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For Fluxus’ sake

A bunch of amazing artists from the north-east are holding an exhibition at The Cluny in Newcastle, which has been inspired by the Fluxus art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Trying to pin down an exact definition of what Fluxus is, is like nailing jelly to the wall (an act that a Fluxus artist probably tried back in the day). But its practitioners included the likes of Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys and Alison Knowles and they were loosely bound by an anti-art sensibility. This new exhibition sees nine north-east artists showing work that celebrates a DIY ethic and once again asks: “What is art?” Among the artists taking part are Johnnyx (that’s his ‘Ways of Seeing’ pictured), Theresa Easton (a printmaker and community artist focused on social justice, zines and broadsides) and Alfons Bytautas (who makes work informed by esoteric systems, codes, signs and symbols). I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what Feliks Culpa comes up with as his artist statement runs: “Creating work inspired by Yoko Ono and the break-up of the Monkeys.” Colour me mega-intrigued. RM

Fluxus Fields, launch event: 19 May (6pm), exhibition runs to 30 June, The Cluny, Newcastle, instagram.com/fluxus_fields

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