John Bunker: ‘Phraxos’: Let’s Do the Show Right Here!

January 5, 2021

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John Bunker installing ‘Phraxos’ at Unit 3 Project Space, London, in November 2020

By a cruel twist of fate, a virus-besieged England went into its second Covid lockdown in the very week that ‘Phraxos’John Bunker’s show of new work, was to open at Unit 3 Project Space in east London. Once it became clear that visitors were ruled out, Bunker decided to press ahead regardless, using the time in the empty gallery to hang the work, reflect on it, and to use the photographic documentation of the exhibition as the basis of ”Phraxos’: Let’s do the show right here!’, a unique virtual re-staging of ‘Phraxos’ here on Instantloveland.

Alongside the visual record of the show, Bunker also presents here his collaboration with Instantloveland co-editor Matt Dennis,”Phraxos’: A Dialogue’, an audio recording of a ‘Zoom‘ meeting during which he talks at length, and in detail, about the modes and methods of his practice, its relationship to the history of abstraction, and the combustible mixture of memory and myth that has fuelled this new body of work.

Throughout ”Phraxos: A Dialogue’ individual works of art in the exhibition are discussed, as are works by other artists; all of these can be found amongst the images in the gallery at the bottom of this article. Hover the cursor over the left or right-hand side of each image, and click on the white arrows that appear, to scroll left or right. Below, for easy reference, there follows a guide to the exact point in ”Phraxos’: A Dialogue’ at which each work is mentioned. All works are by John Bunker, unless otherwise stated.

1.27:  Triptych: ‘Ashlyme’s Plan’ (left) ‘Arethusa’ (centre) ‘Petromax’s Mirror’ (right).

2.37: ‘Totentaz’

8.37: ‘Mercutio’

17.52: ‘Catastrophist’

24.39: Lee Krasner, ‘Bird Talk’ & ‘Bald eagle’

25.40: Jackson Pollock, ‘Number 7 (Out Of The Web)’ & ‘Cut Out’

43.07: Lee Krasner, ‘Bird Talk’ & ‘Bald eagle’

43.17: ‘Sirocco’ (left) ‘Kardaki’ (right)

45.59: ‘Kardaki’

46.07: ‘Sirocco’

50:15: Barnett Newman, ‘Onement I’

55.17: ‘Sirocco’

57.07: ‘Sirocco’

101.37: Triptych: ‘Ashlyme’s Plan’ (left) ‘Arethusa’ (centre) ‘Petromax’s Mirror’ (right).

106.50: ‘Arethusa’

114.17: ‘Arethusa’

119.37: ‘Arethusa’



John Bunker: ‘Phraxos’ would have been at Unit 3 Project Space, Empson St, London E3 from November 7th-21st 2020

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  1. Nick Cash says:

    Hello John, good to hear you talk about the work and the connection to domestic space. While I generally prefer your pictures when they have escaped the rectangle, I fully understand why you want revisit that format after a time away. Could the plague restrictions have influenced this in the sense that we have all been thrown back on the domestic space?
    Can’t wait till we can visit and view art in the flesh again. All best NC

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