26 Jan 2005
Iconoclast update 
Ed Templeton's solo exhibition The Judas Goat recently opened at Modern Art in Hackney, London and is well worth a visit. It features around 300 works, mainly photos and drawings / paintings from Templeton's entire career though sadly his Hopper artwork did not make it. Templeton has annotated many of the works in his own handwriting. Here is an example: "Silva and Karolina try to extend the mileage of a cigarette - Silva fiends for a nicotine hit from the lungs of Karolina - smoke swap that is dangerously close to being a kiss - it causes a burn in the loins being this close to this - an impromptu party in my pool - people stripped down - two Finnish girls after a temporary highs - my house, Huntington Beach, California year 2004". The exhibition runs until 6 March.

Beautiful Losers, which also features Templeton's work, opens at the Orange County Museum of Art on 6 February and runs through 15 May. The opening night party is on Saturday the 5th. Also running concurrently is an installation at OCMA's Orange Lounge located at the South Coast Plaza in Newport Beach. The Orange Lounge will be featuring the entire Film & Video portion of Beautiful Losers as well as a major collaborative installation entitled "You Are Here" by the infamous collective The Art Dump of Girl Skateboards.

The Iconoclast website will be launching in about 3 weeks. The site will feature a wealth of resource information on its illustrious roster of artists. Exclusive Iconoclast Editions will also be available directly on the site. Later this spring a limited number of only 30 complete Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolios will be available on the site. Each Portfolio will include over 30 silkscreens by Beautiful Losers artists packaged in a custom box with numbered title page.

On Sunday February 6th, the agnes b. store located at 100 North Robertson in Los Angeles will be hosting a reception for the Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolio including several newly available prints. There will be a special guest DJ as well as the premier screening of Cheryl Dunn's new short film entitled "Tokyo Hands". Call +1 310.271.9643 for more information.

Thanks to the Iconoclast mailing list.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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