Gee Vaucher featured in Santa Monica exhibition Evolution/Revolution

Evolution/Revolution: The Interconnectedness of All Beings is a collaborative art exhibition and forum presented by Buddha Cat Press, ten renowned visual artists, Santa Monica Art Studios and SoCiArts Productions. The team has come together to produce a socially conscious exhibition and conference focusing on animal welfare and the environment.

The exhibition is curated by Karen Fiorito and features the work of William Wegman, Robbie Conal, Sue Coe, Gee Vaucher, Peter Kuper, Yuri Shimojo, Emek, Cole Gerst, Jonathan Horowitz, and Karen Fiorito with a video installation by Pouya Afshar.

The mission of this exhibition and forum is to use art to open new dialogues and explore human perceptions of nature and the environment, awakening and inviting people to make more conscious decisions about their food, clothing, pet and lifestyle choices. The exhibition also includes a vibrant forum of artists, activists, educators, filmmakers and thinkers, who focus on the subject of animal liberation.

The show runs from February 19 through March 27, 2011 at the Santa Monica Art Studios – Arena 1 Gallery: 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Despite her much sought after work as an illustrator and later as a painter, Gee Vaucher is perhaps best known for the extensive body of work she created during the late seventies and early eighties. quite apart from her now famous collages, as designer with the renowned punk band CRASS, she concentrated her highly developed painting skills on photorealism, creating some of the most disturbing and acclaimed images of the time. Her work is generally accepted as having been seminal to the iconography of the punk generation. When CRASS disbanded in 1984, Vaucher felt the need to explore other areas of work, abandoning the tightness of her more overt political statements in favour of more loosely expressed personal politics. Most of her work since then has in some way been connected with the human form, intimately exploring the psychological diversities of social interrelationships. She has been exhibited extensively both solo and in group shows throughout the world.

Opening Reception: Saturday February 19, 2011  5 – 9 PM
Artist Panel: A conversation with the featured artists on arts and activism: February 20, 3 – 5 PM
Animal Liberation Forum: A thought provoking discussion with lawyers, authors, and filmmakers on the plight of animals: March 12, 3 – 5 PM
Santa Monica Airport Art Walk: Visit the annual art walk at the airport where imagination takes flight: March 19, 1 – 5 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 12 – 6 PM

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Crass catalogue update

Now that the Crassical Collection has released The Feeding of the Five Thousand on CD, there have been a lot of questions about when the rest of the CDs will be released, what about vinyl etc etc.  So I thought I’d share our current “strategy” with you.  Although “strategy” seems like a word which is far too organised to apply to us.

Crassical Collection future releases

These release dates are for the UK only.  Other countries are being confirmed by our distributors now.  Hopefully it will all get synchronised as we go on!

  • The Feeding of The Five Thousand CD – August 2010
  • Stations of the Crass CD – October 2010
  • Penis Envy CD – November 2010
  • Christ the Album CD – February 2011
  • Yes Sir, I Will CD – March 2011
  • Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day CD – April 2011 Continue reading

The Feeding Of The Five Thousand on Crassical Collection

“Five thousand’s a crowd (four thousand nine hundred and ninety nine more than I imagined were going to buy the record), but two’s company (I knew for certain that my Mum would want one), so it was on the plate, ready to serve, The Feeding of the Five Thousand.”

The Crassical Collection is finally here, and the first release is the newly remastered The Feeding of the Five Thousand. After several years of being out of print, this legendary album has been been restored from the original analogue studio tapes, repackaged and bolstered by rare and unreleased tracks, and stunning new artwork from Gee Vaucher, who has lovingly created what could only be considered a real artefact. Included in this package is a 64-page booklet featuring all lyrics along with extensive liner notes from band members Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, which shed light on the making of the record. Also included is CD-sized recreation of the iconic original fold-out poster sleeve.

“We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly bemused.”

The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978. The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12 inch EP.

“Easy listening? You ain’t heard nothing yet.” Continue reading