Redefining the Prologue


Monday 9 October – Saturday 4 November
Exhibition open: Mon-Sat, 12-6pm, free entry
Private view: Saturday 7 October, doors 6.30pm
Screenings: Saturday 14 October, Saturday 21 October, Saturday 28 October, doors 7.30pm
The Horse Hospital is proud to present ‘Redefining the Prologue’: an exhibition featuring original cover artwork, paintings, sculptures, and a programme of screenings and music from the legendary eighties record label SOME BIZZARE.
The exhibition will include sculptures by Malcolm Poynter and Helen Chadwick, paintings by Andy Dog, Philip Diggle, Val Denham, Graeme Hughes and Bob Robinson, signed album artwork, a comprehensive collection of original chromalin proofs, and limited edition prints, in addition to a rotating programme of music and weekly film screenings of material from artists such as Soft Cell, The The, Cabaret Voltaire, Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Department.


Founded by Stevo Pearce in 1981 and launched with a compilation featuring Soft Cell, Blancmange, Depeche Mode and The The, the label quickly became the hub of the 1980s underground music scene, releasing material from bands such as Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel, Coil, Psychic TV and Swans. In addition to supporting cutting-edge music, Some Bizzare also created a unique visual style, its album covers providing mainstream exposure to many underground artists and cutting-edge graphic designers, creating an outsider visual aesthetic unparalleled in eighties pop culture. The relationship between the label and the art world was further reinforced by the launch of the label’s Discretely Bizzare Gallery. A number of original artworks featured on this label are included in the exhibition.
As part of the exhibition, the label’s 25th anniversary Album, ‘Redefining the Prologue’, to be released on the 16 October, will be launched at the Horse Hospital. The album collects together some of the finest moments of the label’s history and lays out the blueprint for its future success, including tracks by Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, The The, Einsturzende Neubaten, Cabaret Voltaire, as well as by the label’s new bands Meka, Monkey Farm Frankenstein and Mainstream Distortion.
www.somebizarre.com
SCREENINGS:
Doors 7.30pm, UKP7 / UKP5 members / concs
Saturday 14 October
‘Half Man’ Einsturzende Neubauten
‘Gasoline in Your Eyes’ Cabaret Voltaire
Saturday 21 October
‘Programme for Progress’ Test Dep
‘Infected’ The The
Saturday 28 October
‘Non Stop Erotic Video’ Soft Cell
Daily screenings:
‘Borderline’ Alex Chandon with music by the Dark Poets
‘Insect’ Mainstream Distortion
‘MFF vs The Evil Dead’ Monkey Farm Frankenstein