The inaugural exhibition of The Gallery of Everything takes its name from the seminal TV series,“Journeys into the outside” (Channel 4, 1998) by filmmaker Martin Wallace and musician and broadcaster Jarvis Cocker: a long-time fan of all thingscounter-cultural and a proud advocate for those who were once only dismissed as outsider artists. Together, these two pioneers invited British viewers to explore some of the worlds most astonishing art environments.
Artists include the Indian landscape architect Nek Chand Saini (1924-2015), the French multi-disciplinary recluse Chomo (1907-1999), the graphic visionary St EOM (1908-1986), the self-ordained minister and housepainter WC Rice (1930-2004), the German carpenter Karl Friedrich Junker (1850-1912) and the all American preacher Howard Finster (1916-2001) whose divinely inspired artwork was made famous by Talking Heads.
The broadcasting of “Journeys into the outside” is significant, not only to the rise of alternative art practices in Britain, but to their inclusion as an essential part of our visual culture. The installation is complemented by original photographs of the environments and their makers, together with regular screenings of the series. Events include additional screenings about the artists and discussions with Cocker and Wallace (dates TBC).