19 August 2010

Daydreaming with... James Lavelle

From: Creative Review
Date: 18/08/10
By: Eliza Williams

London-based UNKLE fans are in for a treat next weekend, as the Haunch of Venison gallery hosts a pop-up exhibition celebrating the creative vision of James Lavelle...

Dreaming with... takes place over the UK August bank holiday (August 27-30), and is the first in a series of annual festivals which aim to explore the relationship between music and art. Lavelle (aka UNKLE) is curating this first one, and will bring together works from an extensive list of his collaborators over the years, including Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones (artwork from UNKLE's latest album Where Did The Night Fall shown top), Jonathan Glazer, Futura, Ben Drury, Kai and Sunny, Oswaldo Macia, Nathan Coley, Simon Birch and Jamie Shovlin. Each artist will create a new artwork inspired by music composed for the project by UNKLE, and the music and art will be combined in the gallery space.

In addition, there will be a screening evening with Lavelle held as part of the festival at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square on Tuesday, August 31. UNKLE On Screen will feature a selection of UNKLE music videos, including the video for new single The Answer (below), directed by John Hillcoat of The Road fame, and starring Ray Winstone.

There will also be commercials scored by UNKLE shown at the screening as well as the feature film Odyssey in Rome, directed by Alex Grazioli and scored by the band. Following the screening Lavelle will be in conversation with Alex Grazioli and John Hillcoat.

New track The Answer will be released on August 23, to coincide with the exhibition, while UNKLE's new EP, which has provided the inspiration for many of the works that will be on show at Haunch of Venison, will be released on September 13. For more info on the exhibition and screening night, visit daydreamingwith.com.

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