Josh Lilley is pleased to announce the opening on Thursday 22nd July, of the milkplus barA Clockwork Orange. A milk drink laced with drugs for an illegal high of epic proportions, and a sure fire escape route from the daily dose of violence and drudgery that typifies the life and times of the characters from the novel. In keeping with this spirit, the works on show tap into the punk energy of a tribal defiance, psychotropic ennui and effervescent rage to hold up fractured elements and the fluttering pulse of this dark pop legacy. curated by Robin Kirsten.The title for the exhibition refers to the cult drink from Anthony Burgess's novel
The works form a backdrop to a post-punk London, endorsing a culture of irreverence, disobedience and caustic wit. Melting trees, imitation death, blackout porn, and crystalline songs are some of the fragments laid down in this backdrop. The atmosphere of the milkplus bar highlights the dynamic engine of production present in the ideas and modes of practice generated out of the milkplus effect.
Featuring work by Edward Fornieles, Jeanine Woollard, Luke Dowd, Cerith Wyn Evans, Justin Eagle, Conrad Ventur, Bradford Bailey, Robin Kirsten, Vicky Wright, Neal Tait, Mauro Bonacina, Ben Newton, and Matthew Musgrave.
Edward Fornieles - b.1983, UK. Solo shows include My Voice Will Go With You, Paradise Row Gallery, London, 2008. Group exhibitions include Straight Line Seeking Perfect Sphere, Crisp Gallery, London 2010, Irregular Wasps, Tin Type, London 2010, and Play, Paradise Row, London 2009.
Jeanine Woollard - b.1978, UK. Recent exhibitions include the Solo Shows at Analix Forever Galerie, Geneva, 2010, Chateau La Pompe, Vegas Gallery, London, 2009 and In the Chapel in the Moonlight, E-Raum Gallery, Cologne, 2008. Selected group exhibitions include Beast, Standpoint Gallery, London, 2010 and Vox V, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, 2009.
Luke Dowd - b.1970, USA. Solo Shows include Happy Happy Sad Sad, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, 2009, In the manner of the beast, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, 2009, Sensibility Is Not Enough, Galerie Jacky Strenz , Frankfurt, 2008, The Mad Determination of Language To Carry On, HOTEL, London, 2007. Selected group exhibitions include East End Academy, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2009, Landscape, University of Virginia Art Museum, 2009.
Cerith Wyn Evans - b.1958, UK. Solo shows include Everyone's Gone to the Movies, Now We're Alone At Last, White Cube, London, 2010, Cerith Wyn Evans, De Singel Internationale Kunstkampus, Antwerp, 2009, Cerith Wyn Evans, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Roma. Selected group exhibitions include Contemplating the Void, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2010, Radical Conceptual, MMK Frankfurt, Frankfurt, 2010, Crash, Gagosian Gallery, London 2010.
Justin Eagle - b. 1977, UK. Solo shows include a solitary cosmopolitan, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, 2010. Recent group exhibitions include Twig, Vitrine Gallery, London, 2010, il alla a lai de l'ail, Crimes Town, London, 2010, The Coelacanth Journal Issue 3: The Moderns, Donlon Books, London, 2009, Black and Tan, Above Bardens, London 2009.
Conrad Ventur - b. 1977, USA. Selected solo shows include Screen Tests Revisited, Momenta Art, NYC, 2010, Forever and a Day, Rokeby, London, 2010, Fragments of Fame, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, 2009. Group shows include Greater New York Quintennial, MoMA PS1, NYC, 2010, Becase We Are.... Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, 2010, il alla a lai de l'ail, Crimes Town, London, 2010.
Bradford Bailey - b.1978, USA. Solo shows include Bradford Bailey/ Rutherford Chang, Brown Gallery, London, 2008, Bradford Bailey, Hex Projects, London, 2006. Selected group exhibitions include The Double Object, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, 2009, Shoehorn, Crimestown Gallery, London, 2009, I Don't Want No Hexrospective, Lemoncello Gallery, London, 2008.
Robin Kirsten - b.1976, South Africa. Solo shows include The Prada Cycle, Gallery Klerkx, Milan, 2008 Twilight of the Idols, Zinger Presents, Amsterdam, 2008, Big Rock Candy Mountain, FormContent, London, 2007. Selected group shows include Tag: From 3 to 45. New London Painting, Brown Gallery, London, 2010, il alla a' lai de l'ail, Crimes Town, London, 2010, 3 Painters, Gallery Klerkx, Milan, 2009.
Vicky Wright - b.1967, UK. Solo shows include Josh Lilley Gallery, London, (October 2010), Comma 14, Bloomberg SPACE, London, 2009, Solo Presentation, VOLTA NY, Josh Lilley Gallery, 2009. Selected group exhibitions include Special Effects in Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany, 2010, SV10 Members' Show, Studio Voltaire, London, 2010, Il alla a lai de l'ail, Crimes Town, London, 2010, Daily Miracles, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, 2009
Neal Tait - b.1965, UK. Solo shows include Les Toits de Parise, White Cube, London, 2009, Neal Tait, Sies + Höke Gallery Düsseldorf, 2008, Neal Tait, The Dressmaker Who Lived on The Outskirts, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2008. Selected group shows include Kupferstichkabinett - Between Thought & Action, White Cube, London, 2010, Once, Removed, Apartment Gallery, Athens, 2010, What Have I Done?, Fine Art Society, London, 2010.
Mauro Bonacina - b.1977. Italy. Solo shows include (forthcoming) Lucie Fontaine, Milan, 2010, (forthcoming) CharlesBanks Gallery, New York,2010, Crooked Faith, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany, 2006. Selected group shows include L'Arpa Magica, Lucie Fontaine, Milan, 2010, Straight to the Unknown, The Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, 2010, HEADS AND TAILS, 401 Contemporary, London, 2010.
Ben Newton - b. UK. Recent group shows include Keep Me Posted, Posted, London, 2010, Decadence>Decay, Mol's Place, London, 2010, Remix, The Pigeon Wing, London, 2010, Il alla a lai de l'ail, Crimes Town, London, 2010.
Matthew Musgrave - b.1985, UK. Solo shows include Oil Shale, Supplement Gallery, London, 2009. Selected groups shows include Daily Miracles, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, 2009, Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London, 2009, 4 New Sensations: A Channel 4 Prize for Saatchi Online Art Students Graduates, 2008.