration. In the laissez faire world of postmodernist pretensions her bohemianism is as laudable as her work is illuminating. Those who cannot see the light are those who are not looking for it.

Thursday 29th May at 7:30pm
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
620 Greenwich Street NYC

Exitstencil Press News

We’d like to share some information from our family at Exitstencil Press…

EXITSTENCIL NEWSLETTER 10     www.exitstencilpress.com

EVENTS

NEW YORK CITY 

Penny Rimbaud’s ’62 Renaissance Drawings & One Painting’ exhibition opens
Wednesday 13th March – 25th March
Boo-Hooray Gallery.
265 Canal Street (6th floor)

Penny Rimbaud gives a reading of his work
Thursday 21st March 7pm
McNally Jacksons
52 Prince street (Lafayette & Mulberry)

SAN FRANCISCO  

Gee Vaucher presents a small print show at Winston Smith’s
Grants Tomb  – Friday 15th March 7pm
50a Bannam Alley. Look for the red door (North Beach)

Exitstencil Press will be found at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th  March. 10am – 6pm each day.
The Armoury Community Centre
333. 14th Street (at Mission)

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Crass – Love Songs special edition

Love Songs is the book which compiles all of the words to all of the songs by Crass. Originally published by Pomona in 2004 as a paperback, and out of print for a couple of years,  we felt it was time for a resurrection.  Love Songs seems a fitting endpoint to the Crassical Collection – the remastered and expanded CDs of Crass’ studio albums.

Love Songs may seem to some an ironic title for the words of Crass, who are often dismissed as “angry shouty noise” by those Continue reading