Derek Boshier: From Doris To Chemical Cowboys
Chelsea College of Art and Design, 16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU, Wednesday 18 January 2012 / 18.00 -- 19.30, Lecture Theatre
Los Angeles-based, British pop artist Derek Boshier gives a rare talk in London about his most recent projects, alongside the concepts and history of his earlier work.
The presentation is followed by an in-conversation with writer and pop culture commentator Paul Gorman. Boshier will discuss his relationship to popular culture with Paul Gorman, exploring how he has incorporated it into his practice.
Boshier is renowned for his contribution to the British Pop Art movement in the 1960's, emerging alongside fellow Royal College of Art students David Hockney, Allen Jones, and R.B. Kitaj.
In a career that has seen him create album designs for David Bowie, illustrate a songbook for The Clash, and feature in Ken Russell's documentary, 'Pop goes the easel,' Boshier has continually defied classification working across many different media. From painting, drawing, photography, film, and installation, to graphic arts, his work deals with the decimation of popular culture. Spanning mundane personal matters to military conflicts reported in the news, he satirises and confronts the cultural, social and political changes around him.
Recent projects include 'Drawings from Films' (2009-ongoing), a series of ink drawings that re-imagine and re-organise the film image, featuring Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, George Lucas' Star Wars, and Matteo Garonne's Gommorah. The anti-war installation, '99 Cent War' (2004) an indictment of the Gulf War, as well as an ongoing series of ink drawings made on found photographs entitled, 'Extreme Makeover' (2008).
He is represented in public collections worldwide including the TATE Collection, London, and MOMA, New York.
This event also promises an unmissable opportunity to see a screening of 'Reel,' a film by Boshier, originally shot on 16mm in 1973.
Presented by Chelsea Public Programme and CCW Graduate School.