Fad Gadget/Frank Tovey Tribute Events

 

Pioneering electronica
artist – and Mute Records’ first signing –  gets his proper due in America via March-April
series to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Envoy enterprises, in collaboration with NP Contemporary Art
Center and Mute, will present FGFt, a three-part project series in homage to
Frank Tovey – founder of the 1970s/1980s British electronic group Fad Gadget,
marking the 10 year anniversary of the pioneer’s death. Summoning a diverse
group of artists and musicians who have been both directly and indirectly
influenced by Tovey, the series will take place from March 1st through to April
8th, featuring a group exhibition, live music performances, and a film
screening.  All events are free and open to the public.

 

FGFt was inspired in 2010 by the film Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey, a documentary produced by the Frank
Tovey Estate and Mute, and directed by Morgan Tovey Frost. The documentary
incited the possibility of paying tribute to a pioneer of the underground and
post-punk music scenes who incorporated innovative electronic textures,
Kafka-esque lyrics, and elaborately visceral performances. Known to perform
tarred and feathered while hitting drum pads with his head, Tovey’s most
influential tracks include “Ricky’s Hand”, “Collapsing New People” and “Life On
The Line”. The exhibitions taking place this March mark the 10 year anniversary
of Frank Tovey’s passing and commemorates his work and influence as an artist.

 

 

 

The group exhibition, on view at Envoy enterprises from
March 1st through April 8th, will feature new work inspired by Frank Tovey and
specifically made for FGFt, including works by Olaf Breuning, Kelsey Henderson,
Erika Keck, Robert Knoke, Terence Koh, Alex Rose, Desi Santiago, Matt Sims, Liz
Wendelbo, Granth Worth, Una Szeemann, and Fischerspooner.  The opening
reception is on March 1st from
6-8pm. On March 3 at 10:30pm, Xeno & Oaklander and Ike Yard will each give
live performances at Dixon Place
as part of the music program. Additionally, Fad
Gadget by Frank Tovey
will make it’s US premiere at Anthology Film Archives
on March 10th at 8:00pm, alongside short films from artists in the exhibition.
All events are free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Fad Gadget was Mute’s first signing in 1979, and an enormous
influence on a whole host of electronic artists. Featuring the ground-breaking
debut single, ‘Back To Nature’ (originally released in October 1979) plus the
classic single ‘Ricky’s Hand’,and live favourite ‘Lady Shave’. Mute will
release An Introduction To… Fad Gadget this Spring.

 

Please visit www.envoyenterprises.com for a complete program schedule.

 

 

Participating Artist
Roster: FGFt

March 1st 2012

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Matthew Sims

Martynka Wawrzyniak

Erik Hanson

Slava Mogutin

Una Szeemann

Olaf Breuning

Stephanie Snider

David Flinn

Kelsey Henderson

Grant Worth

Nathan Cash Davidson

Alex Rose

Liz Wendelbo

Brian Kenny

Terence Koh

Nick Cash

Gail Stoicheff

Desi Santiago

Robert Knoke

Erika Keck

Micky Pellerano

Thomas Dozol

Conrad Ventur

Edwin Pouncey

Lovett/Codagnone

Fischerspooner

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Morgan Tovey Frost

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Xeno & Oaklander

Ike Yard

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