MAL-ONE: Never Mind The Punk 45

15-20 May 2018

Punk Artist Mal-One’s mixed media show ‘Never Mind The Punk 45’ features décollages from the forerunners of the punk rock movement’s debut 45 releases.

Cutting back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the bands back story. The use of press cuttings, promo badges, tickets etc, add to the group’s media information. Bands included in the show are Adam & The Ants, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Ian Dury, Generation X, The Jam, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers and X Ray Spex.

Also showing is the work 100 Punks, a collage of 100 Punks singles inspired by the original wall in the Rough Trade shop that comprised of many of the punk record sleeves from the time.

The 7’’ single is an underrated art form that is released, grabs our attention and disappears before we know it, deleted from view as the bands move on to their next musical or visual statement.

Artist Mal-One grew up in the same London neighbourhood as future Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook. In fact his first introduction was Steve Jones nicking his bike at the grand old age of 7. This same London area of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush was also a hotbed for the forthcoming Punk scene with such venues as the Red Cow, The Nashville , Fulham Greyhound, Hammersmith Odeon and Hammersmith Palais all within spitting distance.

Being immersed from an early age to the Punk scene has led to an understanding and knowledge of the workings of said movement. Having access to one of the biggest Punk collections has allowed him to draw on this body of work as a template for his future re-workings. The last great revolution where youth, music and art collided provides the backdrop for his Punk Art to create something new from something old and special.