Encompassing sculpture, mosaic, jewelry, costume and performance, Andrew Logan’s work exists on a joyous, lunatic fringe of the contemporary art world. Logan first made waves in 70s’ London with fanciful performance parties that return every few years as his Alternative Miss World events. An influence on the early career of filmmaker Derek Jarman, and a long-time collaborator with fashion maverick Zandra Rhodes, Logan celebrates the possibilities of transformation.
With Rejoice, Logan’s first prominent London gallery exhibition in several years, this theme of transformation is manifested in abstract, mirror-glass, jewel-studded portraits that assert the iconic status of his friends and collaborators. A glittering homage to Rhodes is big enough to serve as some sort of pagan altar—Zandra, Queen of Noncomformia, maybe. A colorful installation in tribute to Pegasus, fantastical busts built from reclaimed junk, and more mirror shards further contribute to a sense that you’re looking at the wrecked temple to a disco-ball deity.
Taken piece-by-glued-together-piece, the playful works are not necessarily built to withstand robust critical inspection. However, when combined with performance and party people, that outsider quality was infectiously uplifting, as it was at the private viewing. Logan, radiant in top-to-toe yellow, led an ensemble procession of costumed dancers that was equal parts carnival, crazed village fair and nature-worshipping ritual. Friends and fans included Michael Costiff, Pam Hogg, Adamski, actress Rula Lenska and artist Duggie Fields, many of whom wore Logan’s signature mirrored jewelry.
The overall effect was a memorable, life-affirming evening, a peek inside the dreamworld of the English eccentric. To his shiny, happy tribe, Logan is a god.
Rejoice, November 20 – December 31, Flowers East, 82 Kingsland Road, London.
Matthew Miles is an arts/culture writer and video producer.