Saturday, 23 October 2010

Stunning new exhibition 'Beauty In Decay' comes to Resistance Gallery !

The strange thing then is not that Urban Explorers exist; it's that the rest of us have forgotten that we are Urban Explorers too!

Resistance Gallery presents:
Opening Thursday 4th November. 7pm
Resistance Gallery 265 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF

We at Res Gal have long been interested in urban exploration, the illicit art of finding an old disused building and imagining what may have transpired there, so imagine our glee when we found out about this stunning new book which hauntingly and poetically shows some of the worlds most wonderful decaying and forgotten sites.

Put together by philosophical photographer and artist, RomanyWG, Beauty In Decay is not only a coffee table must but also a historical document, reflecting our ever transient times!

Together with the stunning book of the same name, Resistance Gallery and Carpet Bombing Culture present the first major ‘Urban Exploration’ exhibition & book signing, Beauty In Decay.

What's the Story with Urban Exploration?
It's easy to describe what an Urban Explorer does; they infiltrate into abandoned buildings and industrial sites and explore them, often taking photographs along the way. They don't steal, vandalise or even leave graffiti behind them. In fact their code of honour is reminiscent of the rambler's way: Take only pictures leave only footprints. It is, on the other hand, not so easy to describe the whys and wherefores.

We have around 20 large format and 4 massive hauntingly beautiful photographs, which will be on display and up for sale  throughout the month, along with this new incredible photographic book with deep philosophical text by Patrick Potter. Book signing from 7.30-9.30.

Exhibition opens 7pm Thursday 4th November till end of the month. Entry is free. Check our other sites for events and Art Boutique! 
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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Resistance Gallery First Thursday presents: The Pig Show by Deborah Griffin

Deborah Griffin – ‘The Pig Show’
Solo show of new & recent works
Opening Thursday 7pm October 7th 2010
Resistance Gallery 265 Poyser St, Bethnal Green, E29RF

From her performance roots in the punk-rock tradition of the anarchist-social-realism of playwright Chris Ward’s Wet Paint, and James Charlton’s Fireworks theatre companies in the 1980s, Deborah Griffin achieved iconic status on the London fetish scene from the late 80s throughout the 90s primarily with her cutting-edge and genre-defining work with photographer Trevor Watson.
Their collaborations, with Deborah centre-stage as model, muse and partner-in-crime with her edgy sexually and politically-charged character-play, documented this embryonic scene at a crucial defining stage of its development  in a myriad of published books, magazine front-covers and fashion spreads, and has simply come to define what many people think of when they hear the word ‘fetish’.
 Cover Star of Skin Two Magazine’

The same confrontational politic and exhilarating sense of fun and transgression now informs her current sculptural, installation and image-based art-work.

Deborah Griffin first exhibited at Resistance Gallery in 2008, in the inaugural group show ‘Resistance Rising’ and again in the ‘Iconography Of Mask’ show curated by Jason Atomic and Garry Vanderhorne in 2009, where she exhibited a mask made from the ashes of her own recently deceased father.
God Is Dad With A Mask On

October 2010 at Resistance Gallery sees ‘The Pig Show’, Deborah’s first solo show which unveils five major new works alongside a number of previously exhibited pieces. Amongst the new works will be large installation-based sculptures, image-based work and paintings, thematically linked to the complex, paradoxical and hypocritical relationship we as humans have with animals, primarily pigs. 
Pretty In Pig’
Go Ask Alice

Pigs have historically been the brunt of many a joke and intellectually regarded as a kind of benchmark definition of where ‘animal’ ends and the far more elevated and upright ‘humanity’ begins. English philosopher John Stuart-Mill in his ‘Utilitarianism’ (1836) wrote “...Better to be a discontented Socrates than a contented pig”.

The relationship between what it means to be all-too human or fall fowl (sic) to our basest animal predisposition was never more explicitly laid at the trotters of our pig-cousins than by George Orwell in ‘Animal Farm’ (1945) “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which”.

Working  on a new piece

The British Police have since their inception been referred to as ‘The Pigs”, the feminist movement in the 60s and ‘70s expended much energy exposing “Male-Chauvinist-Pigs” in society, as did left-wing movements worldwide throughout the century with “Fascist Pigs”.
Urban myth has long had it that, according to a variety of cannibal sources, human meat tastes “a bit like pork”.

Exhibition opens 7pm Thursday 7th Oct till Wednesday 27th Oct.
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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Angela Edwards shocks Resistance with unveiling of new horrific collection

This week Resistance Gallery is proud to present in conjunction with Fangtasia London's one year anniversary, the outrageous art of Angela Edwards.

Angela is something of a maverick prolific painter, attacking her work with a ferocity and passion which leaves some critics cowering for cover as they find it difficult to get their heads around some of the gory, sexual and downright horrific themes and attitudes!

