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Dr. Lakra, Untitled (La Muerte), 2006. Courtesy Kate MacGarry, London

Dr. Lakra, Untitled (La Muerte), 2006. Courtesy Kate MacGarry, London

The Rashleigh Jackson Collection, 2012. Courtesy Simon Withers

The Rashleigh Jackson Collection, 2012. Courtesy Simon Withers

Art - Small Collections Room

The Small Collections Room

Simon Withers and Dr Lakra

06 Nov 2012 - 17 Mar 2013

Simon Withers
The Rashleigh Jackson Collection

13 Nov 2012 - 17 Mar 2013

Nottingham based artist Simon Withers has compiled the Rashleigh Jackson Collection - a snapshot of an ordinary life lived through extraordinary times. Encompassing two World Wars, the first manned mission to land on the moon, the death of Elvis and the invention of bubblegum, the collection was gathered during a period of immense change and seismic cultural shifts. The fictional local everyman Rashleigh Jackson was an enterprising small business man, former soldier and enthusiastic amateur archaeologist.

The collection contains both mundane and bizarre ephemera, offering reflections on 1960s and 1970s pop culture, Cold War paranoia and regional industry.

A short publication with essay by Wayne Burrows will accompany this exhibition.

Curated by Abi Spinks

Dr Lakra
13 Nov 2012 - 17 Mar 2013

The name Lakra comes from the Spanish word lacra, meaning scar or blemish, but it can also be used informally to mean a distasteful or unpleasant person. The son of a prominent Mexican painter, Dr Lakra’s fascination with tattoo culture was born out of his rebellious teenage years as a high school drop-out. Spending his days hanging out at street markets in Mexico City, the young artist practised tattoo designs on his friend’s bodies with improvised equipment. Now he inks his tattoo-like drawings onto found objects like toys and soft porn images culled from midcentury magazines.

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