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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

Steve Ignorant’s The Last Supper goes to America

Steve Ignorant is off to the New Country tomorrow with his band of merry men and women.  Steve is doing a tour called The Last Supper, which he says is his celebration of Crass, the band he founded in 1977 with Penny Rimbaud.  None of the other members of Crass are involved, but all gave their blessing.  Steve’s band includes Gizz Butt (Destructors, English Dogs, The Prodigy, The More I See), Spike Smith (Morrissey, Conflict, Killing Joke, the Damned), Bob Butler (Schwartzeneggar, The Tone), and Carol Hodge (Electraglide, Synko, Bad Taste Barbies).  The set includes all of Ignorant’s favourite songs from the period 1977-1984, when he feels the band were at their peak, and before things “got a bit heavy and horrible” due both to external pressures on the band resulting from their political activism, and internal strain on the band personally after seven years of living and working together in such a demanding atmosphere.

All gigs are listed with ticket links below.

After these dates the band visit Australia and New Zealand in June and then the tour ends in London on 19th November, which according to Steve, is the last time he will ever sing Crass songs.

More info on Steve’s web site.

2011

April 20 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa (plus A.P.P.L.E. and Thulsa Doom)
April 21 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Olympia (more tickets now available)
April 22 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 23 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
April 26 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s (plus The Estranged)
April 27 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
April 29 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater (plus Aztlan Underground)
April 30 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
May 1 Scottsdale, AZ @ Chaser’s Nightclub
May 3 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
May 5 Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
May 6 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 7 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (plus Final Conflict and Aghast)
May 8 New York, NY @ Santo’s – SOLD OUT