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Forty art works by William S Borroughs go on show in London

— August 2014

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William S.  Burroughs 
Animals in the Wall

A unique collection of over 40 art works by William S Burroughs featuring original works, many never before exhibited

A new exhibition of William S. Burroughs’ original art entitled ‘Animals in the Wall’ is now open for just 10 days and showcases a new side to Burroughs’ work in the artistic hub of East London. 

The exhibition, curated by James Elphick & Yuri Zupancic, exhibits 40 original Burroughs art works, many of which have not been seen in public before. Featuring alongside are original responses from well-known and emerging artists, exploring strong relevant themes to engage with and inspire a new generation.

The Beat Generation questioned politics, explored religion, developed styles & creative methods, and wrote about the human condition. This legacy is explored, re-defined and re-appropriated for a modern audience through connected commissioned art works (and events programme), that the organizers say are deliberately designed to expand, introduce and directly engage with young, innovative, and cultured audience alongside mature fans of arts and literature.

Matt Black: 
One half of music duo Coldcut, which founded Ninja Tune. Black works in the new sphere of AudioVisual performance.

Shepard Fairey:
 American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator who produced Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster for the 2008 US presidential election.

Brion Gysin: 
A painter, writer, sound poet, and performance artist born in UK.  Best known for his discovery of the cut-up technique, Burroughs later stated that ‘Brion Gysin was the only man I ever respected’.

Cleon Peterson:
 LA-based artist whose chaotic and violent paintings show clashing figures symbolizing a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society.

Aaron Brookner:
 American film director and scriptwriter who recently restored his uncle Howard Brookner's film Burroughs : The Movie and is working on a documentary about Howard's adventures with William S. Burroughs.

Ben Frost:
 A visual artist whose work seeks to challenge contemporary norms and values of Western culture and society.

Yuri Zupančič:
 An artist from Kansas, USA, who is most prolific in Microchip Paintings. 

: UK street artist who employs a combination of stencils and cheeky quips to challenge the way we view public space.

Gastón Ugalde:
 Known as ‘the enfant terrible’ of the Bolivian Art Scene and called ‘the most important living Bolivian artist’ by the Konex Foundation.

Dreamachine Ft Gorilla Perfume:
 The dreamachine is a stroboscopic flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Installation provided by Gorilla Perfume

Paul Don Smith:
 A  street artist whose artworks are everywhere in East London.

Philip Heying:
 Kansas based photographer who began a friendship with Burroughs that endured until Burroughs’s death in 1997.

Oliver Switch:
 London-based artist using collage, ink sketching and photorealistic aerosol paint techniques.

Lana Alana:
 Lana Alana is the work of London based Painter & Graphic Designer Lana Hughes.  She adapts her works throughout many forms, and has a passion for brightly coloured, hand-designed typography.

Check out all the artist profiles for more information!

The act of non-conformity and dissent runs deep within William Burroughs' ethos. There are many anarchic graffiti-esque elements in Burroughs' paintings, for which he used spray paint aerosols, stencils, paste-up collages and letter forms. His marks are those of an ambitious and rebellious outsider scrawling text and layering images into new forms.

This is an opportunity for a new generation to get up close with this work.

 Open to the public Friday 29 August – Sunday 7 September 2014

11a.m. – 7p.m. daily

Londonewcastle Project Space
28 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DP

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