Circa 1983/84: the "Hot Sty," a club I used to go to in London where Lucian Freud hung out and his daughter Rose Boyt deejayed, was a cultural and inter-generational hybrid of jazz, punk and breakdancing. Freud mingled with PiL and Don Letts with Don Cherry, all very typical of the times.
Circa 2006: Hot Sty, a show, transitions those memories into the present. Hot Sty brings together Freud's work, Rose Boyt's first two novels, Rip Rig and Panic's music and period breakdancing.
Freud's paintings are tough, ruthless even. They exist as gestures of physicality. Our Lucian Freud installation displays work specifically from the early eighties sourced from the internet and catalogues (referencing Triple Candie's recent David Hammons: The Unauthorized Retrospective format).
"My work is purely autobiographical. It is about myself and my surroundings. I work from people that interest me and that I care about, in rooms that I know." - Lucian Freud
Boyt's technique has been compared to her father's painting style, "fiercely observed and viscerally intense details to capture the strangeness and menace of daily life" - NY Times.
Snippets of these details can be grabbed from the reading room with extracts from and copies of Sexual Intercourse and Rose.
Rip Rig and Panic, Hot Sty co-organizers were formed by Gareth Sager, Bruce Smith (both ex-Pop Group) and fronted by Neneh Cherry. These 'cats' were the avant-garde punk/funk bohemians of the day. Listening stations offer selections from their work.
Early breakdancing, in particular "Uprock" can often look very much like a scene snatched from an old Kung-Fu movie. As it developed other moves evolved pushing it to extremes. A series of clips capture the thrill. - Anne Colvin