Spit & Sawdust, London
List of Artists
Shadi Al-Atallah, Nancy Allen, Charlie Billingham, Luca Bosani, James Capper, Ollie Dook, Levi Draper, Billy Fraser, Alia Hamaoui, Byzantia Harlow, Andrew Pierre Hart, Serena Huang, Louis Judkins, Millie Layton, Ralph Hunter-Menzies, Finnian Mckenna, Rebecca Molloy, Polly Morgan, Jesse Pollock, Tom Ribot, George Rouy, Rhiannon Salisbury, Luke Samuel, Victor Seaward, Sanne Maloe Slecht, Mitch Vowles, Jim Woodall.
Absinthe. Curious love of the sordid and the extravagant. Muse of the weird, twisted and eerie. Throughout its short history, absinthe has passed from antiseptic to vermicide, honorary salute to morphological being. It is ghostly and mutinous. It is no surprise that absinthe has long persisted in the underground, from Joyce to Baudelaire, Rimbaud to van Gogh. It was prolific amongst artists and writers of the boulevards of modern Paris: mystic visions of the Moulin Rouge, images that bled from their canvas with an emerald sorcery: hypnotic, aberrant and erotic.
Comprising 3 major exhibitions of emerging artists over the course of 9 months, ABSINTHE is a hybrid, eclectic, and at points inexplicable presentation of the weirder side of London’s emerging art scene. Located at the Spit & Sawdust pub, Bermondsey, each exhibition will present a mandala of artists that cut and splice between mediums and styles; a kaleidoscopic trip into the city’s current alternative art practices.
ABSINTHE Poetry Night, curated by Finnian Mckenna (06.04.2019)
ABSINTHE Film Night: Binge Watch, curated by Ollie Dook (17.04.2019)
Absent-Minded Residency Programme, organised by Collective Ending (03.06.2019-10.06.2019)
ABSINTHE §1 (download)
Published in collaboration by Kronos x Elam Publishing
Edition of 300 copies printed by Side Quest
Edited by Charlie Mills
Graphic design by Stephen Dalley
Interviews & Essay by Hector Campbell
Poetry by Finnian Mckenna and Harry Dickinson
Studio Photography by Brynley Davies and Hugo Lami
Event Photography by Kit Harwood and Leo Taylor
Installation photography by Billy Fraser
Copyright ABSINTHE and Kronos x Elam Publishing 2019
Text copyright the authors 2019
Images courtesy of ABSINTHE