“Penny Rimbaud: 62 Renaissance Drawings & One Painting,” was on view at Boo-Hooray during March 2013. The exhibition was accompanied by a poetry reading on March 22nd.
The exhibit consisted of a series of works created in 2002 by Rimbaud, poet, philosopher and founder of anarcho-punk band Crass. Over the course of that year, Rimbaud created these works in a sketchbook that went everywhere with him, and in his words, “became my dialogue with self and others.” These drawings marked the first visual output from Rimbaud since the early 1970s, at which time he abandoned drawing and painting in favor of the word.
The drawings are fantastic. Penny was an accomplished painter in the days prior to the forming of his free jazz performance troupe EXIT and subsequently Crass.
All sales of Rimbaud’s work went towards securing a future for Dial House as a Charitable Trust. Dial House, a “centre for the radical arts,” was instigated in the late 1960s by Rimbaud and has been home to him and anarchist punk band Crass for fifty years.
I’d like to think that in fifty years time, or even one hundred years time, that people will still be able to sit around the kitchen table engaged in the progressive, creative dialogue for which Dial House is renowned, or using the facilities offered by the house to help make those dialogues into an active reality.
In mounting this show, and seeking through it to raise the monies to ensure the future of Dial House, I realise that the ‘life’ of the book might yet be far greater than its humble beginnings might ever have suggested- the alchemical infusion of my dreams. – Penny Rimbaud (March 2013)