Microzine, Bold Street
Till 14th February 2006
It is a relief to hear that Jamie Reid’s exhibition at Microzine
on Bold Street has been extended to the 14th February. This is not only
a great opportunity to view those iconic images now synonymous with punk
but to see an artist’s work that retains energy and relevance more
than thirty years on.
Reid’s exhibition features the graphics from the Sex Pistols era
that I really wanted to see - the Queen with her lip pierced is worth
the trip alone. It just gets better though. The exhibition spans 1970
to the present day and his most recent pieces are as culturally poignant
as his earlier works.
I was particularly struck by God Save Our Yobs and its slogan ‘stop
demonising our future’. A dark silhouette of a young person in a
hoodie is set against a background of flowers and to me this really encapsulates
attitudes towards young people and recent hype that a style of dress and
guilt could somehow be inextricably linked. Set amongst his earlier pieces
it also works to confirm that demonisation of youth culture is nothing
Other images - Blair, Geri Halliwell, McDonalds, Marlboro and slogans
such as ‘culture rape’ and ‘lies lies, lies’ -
make this much more than a retrospective.
Several pieces are comparatively tranquil and have quite a mystical quality-
no slogans and instead soft colours and geometry. This aspect of his work
I found it quite difficult to work out the chronological order of the
pieces. While it was slightly frustrating that dates for the works were
not provided, it did highlight to me that Reid is as politically and culturally
significant for this generation as he was for his own.