LAST WEEKEND OF SHOW
Saturday / Sunday
12 – 6PM
‘KUNST THE CLOWN & FRIENDS’
A group show of international artists with Paul Sakoilsky’s KUNST the CLOWN
Saturday 5th March – 4pm
Film & Performance
An interview-performance for KUNST the CLOWN & FRIENDS exhibition
“What are you looking for in this flying world?”
“Kunst the Clown & Kirsty Allison in Conversation”
The premier screening of Giulia Biccario’s film of Sakoilsky’s lecture-performance that took place on the 10th November in Naples, Italy.
The film is dedicated to Claudio Catanese (1952-2021), a great Neopolitan friend of the artist who curated
‘3 Giornate di Arte e Cultura Anarchica’ at L’Asilo.
“Kirsty Allison is the greatest cultural beacon this planet has produced” (Irvine Welsh).
A writer/poet, editor and journalist, her critically acclaimed debut novel ‘Psychomachia’ came out in 2021. She is the editor of Ambit Magazine, founder of Cold Lips, and co-founder with Gil De Ray of the band Vacant Lovers. Signed editions of her novel will be available in the gallery.
About Paul Sakoilsky
Is a painter, performance artist, writer and curator “The fabric of underground London’s art scene”, his artist alter ego, “Kunst the Clown – a grease-paint-tulpa, the reflection-in-a-tear of the artist, first manifested at Liget Galéria, Budapest in 2007 and has since haunted the galleries of Europe (like the spectre of Marx once haunted Europe’s Stadia – though now we are in different times and far scarier ghosts haunt the terraces now).” He has curated the current exhibition in collaboration with Martin J Tickner; which travels to the Lebenson Gallery in Paris in April. This is his second exhibition at GALLERY46, following ‘This is the Gate of Heaven‘ – Paul Renner & Paul Sakoilsky” in 2018.
He has recently joined Wolfstaedter Galerie in Frankfurt, Germany, and amongst other projects is making works for an upcoming solo show in Vienna, Austria.
Last weekend od show
Saturday – Sunday 6th March 2022
12 – 6pm
Thursday 24th February
About PAUL SAKOILSKY
“Paul Sakoilsky has made performances and paintings as hybridised “autopsies” of media images, in visceral terms, that act upon the daylight utopias of consumerism and media ideology. His on-going project the dark times is a newspaper in the potlatch spirit, described in the terms of Jean Baudrillard’s concept of hegemony, as an ultimate debasement of value.”
Peter Lewis, 2011
British Council, Tate Britain & in internationally in private collections
KUNST the CLOWN & FRIENDS
Dread and Circuses
Two cannibals are eating a clown – first one turns to the second and says, ‘Is it me or does this taste funny?’
Nowadays everything tastes ‘funny’ – maybe it’s the swabs and the masks that we wear? Or is it something that runs deeper than Covid, is some other malaise surfacing as the lights go down on this pandemic?
Certainly, something wicked this way comes…but what is that rough beast heaving into view? Is there a clown in charge? Come closer, look past the white hair and painted smile, the tinsel and prosecco: you must lean in a little further to clearly make ‘it’ out. Too late – now we’re caught up in it all, have walked out onto a tightrope hanging beyond right and wrong, while balancing the truth on our nose, too scared to look down, incapable of turning back. What must we do? There is no social safety-net below: so, on we must go. The show must always go on. So on with the show.
In the spotlight, beneath the Big-Top’s darkened cone, stands another joker, another trickster. The name of this clown is Kunst (which of course, is German for ‘art’) and as we know art is all about tricks; sleight-of-hand, subverting the established order of things in its attempts at getting under the skin of things, offering a trick-mirror to the ‘Dark Times’ we are in.
This Kunst the Clown – a grease-paint-tulpa, the reflection-in-a-tear of artist Paul Sakoilsky, first manifested at Liget Galéria, Budapest in 2007 and has since haunted the galleries of Europe (like the spectre of Marx once haunted Europe’s Stadia – though now we are in different times and far scarier ghosts haunt the terraces now). Knocking things over, pulling the rug and causing mayhem are of course what we expect from clowns and artists, and here offered up is a Wunderkammer, a veritable cornucopia of art, from an unimpeachable collection of internationally renowned artists. Drink deep of the truths they reveal, the mysteries dissected, and the beauty borne forth and remember, art’s job is not only clowning around: this is serious business we are dealing with today.
So roll up, roll up and ask yourself, who’s laughing now?
Text David Dorrell