James Cauty: The Aftermath Dislocation Principle Parts I & II ★★★★★
When the final reckoning comes, will it happen in Bedfordshire? Artist and model-maker James Cauty seems to think so. The hapless county forms the setting for the vast post-apocalyptic scene he has depicted in remarkable 1:87 scale miniature.
It isn’t clear whether the destruction and devastation were caused by a single, unnamed holocaust or a series of terrible coincidences. It might be that the substantial Police presence (complete with flashing blue lights, cacophonous radio and even helicopter) are there to tell us that everything will be alright. You’d be forgiven for thinking, though, that this was the beginning of the end, and their presence on scene is too little, too late.
This captivating and expansive work fills a railway arch in trendy Hoxton. The viewer is invited to walk around and take in the rich detail from all angles. Each new step gives a new vantage point on the chaos and destruction. A collapsed flyover, a looted Chicken Cottage (the humanity!) and something altogether more sinister requiring HazMat suits to deal with are all rendered in exquisitely-detailed miniature.
The tiny tragedies continue in Part II, where exhibition-goers have the opportunity take home a piece of magic. A series of vignettes continuing the artists’ wry observations on modern life - contained in conveniently-sized jam-jars - are available to buy.
The Aftermath Dislocation Principle is at Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer Street, London E2 8HD until 20 October.
Punk Art Forever: Last night I went to an exhibition about punk posters (who would have thought it going by the title, right?). Anyway, the posters there were awesome; some gruesome, some minimal (which I found surprising), all of them very ‘fuck the establishment!’
Featuring the work of James Cauty, Billy Childish and, of course, Jamie Reid. The exhibition was really interesting, if anything just to see the different techniques that had been used.
The show is open until February 2nd at Howard Gardens Gallery, Howard Gardens, Cardiff CF24 0SP, from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Go and check it out it’ worth an hour of your time!
Art in a box at Collete Paris Including work from co-founder of KLF, James Cauty, with A Riot in a Jam Jar , composed of miniature characters on a 1/87 scale and the young French Gatz using figurines for “Box Stories” full of humor and poetry