ART HOUSES + CAFES
OPEN: 4/5 SEPTEMBER
11 Bath Street
‘Rag/Flag’ Robin’s collaged, textile banners are direct acts of protest against current ideological and
aesthetic orthodoxy. They intervene in the present, whilst drawing on the avant-garde working-class radicalism of previous eras.
Robin’s work fits an activist art tradition that attempts to reconstitute politics in an aesthetic framework. Against art which offers only an aestheticisation of the symptoms of the current crisis, Robin’s art asserts a direct link between display and resistance.
Collaged from hessian, canvas, wool and oil paint, these flags and banners fit directly with the Assemble title and the three themes of: strands, artivism and art’s social value. The bricolage constructions of demonstrations and public protest are cited in these statements of intent.
These flags/banners combine the revolutionary heritage of Surrealist collage and the aesthetic of constructivist street art. They present the tailored garments for the nobodies of a new era. Their Letterpress statements rise amid the rags of previous defeats suffered in the cause of equality.
As an artist who has been consistently involved in socially engaged art, his work contests the de-politicisation of the post-structural world of ‘neutralising’ contemporary art.
Performance: Sat 4 Sept, 2-2.30pm
DITCHBURN: Loudhailer - Robin Baillie (from the avant-garde music duo DITCHBURN) will be reciting poems which address the aesthetics of inequality.