THESE DAYS, LITTLE BIG MAN, and DEADBEAT CLUB invite you to a book signing for LIVING ROOM - WORK PRINTS and A GOOD MAN'S GRAVE IS HIS SABBATH by Nick Waplington.
Saturday, December 12th 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Please join us for an evening of books, music, drinks and cheer!
Music graciously provided by B+ of MOCHILLA
The photographs in this book are taken from a box of machine made work prints which were made for editing purposes during the design of the two original Living Room books (Aperture, 1991, 1996). What you see here is a selection of works that didn`t make the final edit of either publications.
Nick Waplington received an ICP Infinity award in 1993, and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2001.
He has exhibited widely including the Tate Britain, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Little Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
His work is held in a number of prominent museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and MoMA, New York.
Living Room - Work Prints
8.5" x 6"
Edition of 700
Little Big Man, 2015
Nick Waplington was initially recognized and encouraged by Richard Avedon, who discovered him in a photography class at the Royal Academy of Art in London and compared him to a modern-day Brueghel or Rubens. In his first major project Waplington, of working-class origins himself, set out to record all aspects of the lives of two families living in subsidized housing in Nottingham, England. Subverting the convention of depicting Britain's working class in grim, black-and-white images, he created a visual code all his own with a lush use of color in photographs that resonate with warmth and humor, poignancy and dignity, and a dash of wackiness.
Waplington's "Living Room" series, completed between 1987 and 1991, invites viewers into untidy, crowded, noisy lives. We enter the bathroom, the kitchen, the lawn, and, of course, the living room, although ultimately every room becomes a "living room." A review of the "Living Room" series in the Village Voice said, "Such intimate social realism makes you think it must take exceptional people, on both sides of the camera, to achieve such a degree of osmosis."
A Good Man's Grave Is His Sabbath
11” x 8.5”
Edition of 400
Deadbeat Club #32
Split Release with Little Big Man, 2014
This full color zine presents two bodies of Waplington's work that have been recently published as limited edition photography books, Made Glorious Summer and Surf Riot. The images, taken between 1979 - 1986, depict the Thatcher years when British post-punk youth were politically active and the marches and protests would quickly turn into riots. Juxtaposed throughout the gritty black and white images of the UK in the 80's are brightly colored and deeply saturated pictures from Waplington's series Surf Riot.
In 1986 Waplington found himself in Huntington Beach, CA at The OP Pro surf contest where, during a bikini contest, a riot broke out. Windows were smashed, police cars and lifeguard trucks lit on fire by tan young men in surf trunks. The zine was released during the opening of Waplington's exhibition of the same name, A Good Man's Grave Is His Sabbath, at Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles, CA which ran from November 2014 through January 2015.