Jamie Reid 'Out Of The Dross - Liberty' 8th Dec-14th Jan
Out Of The Dross, 2011
Unique screenprint on Somerset Radiant White Velvet 330 GSM paper
112 x 72cm
Please note: This exhibition will take place at Paul Stolper Gallery, 31 Museum St, London WC1A 1LH
We are extremely pleased to announce the forthcoming collaboration with Paul Stolper Gallery, London - Jamie Reidʼs exhibition ʻOut Of The Dross - Libertyʼ. The show is made up of unique works on paper together with sequences of hand-screened works
that are perfectly in time with the energetic cacophony of now. In an increasingly visual world the power of the graphic image to define a moment is clear. As political and social reform movements undermine and confront moribund systems of fiscal and cultural entrapment it seems the time is now for artists to step forward. Indeed there has been precious little response from the art community to the crises that surround us.
Jamie Reidʼs status as the principal user of Rogue Materials in British Art is undisputed. Tightly conceived and powerfully articulated, Reidʼs artwork has always displayed a willingness to seize upon and develop whatever is to hand to create work of energy and immediacy – newspaper cuttings, a cheap photocopier, paint splashes, degraded photographs – images misaligned, contrast pushed and mistakes embraced. Of course thereʼs a broader story that involves druids, spies, crofting on Lewis, protest movements and allotments in Liverpool. Whatever you think Jamie is, he might be, but heʼs probably not.
ʻOut of the Dross. Into The Age Of Piracyʼ. Although the base image and text for this comes from a 1980 campaign for Bow Wow Wow, nothing could be more appropriate for these exciting and volatile times. And Out of the Dross will come Liberty – a word that neatly summarises everything Jamieʼs been about from the beginning - Beatonʼs Queen of course represents the dying Old Order. Now is the Time For Magic.
Taking base images that cement the foundations of Jamieʼs reputation and covering them with symbols and glyphs that represent the wider spectrum of his visual register is a confounding yet liberating technique – itʼs a celebration and a cathartic trashing at the same time. The symbols themselves include Boudicca shaking her spear at the Houses of Parliament, the Hare – symbol of free thinking, the Oak Leaf representing our heritage and the cycle of the year, Delacroixʼs Liberty Leading the People in revolt, framed by the towers of Croydon (symbol of oppression by self-serving governments both local and national). This last image predates Jamieʼs flash point with the Pistols and comes from the visually prescient Suburban Press period (1970-1975). Boudicca was used principally for the ten year installation cycle at the Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch (1989-1999), and the oakleaf refers to a lifelong association with the Druid movement (his great uncle George Watson Macgregor Reid was the chief druid of the British Isles. The Hare is a direct signal to Joseph Beuys and the aims and objectives of the Free International University.
"Economics is not only a money making principle. It can be a way of production to fulfill the demands of people all over the world. Capital is human kind's ability in work, not just money. Thus economics includes the creativity of people. Creativity equals Capital", Joseph Beuys.
Of course the commodification of artwork is a double-edged sword. In acknowledgement of this, 50% of the artistʼs profits from the sale of these works will go directly to support the work of the Occupy London movement.
As well as these unique works Jamie will also be exhibiting a series of diamond dust editions that parody the most famous Reid image of all. You know what it is...Looting the Loot...Cash from Chaos...Liberty!