Teenage Rampage – from ‘68 to ‘86
The YPG Gallery,
Open 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
A personal autobiographical series of ’68 inspired watercolours.
Artist/Musician, David Moss, has made a series of ’68-inspired watercolours, seen here for the first time. He says, “May 68 is, for me, a trigonometrical station on the map of my disposition, the map of a child’s fascination with the glamour of revolt. These paintings are that fascination adrift. George Best was the Che Guevara of
British football, an after-image who leapt over the partisan barricades, like The
Beatles before him. Wind me on to 1974 and The Sweet sang about youth in revolt in Teenage Rampage, and asked ‘where were you in 68?’ in The Six Teens. Then, as the first images of UK Punk hit the mass media the revolution was NOW. These images were situations, designed to explode a staid normality: Situationism inspired Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood, Jamie Reid and Bernie Rhodes. The young women who came through as artists and as living art were an influence and a confluence. The make-up and hairstyles of Jordan and Soo Catwoman; and the wailing, moving image of Ari Up were images of their own design. I didn’t feel a difference between the punks and the glam rockers who came before, I just sensed something exciting and different and I wanted to be a part of that. None of it made any sense to me: it was a glamour.”