John Dunbar: Remember when Today was Tomorrow
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).*