Recently I had the fortune of visiting the October Gallery on a very special evening. Not only I was able to peruse and get better acquainted with Brion Gysin’s work through the exhibition Unseen Collaborator but also attended a lecture by the writer and cultural historian Mike Jay on the Club des Haschichins and some of the ramifications of hashish consumption and the Assassins in modern culture.
Starting from the beginning… who was Brion Gysin? To most people, he might be more familiar due to the association with William Burroughs, well known in mainstream culture due to the film adaptation of his book Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg. The cut-up technique was also widely used by Burroughs but it had been, in fact, invented by Brion Gysin. This long time collaboration is also very present in the show, as there are a few pieces and photos, showing Burroughs.
One of the great things about living in London is the possibility of seeing amazing art. And even better, for free – just because you can’t afford to invest, you’re still allowed to go around and take a look at what’s going on in some galleries. And some of them, will be so nice, they’ll even let you take some photos – we did ask to take photos for our blogs so we were happy, yay!
This was the first outing of the Blogger Douchebag Crew #BDBcrew, with the amazingly funny and colourful Axel from Solaris 100 and rest assured there will be more.
We met at King’s Cross and made our way to the Gagosian to have a look at what was going on there – an exhibition titled “Sprayed”. I had no expectations as I just tagged along and didn’t have a chance of looking into what was going on there.
It was quite surprising. Not sure if in a good way, if I’m honest. You have plenty of works by famous artists such as Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Murakami, Koons, Haring or Basquiat, among others to look at, that’s for sure but most of the works on display didn’t really say much to me.