before encore 4
a month of portraits and performance
May 6th – June 2nd at 10 Gales, Bethnal Green
before encore is artist John Lee Bird’s ongoing project, documenting and highlighting the people who are helping to shape the mainstream through his portraits and showcasing his work alongside their live performances in a month long event.
This is his fourth series of 36 portraits and this year includes Brit Award winner Florence Welch, designer Fred Butler whose special one-off props have been used by Patrick Wolf and Sigur Ros, disco-rock trio We Have Band, the supporting cast of The Mighty Boosh; Rich Fulcher, Mike Fielding and Dave Brown (following on from before encore 3 which included Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt) among many others.
This unique event is John Lee Bird’s real life top trumps selection, his obsession, his living archive and his ever growing family tree of amazing individuals.
The exhibition will last four weeks showing 18 portraits each fortnight and every Friday and Saturday night the space will be transformed into a performance area where many of the 144 subjects from before encore 1-4 will take to the stage, often in new collaborations, and the doors are thrown open for everyone, encouraging the audience to discover more.
The portraits are huge; 5.5 by 3.5 feet, bold and iconic; almost cartoon-like in style, rendered on canvas in acrylic and emulsion.
before encore 4
May 6th – June 2nd 2010
10 Gales, Gales Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0EJ
Gallery open Tuesday – Sunday 12-6pm – Free entry
Show nights every Friday and Saturday during the exhibition 7-11pm
For a full list of subjects, details of performances (acts tbc), interviews and further images please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 07971 455879