Jeff Keen is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in the history of experimental film and video. Keen’s films – from his first 8mm work Wail, made in 1960, to recent films such as Joy Thru Film (c. 2000) and Omozap Terribelis + Afterblatz 2 (2002) – are high-voltage visual shocks, eruptions of pulp imagery, eroticism, violence, language games, uncensored imagination, and sheer giddy exuberance.
Early in 2009, Permanent Gallery in Brighton held ‘GAZWRX & RAYDAY’ an exhibition of works by Keen and Ian Helliwell, marking the launch not only of the BFI DVD set, but also a boxed edition of Keen’s lively broadsheet publication ‘Rayday’, produced by Permanent Gallery.
The Permanent Bookshop is a not-for-profit collector, promoter and retailer of artist’s books and other printed items. Founded in 2003, as part of Brighton’s Permanent Gallery, it carries a range of independently published items including limited edition bookworks, journals and zines.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Rayday (Jeff Keen’s Amazing Rayday Compendium)
February 2009 Five printed posterworks by experimental filmmaker Jeff Keen, originally produced in the sixties, republished in 2009 as a limited edition box-set. Additional items include a foreword by AL Rees and a Visual Timeline by audio-visual artist Ian Helliwell.