Hot off the presses is The Apathy Band’s new LP! Available on eBay. This is the first LP for the Apathy Band. The band has had many incarnations but this version has the experimental funk fusion sounds that George Cleghorn brings with saxophone, Calvin Tsai brings with his guitar, George Lionel Barker (also known from The Fucks) on piano & bass, Leonardo Ulian on the Theremin and Jessica Voorsanger on spoken word.
22 Oct 2016 – 07 Jan 2017
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL
Guler Ates, Helen Barff, Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Jemima Burrill, Helen Chadwick, Sarah Duffy, Rose English, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Alison Gill, Helena Goldwater, Joy Gregory, Margaret Harrison, Alexis Hunter, Frances Kearney, EJ Major, Eleanor Moreton, Hayley Newman, Freddie Robins, Monica Ross, Jo Spence, Jessica Voorsanger, Alice May Williams and Carey Young
Liberties presents a snapshot of the evolving conversations that have contributed to the mapping of a woman’s place in British society through work by 24 artists. Film, photography, sculpture, performance and painting reflect personal and political issues and changes in art practice in the 40 years since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act in the UK.
The curators do not presume to have surveyed the past 40 years of women’s art practice, but to consider the intervening years since a significant equalitarian law was introduced, and to remind ourselves of what has been fought and won over the years, and what there is still to do.
‘Now it is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits’ curated by Bridget Smith at the Swedenborg Society opening on Thursday the 20th of October 2016.
The solo exhibition ‘EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328)’ opens on Tuesday 25th of October at Kornhauschen in Aschaffenburg Germany. The work in this exhibition continues to explore the fusion between painting and collage, inspired by the current edition of the movie magazine ‘Empire’.
Kornhäuschen freut sich, neue Arbeiten von der in London lebenden amerikanischen Künstlerin Jessica Voorsanger zu zeigen. Sie präsentiert eine Serie von insgesamt 50 Bildern in Form einer Collage, das verbindende Element ist die aktuelle Ausgabe des Filmmagazins EMPIRE.
Als Collage wird das Nebeneinander von Elementen aus unterschiedlichen Quellen in einem Bild bezeichnet. In ihrer Serie hat Voorsanger das Gegenteil gemacht – sie schuf 50 verschiedene Improvisationen aus einer einzigen Quelle. Entstanden ist eine imaginäre Reise, die Betrachter an 50 verschiedene Orte führt. Voorsangers Thema ist die Populärkultur und die Welt der Prominenten. Retrostoffe in Verbindung mit leuchtenden, grellen Farbinterventionen sind ein neues Element in ihrem Zyklus, den Voorsanger “gemalte Collagen” nennt.
EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328) ist Voorsangers dritte Einzelausstellung im Kornhäuschen nach Crimefighter (2009) und Worldstaronestoppopshop, die 2013 in der Museumsnacht eröffnet wurde.
Jessica Voorsanger’s solo exhibition Live Long and Prosper at Work Gallery, 10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG from 21st July to 16th September 2016. The Private view is on 21st July from 6:30pm until late. All welcome.
There will also be an ‘In Conversation’ with Jean Wainwright at the closing event on 14th September 2016 at 6:30pm.
In Live Long and Prosper, Jessica Voorsanger is presenting a new series of paintings in which she imagines the paintings she would make if she were artist-in-residence on The Starship Enterprise.
Voorsanger’s established practice exploring issues surrounding popular culture and celebrity takes a radical departure in this new series of paintings juxtaposing vintage fabrics with toxic and vibrant colours. She refers to them as ‘painted collages’. The faded, patterned vintage fabrics in contrast with the vibrant poured and dripped paint locate the work in its questioning of what a sci-fi utopian future could hold.
Jessica: Oh hello Captain Kirk! What do you think of my new paintings?
Captain Kirk: Fantastic!
Mr.Spock: This cacophanous colour is not logical.
Jessica: Actually, I think you will find Mr.Spock that the melding of the patterned fabrics are indicative of the time period in which they exist. The bright poured and dripped paint is a reaction to what the potential futures could be.
Mr.Spock: Very interesting.
Shakespeare hits Scunthorpe High Street
Jessica Voorsanger payed homage to William Shakespeare on the 11th of June 2016 by leading a parade of Tudor musicians and actors through the town centre of Scunthorpe. It was one of the many events connected to Shakespeare400 that North Lincolnshire Library have organised. The actors were drama students from North Lindsey College. The reaction that they received was a combination of celebration and confusion!
