LOUD FLASH: British Punk on Paper | The Mott Collection | 2010
Softcover, edition size 1,000 copies
Publication produced on the occasion of the exhibition at MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain Jan 30-March 28, 2010.
Designed by Scott King. Essays by Simon Ford, Susanna Greeves, Caroline Greville-Morris, Toby Mott, Carlos Ordas, Dr Mathew Worley, Tom Vague
The 12" sleeve contains 5 posters, (each 39 x 27.5 inches) reproductions of originals from The Mott Collection with essays on reverse.
The exhibition LOUD FLASH, BRITISH PUNK ON PAPER traveled to Haunch of Venison, London in Octotber, 2010. and Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles 2011
Biography British Punk on Paper
The Mott Collection was first exhibited in 2010 as Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper at MUSAC and had since produced exhibitions for Haunch of Venison, London, The Vinyl Factory, London, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Honor Fraser, New York, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, MoMA PS1: NY Art Book Fair, New York. The Mott Collection has also produced various books, publications, and catalogues.
The Mott Collection is a compelling portrait of a particular moment in British popular culture, at the bitter end of the post-war period. It tells its story through a unique collection of several hundred posters, flyers and other ephemera assembled by artist and erstwhile punk, Toby Mott. With the passion of a true fan and an artist’s eye for an image, he has gathered the evidence of the short life and premature, messy end of British Punk. There are iconic images by artists such as Jamie Reid and Linder Sterling, as well as flyers, gig posters, and zines, crudely cut and pasted by anonymous hands. A fascinating collection of political material supplies further context of a nation of unrest, torn by extremism, recording attempts by political extremes of both left and right to co-opt the power of youth.
Ephemeral and throwaway as each of these objects were, collected together they tell, in uniquely immediate and visual terms, a part of the history of Britain, the history of ideas, and the history of art. Punk has always exerted a fascination, but perhaps never stronger than at this moment. The legacy of punk has permeated modern culture and society, and its visual vocabulary infuses much contemporary art, while the punk spirit resonates in particular with the anti-elitist, DIY ethos of today’s young, blogging artists and musicians. This exhibition recalls the anarchic spirit of authenticity and amateurism, the volatile and ambiguous celebration of negativity, creativity, violence and protest that was Punk.