gin and curioities

4 Jul 2008 – 5 Sep 2008

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Notting Hill Arts Club

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 28, 52, 94, 148, 328, 390
  • Tube: Nottinghill Gate (Central Line)
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Robert Rubbish of Le Gun Magazine and The Rubbishmen of Soho presents his latest solo exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and artefacts called 'Gin & Curiosities.' Robert has produced a new body of work that brings together his interests in curiosities, joke shops, facial hair, Victorian Punk revivalism and Gin. On the subject of Gin, the exhibition launching on Friday 4th July with a night of fun, frolics and pink gin, will be endorsed by Dr Hillbutts Gin. Robert Rubbish is keen to celebrate old-fashioned eccentric ways and places. Historic London is a very inspirational place for his work. His latest obsessions are glitter and 70's cosmic rock band Hawkwind. Particularly the long deleted (and only available on import) 'Quark, Strangeness and Charm' album. Along with the sparkle and space rock, inspiration for the mish-mash of paintings, drawings, posters and typography of 'Gin & Curiosities' came to Robert during a six-month stint manning a modern day curiosity shop in Hackney in conjunction with Le Gun magazine (Mr Rubbish is also co-editor of said internationally renowned illustrated periodical). To pass the time whilst acting as shopkeeper in 'L H Brown's Shoe Shop of Curiosities', Robert spent many an afternoon soaking his brain in gin and bitter lemon, thinking about future days in his dream holiday destination Belgium, eating oeuf et frites and discussing the artwork of James Ensor with a couple of Smurfs.


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