The Le Gun crew have upped their surrealistic selves and crossed the channel to the Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve in Paris for an unmissable and sumptuous new group show. Neal Fox, Robert Rubbish, Stephanie Von Reiswitz, Chris Bianchi and Bill Bragg are the Royal College of Art alumni that have gone on to create an otherworldly aura around the Le Gun collective, whether its their self-titled tomes, curiosity shops, performances or conceptual group shows like this.
Le Gun have dug deep into surrealist faux folkore... A Le Gun fable surrounding a rogue group of Parisian artists from the 1920s, The Black Squid (Le Calmar Noir) obsessed with a black and white world, one led by a giant black squid that represented their dreamscapes and latent sexual desires, its prized black ink, the liquid of creation.
On September 25, 1925, Diego Mangina, Thomas Le Turk, Olga Tiktokova, François Lardon, Eduard Lézard held a gargantuan black and white banquet, after which the artists went their separate ways, yet all mysteriously, catastrophically died that night. The room was scoured for poison and suicide notes by le gendarme but nothing was found except for scrappy documents detailing the meal, the artists and the layout of the feast.
Finding solace in The Black Squid’s use of black and white in their artwork (much like their own trademark style) Le Gun is using this tale as inspiration for this mysterious new show, a recreation of the last supper, that features portraits of the the Black Squid's elusive members alongside the Black Squid's last known surviving painting.
To demystify this epic tale of love lorn outsiders, gastronomic eroticism and artistic paradigms, Le Gun’s Neal Fox and Stephanie Von Reiswitz exclusively share the secrets of the last supper and La Catastrophe.
La Catastrophe Menu
Giant black squid
Candied chicken eggs
Boiled goose eggs
Roasted black swan
Black cosmic egg
Laquered river crab Peking style
Flambéed baby crocodile
Black horned beetle skewers
Fresh grapes and cherries
Assortment of black psychotropic cheeses
Black mackerel stew
Pig's head platter served with broiled lobster and cream cake
Hookah pipe with finest Interzone tobacco
Large sugar skull
Black and white saucissons (donkey's appendage, deer, blood, etc)
Calmar Noir finest fermented squid ink
The Black Squid
Gender bending enigma raised in a transsexual brothel on the plains of Argentina, relocated to Paris for the cultural input. An avid Jungian, his mainly performance based work dealt with the perpetual conflict between his inner anima and animus.
Thomas Le Turk
A native of Ankara, curiously born with three female legs, Thomas started constructing sculptures from a very young age and migrated to Paris on the behest of his tutor. He first befriended Diego Mangina in the sexually ambiguous underground dive Le Club de Cornichons.
Olga was the daughter of a wealthy watch manufacturer in Moscow where she regularly played dominoes with Mikhail Bulgakov. Having fled the Russian revolution, Olga immersed herself in the Parisian nightlife, and launched her wild expeditions into kinetic art and the worship of offal.
Originating from a long line of plumbers, François earned his living as a pleasure boy to many famous lovers, eventually indulging in sex magic with Aleister Crowley, the results of which left him permanently altered. His paintings explored the horror of the human condition.
Rumored to have been active in several secret societies, Eduard was cheese-mongering chemist who specialised in supposedly mind-altering cheese. The rennet he used was derived from a rare black squid. He was known for nonsensical conversation, no actual pieces of art or cheese survive.
Le Gun and The Black Squid, La Catastrophe at Suzanne Tarasieve Paris; Exhibition 4 November 2011 – 23 December 2011; Tuesday to Saturday, 11am–7pm and by appointment Opening Friday 4 November, 6–9pm
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