Artist Anne Colvin was invited by Langton to conceive the first project in The Garage at Langton, a 2,500 square foot space now part of New Langton Arts. The Colony Room is a celebration of the legendary Colony Room Club. Situated at the top of a shabby staircase, this down-at-heel but welcoming space has been a favorite haunt for British artists ever since it was started in 1948. The club was owned and run up until 1979 by the infamous free spirit, Muriel Belcher, who paid the young Francis Bacon ten pounds a week and free drinks to bring in the clientele. He did, and Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, and Henrietta Moraes were among the regulars.
"Her genius was in the ability to mix members. This gave her club more variety and a touch of the unexpected not to be found in other clubs" (former club member). Anne hopes to follow in her footsteps.
Housed in a raw industrial space, The Garage at Langton, The Colony Room installation � complete with Francis Bacon prints and �chandelier� by Zachary Scholz � will be a place to gather, open two nights a week, each night featuring a guest artist invited to do an informal reading, screening, or intervention. San Francisco conceptual artist, Tom Marioni will be the guest of honor on opening night, paying homage to his Wednesday club where "The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art". Tom will reenact his seminal One Second Sculpture piece in public for the first time since 1969 followed by a book signing of his memoir Beer, Art and Philosophy.
Other guests and actions over the course of six weeks will include conceptual art costume band extraordinaire Rubber O Cement; eclectic poets and writers, Bill Berkson and Emily Wilson; the outrageous Shalo P; sound scientist Marcella Faustini; temporally conceited Anne Colvin; Tim Etchells, founder of "Britain's most brilliant experimental theater company" Forced Entertainment; edgy Silverman Gallery owner Jessica Silverman with stylist Carolina Amaris; notorious twins Mark Oliver and Clair Farley and manic Glasgow-based Alex Hetherington. Screenings will include an interview with Francis Bacon; Ryan Tercatin's "sensationally anarchic" (Holland Cotter, NY Times) video I-Be Area; award-winning film Red Without Blue; Annika Larsson's video of Tobias Bernstrup's live performance at Concerto Scenografica, Berlin and the premiere of screen footage from Owsley Brown and Jerome Hiler's work in progress Untitled (Louiseville Orchestra Project). An Abba disco night, a fashion mis-en-scene, hand stamps, 80's sounds from Scotland and a 'Muriel' cocktail are some of the other surprises in store.
The Colony Room is run by an artist, supports other artists, and stands as a haven for artists, exiles, and maverick spirits. You are invited! Tickets and membership will be available at the door or in advance. Sign up to New Langton Arts mailing list to receive invitations and find out how to join.
Become a Member of The Colony Room: Tickets and membership are available in advance or at the door. Any member of New Langton Arts at the $50 or above level is automatically a member of The Colony Room. Single night admissions to The Colony Room at the door are $5 for everyone.
Anne Colvin is an artist, curator, and the co-founder of TART, an internationally renowned project space based in San Francisco. Anne has most recently shown at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Lowsalt Gallery, Glasgow; The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop; and Worksound Gallery, Portland; and has been included in projects at Matt's Gallery, London; Gasworks, London; The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; Art LA; and The Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles. She has also shown at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York; Debs & Co. New York; and The Photographers' Gallery, London, amongst others. Upcoming shows and projects include FACT Liverpool; The NY Art Book Fair; and Montgomery, Berlin. She has received awards from Kodak US, Fuji UK, The British Council and The Delfina Trust, London.