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Da Thirst Magazine Live @ Primary, Aug 21

19 August 2016

Claire Boyd, Matt Copson and Rose Rowson will live edit their sixth issue in the Da Thirst Magazine Live event at London’s Primary on August 21 from 12.00-18.00.

The event is part of Back-to-front-space, a series of short residencies taking place at Primary that Copson is currently involved in, and will include the work of Kerstin Braetsch, Dash Shaw, Julie Beaufils, Elizabeth Jaeger, Philip Hanson, Yuichi Yokohama, Jack Lavender, Melanie Jackson among others, as well as snails and food colouring. The performance will last throughout the day, and viewers are able to catch a glimpse of the new issue at any stage of its vandalism.

Visit the Primary website for details.**

Melanie Jackson, Back-to-Front-Space, Animation Still (2016). Courtesy of Primary.
Melanie Jackson, Back-to-Front-Space, Animation Still (2016). Courtesy of Primary.
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Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016) documentation

24 June 2016

Never Land Alone, a two person show by Jack Lavender and Isaac Lythgoe ran from January 23 through February 27 in the mezzanine room of Paris’ Eric Hussenot. Organised by project space Exo Exo, the show and the space acted out a journey into what Lythgoe describes as “fantasy living”, realised as something of a scripted shrine.

With various items scattered across the room, occupying floor placements, ceiling spots and spaces that are made into thresholds, the hierarchies of installation seem muddled and it is at once immersive. The items in the duo’s environment include a novelty beer mug from ‘PARIS’, a bed headboard with an image of 90s film character The Mask printed over its leather surface, a burning joss stick, another headboard with Michael Jackson’s eyes peering through, and a Kenzo trainer box tucked behind a curtain.

Jack Lavender + Issac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesty the artists and Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo and Galerie Hussenot, Paris.

The two headboards create a space between them, further emphasised by the white net curtains that play the role of delicate walls in the middle of the space, revealing themselves yet alluding simultaneously to something more private.

Never Land Alone‘s press release is a text written by Lythgoe describing the mating rituals —and his feelings about them —of the male pseudoscorpion, whose claws shake and the male bowerbird, who carefully decorates his love nest with trinkets and specific items.

In plain sight in the gallery space a metal sculpture by Lavender and a transparent obelisk by Lythgoe sit and, according to the London-based artists who wrote to us about the show, “take up something of a dance, something like the first dance at a wedding”.**

Exhibition photos top right.

Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe’s Never Land Alone exhibition was on at Paris’ Galerie Eric Hussenot, running January 23 to February 27, 2016.

Header image: Jack Lavender + Isaac Lythgoe, Never Land Alone (2016) Exhibition view. Courtesy Exo Exo and Galerie Eric Hussenot, Paris.


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