At this point I’m about to finish uploading all of 24/7’s stuff. I guess I am at 80%-90% of the task.
South American Cleaner
Tuesday January 25, 2005. 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
White Cubicle – 24/7 Toilet Gallery
The George and Dragon Public House
2 Hackney Road, London E2
24/7 is honoured to invite you to the opening of its new exhibition space located within the Ladies Loo of the prestigious Hackney Road Public House “The George and Dragon”. Measuring 1.40 by 1.40 metres, White Cubicle – 24/7’s Toilet Gallery will present a carefully chosen programme of exhibitions by gender aware international avant-garde female, lesbian, transgender, transsexual and transvestite contemporary artists.
For its inaugural show, the Toilet Gallery will present new work by artist Deborah Castillo. Developed in London during the past year, “South American Cleaner” sees myriad stereotypes of second class citizens in sexual fetish mode (Polish blonde, Latino labourer, Dominatrix, Pre-op Transsexual, Schoolgirl), conveyed via the media of the female prostitutes business cards normally found in telephone kiosks throughout London. Upon closer gaze the voyeur will discover Castillo, in respective poses offering her services to prospective clientele. Disguise and fantasy fuse with salacious bait within the confines of The George and Dragon’s tawdry toilet. The work contributes to an acclaimed tradition of East End artistic engagement with the medium of commercially-available sex that goes back as far as Gilbert & George.
The exhibition at the Toilet Gallery will happen simultaneously and anonymously in other telephone booths throughout zones 1-6 of London, where Castillo will also infiltrate her postcards. As such, the exhibition will last until the last postcard remains.
By popular demand, a special revival of the celebrated 24/7 Guacamole Night will take place during the opening.
Notes to Editors:
Deborah Castillo was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1971. She was awarded the XI Eugenio Mendoza Art Award (the most prestigious art prize given to young Venezuelan artists by the Sala Mendoza in Caracas) in 2003. This enabled her to bring her unique style to these distant shores; incidentally this will be Castillo’s final installation before being deported back to Venezuela.
The inability to remain, or indeed travel, due to passport/visa restrictions is a matter close to the heart of 24/7. Pablo Jose Leon de la Barra, Sebastian Ramirez and Beatriz Lopez formed the Gallery in 2002. Lopez, now resident in Mexico receives a special dedication having suffered continuing distress at the hands of embassy officials and international bureaucracy in her attempts to carry out 24/7’s endeavours. She also managed The George and Dragon in its fledgling years, which makes this venture particularly special.
24/7 Gallery continues to function as an international, independent, mobile and mutant no budget gallery without a permanent physical space. Continuously rejected by the mainstream, 24/7’s mission is to exhibit whatever, whenever, wherever. Special commitment is given to showing works and propositions with less visibility within the London context, whilst operating outside of the predictable habits of the “art world”.
Special thanks to The George and Dragon’s ineffable publican and landlord Ms. Richard Battye.
24/7’s Toilet Gallery is dedicated to the living memory of Señorita Lopez, her life and work continue to be an inspiration to us all.
Keywords: Debbie Does Dragon, White Cubicle (WC3), Prostitutional Aesthetics, Lick My Caracas, Teloophone Sex, Tropical Slapper, Whoreditch E2, Faeces in the Crowd.
Evening with Rai
Saturday 15 January 2005, 6-10 pm
Unit 8, 11 Long Street, London E2 8HN
(between Kingsland and Hackney Road, nearest tube Old Street)
Tel. +44 7759022545 or +37 061819215
24/7 is thrilled to invite you to enjoy an Evening with Rai this Saturday 15 January 2005. Entrance is free, but guests are required to bring with them a contribution: something to drink and one edible ingredient, which will be transformed into a dinner by our art celebrity chefs during the event (see below). The evening will be articulated around the following delicious sub-flavours:
The One Ingredient Dinner
Guests are required to bring one food ingredient (vegetables, meat, fruit, bread, pasta, spices, drinks, pudding, etc) and something to drink (wine, beer, tequila, vodka, etc.) by 7pm. All of these ingredients will be combined by our art celebrity chefs to create a meal for everyone. This experimental dining station will be an attempt to construct an imagined but nevertheless wholly tangible community. Toasts with vodka and tequila will further promote the (actual and potential) bonding between the guests. Consumption will be thrust into irrevocable confrontation with conviviality. Because of the size of the kitchen entrance is limited to the first 50 guests. Arrive early or RSVP.
Presentation of the 24/7 newspaper
This newspaper has been produced on the occasion of 24/7: Wilno – Nueva York (visa para) exhibition at CAC Vilnius, which was conceived as an exhibition to last twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Please note that 24/7 newspaper sadly has no relationship to 24/7 Home Gallery. www.cac.lt/en.php/exhibitions/past/03/
London Premier of CAC/TV
On CAC/TV, every program is a pilot, and every program is the final episode. Logline: An amorphous group of social misfits and cultural outcasts are handed the reigns of a fledgling television program. Not having any experience in making television, they decide to re-invent the medium. Synopsis: A time-slot for personal fantasies, provisional anthropologies, interminable realities. Please note that Evening with Rai will be filmed, giving you the chance to become, for one night only, a star of CAC/TV. Remember to dress the part.
Notes to editors:
– Raimundas Malasauskas is a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (www.cac.lt) in Lithuania and works with The So-Called Records (www.socalledrecords.com). Past projects include a psychic interview with George Maciunas (1934 – 1978), founder of the Fluxus movement; Bi-Fi series of events; forwarding of the telepathic message of Robert Barry to Jonathan Monk at Jan Mot gallery in Brussels (www.galeriejanmot.com). Recent projects include 24/7: The Exhibition and CAC TV both at CAC, Vilnius. Currently, with Alexis Valiant and Sofia Hernandez he is curator of the 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art to take place in CAC-Lithuania and ICA-London.
– 24/7 Gallery was set up in London in 2002 by Beatriz López (B-Lo), Juan Sebastián Ramírez, and Pablo León de la Barra. 24/7 functions as an international, independent, mobile and mutant no-budget gallery without a permanent physical space. Continuously rejected by the mainstream, 24/7’s mission is to exhibit whatever, whenever, wherever and is specially committed to showing artists and propositions with less visibility within the London context, while operating outside of the predictable habits of the art world.
Keywords: Celebrity Chefs in Shoreditch, TV-Stational Aesthetics, Bring Your Own Banquet, Is Lithuania The New London?, Chewed Food, I’m An Eastern European Art Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Rirkrit Ready-Meals, Tesco Food Vouchers, Fluxus Famine, Guzzle and Go…
Press Release Image: ‘Map of Ingredients’ by Rene Gabri as found on D magazine edited by Yane Calovski.