Thursday, 11 July 2013

I Love you Because at A Side B Side Gallery

I'll be showing 'Love Me Tender' at the group show curated by Harry Pye 'I  love You Because'
Love Me Tender, Sarah Sparkes 2013, Print and collage 
A-side B-side Gallery presents: 
I Love You Because
Curated by Chloe Mortimer & Harry Pye
Private View: Thursday 18th July 6-9pm

The exhibition will run from 18th July – 15th August
Opening times: Thurs – Sun 12 – 6pm & by appointment

All the works in the show are about Elvis.
There is also a free special edition Rebel Magazine on Elvis, in which this image is reproduced and in which I have contributed a few lines of writing.
My work 'Love Me Tender' is ink jet print and collage.  The collage materials are taken from my old bedroom wall paper and the wallpaper that was on the kitchen in my childhood home.  Both wallpapers were on the walls of the house when Elvis died.  I frequently use wallpaper in my work and quite often use this blue flowery bedroom wall paper especially.

Here's what I wrote about Elvis in the Rebel magazine: 

'I grew up with Elvis in the house; his music playing on the record player, his films on the TV, biographies on the shelves and a collection of domestic objects decorated with his image. I love Elvis because my mum loves Elvis and my sister loves Elvis - you could say that it's a hereditary condition.'

When A-side B-side Gallery discovered that this Summer marked the 60th anniversary of
Elvis Presley going into Sun Studios and making his first ever recording they said:
“Let’s have a party!”

30 artistic Elvis fans have contributed a painting, photo or drawing of The King and 30 others
have written a personal tribute. The show was curated by Chloe Mortimer and Harry Pye.

Chloe says: “Elvis Presley was strikingly handsome and his singing touched the hearts of millions.
For some, the Elvis story may have ended in 1977 but for me it goes on. He was always there for
me and I find that even now he’s always on my mind.”

Catherine & Tinsel: “A-side B-side Gallery is proud to be the host of a show dedicated to the
‘King of Rock and Roll’. For 6 decades Elvis has inspired many artists including Peter Blake (who
has made 6 shrines to Elvis) and Andy Warhol (whose double Elvis work recently sold for 37
million dollars). The contributors to “I Love You Because” are from all over the world, we hope we
can squeeze everyone in and look forward to seeing you there!”

The first 500 visitors to the gallery will receive a free copy of “The Rebel magazine’s Elvis Special”
sponsored by Immprint.

In alphabetical order the 30 artists in the show are:

Harry Adams, Simeon Banner, Julie Bennett, Emma Coleman, Anka Dabrowska, Tinsel Edwards, Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf, Elena Garcia de la Fuente, Mikey Georgeson, Paul Hamilton,
Peter Harris, Cathy Lomax, Bob London, Lee Maelzer, Catherine Magnani, Stephanie Moran,
Karen Morden, Chloe Mortimer, Liam Newnham, Gavin Nolan, Horace Panter, Andrew Petrie,
Rachael Robb, Alli Sharma, Sarah Sparkes, Team Beswick & Pye, Twinkle Troughton,
Sandra Turnbull, Jessica Voorsanger, Julian Wakeling, Chris Webster, Nicole Willis, Carlo Zenone   

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