TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
6-9PM @ THE LIVING ROOM GALLERY
“Oh help me heaven,” she prayed, “to be decorative and to do
right!” -Ronald Firbank
Living Room Gallery is pleased to present: Bazvalon, a selection of
recent ceramics in the forms of bottles, peacocks and pavilions, glazed
with Islamic and
pre- Roman motifs, along with related ink and watercolor drawings.
Bazvalon is an imaginary place invented by Ronald Firbank, the early
English eccentric, author and aesthete. "Aside from Duchesses, Mr.
Firbank has a predilection
for water-closets and the more wayward aspects of sex- all treated with
the subtlest of subtlety."
Firbank is one of Elisabeth Kley’s beloved host of dandies; Jean
Cocteau, Salvador Dali, Erte,
Elsie de Wolfe, Jack Smith and the drag performance artist Ethyl
Eichelberger, who, like
Firbanks’ character, St. Laura de Nazi-anzi, were “not born organically
Guardian angels and guides, whose rare volumes litter Kley’s studio
floor along with
well-thumbed books on Turkish embroidery, Chinese architecture and the
in Granada - inspire her highly refined practice. “ There was a pause-
just long enough for
an angel to pass, flying slowly.”
Firbank’s titles alone -Vainglory, The Flower Beneath the Foot, The
Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli, evoke a carefree,
more stylish time.
As E.M. Forster said of Firbank, "It is frivolous stuff and how rare,
how precious is frivolity!"