A Bad Policeman is Always Busy

14 Apr 2016 – 7 May 2016

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Wednesday-Saturday 10-4pm

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Gallery North

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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Exhibition of work by Joe Fletcher Orr, Lucian Freud, Holly Hendry, Lotte Rose Kjær Skau, Ciara Lenihan, and Luke McCreadie.


I hit my boyfriend today.. wow I feel like crap. I guess I’m gonna get picked up by the cops tomorrow, so I figured I would tell you guys what happened. Gallery North, Newcastle, presents A Bad Policeman is Always Busy, an exhibition of work by Joe Fletcher Orr, Lucian Freud, Holly HendryLotte Rose Kjær SkauCiara Lenihan, and Luke McCreadie, curated by Daniel Davies and Mark Jackson. We were both stunned for about 10 seconds before he started crying hysterically and ran into my room and locked the door.

We were having an argument and he went too far. He made a comment along the lines of "your loser father couldn't keep a relationship together and you can't either!" The exhibition will run from 13th April to 7th May, and includes a collaboration between Kjær Skau and McCreadie reimagining her 2014 installation United We/I Stand etc. originally exhibited at IMT Gallery, London, and featured in Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century published by MIT Press. I think I must of broken a bunch of cartilage or something because blood shot out of both his nostrils, got all over me, got all over the floor.

So I am going to wash my hands, and while I am in the bathroom I hear him run out of the house and take off in his car.  The argument was about the show, and how it was conceived to respond to the systems and processes by which exhibitions at a university-affiliated gallery are organised and delivered. He made a comment about the contradictions between observing rules and the fostering of independent thinking. Something about hyper-observation, slippery objects and the interesting artistic insights that might arise through the enactment of policy. Nottingham-based collective Reactor have built a separate exhibition called The Gold Ones in a different part of the gallery. That was about 5 hours ago so I guess he didn't go to the cops or anything. So later I go home and break down in tears.


Daniel Davies

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

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Holly Hendry

Lotte Rose Kjær Skau

Ciara Lenihan

Lucian Freud

Luke McCreadie

Joe Fletcher Orr

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