The Sound of the Crowd: Simon Bedwell, Christopher Brooks, Alan Currall, Gretchen Faust, Rupert Goldsworthy, Richard Hell, Bruce LaBruce (curated by Rupert Goldsworthy)
Apr 3 - May 15, 2004


Ritter/Zamet is pleased to present The Sound of the Crowd, a group exhibition curated by “Brit art impresario” (Time Out NY), Rupert Goldsworthy featuring a range of artists working in various media: painting, photography, video, installation and sculpture. The title of the show, taken from a Human League song, was also the title of an essay by Jon Savage about pop music, the pop audience and the nature of crowds. The exhibition will include texts by the author Edmund White and by Richard Hell. Coming out of the era of punk and post-punk, many of these artists play with the idea of engaging their audience in unusual ways. Further, some works in the show relate to political radicalism, conjuring up the dangerous potential of crowds and the excitement or fear that the sound of a crowd can generate.

Artists in the show include Simon Bedwell, a Londoner, formerly part of the collective BANK. His work for this exhibition features found posters that he defaces and reworks with stencilled spray text. His work can be seen concurrently in the Beck’s Futures show at London’s ICA. Christopher Brooks is a British born, New York-based painter who paints Funk-art abstractions using enamel paint and stickers. Alan Currall is a Glasgow-based video artist who will show a new video in his trademark witty, economic Minimalist style. Gretchen Faust, who had a recent solo exhibition at greengrassi gallery in London, is an American performance and installation artist living in England. She will include work from the Wall Tattoo series including an installation in the gallery. Rupert Goldsworthy is a British born, New York-based painter/installation artist who will show new paintings and photos referencing pop culture and radicalism. Richard Hell, a founding figure of the New York punk aesthetic, will show an early print drawing entitled, The Facts of Death and will include an essay from his book Hot and Cold. Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian filmmaker and photographer based in Toronto. He will show photographs relating to his new film The Raspberry Reich about the Baader-Meinhofs that will be screened concurrently at the National Film Theatre, London on April 5th.

All the artists in the exhibition share a sharp, literate style using language, irony and unusual media: stickers, found posters, radical icon backdrops or unusual mark making. They all work in an economic, wry manner, in some cases making references towards the history of Minimalism, popular culture or politics.