Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Bridie Connell at ALASKA - 24 September
How great it is to have venues like Alaska putting out something different for the punters. Just a couple of weeks after seeing Alex Munt's awesome American Corner (will have to come back and post about that) we have Bridie Connell promising some burlesque with 'B-Girl Rhapsody'.
I love the poster design, and by implication, the bad girl vibe it is throwing out. Harking back to the 'golden age' of comic design and by reference, the Cross itself. In my mind, the golden age of the Cross was the '90s (vale Joe's Garage, Baron's, Mansions, Sugar Reef etc). That said I do remember seeing some sights that would challenge anyones definition of performance art. I was actually expecting some performance art tonight but one thing you should expect about Alaska is you never know exactly what it is going to entail. The small gallery space was cut in half by a thick velvet curtain. In the front half were a series of ostrich feather fans, tools of the trade so to speak. I was excited to see what was behind the curtain. It was the sign pictured top. Now with a smattering of high school latin and also a bit of ancient history to boot it was easy to pick up the gag of famous Julius Caesar quote. Traditionally, Veni, Vidi, Vici; I came, I saw, I conquered. Bridie has gone for I came, I saw, I came. Indeed Bridie. I'm not really all that familiar with Bridie but after a bit of intrawebs research I am sad that I am only just getting up to speed with this artist. Apparently there will be a different text based work for each day of the exhibition (till the 28th!). Well, I am out on Saturday but will try and see a few more. Points to come. Get it?