An art gallery isn’t the normal venue we cover here on Neon Filler, but when some of our favourite musicians have produced the artwork it seemed too good to miss. The opportunity to see a selection of the artists perform songs was an added incentive on the first weekend of the group show.
The show is called Vostok 5 and is a collection of images on the subject of people and animals in space. Darren Hayman, Robert Rotifer, Paul Rains, Sarah Lippet and Duncan Barrett have supplied a range of cartoons depicting space dogs, cosmonauts, the moon, space monkeys, Star City and other similarly themed pictures.
On the Saturday of the show three of the Vostok 5 treated the small packed gallery space to songs from the CD they have produced to accompany the show. Duncan Barrett opened proceedings with two delicate songs accompanied on an old organ. He was followed by Robert Rotifer who provided his tracks as well as offering up a song apiece by Paul Rains and Sarah Lippett who were unable to perform on the day. Last up was Darren Hayman with his space themed songs, including a rendition of Hefner favourite ‘Alan Bean’, and one of the songs from his forthcoming album about the Essex witch trials.
The songs were accompanied by interesting stories, facts and information about the songs and the subjects of the exhibition. If you managed to get to the show over the next few days (and I highly recommend you do), and any of the artists are present, then ask them some questions about the pictures. There is a real profound sadness about many of the images as well as reflection of human endeavour and a desire to reach the stars.
It is an excellent and understated exhibition and you can also pick up some original artwork, the limited edition CD, or one of the prints and posters on sale.
The show is at the Outside World Gallery in Shoreditch until September the 7th and you can find out more information on the Vostock 5 website.
There is also an opportunity to see all 5 of the Vostok 5 bands play at London’s Willmington Arms on Wednesday 21st September.
By Dorian Rogers