Nick Soulsby, Thurston Moore & ‘House of Sleep’

I’m delighted that the collector who owns ‘House of Sleep’ by Chris Gollon will be lending it to ‘Chris Gollon: Beyond the Horizon’ the 3-month solo museum exhibition of his music-related works, which we are co-curating this autumn. In 1998, along with several other artists including Yoko Ono, Gavin Turk and David Bowie, British artist Chris Gollon was handed a 60-second tape by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, with the instruction to respond visually to the music. The result of this multi-media artistic collaboration for the ‘ROOT’ exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery, London, was the start of Gollon’s fascination with ‘boundary crossing’ (how one art form can influence another and lead it to new areas of thought and feeling). Thurston’s tape was a strange sort of clanging, that reminded Gollon of a scene in the film Jeremiah Johnson, when Robert Redford makes the mistake of crossing into the Native American burial grounds, where charms hung from the trees and pyres, and only the mad, the dead or fools were allowed.

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Chris Gollon: Stations of the Cross –new catalogue

We are delighted to shortly be publishing a brand new ISBN numbered fine art catalogue on Chris Gollon’s Fourteen Stations of the Cross. It marks the tenth anniversary of their installation in the grade-one listed Church of St John on Bethnal, designed by Sir John Soane, next to the V&A Museum of Childhood in east London. It also marks the installation in the church’s upper gallery of three related works to the Stations, which have kindly been donated to the church by a private patron. One of these works is ‘Judas Iscariot & The Magdalene’, which we believe is the only painting in art history of Judas alone with the Magdalene. Chris Gollon did not paint himself in his Stations, but did controversially use his own son as the model for Jesus, his daughter as Mary, his wife as Veronica and Fr Alan Green as Nicodemus.

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