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INTROSPECTIVE: Works by Gee Vaucher


Contact: Laurie Steelink
Images available upon request

INTROSPECTIVE: Works by Gee Vaucher

April 12 through May 3, 2008
Opening reception on Saturday, May 12 from 6–9 P.M.

March 12, 2008, Santa Monica–Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present “Introspective,” an exhibition of work by Gee Vaucher. The exhibition runs from April 12, 2008 through May 3, 2008, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 12, from 6 to 9 P.M

Gee Vaucher worked with the avant-garde British performance group EXIT during the years of 1968 to 1972. Among EXIT members were Penny Rimbaud and Steve Ignorant, who later formed the seminal anarchist-punk band, CRASS. Vaucher then continued creating the politically charged, often horrific collages and paintings that functioned as cover art for CRASS albums and newsletters. In 1979 she also started “International Anthem: a nihilist newspaper for the living” – three issues were published featuring her political collages.

As photo-montage artists Peter Kennard quoted, “By its nature, her work has previously appeared in unexpected places, giving a shock of truth. That’s been a large part of its power . . . Through magazines, newspapers, and especially through CRASS, her work has mainly entered into the world not through the gallery, but as part of a publication, a voice connected to other voices who have said ‘No’ to the great lie of the mass media.”

Vaucher has, throughout her career, sought to break down and expose the most vile crimes of civilized society. When CRASS disbanded in 1984, she felt the need to explore other areas of work, abandoning the tightness of her more “overt” political statements in favor of a more loosely expressed personal politic.

Most of her work since then has in some way been connected with the human form, intimately exploring the psychological diversities of social inter-relationships. “Introspective” features Vaucher’s work for CRASS, along with a sampling of other projects from the last forty years. She has been exhibited extensively both solo and in group shows throughout the world.

For more information, please visit our website at archive.track16.com. “Introspective” will be shown concurrently with “Internal Guidance Systems.”