Gee Vaucher artist, activist and member of the anarcho punk band CRASS screens her film Angel preceded by a performance by 'Penny Rimbaud - founder of the seminal late 70s/80s punk band CRASS, with Louise Elliot on the sax.
Gee Vaucher's film, 'Angel', is not so much a movie as a study of stillness wherein the standard exaggerated dramas and sound-bite trickeries of Hollywood are replaced with a profound introversion: a meditation. For some forty-five minutes we are asked to consider a young girl staring back at us, the camera. Sometimes she appears amused, sometimes accusatory, sometimes removed, sometimes present, but because we are given few clues as to her real condition, so those reflections are almost certainly expressions more of our psychologies than hers. In this sense she acts as an angel within, offering us an opportunity to consider our own deeper selves and, for once, to escape the more often than not cynical and manipulative contrivances of the entertainment industry.
Gee Vaucher's work with Anarcho-punk band Crass was seminal to the 'protest art' of the 1980s. Vaucher has always seen her work as a tool for social change. In her collection of early works (1960-1997) Crass Art and Other Pre Post-Modernist Monsters, Dagenham, East London. Vaucher can be seen to have expressed her strong anarcho-pacifist and feminist views in her paintings and collage. Vaucher also uses surrealist styles and methods. Her record sleeve artwork is some of the most iconic and enduring of the 20th century
In Vaucher's second book, Animal Rites, she gives a commentary on the relationship between animals and humans, centered on the quote " All humans are animal, but some animals are more human than others."
In the foreword to her 1999 retrospective collection Crass Art and Other Pre Post-Modernist Monsters, Ian Dury writes;
"In its original form, Gee's work is intricate and tactile, and while the imagery is sometimes almost overwhelming, the primary concerns are those of a painter; dealing with form and space. Mere newsprint would hardly do justice to its subtle tones. When the work is printed, the space becomes more simple and the graphic images take on a different life. The concerns are those of delivery, and the message is clear."
The reissue of Crass Art And Other Pre Post-Modernist Monsters by Gee Vaucher is published by Exit Stencil
Penny Rimbaud is a poet, drummer, writer, former member of the performance art group EXIT and co-founder of the anarchist punk band Crass, with Steve Ignorant in 1977.
He also set up the anarchist/pacifist Dial House community in 1967 with Gee Vaucher and Phil Russell and helped to instigate the free festival movement.
An ardent, articulate and still angry polemicist, his works include Reality Asylum, Rocky Eyed and Oh America. Says Rimbaud of his own legacy: “our response to things wasn’t a musician or a lyrical response, it was a political response.”
Louise Elliott an Australian tenor saxophonist and has performed with a wealth of international musicians. Originally known for her appearances with cult rock outfits Laughing Clowns, The Saints, Ed Kuepper and Paul Kelly, Louise has a fiery commitment to inspiring and energetic live performance which has been referred to in the media as "her profoundly diverse smorgasbord of funk, blues and rock" and "an African inspired jazz explosion". She has played with Penny Rimbaud for 9 years.