3 May 2006
Beautiful Losers and Ugly Winners 
Don't forget that the Beautiful Losers exhibition is currently on in Lille, France through 2 July at Le Tri Postal [more info at www.exposkate.com].

Also on view is Ugly Winners at agnes b. galerie du jour [www.galeriedujour.com] in Paris this month. The idea for Ugly Winners was to have a satellite show at a gallery to support the main exhibition in Lille. The work in Ugly Winners is available and includes many of the Beautiful Losers artists as well as other artists including: Ryan McGinley, Thomas Campbell, Neckface, Ryan McGinness, Harmony Korine, Barry McGee, Raymond Pettibon, KAWS, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Jo Jackson, KR, Todd James, Cynthia Connolly, Chris Johanson, Terry Richardson, Evan Hecox, Henry Chalfant, Cheryl Dunn, Ari Marcopoulos, Glen E. Friedman, Andy Jenkins, Steve Powers, Geoff McFetridge, Craig R. Stecyk III, Shepard Fairey, Rostarr, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Futura, Tobin Yelland, and Brian Degraw.

With 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.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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