Loose Booty

24 Jan 2008 – 16 Feb 2008

Event times

wednesday - saturday 12 - 6

Cost of entry


Vegas Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • bus 388, 55, 26
  • Bethnal Green Road Tube station / Cambridge Heath train station

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Alexandre Bianchini,Jeff McMillan,Sylvie Rodriguez
Pascal Rousson, Guy Sherwin, Eileen Simpson & Ben White
24 January - 16 February 2008
Private View: Wednesday 23 January 18.00-21.00
Open: Wednesday- Saturday12.00-18.00
64-66 Redchurch Street london E2 7DP

Release Date: 25 October 2007

Combining artists based in London and Geneva, Loose Booty presents a wide variety of works made mostly from material borrowed or simply taken in order to create the new. Set adjacent to Brick Lane, the exhibition uses the vernacular of the street market as a mode of presenting seven artists who source, then manipulate their material surroundings. Participating are Alexandre Bianchini, Jeff McMillan, Sylvie Rodriguez, Pascal Rousson, Guy Sherwin, Eileen Simpson & Ben White.

Swiss artist Sylvie Rodriguez will use the streets of London as a source for a new installation. Her works combine makeshift construction with scavenged images and text to suggest a narrative based in both fact and fiction. She has recently participated in exhibitions at Galerie Mars, Moscow and L'Hermitage, St Petersburg.

Fellow Geneva-based artist Alexandre Bianchini will exhibit a special wall mural for the occasion. Bianchini has recently held solo exhibitions at Ganga International Gallery, Bogota, Colombia and participated in Conversation Pieces, Centre d'art Contemporain, Geneva.

Pascal Rousson presents new work including retouched paintings and ceramics found in flea markets along with new canvases based on 1960's DIY manuals which merge the handyman to modernism. Rousson graduated from the School of Visual Arts Geneva in1991 and now lives and works in London. He recently showed in Write Off at Corsica Arts Club, London.

Loose Booty allows a rare gallery viewing from Guy Sherwin's classic silent black & white 16mm 'Short Film Series'. His works concentrate on a single event so that vision is intensified through particular positioning of the camera. Sherwin was part of the influential London Filmmakers Co-op and his films have been widely screened in Europe and the US. Recent solo film programmes have been screened at Cinema de Balie, Amsterdam, Cinema La Clef, Paris, and Ocularis, New York.

Jeff McMillan alters objects or secondhand artworks through a simple but decisive use of paint. His newest work is a visual mashup of found paintings and studio offcuts with children's wooden puzzles. Recent exhibitions include Transformer, Woburn Square Research Centre, London, ArtFutures, Bloomberg Space, London, John Moores 24, The Walker, Liverpool.

Eileen Simpson & Ben White source out-of-copyright 78rpm recordings, digitize them, and distribute them via their Open Music Archive website (www.openmusicarchive.org). The pair has brought together nine different 'cover' versions of a song from the archive, Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, originally written by Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith of Chicago (d. 1929). These versions, including those by Bing Crosby and the Johnny Parker Trio will be offered free on cd as a way of disseminating these materials back into the public domain. Simpson & White's recent projects include Free-To-Air, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Open Congress, Tate Britain, and Screen Tests, BALTIC, Newcastle.

Loose Booty will also be exhibited at Feestudios, Geneva in spring 2008.

For further information and images, please contact: Suzanne Schurgers
Tel: 07726750762 or Email: Hello@vegasgallery.co.uk

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