We are very proud to announce Steven Stapleton's first exhibition at May 68 Books and Records in New York City!
From May 68 Books & Records website;
'We are very pleased to present art by Steven Stapleton, the artist's first exhibition in the United States. Stapleton (British, b. 1957), best known for his now 40-year musical project Nurse With Wound, has over this span of time created works that can be seen as a vivid, visual correlation of NWW's most famous designation: "Purveyors of sinister whimsy to the wretched." Stapleton's art, produced under one of his numerous aliases, Babs Santini, has graced the covers of records by Current 93, Shirley Collins, Sol Invictus, Sand, Andrew Liles, The Legendary Pink Dots, and his own releases as NWW.
Stapleton's show with MAY 68 includes seven large framed montage pieces, a term the artist prefers to collage, as montage suggests the sort of filmic dream state he explores within cut-up and reassembled imagery. Though dark, they are also buoyed by irreverent humor and a poetics that the surrealists might identify as navigating the passage between cruelty and tenderness. The great and greatly missed British writer J.G. Ballard would certainly see in Stapleton a kindred re-maker of reality. Stapleton's deftly mischievous sleight-of-hand will recall Dada, Hannah Höch, John Heartfield, Max Ernst, Roland Topor and Bruce Conner. In addition, eight rare test pressings will be shown, each with a unique montage cover, among them Current 93's classic, All the Pretty Horses and a highly sought after unreleased collaboration between Nurse With Wound and Faust'.
The exhibition runs from May 9 to June 3rd.
Books & Records
41 Elizabeth Street
(front room of Martos gallery)
Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM - 6PM