4 October – 1 November 2014
John Dunbar (born Mexico City, 1943) is a British artist best known as co-founder of Indica, the avant-garde London gallery of the mid-1960s, and for his many friendships and connections within the art and music counter-culture. He has also consistently maintained an eclectic practice encompassing drawing and collage (particularly in notebook context); sculpture and assemblage; photography and film. This solo exhibition features Dunbar’s legendary notebooks of the past 50 years, displayed for the first time, alongside works and films produced over that same period.
The phrase Remember when Today was Tomorrow has resonated with Dunbar since he first wrote it on the wall of his apartment in 1967, becoming the starting point for a psychedelic mural which accumulated additions from visitors, including Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and acting as a kind of mantra: “We were the first post-war generation, and the biggest changes happened then. It was a very different time. Everything was on the move – it made you want to do new things, whether it was in art, film, music.” (John Dunbar quoted in Tate Magazine 2004).*
Below are programme details for the PoetryFilm screening at the Swindon Festival of Poetry, 6pm on Friday 3 October 2014.
When in Miami earlier in the year, I was delighted to receive an invitation from Ruth and Marvin Sackner to view The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry at their apartment. This is the world’s largest private collection of visual and concrete poetry and the collection contains 60,000 items celebrating Italian Futurism, Russian and Eastern European Avant Garde, Dada, Surrealism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Ultra, Tabu-Dada, Lettrisme, and Ultra-Lettrisme.
Many thanks to Ruth and Marvin for enabling me see their incredible collection.
Below is a 75 minute documentary film called CONCRETE! made about the Sackner Archive by their daughter Sara Sackner, featuring art by Guillaume Apollinaire, Allen Ginsberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Matta, Bob Cobbing, Tom Phillips, Katharina Eckhart, Gertrude Stein, Ben Vautier and more, and with music by Terry Riley, Arnold Dreyblatt and more.
Further information about the Sackner collection is below.
The Man With Wheels, a film about Kurt Schwitters that was made by Billy Childish and Eugene Doyen will be screened at PoetryFilm: Sounds of Love on Saturday 19 July at 7:45pm at the Southbank Centre.