the milkplus bar
Vicky Wright, Edward Fornieles, Jeanine Woollard, Luke Dowd, Cerith Wyn Evans, Justin Eagle, Conrad Ventur, Bradford Bailey, Robin Kirsten, Neal Tait, Mauro Bonacina, Ben Newton & Matthew Musgrave
23 July – 7 August 2010
Josh Lilley is pleased to announce the opening on Thursday 22nd July, of the milkplus bar, curated by Robin Kirsten. The title for the exhibition refers to the cult drink from Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange — laced with drugs for an illegal high of epic proportions, and a surefire 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.
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, Winchester, UK) received a BA Fine Art from Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and an MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London
Jeanine Woollard (b. 1978, Barnhurst, Kent) graduated in 2007 with an MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Luke Dowd (b. 1970, New York USA) graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2002.
Cerith Wyn Evans (b. 1958, UK) studied for a BFA at St Martins School of Art from 1977-1980 and a MA in Film and Television at the Royal College of Art between 1981-1984.
Justin Eagle (b. 1977, UK) received his MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2004.
Conrad Ventur (b. 1977, Seattle ,USA) received his MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2008
Bradford Bailey (b. 1978, USA)
Robin Kirsten (b. 1976, South Africa) received his MFA Fine Art Studio Practice and his BA History of Art and Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London.
Vicky Wright (b. Bolton, UK) graduated with a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2008.
Neal Tait (b. 1965, Edinburgh, UK) studied at London's Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
Mauro Bonacina (b. 1977, Milan, Italy) received his BA Fine Art from UWIC, Cardiff and his MA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Ben Newton (b. 1975, UK) received his MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art.
Matthew Musgrave (b. 1985, UK) studied painting at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2011.