Speakers Push Air

Unknowable But Certain
February 21, 2010, 8:45 pm
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Billy Childish At The ICA 17th February – 18 April 2010

Man On A Snowy Street (2009)

i am the strange hero of hunger

my girlfreind lives
on the otherside of the world
crime and punishment
by fydor dostoyevski

– do you recognise the main charicter?
i ask her excitedly
– dosnt he remind you of me?

– ive only just begun
she ansewers
whats his name?

– rodya
but all the charicters
have about 3 diffrent names
i always get confussed
cant tell who is who
becouse im dislexic and dont make sounds for the names but rodya is for short
his sister is called dunya
isnt dunya a butiful name?
if little huddie had been born a girl
we would of named her

when i talk of the buti
of girls names
or the strange bravery
of artists
or see
the lite change
over sea
and sky
every second impossable showers of
turning to terrible hues of purple
hart rate quickens
i am amongst

i am
the hero of all my favorite novels
i live in them
and they
live in me
i am arturo bandini
on angels flight
swearing at a butiful dark haired girl
in tattered shoes
i am rodya
guilty of a terrible and senceless murder
on the streets of st petersburg
i am the strange hero of hunger
starving to spite myself in chrsitiana am johan nagel
tormentor of the midget
and suiside
i am ishmail
knocker off of tall hats

i am every novelist
every charicter ever dreamed
i am everyone of my favorite artists
i feel myself not one jot less
but equell to all of them

naturally i have no heros
i am my heros
i am my brothers
and sisters
i feel myself joined by the soul
with all buti
my hart sings with every brave endevor
with the strange wings of impossable butterflys
with every rock that breaths life into the world

i stand shoulder to shoulder with
all denoucers of meaness
i honour spirit and faith
and i uphold the glorious amiture
i am in love with desperate men
with desperate hands
walking in 2nd hand shoes
serching for god
hearing god
and hating god
i am a desperate man buckled with fear
i am a desperate man who demands to be listend to
who demands to connect
i am a desperate man who denouces the dullness of
and status
i am a desperate man will not bow down to acolayed or
i am a desperate man who loves the simplisity of
and hates gallarys and white walls and the dealers in
who loves unreasonableness
and hot headedness
who loves contradiction
hates publishing houses
also i am vincent van gough
and every living breathing artist
who dares to draw god
on this planet

Wild Billy Childish

Steam tug John H Amos off Rochester (2008)

British Art Resistance Poster

British Art Resistance

Rose (2009)

The L-13 Light Industrial Workshop and Private Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club for Art, Leisure and the Disruptive Betterment of Culture

So, a really excellent exhibition which managed to almost sum up a very elusive character. Some very impressive, Van Gogh-influenced large canvases. Some excellent British Art Resistance polemic and a brave attempt to capture, through music, video and album sleeve, his absurdly sprawling musical career (although that’s a bit like trying to catch lightning in a bottle). The supporting catalogue (and an excellent book on sale called Billy Childish: A Short Study) manage to reveal rather than obscure, which makes a change for art catalogues, and go some way to examing Childish’s religious leanings.

Best enjoyed on a cold Sunday and followed up by a large latte into which you’ve snuck a tot of Sailor Jerry.

and there’s no sea deeper than the piss of the bottle
and none speaks the truth like a drunk
whiskey runs through me like a sorrowful river
I’m down on my knees and I’m sunk

Billy Childish – Is It Art Or Is It Arse? (Demo)

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