Jessica Voorsanger appeared at the Art Car Boot Fair this 12th of June 2016 as one of her favourite Star Trek characters, Captain Kirk. She proceeded to show Captain Kirk’s drawing skills off by drawing portraits to the ACBF as Mr. Spock. Live Long and Prosper…
Cath Hawes has been ‘Spocked’
Jessica Voorsanger joins The Apathy Band as a vocalist. Watch this space for performance news. They recently performed at Grow Bar, Hackney Wick on the 2nd June 2016. The members of the band are: Bob and Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger, George Lionel Barker, Leonardo Ulian, Calvin Tsai and George Cleghorn.
Jessica Voorsanger is showing work from the early 1990’s in the archival exhibition which chronicles the curatorial projects of Matthew Higgs’ Imprint 93 (1993-1997) at the Whitechapel Art Gallery running until the 25th of September 2016.
Voorsanger is interviewed in this article from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/17/imprint-93-matthew-higgs-mail-art-whitechapel-gallery
Bob Geldof’s Rubbish on show at Foundling Museum until 4th September 2016
For those of you who have not yet had a chance to see the fantastic group exhibition FOUND, curated by Cornelia Parker at the Foundling Museum, running until the 4th of September 2016 (40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ).
Here is the link for the BBC4’s Saturday Review which discusses the show (at approx. 8 mins 28 seconds):
THE ART OF JESSICA VOORSANGER: The Impostor Series, edited by Jean Wainwright with contributions from Jean Wainwright, Kathy Kubicki, Louisa Buck, Ralph Rugoff, Emily Druiff and Deborah Robinson. Published by Black Dog Publishing London (due for release on 30 September 2014).
THE ART OF JESSICA VOORSANGER: The Impostor Series
The book explores a range of her work, from karaoke performances, kitsch installations, paintings and sculpture, with a particular focus on new work emerging from her ongoing project, The Impostor Series. By using humor and parody in The Impostor Series, her work is also able to tackle tough topics including her personal cancer treatment, gender politics, and the discomfort that we can feel as an audience through humor. As a book The Art of Jessica Voorsanger operates on the same plain as the world she is critiquing, the design itself drawing on celebrity annuals, memories of falling in love with David Cassidy, and a childhood spent celebrity-spotting in New York’s Upper East Side. The publication takes on board all of the playfulness, seriousness and vibrance of Voorsanger’s work, contributing to the wide-reaching current discussion in society around celebrity in an engaging way. Although included in several publications, Jessica Voorsanger does not yet have one specific to her work, giving this book particular significance.
Decide which Museum wins me for an event this May!
All are great. Voting continues until January 28th…
The Connect10 vote: You decide where Jessica Voorsanger appears
for Museums at Night 2014.
The Connect10 vote to see where Jessica Voorsanger goes for Museums at
Night is now open. Cast your vote from the link below:
More on the venues competing to host Jessica for an exciting evening event of art interventions and possible outbreaks of karaoke during the weekend of Thursday May 15 – Saturday May 17:
Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, will establish 12 modern-day celebrities who define a particular musical style, e.g. Lady Gaga
and Dizzee Rascal, then work with drama and music students to develop them into their predecessor icons from the Music Hall,
e.g. Marie Lloyd and George Formby.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, will unveil a historical and contemporary automata exhibition that will include
a circus, a Steampunk playground, a roll-up, roll-up mix of entertainment DJs pumping through the gallery and museum atrium area,
and a Cocktail & Tea Bar where Tea-Duelling (!) will take place.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe will be presenting a sci-fi themed costumed party in the nave of the neo-gothic church and
out into the pedestrianised area.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent will invite visitors to become Anglo-Saxon warriors, goldsmiths,
storytellers, gods and monsters or kings and queens to tell the alternative story of the Staffordshire Hoard or the archaeologists that uncovered it.
The public vote, hosted by Culture24, closes on Tuesday January 28 at 5pm.
New work by Jessica Voorsanger. In this one person exhibition as part of the Aschaffenberg Festival, Voorsanger has created a new series of works on paper. All of the collaged, mixed media works come from a found book called ‘Wonders of the World’.
Payne Shurvell Gallery, 16 Hewett Street, London EC2A 3NN, 11 July 2013 6-8pm
Press Release. June 2013
Invisible Print Studio, a new screenprinting studio founded by Michael Hall and Coralie
Sheppard, is launching at PAYNESHURVELL on Thursday 11th July, 6 – 8pm. Our
printmaker Michael Hall is himself an artist, as well as a curator and a writer. He has
previously worked professionally with the majority of artists that we are making editions
with. Using his knowledge of their practices he works together with the artist to translate
their practice into print, bringing original ideas to the forefront and creating prints exclusive
This is a one night only event where we will be exhibiting the editions produced to date
and offering discounts on all our prints on the night. We are also launching a new Simon
Patterson poster edition with the first 20 prints available for only £50 each.
