Thursday 9 March 2017, 7.30pm
Delighted to host a two-day residency from singular multidisciplinary artist, Graham Lambkin. Formerly of The Shadow Ring and founder of the Kye label, Lambkin's work remains boundlessly uncategorisable and this should be an unmissable couple of nights.
“One gets the sense that Graham Lambkin sees the world through a very peculiar lens. His observations on the mundane are often startling, though rarely far-fetched. William Burroughs said of Denton Welch that Welch “makes the reader aware of the magic that is right under his eyes,” and the same could be said of Lambkin. He looks at an everyday object and sees an ocean of possibility.” – BOMB Magazine
“His work teases the fragile threads connecting the psychotic, the absurd and the mundane, often bringing them to the point of near ruination.” – Mark Harwood, from the forward to ‘Millows’.
Graham Lambkin is a multidisciplinary artist based in Upstate New York, who first came to prominence in the early 90′s through the formation of his music group The Shadow Ring. Combining a D.I.Y. post-punk ethic with folk music, cracked electronics, and surreal wordplay, The Shadow Ring created a unique hybrid sound that set them apart from their peers and continues to show as an influence today.
Following the dissolution of The Shadow Ring Lambkin embarked on a series of striking and highly original solo releases, including Salmon Run (2007) and Amateur Doubles (2012), a critically acclaimed trilogy with experimental tape musician Jason Lescalleet: The Breadwinner (2007), Air Supply (2010) and Photographs (2013), and Making A (2013) a collaboration with renowned table-top guitarist and founding member of the AMM group, Keith Rowe. His latest release, Schwarze Riesenfalter sees Lambkin paired with Wandelweiser composer Michael Pisaro in a musical reimagining for the texts of Georg Trakl.
Lambkin also curates the Kye label, which, since it's conception in 2001 has published audio work by contemporary artists such as Vanessa Rossetto, Malcolm Goldstein, and Joe McPhee, as well as archival collections from the likes of Henning Christiansen, Moniek Darge and Anton Heyboer.
Lambkin’s reputation as a visual artist came into focus during the 1990′s, designing record sleeves, t-shirts, posters/flyers for a slew of underground labels and bands including The Dead C, Harry Pussy, and Double Leopards. His playful combination of figurative and abstract elements lend Lambkin’s work a jarring, dreamlike quality, placing childlike totems against a darker adult undercurrent. Five books of Lambkin’s art/text have been published to date: Unfocused Hands (2004), Dumb Answer To Miracles (2009), Dripping Junk (2010) Millows (2012), and most recently Came To Call Mine (2014) a sumptuous collection of illutration and prose for children. To date Lambkin has had his artwork exhibited in three solo shows: Came To Mine at Audio Visual Arts, NYC (2014), Marble On The Rot, at 356 Mission Gallery, Los Angeles (2015), and most recently Moon blows close at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany.
Lambkin is has just released his fifth solo LP/2CD Community (Kye / Erstwhile) this Oct, and is working on a collaborative project with Tokyo-based conceptual artist Taku Unami for 2017.
Mark Vernon (born 1973, UK) is a sound and radio artist whose practice is focused on live performance, installations and transmission works. Operating on the fringes of sound art, music and broadcasting, his works main concerns are with field recording, the manipulation of environmental sounds and the power of the disembodied voice.
A keen advocate of radio as an art form, he was a founding member of Glasgow art radio collective, Radio Tuesday, and has gone on to set up a number of RSL art radio projects in the UK including Hair Waves, Nowhere Island Radio and most recently, Radiophrenia. His radiophonic creations range from documentaries and radio plays to soundscapes and conceptual works. He has produced programmes and features internationally for radio stations including Wave Farm, Kunstradio, RADIA, Resonance FM, CKUT, VPRO, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Radio Revolten and BBC Radio 4. ‘Circular Thinking’, a collaborative project with Jenn Mattinson was joint winner of the Radio Art category of the 2016 Prix Phonurgia Nova.
Vernon’s solo and collaborative music projects have been published by Staalplaat, Ultra Eczema, Entr’acte, 3Leaves, Staubgold and Gagarin Records as well as a series of small CDR and LP editions on his own meagre resource imprint. His latest album ‘Lend an ear, leave a Word’ on Graham Lambkin’s Kye Records was released in 2016 to much acclaim.