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Blind Blake by Paul Marsh

Picturing The Blues

A pop-up exhibition Picturing the Blues showcases the work of Paul Marsh and will be held at the Bohemia Village Voice, 79 Bohemia Road, St Leonards-on-Sea on the weekend of 15/16 November and there will be a musical intermezzo with Steven and Jada on cello and violin, writes Bill Third.

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Voice Squad busting out a tune

Voice Squad

Tracey Johnson and Claudine Eccleston both love Reggae music and wanted to start a choir singing Reggae, Soul and Funk, writes HOT’s Bev Francis.

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HAARG volunteer working on the Romano-British Iron production site, Upper Wilting Farm.

Volunteers get down and dirty on the link road

Local archaeology enthusiasts working along the route of a new road have helped unearth what is thought to be one of the most significant finds of prehistoric remains in the country, writes Chris Cormack.

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Find a friendly wall near you!

Let’s Do Business – an invitation to scare the Suits!

Each year FAT Promotions take part in the Let’s Do Business exhibition in Hastings, which showcases local business talent.

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Combe Haven Valley - minus roadworks (Photo Oliver Tookey, I think!)

Puzzling over planning and protection

Puzzled about planning? I know I am, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

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The proposed Queensway Gateway Road between Sedlescombe Road North and Queensway (image: Sea Change Sussex).

CHD wrong on road project, say Sea Change

Sea Change Sussex, the agency applying to build the Queensway Gateway Road, have taken issue with Combe Haven Defenders’ (CHD) representation of the project in yesterday’s article entitled New road set to increase traffic congestion.

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Film making experience this weekend

Independent film company, Roman Candle Productions, are looking for a runner and a make-up artist for this weekend’s shoot of the film, ‘Scarlet’.

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Solar panels on the roof of Christ Church School, St Leonards on Sea (Photo by ZR)

Trail-blazing eco-school

Earlier this week I popped into Christ Church Primary School in St Leonards-on-Sea, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, to witness the cutting of the official ribbon to celebrate the installation of a roof-full of solar panels and the generation of their own free energy.

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OMS FINAL-FI

The old man at the Stade

Hot columnist Sean O’Shea continues his dialogue with the old man at the Stade (A fishy tale, HOT June 28th 2013).

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The Queensway Gateway Road will run west from the Sainsbury's turnoff to Queensway Road (image: Masterplan Layout document).

New road set to increase traffic congestion

The Queensway Gateway Road which Sea Change Sussex is applying to build will increase delays, according to the developer’s own transport study.

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In the realm of the unmissable

One Day You Will No Longer Be Loved (that it should come to this) XVII.

In a triumphant return to Hastings, the Chapman Brothers put on an epic show at the Jerwood Gallery which leaves HOT’s Chris Connelley gripped.

I have always been a huge fan of the Chapman Brothers – and where better to see their work than here in Hastings, the town where they grew up, as the Jerwood Gallery presents a pleasingly vast retrospective of their work in what they are pushing as their “biggest, baddest” exhibition to date.

The entirety of the gallery’s ground floor has been given over to the show, In the Realm of The Unmentionable, which offers up some classic works alongside new pieces, spanning etching, sculpture and some of the installations for which they are best known.

Sturm und Drang.

In a notable coup for the Jerwood, some of the work, like the fantastical bronze sculpture, Sturm und Drang, is being shown for the very first time, whilst their mesmerising installation, the truly immense Sum of All Evil, has been especially reworked. Its rainbow-socked, hacked-off-at-the-ankle god-like figure presides over thousands of models, dead and barely alive, in an uncompromising killing fields landscape that demands our extended close attention, taking the traditional museum battle diorama to an altogether different level.

Any tweedy military type down for the day hoping to reference regimental motifs must expect to be shocked at the cacotopian scene, which depicts primary coloured, creepy, smiley Ronald McDonald figures marshalling helmeted figures into the gates of hell, towering body piles – summoning up images of the 2001 foot and mouth corpse pyres, except that this time they are human – and copulating stegosaurs amidst the carnage.

Everyone with even a basic grasp of contemporary art knows that it is work like this that forms the basis of the Chapman Brothers’ reputation as brooding, moody, dark, sometimes gory, agents provocateurs; as artists exhibiting a definite Marmite effect that entrances many audiences, whilst repulsing others. Part of the majesty of the current show, though, lies in its epic scope, allowing space for a consideration of less high-profile works, such as the One Day You Will No Longer Be Loved sequence of embellished Victorian portraits, which subvert sober, serious images of respectable bourgeois souls with a range of facial deformities that transform us into territory more readily associated with the Hunterian Museum. These pictures work alongside, and complement, Los Caprichos, the reworked set of 18th century etchings by Goya.

Coloured Human Rainbow.

In contrast, and by far the most surprising element of the exhibition, is the brothers’ exact remaking of the iconic Tracey Emin tent, detailing everyone she had ever slept with, which was destroyed by fire in 2004.

All in all, In the Realm is a triumphant homecoming, which grapples with dark, disturbing and distressing themes with such a playful, arch, even comic touch that it prompts easy, regular, ready smiles alongside our uncomfortability, upset and unease. The work on display quite simply demands our fullest attention, and is genuinely engrossing, ensuring our visit is an unusually immersive experience in our often-vanilla walk-on-by contemporary visual culture.

And that’s not all. The show is important for the cultural economy of the town and the closest the two year old Jerwood Gallery has come thus far to scheduling a blockbuster. Moreover, it has been made possible through ‘Art Happens’, the Art Fund’s crowd-funding platform, which saw a whopping £29,528 donated to put it on, easily exceeding the initial £25k target, in a sign of the local interest in, and affection for, the Chapman Brothers, who memorably curated the gallery’s victorious Museum Night in 2013.

In the Realm of the Unmentionable is a must-see show that guarantees all open- minded visitors an unquestionable treat. Make it part of your autumn.

The exhibition runs to 7 January 2015 at the Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW. Opening hours 1100-1700 Tuesday-Friday; 1100-1800 Saturday and Sunday. Admission £8 adults, £3.50 children, concessions £5.50. Free entry first Tuesday of the month.

All images: Jake and Dinos Chapman, courtesy White Cube.

 

Posted 12:47 Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 In: Visual Arts


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