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Arty 23: summer 2007
Seaside Special

The seaside is a special place. It is of course the place where the land and the sea meet but more than that it is a place that we can get away to and become different from our normal mundane selves. Even the architecture at the seaside takes on a different look, swaggering helter skelters, modernist buildings that look like ships and little huts painted in candy colours.

Join Arty on a trip to the coast and find Chris Moxey’s modest Modernist palaces, Paul Rennies dippers, Delaine Le Bas’s nuclear visions, Matt Rowe’s down at heel funfair, an anthology of poetry by Gary O’Connor, Annabel Tilley’s hotels and much much more.

This seaside special of Arty is being published to accompany O Dreamland which takes place at Greatstone and Folkestone in Kent in August 2007. Named after Lindsay Andreson's 50s film about Margate’s Dreamland pleasure park the flm takes a grotesque look at the trudging pleasure seekers. O Dreamland the exhibition is more up beat looking for something beyond depravation, decline and regeneration. Skipping neatly through nostalgia it seeks to create something new and magical. Something which builds on the spirit of the twentieth century seaside heyday to create a new seaside.

Cathy Lomax

 

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