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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – S Mark Gubb

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Last night I attended the opening of an exhibition at The City Gallery in Leicester by a mate, S. Mark Gubb, called Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Mark’s work often draws on Heavy Metal, skateboarding and horror movies in it’s influences, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow being a Ramones song.

The premise of the show is that the gallery is divided into two halves and entry to either half is controlled according to height. Mark is 5’7″ so this is the dividing line.
It raises interesting concepts about segregation on purely arbitrary ground, although it is possible to get a peek at what is on the other side as some of the photos I took show.

Those taller than 5’7″ will find a white cross made of lightbulbs, half a rainbow and a large poster declaring “You Suffer, But Why?” -a reference to the shortest song in the world by Napalm Death.

Those shorter than 5’7″ are only allowed in an area containing a pile of blank discarded placard, mirroring the poster; an inverted red cross of lightbulbs and the other half of the rainbow.

Those who are fortunate enough to be the same height as the artist are allowed in both sides.

Depending which of these three categories you fall into you are given a corresponding badge.

It’s a great show. Not just pretty pictures to look at but something for you to stop and think about for a few moments. If you have an idea of the references or mobile access to Google then you’d get a bit more out of it. There’s a few more photos at my Flickr page.


Written by ukenaut

March 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm

Posted in Art and culture

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  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

    Stacey Derbinshire

    March 15, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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