Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ant Macari & Oliver Beck: "Rapid Prototyping #1: Lone Toke" The Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Ant Macari & Oliver Beck
Rapid Prototyping #1: Lone Toke
Vernon & Burns Meets Lied Music
The Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
23 June 2010 8:00pm - 1:00 am

Mark Vernon and Barry Burns in collaboration with Luke Fowler
Ant Macari & Oliver Beck
Susie Green

Witness the inception of a post-rock band, amidst mediated visions of stoner culture; through short lived paintings and bass lines.
All mixed up and misinformed by the 'summer of love' hangover that is West Coast America.

Ant Macari's work is based around drawing and writing, makes reference to tattoo art; heraldry, medieval illuminated manuscripts, esoteric knowledge, curiosa and myth. Through the recombination of sources and genres - often in the context of interventions in galleries and public spaces - Macari encourages a close reading of the cultures he references.

Synergising painting with sculptural physicality, the work of Oliver Beck focuses on a tendency to treat the art object as one would a hunting trophy head.

Visual artists Macari and Beck share a common interest in Americana. Specifically West Coast American punk and DIY culture from the 80s and 90s as a manifestation of escapism to youths growing up in rural and suburban areas in the South of Scotland. Macari and Beck grew up in Galashiels and Kelso respectively; they first met in Gateshead some years later while working as technicians at BALTIC CCA. Both share an interest in performance and art as a way of exploring the potential for reciprocity between image, text, sound and audience.
This is their second outing which is one step closer to achieving their aim of becoming a real band. Their motto is "stay pure, stay poor."