Graphic Underground: London 1977-1990, Book Cover, published April 2013
Brian Lambert is primarily a visual artist and musician but over a long association with London galleries there were many opportunities to organize exhibitions and concerts.
Starting in 1981 BL began a long association with Forest City Gallery, which involved various stints as Music co-ordinator, sometime curator, and as staff.
In 1984? FCG moved from 231 Dundas St downtown to the the Aoelian Hall building across from The Embassy Hotel. It seemed a natural fit to co-ordinate FCG music programs with Ron and Jamelie at the Embassy Cultural House. (posters) The Embassy Hotel was a longstanding venue for music in London, and was a mainstay in the punk/alternative music scene that was raging in London in the late 1970’s and well into the 1980’s.
In 2012 BL curated Graphic Underground - London 1977-1990 for McIntosh Gallery, where he has worked as Collections Manager since 2005. Graphic Underground and the subsequent catalogue (pic) (McIntosh Gallery 2013) focuses on the amazing output of posters and zines that represent the astounding artist-driven music scene. Ironically, London was well known as part of a larger international movement, but most of this energy-driven activity escaped the attention of most Londoners.
A review of Greg Curnoe’s work from the mid 1950’s to the early 1960’s will be BL’s next curatoral project for McIntosh Gallery (Fall 2021). In 2018, Shiela Curnoe donated approximately 400 works to McIntosh, including many stunning studies completed at Toronto’s OCA (now OCAD University).
The exhibition will illustrate early stylistic and philosophical tendancies that would continue to manifest in the work for which he ultimately received significant critical success.
Bodies of my own work include the ongoing production of a graphic novel. Don’t hold you’re breath. This could take a while.
More recently, there is a nearly completed album of original instrumental music Songs for the Chameleon, under the band name Nach Dem Tode. Although I play most of the instruments myself I have the great privilege of working with several outstanding musicians. Jazz guitarist Robert McMurray, who played regularly with Eric Stach at the ECH, plays on several tracks, and my brother Pete ‘Lambourghini’ sits in on drums on most tracks.
Algiers https://nachdemtode.bandcamp.com/track/algiers from the upcoming album Songs for the Chameleon
Videos for five of these new compositions are currently available:
Meadowlily https://vimeo.com/463798952 is an homage to the wonderful natural area in East London, Meadowlily Woods, where I have gone to walk for the last 35 years. It is one of the finest natural areas I have hiked, and I’ve hiked in a lot of beautiful places. Let’s save this amazing place London Council! Morons.
Crow Dancer https://vimeo.com/505415249 is an animated film employing old school methods, drawing hundreds of individual cels and placing end to end and mucking with them. Parts of both the music and video were recorded in several location in Ireland, where I have lived on and off since the mid 1980’s.