28 11 2007
#1701

SAVX

96 Gillespie & The Wire present... an artist's talk with Savage Pencil.
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Artist's talk at 96 Gillespie with a interview by The Wire Magazine founder, Tony Herrington. This event forms part of the 'Savage Pencil presents... Creatures of the Night' exhibition schedule at 96 Gillespie.
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Friday, 7th Dec 2007
7 -9 pm
Location: 96 Gillespie Road, London N5 1LN
Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday; 2-6 pm, or by appointment
Admission: Free
Phone: +44 (0) 207 503 3496
Arsenal (Piccadilly Line); Bus Routes: 19, 4, 106, 236
http://www.96gillespie.com

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96 Gillespie & The Wire present Creatures of the Night by Savage Pencil

96 Gillespie presents our first solo showing of veteran London based illustrator Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil. Entitled 'Savage Pencil presents ... Creatures of the Night' this body of work furthers the artist’s interest in the imagery and iconography of Black Metal and the occult.

This exhibition features a range of new large paintings in which Pouncey's characteristically frantic and supernatural figures are cast as creatures of some terrrifying night. This output follows an intense period of method artmaking - in which Pouncey attempts to enter a trancelike state – his artwork flowing in a visual stream of consciousness, fuelled by Black Metal music.

In Creatures of the Night, Pouncey feeds off a human preoccupation with death and aligns it with the symbolism of the occult. Fur and wings abound along with calligraphic typography, hidden messages and ciphers summoned from the subconscious, bringing the audience face to face with our collective nightmares. That these creatures of the night figure in the folklores of so many cultures gives them a resonance beyond the cult followers of Black Metal.

'A big dog with very broad feet - some say webbed feet - shaggy hair, drooping ears, and eyes as large as saucers. It walked with a loud "splashing" sound that made the flesh creep of those that heard it; and the gleam of its saucer eyes transfixed anyone unlucky enough to see them'.

'A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen. Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smouldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined in flickering flame. Never in the delerious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish be
conceived than that dark form and savage face which broke upon us out of the wall of fog'

(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from The Hound of the Baskervilles)

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Edwin Pouncey, born in Leeds in 1951, has built a remarkable career as an illustrator and artist. A contemporary and peer of Gary Panter and Chris Hill, his work has appeared on albums covers for Sonic Youth (Death Valley 69, Drunken Butterly, Halloween), The Fall (Lie Dream of a Casino Soul) Rocket From the Crypt (On a Rope), Lee Renaldo (From Her to Infinity), and Big Black (Headache).

He has exhibited at the ICA London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Gimpel Fils & Intoxixa Galleries, London; and Exit Art and Noiseville Galleries New York. He has also published numerous books, comics and collections of his work. He is resident illustrator of music magazine The Wire. Pouncey holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and lives & works in South London.

This exhibition is sponsored by The Wire as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

Location: 96 Gillespie Road, London N5 1LN
Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday; 2-6 pm, or by appointment
Admission: Free
Phone: +44 (0) 207 503 3496
Arsenal (Piccadilly Line); Bus Routes: 19, 4, 106, 236
http://www.96gillespie.com

For more information please contact:
Pat Graham
Gallery 0207 503 3496
pat@96gillespie.com

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