Invisible Print Studio commissions new print editions with artists that we genuinely admire
and are currently working with:
Bruce McLean; Simon Patterson; Jamie Shovlin; Ray Richardson; Jessica Voorsanger;
Andrew Bick; Andrew Curtis; Dermot O’Brien; Mark Hampson; Michael Ajerman;
Daniel Rapley; Steven Scott; Julian Rowe; Steph Goodger; Flora Parrott; Jo Stockham
and more… And will be launching with 13 new editions.
Bruce McLean should be given recognition for the fact that we are here. His suggestion to
Michael that he opened a new print studio, was based on the fact that he believed Michael
would bring novel and up-to-date concepts to the printing process. This is shown to be true
with the fact that Andrew Bick is making his first ever printed edition with us, yet has never
used print as a medium before as he never felt it fitted within his practice. His trust in
Michael serves as an example that our ethos stands well, we create works of art, not just
screenprints and want to support our artists both creatively and financially. We will be
launching new poster editions to generate funding to support projects in the near future.
UNIT 4-22, SECOND FLOOR STUDIOS & ARTS, HARRINGTON WAY, WOOLWICH, LONDON SE18 5NR
+44(0)20 84252813 INVISIBLEPRINTSTUDIO
The publication launch is accompanied by an exhibition at the Paul Stolper Gallery, 31 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH. 20 June 2013 6-8pm, with the exhibition running from 21 June – 21 August 2013
Factual Nonsense – The Art and Death of Joshua Compston is both a biography and an alternative portrait of the 1990’s art scene in London’s East End. It is also a guide to living fast and dying young in the contemporary art world; Joshua Compston made Hoxton hip and Shoreditch sexy. The list of the fifty or so interviewees in the book reads like a who’s who of the contemporary art world, with contributions from the likes of Jessica Voorsanger, Jay Jopling, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gary Hume, Gavin Turk, Maureen Paley, and Sir Peter Blake.
Seen by some as the romantic martyr of his generation, by others as a prankster sending up the art establishment, Compston was a driving force that helped turn the East End of London into the cultural hub that it is today. He was determined to change the world through art. His gallery, Factual Nonsense (FN), was quite unlike any other. Called a ‘crazy powerhouse of ideas’, Factual Nonsense was a cultural think-tank located in a then run-down area of the East End.
The original and the best – when all the top artists make special works for the day and sell them at
genuinely unbelievable prices – directly from their car boots! Something for everyone with artworks from
£5 – £500 and fabulous food & entertainment to boot – it’s a mini festival in its own idiosyncratic orbit!
We’ll be pushing the boot out for the maddest, most eye-poppingly fabulous Art Car Booter to date as we celebrate
ten years of fun, frivolity and astonishing art bargains! Over 70 pitches including Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake,
Tracey Emin International, Marcus Harvey, Nigel Cooke, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw, Billy Childish, Pure Evil,
David David, Bethnal Greeen Working Men’s Club, The Idler, Marty Thornton, Pretty Taxing, Pam Hogg, Kristjana J
Williams, Louis Eliot & The Embers, St John Bread & Wine, Nudeespresso and The Colony Room Pop-up Cocktail bar.
Plus! Introducing Shoreditch scenesters Herrick Gallery, Tracey Neul Shoes, Leila’s Shop and her amazing artisans and the fabulous Museum of Everything.
Exclusive print from Sir Peter Blake celebrating 110 years of Vauxhall Motors!
Plus! The Groucho Club’s Bernie Katz, in association with AITPE (Almost In The Public Eye) making a rare foray east (and in daylight hours too!) to add
some pizazz and celebrity pals to the Born Hectic tent of fun, games and amazing prizes in aid of award-winning charity Just for Kids Law.
Pop in to the pop-up hair and grooming gazebo with the fabulous Johnnie Sapong, play Celebrity Bingo, dance in a reprise of last years’ hugely popular
Handbag Disco to win fab bags from the likes of Jimmy Choo, Anya Hindmarch and Alice Temperley.
Plus! New for 2013 – Pass the Art Parcel! In between the layers of each exquisitely wrapped parcel will be a chance to win a piece of fantastic art by each artist
in the car park with super special works in the middle! NOT TO BE MISSED!
We’ll fill your eyes with delight and your hearts with joy!
Doors open 12 midday, pre-selling entry from 11am to an orderly queue.
Only £5 in for hours of fun plus exclusive back of the boot bargains guaranteed…you’d be hard pushed to beat it and mad to miss it!
LIMITED EDITIONS AND UNLIMITED FUN!