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Ira Cohen - October Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION featuring Ira Cohen’s famous Works from the Mylar Chamber, which were created in the late 1960’s at his Lower East Side loft, will be on display in London’s October Gallery – from November 29, 2007 to January 21, 2008.

Mylar plastic is a bendable mirror which twists and swirls its subjects – among others William Burroughs, Jimi Hendrix and Angus Maclise. The finished products are fantastic photographs of figures bathed in smoke, dressed in luscious velvets and lurid magical makeup.

A culmination of the photographer’s fascination with the mirror, these photographs come from the very heart of the mirror – from the fabled other side. Located somewhere between Man Ray and Max Ernst, the photographs of Ira Cohen provide a wealth of archetypal images which are not only the real icons of the sixties, but also the icons of the future.

Subjects include Alejandro Jodorowsky, William Burroughs, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Vali Myers, Angus MacLise, Robert LaVigne, Henry Flynt, Lionel Ziprin, John McLaughlin and Spirit, Charles Ludlam, Members of the Theatre of the Ridiculous, Jack Smith, Don Snyder, Beverly Grant and Petra Vogt.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday – 12.30 to 5.30pm.

Telephone: 020 7242 7367.

October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL.