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Art Editorial

ongoingmoment.jpg Andy Warhol, taking a moment…

‘The Ongoing Moment’ is an exhibition at Vane, in which Feliks Culpa explores the relationship between the ephemeral moment and the passing of time.

I would love to have pulled a chair up to join William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch, drugs, shot someone) and Andy Warhol (Marilyn Monroe, wigs, got shot) when they sat down together for a meal at the Chelsea Hotel in 1980. But maybe something of that encounter has been captured in Feliks Culpa’s ‘Big Breakfast’, which makes up just a part of this fascinating show. Other segments include ‘Press Pause' (serial drawings appropriated from five years of events occurring on the 24th day of each month), ‘Orchids and Rocks’ (a scroll cataloguing the displacement of migrants across two years of anti-refugee media) and ‘Quintet for the End of Time' (using Jimi Hendrix to query at what point memory and memorial become mere memorabilia and whether death has a sell-by date).

The Ongoing Moment: Feliks Culpa, 7 March-6 April, Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. Wed-Sat, 12-5pm, free. vane.org.uk