People Like Us

Open Friday 17th March - Sun 16th April 2006
Friday through Sunday 1 - 6pm

Sartorial Contemporary Art at nomoregrey
23 - 25 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ

Outside, in the parking lot, large paintings are exposed to the cars and the public.
Martin Sexton presents an 'obituary for John Latham' and it is a little unusual in that it is partly constructed from a car and will be shown amongst other cars, it is a tribute to the late great British Artist Latham. Peter Lamb climbs the walls with a witty melange of stuff and art nonsense. Jasper Joffe exhibits paintings of pubescent visual fantasia manga-ed.

Inside, in a space pumping with drum and bass beats on the opening night, are the "People Like Us" with museum airs. Gretta Sarfaty Marchant is unique, straight from the movies, with her wallpaper and video exposing the clichés of celebrity and controversy and the way they affect daily consciousness. Stella Vine shows her most visceral and bold painting yet: "In it for The Money", summing up fame and feeling with a self-portrait of herself as a stripper getting the cash stuffed in her vagina. Rose Gibbs amps up the visions of women with vases friezed in guttural paintings of sex and pregnancy, and combinations there-of.

As we recover from the shock of these few, we can luxuriate in Sarah Dwyer's unreal landscapes, her head's in the clouds, grottoes, and tombs, but it is all paint isn't it. In Gavin Nolan's paintings disparate elements combine resolutely to form freakish portraits. The delicate brushwork is at odds with brutally applied splashes, swathes and scumbles. James Jessop dazzles with an enormous picture derived from pulp paperback fiction combined with a touch of Rubens and street graffiti.

And to top all that : Harry Pye will launch a new publication which has been inspired by both Albert Camus and Tony Hancock. REBEL magazine features interviews with writer Rob Newman and comedian Paul Foot as well most of the artists in 'People Like Us'. The magazine is about the contrast of romantic artistic dreams and aspirations, and the harsh reality of the struggles creative people often have to endure. The first 100 people who attend the show will receive a free copy.