Wednesday, June 27, 2018

LARK Record Release: The Last Woman

The Last Woman by LARK with cover art by Caterina Lewis

LARK, founded by painter Karl Bielik, releases its follow up to 2015's Funny Man on July 6th.

The Last Woman on Standard Lamp Records is available on CD, DL and Vinyl.

Pre-order on Bandcamp here.

LARK on Soundcloud

For more information and contact information see the press release printed below ⬇︎

Karl Bielik, abstract painter and founder of LARK
Photo: Brock Elbank

From the Press Release:

On 6th of July 2018 Lark will release 'The Last Woman' on Standard Lamp Records. This 12 track record follows 2015s Funny Manand Lark's 6th album sees a continued progression, as they mine deeply intricate and compelling shadows from a noir entrenched sonic pallet.

Acclaimed by both critics and fellow musicians alike, Lark is an independent band and solo
project founded by Karl Bielik, a nonconformist and often idiosyncratic songwriter, frontman and artist. Carving a grimy, gritty groove with heavy basslines, raucous sounds and turbulent lyricism, they paint a volatile picture of the landscape they inhabit: romantic, dissonant, feverish and alive.

From the broody grunge of opener Dowdyto the disturbed western guitars of Underpass
(“Here comes love, Rooting through the bins”), the industrial machine soundscapes of Bleaching Out(“I swapped the chair, For the noose”) and the sad, haunting lullaby of Nothing(“Nothing almost nothing, That we have left behind”), The Last Womanspans soft, harsh, tender, melancholy, love, loss, age, humour and politics. Tracks such as Nightclub(Station To Station’ era Bowie) and the quasi industrial pop of One Step(The Fall), Broken(JJ Burnel) conjure dark memories of a musical heritage, but the industrial feedback, sonorous declaration, low sung bass and warped shards of noise and melody of The Last Womanare all Bieliks own.

The writing, playing and mixing of the album is done at the same time with a few musicians
adding parts once the songs are in the final stages - cut up lyrics, improvised vocals, field
recordings, casio drum beats and squalling guitars are all in the mix. Lark is an unsound sound. Karl Bielik lives and works in London and is also an abstract painter (although a friend painted the cover art), Bielik switches from painting to the music studio, and it is the interplay between these different forms of expression of the same artistic ideas that makes Larks music so visible.

His paintings have been in numerous shows at home and abroad, including The John Moores Painting Prize, The Royal Academy Summer Show, The Contemporary British Painting Prize and The London Open. He is also the Founder and Director of Terrace Gallery and Studios.

Released on 29th of June 2018 by Care in The Community Records will be a 7" single 'Can I Colour in Your Hair' featuring a flip side Andrew Weatherall remix, adding to past re-workings of Lark songs by the likes of Green Gartside, Erol Alkan and The Bees.

For more information please contact: 
Ken or Ali at Hermana PR
45 Fox Hill, London SE19 
2ET tel: 0208 6538455


The LAst Woman by LARK with back cover art by Kirsty Harris

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Nell Waters at Brethren

Installation view of Nell Waters' The Language of Moving Towards.

Today is the last day to view Nell Waters' exhibition of somber, meditative and deeply connective paintings on view at Brethren Gallery in Ridgewood, Queens.

In this exhibit Waters has stepped away from her recent, improvisational black and white paintings (akin to automatic writing) to present familiar images with associations that have long taken up space in the universal mind. 

The resulting paintings evoke a meditative symbology that explores the concepts of duality, energy and the connection and repulsion between closely aligned forms. 

The artist will be at the gallery today from 4 - 6 pm so don't miss the chance to see these tough, gritty paintings in person.

"I am interested in our personal and universal need to find something to believe in, something to look up to—the moon, the sun, a simple shape, God, love.”

-Nell Waters on her current body of work.

Installation grouping of small paintings.

From the Press Release:

A few large-scale paintings lean monumentally, occupying the intimate space with a contrasting collection of her new series of small scale paintings. The show will include Waters’ loose gestural ink paintings as well. Both her automatic work and this new more carefully composed work are language about the way things relate to one another in a space. The new work has a central, rising orientation germane to historic imagery about exalting something as in divinity.

“The gesture of lines and the forms are like words relating to each other, moving away and toward one another. The space between them is where the existential language is.. about the ebb and flow in life", Waters' says.

Nell Waters
The Language of Moving Towards

May 31 - June 23, 2018

Brethern Gallery
1820 Cornelia Street
Ridgewood, Queens

Friday, June 15, 2018

New in the Studio

Francis mid-Vision, 2018, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 36 x 36 in.


New painting along with current inspiration . . .

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Paul Edwards at Tops at Madison Avenue Park

Paul Edwards, Small Lion Tamer

Paul Edwards: Lion Tamers installation view.

Paul Edwards: Lion Tamers

Through July 15, 2018

Tops at Madison Avenue Park
151 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

Tops is excited to exhibit two paintings from Paul Edwards Lion Tamers series at the Madison Avenue Park space. 

Paul Lynn Edwards (1948-2014) was raised in Detroit, MI. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After his service, he moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis Academy of Art where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1981. He then attended Yale University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting in 1986. Paul moved to New York after school where he taught at the School of Visual Arts and regularly showed his work at the Allan Stone Gallery. By the mid 90's Paul had returned to Memphis to focus on his painting. He often lived in makeshift studios that he created in dilapidated buildings and garages and rarely showed his work. Edwards spent his last years in rural Mississippi where he built his home from hand cut timbers and recycled materials and gardened with a passion. 

Edward's Lion Tamer paintings are characteristic of his themes depicting lone protagonists struggling against insurmountable odds. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Robert Nava at Sorry We're Closed

Robert Nava in his studio in New York
©Galerie Sebastien Janssen and the artist.
Robert Nava

Through July 14, 2018

Sorry We're Closed
Rue de la Régence, 67
1000 Brussels Belgium 

Tel. +32 478 354 213 

Nava's work (studio view).
taken from the artist's Instagram feed 
©the artist.