Events: Jamie Reid – ‘The Ragged Kingdom’. Legendary punk artist sets up camp.


Everyone knows the iconic colourful and in-your-face artwork for The Sex Pistol’s ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ album. A spanking neon block with cut & paste text that went on to define the punk ethos, bringing creative elements into the musical narrative of angry Britain. The years have passed but the sentiments haven’t quite mellowed, as creator Jamie Reid steps out with an exhibion that shows past and present works, all tied up in the theme of nature and it’s cycles of time. A shamanistic approach sees a ring of American Indian tipis erected within a symbolic circle of power, all housed within a sparse industrial unit.

Strange bedfellows you might at first think- anarchy and nature, but both are active and creative, bringing about change and thought.

As described by the organising venue Isis Gallery;

“Ragged Kingdom will manifest as a Peace Camp in our midst – a place to pow-wow.”
Jamie Reid is world renowned for his work with the Sex Pistols, but there is so much more than this. Reid’s collaboration on the Suburban Press (1971-1975) was an early coalescing of his political convictions and artistic intuition, and his output after the implosion of the Pistols extended his artistic drive through many genres – music, publishing, performance. After a long creative residency at the Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch and three years as visual art director for Afro Celt Sound System, he has for the last ten years immersed himself in a daily painting practice to explore and reveal the Aspects of the Eightfold Year(www.eightfoldyear.org). Ragged Kingdom will manifest as a Peace Camp in our midst – a place to pow-wow. Eight custom-made tipis with magickal adornments will be drawn up into a protective circle with a ritual space at its axis. Tipis traditionally represent Shelter, Wonderment, Harmony, Peace, Beauty and Community. For Ragged Kingdom, each tipi will be a world in itself, internally representing eight aspects of Reid’s career to date – Suburban Press, The Cat Book, Sex Pistols, How To Become Invisible, Afrocelt/Visual Stress, Strongroom, a Festival of Sleeves and the Eightfold Year.

Curator John Marchant describes first working with the artist when asked to put on a retrospective in New York in 1997;

“I’d never met Jamie before and as we started to get things together it quickly struck me how this was a man of conviction and wisdom, possessing a wide breadth of knowledge that encompassed social politics, esoteric sprirituality, astronomy, free jazz and Fulham FC,” he says. “It was also immediately clear that this was a man who relished a collaboration – seeing what happened when the rein was loosened. That first exhibition was called Peace Is Tough. Over the years we have met in various parts of the world and Jamie has always charmed me with his modesty, honesty, integrety and talent.”

The outside of the gallery itself will play host to a giant montage of posters, glyphs and symbols by Reid, featuring his star-based logo signature that adorns the exhibition.

Information: Isis Gallery
Address: Isis Gallery at Londonewcastle Depot 1-3 Wenlock Road London, N1 7SL
Tel: 44 7906275098. Email: contact@isisgallery.org
Dates & Times: Jul 02 – Jul 30, 12pm – 6pm
Admission free of charge.

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