Arthur Sopin and Andreas Rod were creating the immersive show, also exclusively for the Opening of the Exhibition, connecting artists, musicians, curators, editors, gallerists and other creatives of London today ( by the before announced Open Call: “Are You a Meta-modernist?”). The idea was also to angle with the old school urban legend of Downtown 500 crew NYC from the 80ies, where J-M. Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Maripol, Lou Reed, David Wojnarowicz were among the other members.
The space at the By Other Means Gallery was transformed for Exhibition Opening Event to the factory and club. With the chosen Open Call’s finalists: Aria Kiani, Mune, Metaraph, Anide, Arora Gazm, Jeb Hartley and Neo Fung. DJ Raro ( HTBX), DJ Venice Calypso (Inferno), DJ VISHSCALE.
The Main Gallery Room was exhibiting: The Photography Exhibition of 12 portraits of eccentric figures from NYC, London, Berlin ( by Andreas Rod and Arthur Sopin together with a winner of Open Call Aria Kiani‘s VRTX triangle installation ). + Extra Studio, Halls, Corridor Rooms were exclusively converted for the Opening Event along with other 4 performances of the finalists and their interpretations of No It Is Not Not Always narrative ( the finalists from DT 500 MAG OPEN CALL)
NO IT IS NOT NOT ALWAYS: IS EXHIBITED AT BY OTHER MEANS GALLERY, LONDON9.03-31.04.2018
NO IT IS NOT NOT ALWAYS. THE SELF-FEAR. SHORT FILM IS EXHIBITED: THE DYSPLA INTERNATIONAL MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL, AT THE CRIPT GALLERY
THIS EXHIBITION REPRESENTS THE COLLECTIVE IMAGE OF A PROTAGONIST WHO IS AN YET INDETERMINATE AND UNCLEAR CHARACTER. HOWEVER, IT WOULD BE STRANGE TO DEMAND CLARITY FROM PEOPLE AT A TIME LIKE OURS, THERE IS ONE CERTAIN THING: OUR HERO IS A STRANGE INDIVIDUAL AND AN ECCENTRIC FIGURE. SOME MAY DEEM THAT THE STRANGENESS AND ECCENTRICITY ARE MORE LIKELY TO HARM THAN DESERVE ATTENTION IN A WORLD OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DESPERATELY STRIVING TO IDENTIFY PARTICULARITIES WHILE SEARCHING FOR SOME COMMON SENSE IN THE GENERAL MUDDLE. A NEW QUESTION ARISES: IS ECCENTRICITY DETACHED AND ISOLATED, ISN’T IT? IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS AND THINK ‘NO, IT IS NOT’ OR ‘NOT ALWAYS,‘ HERE BEGINS OUR INSPIRATIONAL MOVEMENT. NOT ONLY IS THE ECCENTRIC FIGURE ‘NOT ALWAYS’ OR ‘ NO IT IS NOT’ RELATED TO THE PARTICULARITY AND ISOLATION, BUT ON THE CONTRARY, IT SO HAPPENS THAT THE ECCENTRIC ONE, PERHAPS, CARRIES A CORE OF THE WHOLE EXISTENCE AT SOME POINT, BUT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE, BY SOME OTHER KIND OF STRANGENESS, AT TIMES ARE BREAKING AWAY FROM IT.”
-Arthur Sopin and Andreas Rod
DT500mag: – What is the exhibition about?
Andreas Rod:– We are a professional portrait photographer and creative director, working in the industries for a good while. This time we are inspired by the rock and roll aesthetics of American portrait moguls. Our party is about capturing the spontaneity of the illustrative story. It is about meeting kind of rebels, not rebel looks…right there, right then, having fun, touching the raw moment, the revelation and enjoying our excellent skills to snap it.
” Our party is about capturing the spontaneity of the illustrative story. It is about meeting kind of rebels, not rebel looks…right there, right then, having fun, touching the raw moment, the revelation and enjoying our excellent skills to snap it. “
Arthur Sopin: – No It Is Not Not Always exposure is an old-school happening, not the promotedold school fart. We prefer to challenge and interact with the human senses through a multitude of provocation initially by the photo camera and context. We are featuring it up with chosen installations and performances from DT500 MAG’s Open Call. We play with the dynamics of stereotypes, posing the question, and effort will.
