Saturday, 29 August 2009

New Skin for the Old Ceremony

Resistance Presents a new exhibition of works from Espira and Kris Wlodarski

Thursday, September 17th 8pm

Espira and Kris Wlodarski, two of London's most visually provocative artists come together to present new paintings in their upcoming " New Skin for the Old Ceremony " exhibition.

Espira was born and raised within a religious Mormon family, training from an early age to become a Missionary. He slowly turned his back on the Religion to become a self-taught artist based in London.

Espira has become widely recognised for his powerful large scale paintings and digital illustrations. Showing a range of influences from the banal and everyday, high fashion, period costumes, raw meat, war images and ritualistic religious symbolism. The collision of visionary aesthetics and transgressive iconography within his work lure the spectator into a world which evokes an Apocalyptic and dangerous message. Often considered by many to be a savage and darkly humourous assault on contemporary culture.

Espira's strong body of artwork has been showcased across the globe, from traditional galleries to the legendary London fetish club Torture Garden. Fresh from a recent successful solo show in Paris he presents a collection of defiant new paintings to a London audience.

"Punk Rock for the Art world..."

"This evil grandchild of Vivienne Westwood tells us with brilliant paintings that era of overconsumption is over, muting in aestetics of Dyonisiac Eros & Thanatos inspired overdub."

Kris Wlodarski, aka Kali, born in Poland. Graduated at University of Zielona Gora, Poland (MA philosophy). Influenced by the art of Gottfried Helnwein, Saturno Butto, Joel Peter Witkin, Francis Bacon, the art of Shibari and modern Bodyart movements. He is also a musician, film-maker, and tattoo artist, currently living and working in London.

There is a haunting and otherworldly vision within his paintings. They are about the moments of insanity when the language and logic are suspended in favour of primal drives that are otherwise subject to suppression by cultural structures. Combining elements of fetishism and a sense of the absurd with intense passions and use of colour. He tempts you into a world populated by beautiful and unusual beings. They exist in a space that has a sense of immediacy and raging desire and yet they remain isolated, somewhere between this world and the next.

The opening night will feature a special live performance by Frank Sanazi :

"The man who puts The Fun Back In Fundamental Frank Sanazi, The Ubermeister of Lounge brings a NEW ORDER and discipline to the usually more relaxed swing scene.
He has embraced the modern idiom by singing about and reflecting on the world around him. As his music and style originate from his homeland he has preferred to call the whole movement 'Fatherlounge'.

‘Comedy Gold’ The Evening Standard."

Thursday September 17th 2009
8pm -2am
Featuring .
David TG (Torture Garden)
Mediator (S.E.C.T)

Artist Contact Details
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Kris Wlodarski
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Monday, 24 August 2009

Vampires are coming to Resistance Gallery

On Friday 18th September, Fangtasia London hits Res Gal!

Inspired by the new hit HBO series 'True Blood', Fantasia London is the new Vampire club night that we've all been waiting for.

'Fangtasia' is a modern Vampire friendly club night featuring an array of top notch sleazy southern Rock n Roll, Goth, Grunge, Metal, Blues and swamp laden tunes, exclusive un-dead bands and sexy Vampy performers.

With 'True Blood' in mind and behind the bar, this regular monthly excursion into oblivion and bliss will definitely set pulses pounding and hearts racing.

For Vampires, Shape-shifters, Were-folk and their Human companions!!!

Please go to the Fangtasia site for full details.
Join the Facebook group.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Japanese Rope Bondage Life Drawing Class 'Salon of Kinbaku'.

Nawashi Murakawa's 'Salon of Kinbaku' returns to Res Gal on Friday 21st of August, starting at 8pm.
Further details click link.

This unique life drawing class will both improve your observational skills and your artistic ones while gaining a new and greater understanding of the art of Kinbaku.
Here you find models being erotically tied and suspended in the ancient and traditional Japanese way for short periods of time enabling you to capture their likeness on paper using the medium of your choice.

Charcoal and paper is provided or you can bring your preferred drawing materials.

It's also Jon Blake's birthday so after the drawing has finished, the celebrations begin with Sake, osembi and various other Japanese snacks, drinks and party time.

Come along and encase yourself in the art of Kinbaku and join the Nawashi for his celebrations!!!

Friday, 7 August 2009

"East Ends White Hot Space!"

"Akin to a mini ICA" and "East Ends White Hot Space" are just two of the many quotes from the British media about Resistance Gallery which has become a benchmark for us to maintain by keeping our events as interesting, ground breaking and accessible as we possibly can by working hard and collaborating with great people and cool new ideas.

It's just one short year ago that Resistance Gallery opened it's doors and subversive attitude to a multitude of fascinating underground sub-cultural artists, performances & alt club tribes.

"We operate in a challenging yet very atmospheric space made all the harder by the incredibly tough financial time everyone is facing at the moment.

The current financial crisis hasn't stopped our creativity or desire to provide the very best artistic events, it's just made it super difficult!
We hope that we can continue to go from strength to strength and build on what has already been an amazing first year."

Esme by Armando Kinetic Image

Resistance has been home to some of the most interesting & innovative characters on the London scene during the last 12 months:
People like Ryan Styles, Jason Atomic, Nawashi Murakawa, Johnny Woo, Esinem, Johnny BlueEyes, Lucha Britannia, Kindle, Crazy White Sean, Vivid Angel, Bizarre Magazine, Murrey and Vern, Blue Demon Jnr, El Hijo Del Santo, Syban V Manticore, Meg Lee Chin, Mamzelle Maz, The Fetishistas, The Coolness, Pig Iron, Lydia Morgan, Stan Leather, Suzzan B, Kim Rub, Kinetic Image, Toxico Clothing, Valeria, Triibe Liquer, Esme, Atticus Clothing, Jeff Leach, Honey Manko, Yasha Young, Maxim Reality, Miss Vinci, Janette Slack, Scottee, Slaughterhaus Five, Gravity, Trans Kaberett Maxximus, Fancy Chance, Anderw O'Neil, Reeps 1, Dickie Beau, Secret Wars, Pariah Circus, Switch Theatre, Limehouse Cutthroat, The McCarricks, Monk 513, Finlay Cowan, Lee Baker, Deborah Griffin, Noko 440, Grave Industries, Ben Newman, London Fetish Scene, Veronica Valentine, Samantha Stone, Ms Miranda, Empress Stah, Eights N Aces, Illustrated Ape Magazine, Crystal Fighters, Saampa Von Cyborg, Monsterlune, Bird la Bird, Santa Gasolina, Tom Medwell, Gaynor Perry, Annie Bertram, Bobette, Marcus T, Jan, Simon Maxwell, Geoff Boyz, Midori, Mistress Absolute, Lucifire, Tusk, Tears of Envy, Lady Lucy, Pippa the Ripper, Run Riot, Buster Bennett and many more to numerous to mention!!!

Stay tuned for the next enthralling episode!!!

Griffin, Yoshida & Perry. And Ryan Styles BW at top of page by Tom Medwell

Monday, 3 August 2009

Iconography of Mask Sparkles Brightly!

Last weekend's mask festival was an amazing success and plans have already been hatched to turn the event into a touring show and have it back again at Res Gal next year with an even bigger array of artists and extras!

The Facebook Group is the hot bed of activity to find hundreds more images from the show.
And dont forget the Iconography of Mask site for more regular updates.