SUBCULTURE: VISIONS OF SOUND
Works by: Ashes57, Georgina Cook, Tunnidge, Shaun Bloodworth, Zeke Clough, & Old Apparatus
The Morgan 25 Bogart St, Brooklyn NY, 11206
Behind the scenes of the ever-burgeoning underground bass music scene in the UK, there exists a symbiotic relationship between the sub-driven music and the visual art that parallels it. Through record sleeves, label artwork, party photography, press photos, and flyer design, artists have created an ocular compliment that aids in promoting the music on a Worldwide stage and bridges the gap for those unable to experience this scene first hand.
After widely successful solo exhibitions in London and Sheffield, UK from Georgina Cook, Ashes57, Tunnidge, and Shaun Bloodworth in the past year, "SubCulture" marks the first time these artists have showcased their works together outside of Europe. In collaboration with Reconstrvct and Lifted Lab, an opening reception entitled Preconstrvct will be held from 8-10pm on Saturday, September 24th at the Morgan to celebrate the art that is so deeply embedded in the bass music culture. The reception will lead into the Reconstrvct party running from 10pm-4am featuring DJ sets from Tunnidge, Bunzer0, and Joe Nice.
To commemorate the end of the weeklong run, On the Sly & Bassfaced will host a closing party on September 29th at the Gallery @ Le Poisson Rouge featuring Ital Tek, Dave Q, Braille, & knomad.
Music: dub selections by Neil Nice
Ashes57 is a graphic artist who has lived and worked in the U.K., Canada and the United States. Her artistic career began in earnest in 2003 when she moved from London to Montreal. Surrounded by the city’s large musical and artistic community, she was able to focus exclusively on creative projects and developed her unique line drawing style and vector graphics. Ashes spent the summer of 2005 working with Shepard Fairey in his Los Angeles design studio, where the richly creative atmosphere proved an enormous source of inspiration. She worked on a number of Obey exhibitions and street art projects in the following years and her photography documenting these experiences has been included in publications such as Arkitip and Supply and Demand - The Art of Shephard Fairey and has also been displayed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Later in 2005, Ashes moved to New York to work as the Art Director of COOL’EH Magazine, a role which combines her passions for illustration, graphic design and typography.
As dubstep first made it’s way to NYC, she soon became an important part of this exciting new musical scene through the flyers and posters she produced for the legendary Dub War parties. When Ashes returned to London in 2008, she joined forces with some of the most influential and prominent producers and labels in the scene and her illustrations and designs have since graced labels including Deep Medi, Swamp 81 and DMZ. This helped to bring her art to the attention of the Wu-Tang Clan who invited Ashes to illustrate the cover of their 2009 album Enter the Dubstep. In the past year, she has worked on the "Future Me" TV series for MTV and designed board graphics for Palmer Snowboards, whilst helping to run Cool’eh magazine and keeping up the prolific output of her own artwork. Towards the end of 2009, she co--founded LAVA Collective, using her wealth of contacts from the worlds of visual art and music to program and curate multimedia events in London.
Georgina Cook is known primarily for her music photography but also for her use of gritty urban street elements as the subtext to what she documents. Initially an ode to her native South London and the dark rooms and cavernous bass lines that extend from it to the rest of the world, Georgina promotes and nurtures the music and expression of her contemporaries via her influential blog drumzofthesouth.com and associated events. Her work is published and exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in the artwork of such releases as Burial's Untrue and Souljazz's Steppa's Delight. Georgina is currently based in Paris where she continues to document the people and environment around her.
The artist for Skull Disco and Woe to the Septic Heart, Zeke Clough has also produced artwork for other labels including Warp Records, Mordant Music and Honest Jon's. Earlier this year he toured Japan, where he did live drawing for Dommune TV channel, collaborated with the designer Ryujiro Tamaki and the Impossible Project on a clothing collection, multimedia events and product design. He regularly designs logos and has toured throughout Europe with his artwork and music. In August of 2011, he was one of 10 guest artists selected for the Resident Advisor X 10 year anniversary celebrations and he produced the New York City limited edition poster. He has plans to work with Jamie Russell on the Sneaker Social Club Label and Chicago based band, 'Winter’s in Osaka' later in the year.
Tunnidge needs little introduction: one of the few producers to have two releases on the seminal Deep Medi imprint, the first to be signed to Chestplate Records following Distance's expansion of the label and co-owner of Origin Audio alongside Cyrus. With regular appearances on "Get Darker" as well a full and busy bookings schedule - which will take him to the States this Autumn - Tunnidge is somewhat of a looming figure on the Dubstep scene. Able to build both powerful, tear-out tunes popular in the club environment as well as darker, more contemplative production, his beats often tread the surprisingly fine line between Jump-up and deep relaying a real sense of momentum to any listener. As well as through his production and as a touring DJ, he made his first impression on the scene with his distinctive and iconic portraits for Mala's Deep Medi label.
Shaun Bloodworth started his journey into electronic music when he bought Computer World by Kraftwerk on a school trip to Germany in 1981. After a long career as an editorial Photographer in the 90s, a returned favor for design company GiveUpArt led him to the legendary London club FWD>> where from 2005 he began to document the burgeoning UK bass scene. Since then he has collaborated with GUA on nearly all of Tempa's releases, traveled to LA to document Low End Theory's DJs and Producers and released the compilation NSEW with Bleep. Currently Bloodworth is working on new sets of portraits in the UK, touring an exhibition and making short music videos for two well known artists.