Wet Satin Press’ London launch at Future Artefacts


Wet Satin Press is a new publishing company created by Sang Bleu’s editor in Chief Reba Maybury. Having launched last month at New York’s Printed Matter Art Book Fair, this weekend the publishing company will have its London launch at Future Artefacts.

‘Forty of the most exciting producers of physical media will present their finest products in a luxury environment for the inaugural FUTURE ARTEFACTS fair in 2015. From record labels and arts publishers to tech companies and artists, you can expect to see 3D printed music totems, fabric with patterns generated by sonic algorithms, experience Bjork’s Stonemilk video on Oculus Rift, and buy exclusive vinyl pressings, DIY synthesisers, prints and special editions of art and photobooks.’


RADICAL PEOPLE – A newspaper dedicated to the apathetic and bored. London’s most refined subcultural icons over the age of 50 recount their most radical memories in their own handwriting. Edition of 500. 2015

THE GODDESS AND THE WORM – A book of illustrations made by a slave created on demand from his online Mistress of himself as a worm, recounting his most humiliating memories and fantasies. Edition of 100. 2015

I’VE SEEN MORE PLASTICS THAN THE AVERAGE GUY – A portrait of a modern man responsible for modern misogyny, the founder of a global chain of strip clubs explored through his dated but simultaneously contemporary use of social media. Edition of 50. 2015



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Top 20 pieces from Frieze London 2015

We asked Jamie Bull to choose his favourite pieces from London’s annual art fair Frieze which took place in Regents Park last week. His choices vary from the ridiculous, to the grotesque and to the surreal. From a psychedelic penis creature made in 1972 by Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo to Frieze Master’s Glenn Brown’s warped oil portraits Bull’s taste purveys a wide range of the most offensive and brave works on show.

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A conversation with Kelsey Henderson

Kelsey Henderson is a painter based in Brooklyn who explores themes of punk, other young subcultures and the body through her intricately realistic paintings. Creating mythical magazine covers, designing the art work for bands, documenting her life through photography, filming music videos and littering global leather jackets with her incredibly popular pins, Henderson has made a life for herself based on her own subcultural lifestyle and interpretation of it.

Of more recent she has made music videos for the bands Crocodiles and The Soft Moon, shirt design for Marching Church, Band photos for Cheena, La Misma & Survival and also created album art for Death Index that will be out later this year.

I went to her studio in Williamsburg with Tamara Santibanez to discuss her work, inspirations and contemporary punk.

Reba: Tamara, it would be interesting to find out how you found out about Kelsey’s work?

Tamara: Well Kelsey and I knew each other by sight from seeing each other at the YMCA,

Kelsey: A very punk place to be (laughs)

T: A very punk place to be (laughs), but I would always see that there was this other girl with black eyeliner and all black clothes

K: And she’d catch my eye as well, I always thought she had a good look and seemed cool 

T: And then I came to take photos, to visit my friend Twiggy who had a space in a shared studio and it  turned out to be Kelsey in the other half , so that’s how we got talking and thats when  I saw Kelsey’s paintings for the first time in real life. But I remembered that I’d actually seen Kelsey’s paintings before, maybe through our mutual friend Chad, he might have shown me her work…and anyway that’s how we became real good friends

R: Real good friends. Kelsey, when did [...]

On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life

Leslie Lohman, New York City’s Museum of Gay and Lesbian art, are currently exhibiting ‘On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life’, a comprehensive and arresting survey of queer art and artists that documents the everyday of what is often not considered the every man or woman.

It seeks to answer the question “what do gay people do when they’re not having sex” and it answers through four curated chapters; at home, at work, at play and in dreams (fantasy). Sex is present, inevitably and as it would be in any survey of the human condition, but the sex here is intimate; couples, families and subtly eroticised physical bodies divert attention from the false preoccupation with ‘gay’ equating just mindless, frivolous sex.

Individuals bathe, socialise, dance, lounge, farm, mourn, kiss, sit, stand, lie, stare; it’s a survey of human life more so than a queer one. This is a culture so akin to being defined individually and collectively by its sexual preferences, that to present a myriad of bodies in the spaces and poses of passive mundanity has poignant purpose. For once, this is a question of human character beyond sexuality.

Though touching in its celebration of the normalcy and joy of everyday queer lives, there is a painful undercurrent to the show in the presence of AIDs. From the work of AIDs taken artists such as Peter Hujar and Keith Haring to portraits of sufferers and their lovers at home, a majority of the artists and subjects are dealing with -intentionally or not- the effects of AIDs. Too many of the accompanying captions end with a note on death, it is a constant shadow.

The theme of domestication is apt for a time of legalised gay marriage, wider trans visibility and a general larger [...]

Love Story by Tamara Santibanez at the Sang Bleu Contemporary Art and Practice Space.

The Doc Marten boot has been immersed into contorted insertions and then presented to us through Tamara Santibanez’s latest selection of paintings named ‘Love Story’ at the Sang Bleu Contemporary Art and Practice Space. The leather boot is a piece of many people’s wardrobe that transcends notions of contemporary fashion. People from varying class, race and gendered backgrounds embrace this militaristic foot wear as a piece of clothing that endures years of wear and endless culturally radical movements. Clothing is something that immerses itself within our histories as a voyeur of our experiences. Through the material of clothing encasing our bodies it engulfs our emotional histories. Where a lifeless object was once regarded as irrelevant to ourselves, Santibanez has taken the nuances of how foot wear travels with us and has used the classically countercultural boots as characters to play out human relationship dynamics. Some of the paintings suggest the boots to reenact moments of tension where others hint at the idea of intimacy.

Santibanez will be presenting these large scale paintings at the Sang Bleu Contemporary Art and Practice Space with a private view taking place this Thursday the 16th of October from 7-9pm.



photographer – Sam Bayliss Ibram   stylist – Jayson Hindley   hair – Sharmaine Cox @ The Book Agency   makeup – Bea Sweet   models – Adam, Devon, Ed and Zaina

The Marsha P Johnson Film Club


During the month of October, VF Dalston will be showing films and having conversations about issues such as  homelessness, ageing and street walking that affected the lives of ‘dying queens’ like Marsha P Johnson.

This evening they will be showing films on the incredibly important and currently timely figures Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, with an introduction from Lavinia Co -Op who knew these women and the world they lived in as well as the film makers. The film ‘Pay It No Mind‘ about Johnson’s life will also be shown. Music will be played after 10.30 courtesy of Reba Maybury with other performances from Trans activist Roberta Francis and Jude Orlando Enjolras a self abscribed genderqueer trans boy performance poet ( using thepronouns: pri/prin/prins/princeself) .

All funds from this evening will be going to Hackney’s Project Indigo who work with LQBTQI youth .


Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB on Tuesday 6th October. 7.30pm, £3 entry.