DT500MAG: – Is the meta-modernist narrative confusing?
Arthur Sopin: – The Term of Oscillation is our detail. It is like wobbling and straying from side to side- as happens during the creative thinking process, without necessarily knowing the result, without planing the end of the story. The practice itself, being above… above all the academic crap… and doing your thing. All with the ranges and the contradictions of two instincts: Eros vs. Thanatos.
DT500MAG: – Who are your heroes?
Andres Rod: – They are Kids of action, symbol makers, or the new hot generators. It is not about being the beauty; it is about the beast becoming the beauty, fresh romanticism.
DT500MAG: – What is the action?
Arthur Sopin:– It is live research and documentation on how the artists respond to, reflect, interpret, and potentially affect actions in the social or political landscape here and now. All publicly outside the privacy or comfort zone! It is all true! It is not a Google Box show; our activity is anti judgment. It is not about watching TV or sucking pleasures of quasi experiences, which is not always a negative thing. It is not about ” becoming TV,” as dad Warhol said once… It is about creating the organic discourse with the angle of maximals, issues, possibilities, and manners of today, apparently including aspects of feminism, gender, LGBT, sexuality, freedom, human rights, etc. Nothing too serious, fun only(accenting sarcastically)!
“ Our fancy sentiment is to frame the on-going visionary moves. Babes, we are living in involving times… Andreas and I are doomed vs. blessed to portrait the diversity of the beautiful subs ( *as in subcultures). “
Andres Rod: – Our Open Call has got more than 150+ serious submissions by artists inspired with the Metamodern narrative; the top 5+ best finalists were exhibited, published or collaborated, f.e. as we did in Opening Event. We are taking Plus 5+ finalists with short films who also we will invite to DT 500 MAG The Short Film Festival at B.O.M. or other galleries in the coming months. The real Boomy...
DT500MAG: – What “is no it is not always” trying to play?
Arthur Sopin: – No It Is Not Not Always: It is not about the trends, or the manners or whatever traditions; it is not always! It is abstractedly about meanings. Finally, it is not about ” being crazy” or, however, different just for ” being different” sake; it is not a gimmick ” being cool” or to get the attention or fame; it is not about the styling or interior. It is not always faking till you making it, but we are not excluding anyone. It is all true and social artistry alive for communal transformation.
Andreas Rod:- What we did is documentary photography, a frozen moment, or -ts. The rest is a free impression. DT 500 zine is giving some ideas on what, how, and where these impressions create expressions.
DT500MAG: – What is about the legacy of Downtown 500 NYC from the 80ies?
Arthur Sopin: –Thanks to our social hunger, not for our distinctiveetiquette this time, not always. We managed to know some of the Downtown 500 NYC urban legend’s -originals privately. We were living for about four months at the bohemian villa of pop artist Unni Askeland, eating and drinking her legacy, living together, and becoming the husband and wife. Unni is the former wife of singer-songwriter Eric Andersen. In the 1980s and 90s, she became part of the Manhattan art community together with Bob Dylan; she was gigging with Lou Reed, CBGB, and other classicbigs.Sorry for shameless namedropping, it is not always a hate thing, isn’t it?
Andreas Rod: – Unni is a real girl! She also introduced us to her best friend, Irmelin Nohal, who is also the founder of Berlin Klondyke, a close friend of Martin Kippenberger, Joseph Beuys, Ives Saint Laurent, among other artists vs. poshness. Irmelin is the wife of Reinald Nohal, the former owner of the Paris Bar in Berlin. We have spent many evenings under the Lamp talking and listening to the tittle-tattles and gossips about the bohemian records of Berlin and NYC (before SAMO).
DT500MAG: – What are your plans boys?
Arthur Sopin – Several projects will continue to take shape at http://www.downtown500magazine.com, probably as a hybrid art project exploring current movements along with new technological cultures, retrogrades, and beyond props… before we stop being restless. We are witnessing right now what it means to be an individual in Britain after Britain / EU after Britain, Trumps in the USA, etc. You know … f.e. our muse Rose McGowan with her new book BRAVE, btw her new album Planet 9 matches our tunes too.