Female psycho-sexuality, sex work, rape, drug addiction, duality, overdose, homelessness, all are part of Edwards deep dark bag of influences.

Her raw power needs to be seen for real as her oil on canvas paintings are a terrifying beauty to behold, the latest of which is a 9 metre canvas of nightmarish proportions, just one of 14 pieces now showing at Resistance Gallery for the next week, starting on Fangtasia London's dark anniversary party on Friday 10th Sept.
More detail about True Blood's Fangtasia London, go here!

"Edwards Highly idiosyncratic paintings are characterised by the artists obsessive preoccupation  re shaping the human form.Her archetypal stimulus is the biomorph , and as William Burroughs morphed the body in ways which pushed towards the alien.Edwards figures also appear to be gesticulating through instinctual  primitive ritual of visceral eroticism , a performing subcultural species totally  of Angela's own creation that she has redefined liberated into paint."   
Jeremy Reed, Cult Writer.

"Tackling such hard hitting  social issues as rape homelessness child prostitution , drug addiction , head on , Edwards work offers us a  unique insight into the world of the poverty stricken ignored lower classes of Britain Today. Working with oil on canvass , her grotesque and nightmarish images , along  with her bold dynamic brushwork are reminiscent of the work of Francis Bacon .Unafraid to reveal her feminist principles and her ambivalent feelings towards sexual identity , Edwards purges personal experiences and eye witness accounts from her psyche. Expressing herself in total purity truth  uncompromising like a child in her practice , she brings a  raw energy to her work with is both shocking and mesmerising."
Zoe Hatch. Curator, warehouse gallery. 

For some strange reason we wasnt able to upload any more of Angela's art onto this blog, so to

Monday, 6 September 2010

Res Gal Art Boutique Opening is a huge Success!!

Nearly 300, 'in the know' people came along to the opening of Resistance Gallery's Art Boutique Opening and group exhibition.
We send a massive thank you to all that did and to all the incredible artists and designers who we happily represent!

The 4 hours flew past with a great playlist provided by Stuart Vern, Joe Alexander and David de Vynél.

The Art Boutique is now open every Tues to Sat, 1pm till 8pm unless otherwise stated.


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Resistance Gallery opens its doors for London's most exciting Art Boutique yet!

We are very proud to invite you to the grand opening of Resistance Gallery's new 'Art Boutique'!!!
  On  Friday 3rd Sept at 7.30-11.30
Come along on this most auspicious evening and see the very best of our Resistance Rising Artists, Designers and Photographers, all together in one place for our ongoing mission to present the most delicious and dazzling array of artistic goods for your ocular delight and spiritual well being.

The Boutique features new & original works from:
Amo el Barroco
Amore de Mori
Angela Edwards
Armando Foto image
Art Mafia
Atome Fabrik
Ben Newman 
Celia Arias
Compulsive Behaviour
Debbie Griffin
Emma Jane
Engineers of Desire
Finlay Cowan
Grave Industires
Honey Manko
Jason Atomic
John Blake
Jules Newman
Lady Lucie Latex
Lee Baker
Lucy Sparrow
Maria Almena
Morgan Davy
Murray & Vern
Patrick Siboni
Robert Babylon
Rod MacDonald
Scarlet Diva
Tears Of Envy
Tilly Aviram
Tom Medwell
Plus a new selection of choice art books from Korero, Gestalten, Tashen, Goliath & selected specialist magazines.

Viewing from 7.30 till 11.30 with special guests, DJ's & performers throughout.
Please RSVP asap!

After the initial party, our Art Boutique and coffee bar regular opening times will be 12.30pm till 7.30pm Tuesday thru Saturday.

Brought to you in association with London Hill Gin, the choice of Resistance!
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Monday, 19 July 2010

Resistance Gallery artists spotlight on 'Jason Atomic'

In our ongoing efforts to keep you informed as to 'who's who' on the underground and alternative London art scene, we are proud to present as part of our Resistance Rising showcase of artists, the mighty Jason Atomic.

As well as being London's most notorious live sketch artist, Atomic paints, creates comic books, collectors trading cards, limited run boutique clothing, prints, toy art and has a penchant for masks!
Atomic is something of a London legend, always out late at night armed only with his Sharpie, a sketch book and accompanied by his personal bodyguard, sometime muse and suicide girl, Honey Manko.

Jason admits to being..
"born with that peculiar birth defect that leads to one being labelled an artist." 
He says:
"Despite popular misconceptions, I think it's a curse one learns to accept rather than a job description. it's not something one chooses to take up as a vocation, but more a compulsion that prevents one from being able to concentrate on mundane drudgery."

