A trifecta of dark genius seems to have opened up at Zeus Gallery. Bad News artists John Roy, Laurie Steer and Beau Cotton are set to creep out unsuspecting audiences with a collective exhibition comprising of ceramic sculpture, mixed media installation, works on handmade paper, and live tattoo.
Seen photographed in the Zeus Gallery toilet, this shot reveals the unscrupulous nature of this threesome. Speculations as to whether there is a ring leader or ‘head honcho’ within the group generally point to Steer, who is known for his wild and unconventional pursuits. The most recent, bad tattoo, leads many critiques to believe that it is through his influence that the others have fallen victim. Mr Cotton, a self-confessed reclusive creature of the night, now prowls for and “squeezes out” new ideas, somewhat unsure of what the exhibition will hold. Roy, originally a more reluctant participant, has been caught up in the fever and can no longer plausibly claim innocence or ignorance in the whole scheme.
Our reporter caught the end of an exhibition meeting during which the boys had heavily abused the green tea pot. This drug of choice had hit the boys hard and they had spiralled into an uncontrollable creative frenzy, unwilling to bend the knee to the confines of exhibition norms or work within socially acceptable parameters.
We spoke with Zeus Gallery director Elliot Mason about what was happening and how it came about. Mason said, “the sun was streaming through the grease marks and dead insects on the window, when I had an epiphany and thought out loud to the dog, “wouldn’t Beau, Laurie and John make a real ripsnorter of a show?” The dog just looked at me, unconvinced and said nothing. But I felt the kind of excitement you get when the mundanity of modern life evaporates into the ether for a fleeting moment. Eager to translate this feeling into an exhibition, I called the lads. I got the same response as I did from the dog, but none of them actually said no.”
We warn the public to stay clear of this event at all costs. It will not be at all child-friendly, or easy on the eye. But for those that can't keep away, you can expect a modern surrealist experience, blending weird with fantasy and Dettol. We will be open to the public on Saturday 23rd September at 7pm. Beware, there will be live-tattoo from Bad Tattoo and local band's Threat Meet Protocol, Verdant Exudate, Here Lies the Homunculi and some guy from somewhere at the opening event but not Spork, Spork will not be playing.
After the opening event, The exhibition will be available to view from 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Friday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays, until the 7th of October.