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October Gallery London William S Burroughs Genesis P-Orridge
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, “Burns Forever Thee Light”, (1986)Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

The influence of William S. Burroughs

The Beat Generation icon’s work comes together with fellow artists inspired by him, including Genesis P-Orridge, to celebrate the centenary year of his birth

Entering its final weeks, Can You All Hear Me? is the concluding exhibition celebrating the centenary of William S. Burroughs’ birth, the creations of his life and the works of those he has subsequently helped inspire. As an artist whose eclectic work has become intertwined in the very fabric of our culture, Burroughs' diverse creations have inspired generations past and present. A primary figure in the beat generation – a movement that rejected conformity and promoted the exploration of style and sexuality – his works have always placed great importance upon independence and the deconstruction of control-systems.

Emphasising the free-thinking ideals that Burroughs championed; Can You All Hear Me? is an exhibition constructed around bold colours, strong brush strokes and striking imagery. Featuring the work of artists such as Brion Gysin, Liliane Lijn, Shezad Dawood and Cerith Wyn Evans, alongside Burroughs himself, the show also highlights the work of Genesis P-Orridge. A vocal fan of the icon, English musician and artist P-Orridge is performing this evening as part of a series of live events celebrating the American icon.

Can You Hear Me? is open until 7th February 2015 at October Gallery where special events will be taking place around the exhibition – including talks with P-Orridge and gallery co-founder and friend Kathelin Gray. The final one will feature Burroughs’ biography author Barry Miles in conversation with artists Shezad Dawood and Stewart Home on 7 February, for more, click here