 Jason's work is a culmination of years of finding his own hand and as such has a unique, distinct 'Joie de Vivre' about it. A style which finds favour with not only serious collectors but also toy manufacturers, magazine publishers, record companies, internet fan sites, art galleries, night clubs and other well respected artists from around the world.
It's this mutual respect or fandom that helps keep Atomic working furiously on piece after piece: Taking on projects sometimes merely because he loves the work of other artists.
This has led to many awesome collaborations with other underground art legends like 'Anthony Ausgang', 'Suckadelic', 'Rockin Jelly Bean', 'Junko Mizuno' and the late 'Rammellzee'.

 Atomic has again had his arm twisted by LucasFilm corporation and Topps trading cards into producing a second series of original,  first ever, die-cut shaped Star Wars sketch cards and holds the unofficial world record for live speed sketching!

At Resistance Gallery last August, Atomic teamed up with Vanderhorne to create one of the best events of the year, Iconography of Mask.
IOM was a three day/night mini festival celebrating everything about the art of masks.
IOM is promised to return next year with an even bigger line-up of international artists and performers

See more of Jason Atomic's artwork and stories on his links below

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Award winning London based new school wrestling leaders, Lucha Britannia, return to Res Gal!

Fresh from their three night 'super headline' stint at Download festival in Donington park last month, the super-human freedom fighting force, Lucha Britannia, return to their home ground of Bethnal Green, East London to 'Recruit' new members into the 'United Resistance Movement', and put on one of their fabled 'Lucha Underground' shows!
Friday 16th July at 9pm. tickets available here! We Got Tickets!

New sneak preview vid by Michael Oswald from Lucha Britannia at Download Festival 2010

Read more about the story behind Lucha Britannia here!

Viva La RevoLuchan!!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Resistance Gallery artists spotlight on 'Grave Industries' aka Skot Reynolds

As part of our ongoing Resistance Rising showcase of artists, this month we present the fast rising star, 'Grave Industries' aka Skot Reynolds.

Hailing from south London, Skot Reynolds is has been creating and customizing since he was a child, always scratching from his often morbid fascination with the dead and skulls.
Although preferring to work in black and white, he sometimes lets a bit of colour creep eerily into his creations.

Having sold pieces in the world renowned low brow/pop surrealism specialists, Strychnin Gallery in Berlin and now by us in the UK, Skot's own interpretation of art can hopefully get some more tongues wagging and adopt a place maybe in your life's collection of art!
 You can find Grave Industries adorning the walls, shelves and display cabinets of Resistance Gallery or you can contact him personally here:

Monday, 19 April 2010

Bizarre Magazine And Resistance Gallery join forces once again and create 'BITCHSLAP!'

This arty and fun descent into Bizarre madness and crazy antics see's a few of Resistance Rising's stars return for this new regular monthly event with a twist!
BITCHSLAP! is the kinda thing that lets art, performance, music and socializing collide in a pseudo-Fem-Dom, Russ Meyer-esque, beyond the valley of the dolls pastiche of technicolor.

Said to be akin to a mini Bizarre Ball, BITCHSLAP! looks set to take the world by storm!

Entry to BITCHSLAP! is limited and free to those who bring a copy of the latest Bizarre mag with them, issue 163, Vampires vs Werewolf cover!

And it is brought to you by the team unleashing the BIZARRE BALL in London on June 5

The inaugural BITCHSLAP! will feature special guest performances from freaky stars who’ve featured in the pages of Bizarre, Fangtasia London, Lucha Britannia & Resistance Gallery, with amazing prize giveaways, and a 'magical photo booth' where you can have your picture taken with your friends, the Cabaret Siniestro stars… and maybe the Bizarre team!
BITCHSLAP! is a Russ Meyeresque journey into the mondo bizarre world of great art, music, fun Grindhouse BDSM, psychedelia and alternative sub-cultures featuring Underground art, sounds, alt fashion, the ever popular Domination corner, Rope Bondage, performances and lots lots more.
Imagine if Bizarre magazine came to life while you were reading it!!! That's BITCHSLAP!!!!

Sheriff Vanderhorne-co-host-Fangtasia London
Missy Macabre-Dark mistress of the flame

Mistress Amrita=House Dominatrix
DJ She-Ra
DJ Rubber Dolly
DJ Jox McRox

Esinem-Rope Bondage
Miss DeVenney-Pole Rape
Bradford W Bush-annoying Yankee Lucha wrestler
Shiro Yoshida-Lucha wrestler
Metallico-Lucha Wrestler
Miss Miranda-Glamazon
Mamzelle Maz-Glamazon!/pages/Mamzelle-Maz/395686155510?ref=ts

Will Huntt-Club Crimson
Echo-Club Crimson
Simon Maxwell-Eights N Aces
Lee Baker-Vagina art
Photography by Armando De'Ath

BDSM furniture from club Crimson
Grave Ind artworks=
Lufwaffe Munny= Tear of Envy
Photography, Weird Art, Masks & Dolls by Compulsive Behaviour