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LE GUN ‘The Family’ Exhibition and Issue #4 launch
27 August, 2008

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LE GUN ‘The Family’ Exhibition
LE GUN Issue #4

27 August 2008 - Private View & Launch from 5pm

Exhibition venue
Rochelle School, Club Row
Arnold Circus, Shoreditch 
London E2 7ES

Daily 12 till 6pm
Wednesday 27th August
till Friday 5th September


Issue #4 of the narrative art annual LE GUN will be distributed worldwide from September 2008. The launch will coincide with an exhibition and temporary arts club taking place at the Rochelle School in Arnold Circus, Shoreditch titled
LE GUN ‘The Family’

‘Dear patrons, please charge your glasses and drink heartily 
for tomorrow you may die’

In the exhibition, the warped collective imagination of LE GUN presents a dysfunctional family of many generations, including a man with a crab on his head, the leopard walking heiress Marchesa Casati, and the original fat boy actor Joe Cobb. Raised on the the streets of parallel metropolis Legundon, an eccentrically Anglo-Saxon place of loose women, gin and cream cakes, and Francis Bacon’s butchers shop, they are an unusual dynasty. LE GUN’s gigantic black and white ink drawings record the families journey from their home cities murky streets and dens of vice, across a wild unchartered ocean to an outlandish Interzone of mind bending intoxicants and bordellos, and the jungle funeral of unloved street urchin Caliper Boy.


Private View and Launch Party at the Rochelle School
Wednesday 27 August from 5pm

Extended launch party at Cargo till late.


Simultananeously the new LE GUN publication will be launched.The net has been cast far and wide; LE GUN #4 promises a rich and slippery harvest of pictures and words, a catch that includes Polish artist-crustacean Andrzej Klimowski, Will Sweeney, creator of ‘Tales of Green Fuzz’, visionary draughtsman Paul Noble, and writing from beat generation expert Barry Miles and dandy of the underworld Sebastian Horsley, as well as fresh fruit from young novelist Richard Milward, ethnographic writer Iain Sinclair and the ‘Hunter S Thompson of Hartlepool’, Michael Smith.

Added to these afore-mentioned are the less well known but equally delectable new voices that have been chosen for fullness of flavour 
and keenness of eye...

The result is a vivid story of stories and stands as an independent work in its own right; somewhere between pulp fiction and an 
artist’s edition. Undigestible in one sitting, this confection asks to be treasured and revisited...

LE GUN #4 acts as the latest milestone on an eccentric journey of collective activity. Recent exploits have included decorating the Royal Festival Hall for the D&AD Awards with hundreds of life-size characters, producing animated visuals for theatrical performances by ska pop band Madness at the Hackney Empire and creating the Shoe Shop of Curiosities in London Fields.


The exhibition that will feature the collective’s large scale drawings, forming a physical embodiment of the work found on the pages of 
LE GUN. These drawings, some up to 10m in length, are collaborative, narrative panoramas that link together to tell a curious tale...

The exhibition will also feature a ‘salon wall’ of works by artists working with LE GUN, and our cardboard-constructed ‘arts club’ installation that will host a will host a wonderful, eccentric bar created by The Dog & Wardrobe plus performance and screening area.

The exhibition will run for one week and in that time a number of events such as music nights and short film screenings will be programmed, creating a temporary arts club. Highlights include collaborating with groups such as the the Strangeworks performance collective and screening the ‘Essentials’ programme of seminal short film curated by the Independent Cinema Office. This will coincide with Soup Session, hosted by Jessica Antwi-Boasiako.


Notes to Editors:
LE GUN was founded in 2004 by a group of MA graduates from the Communication Art and Design course at the Royal College of Art, London. LE GUN is an independent narrative illustration publication and provides a common ground for both emerging and established artists, illustrators, writers and poets. LE GUN has a free and open submissions policy.

LE GUN is distributed world-wide. Its international readership is also reflected in the multitude of submissions it receives per issue. LE GUN #4 will be available at bookshops, galleries and news stands worldwide, and online at

For further press information and images please contact
LE GUN studio / 020 8985 6756 /
Hannah at Trolley / 020 7729 6591 /

Contact LE GUN studio 
0208 985 6756

Studio address
LE GUN studio, Buzzer #3
19 Warburton Road, Hackney
London E8 3RT


‘The Family’ exhibition
is commissioned by NOMAD

supported by
A Foundation

and hosted by the Rochelle School