Wednesday 1 March 2023

New Group Show Happening At Ramsgate's Front Room Gallery

 'Male, Pale & Stale' exhibition at the Front Room Gallery, 10 Bellevue Road, Ramsgate curated by Jo Mama

Opening party will be on Thurs 30th March 6.30pm till 9.30pm. The gallery will then be open 10:30am - 5pm on Fri 31st, Sat 1st April, Sunday 2nd April, Mon 3rd, Tues 4th, Wed 5th, Thurs 6th, Fri 7th, Sat 8th, Sun 9th Monday 10th.
The artists in the show are; Stuart Cumberland, Mikey Georgeson, Luke Gottelier, Des Hughes, Harry Pye, and Gav Toye. Six of the best artists alive today. Six beautiful men with a lust for life.

Brief Artist Bios:

Stuart Cumberland was born in Woking in 1970. He’s now based in London. Stuart’s work has featured in shows at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, The Approach, and The Bart Welles Institute.

Mikey Georgeson was born in Bexhill-on-Sea in 1967. He’s now based in Horsham. Mikey’s work has featured in shows at The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Sartorial Contemporary Art, and  The I.C.A.

Luke Gottelier was born in London in 1968. He’s now based in Hastings. Luke’s work has featured in shows at Ancient & Modern, The I.C.A, and The Saatchi Gallery.

Des Hughes was born in Birmingham in 1970. He’s now based in Hereford. His work has featured in shows at Camden Art Centre, Bo Lee And Workman, and the Art Now Room at Tate Britain.

Harry Pye was born in London in 1973. He’s now based in Ramsgate. Harry’s work has featured in shows at Galeria Thomas Cohn in Sau Paulo, Deptford X, and Tate Modern

Gav Toye was born in Cambridge in 1972, he grew up in Milton Keynes, lived in London for a number of years. He studied at the Royal College of Art and now lives and works in Margate.

Above: "The Ties That Bound Us" by Luke Gottelier and Harry Pye

The artists were selected by Jo Mama who has previously curated exhibitions at The A Side B Side Gallery and Studio One Gallery.

“The male is a biological accident: the Y (male) gene is an incomplete X (female) gene, that is, it has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples.”
Valerie Solanas, SCUM manifesto

“The problem with white people is that they just don’t listen. In my experience, day in and day out, most white people are absolutely not receptive to finding out their impact on other people. There is a refusal to know or see, or to listen or hear, or to validate.”

Robin DiAngelo author of White Fragility

 "No longer fresh...a person who is stale has done the same thing for too long and so is unable to do it well or produce any new ideas" (Oxford Dictionary)

 “Not one of the six artists whose work features in 'Male, Pale and Stale' could claim to be a wet nosed pup or a new kid on the block. Some might say that since birth, these privileged men of good fortune have been showered with opportunities all of which they wasted. I apologise to those of you who would have preferred a serving a fresh meat. But, I ask you to consider the two truisms that “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day” and “There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle.” When you come to The Front Room Gallery in Ramsgate please leave your prejudices at the door and enjoy drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and paintings from 6 artists who still have something to say and love to give.” Jo Mama (Curator)

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