By Kim Kerr
London’s acclaimed StolenSpace Gallery will be premiering an exciting new art installation by world-renowned performance artist Pauline Amos from August 15th to 24th. In addition to performing her own music live, Pity The Meat – produced especially for Stolen Space Gallery – will provide the public with a rare opportunity to watch Amos in action as she works on a huge new 40ft x 12ft painting.
This latest exhibition marks the first time in 14 years that Amos has put on what she terms a “durational” performance in a gallery. The last such event was hosted at the Opera Paese gallery in Rome, where she created a piece later shown at her first London show… with a price tag of £1.3 million. Asked at the time how long the impressive piece had taken her to create, she responded: “All my life” – hence the price, which Amos based on the average hourly wage in England.
“The value of life is priceless and our time is given a price tag, an hourly rate,” she said at the time.
A celebration of the harmony between art and music created by frequent collaborator Paz Caplin, Amos’s combination of live performance, music and art creates a truly unique multi-sensory experience that’s equal parts theatre, sound and painting. Entirely improvised and spontaneous, audiences at the StolenSpace Gallery will have the opportunity to witness the artist build herself a ‘stage’ consisting of a white space she fills with not just her own presence, but with sound, paint and charcoal as she ‘works in the moment’.
“The art is the person, the life that is making the work,” says Amos. “The paintings are documents and recordings of an event that happened. The performance, improvised and impulsive moment is the work.
Promising a surrealistic ‘graffiti ambiance’, the exhibition will also feature a variety of other works by Amos, including her new limited edition screen prints (produced in conjunction with Jealous Gallery) and her first vinyl album, ‘Pity The Meat’, co-created with Caplin.
“The music is a further demonstration of process,” she says. “We turn up, set up and make work, no rehearsals, structures or formulas. Improvised and recorded as it happens, the sounds of guitars, synths and vocals create a moody theatre.”
Performance commence August 15th and take place from 11am to 7pm at StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD.
To learn more about the latest exhibit from Pauline Amos, visit the StolenSpace Gallery website at www.stolenspace.com
Contributor Kim Kerr is a travel writer with a keen interest in the finer things in life.