British Wives Of Aliens - a headline from a stack of World War 2 newspapers found on Deptford Market inspired the title for this series of collages.
Aliens and Brides began then to appear in secondhand books, supermarket magazines, photo albums and photos found in the bottom of cardboard boxes on street markets. It seemed they were all I found, so anxious were they to meet one another. I simply acted as Match Maker - my role - to ‘marry them’ on the page. It was clear that for some the attraction was immediate and mutual, others required a lengthier period of courtship to accept their differences, or to find another partner. Words and phrases cut out from sci-fi books, those on space travel, and the planets formed the basis for the collages with texts.
The British Wives Of Aliens follows Lehan’s exhibition of collages - Animallages - a joint show with Jude Cowan Montague at The Poetry Society Cafe earlier this year.
His visual texts have been published in Ditch, *82 Review, The Delinquent, Experiential / Experimental, Kumquat, Poetry & Paint, Foame:, Diagram, Postcard Shorts, Ink Sweat and Tears, Shuf, Small Po(r)tions, M58, Indefinite Space, The Stardust Gazette and SPUR. His 'Book Pages Destroyed By Typewriter' are included in The New Concrete, published by Hayward Publishing, London 2015, and a book of drawings - Cahier de Catéchèse - is published by Dark Windows Press.
From June 2014 to July 2015 Lehan curated the Kitchen Window Gallery - a gallery in his kitchen window in South London. The gallery exhibiting work by London based and International artists and writers