ASH FROM CHAOS by Joe Corré
Punk has become a marketing exercise to sell you
something you don’t need. The illusion of an
alternative choice, a cog in the Nonstop Distraction
Machine. The establishment endorsed impotent
Whilst we are occupied with Punk’s carcass of
Nostalgia in the pursuit of cool. Our house is being
burgled and set on fire.
What will be the value of its Ashes?
DIY is Punk’s only lasting ethic of value. Discover
the truth for yourself and act on it.
This is activism.
You can choose, how you inform yourself, vote, what
you eat, buy, consume and discard, where you put
your money, how you participate in OUR FUTURE.
A reserve price of £6 million, has been put on the ‘pile of ash’ from the highly controversial punk memorabilia burn by Lazinc Gallery in Mayfair – which is now immortalised in a dramatic artwork.
Lazinc’s reserve makes the ‘Punk Ash Art’ worth more than the artefacts’ original value of £5 million.
Lazinc director Steve Lazarides is best known for being the agent of Banksy. He says: “We are very proud to be exhibiting Corré’s art work. His incredible work defines an era.”
The work will be on display in Lazinc’s first-floor viewing room until 7th May 2018
The artwork will also incorporate Malcolm McLaren’s death mask. Sculptor Nick Reynolds, who created the original, was instructed by Joe Corré to recreate the mask for his art presentation.
On the 40th Anniversary of the release of Anarchy In The UK, 26th November 2016, Joe Corré, who co-founded Agent Provocateur, torched his entire punk memorabilia collection including bondage gear, Johnny Rotten’s trousers and a tiny swastika-sporting Sid Vicious doll. It followed a year of punk celebrations orchestrated by the Museum of London, the British Library, the British Film Institute, the British Fashion Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the Mayor of London.
Corré was highly critical of the shameless commercialisation of punk by the State and corporate sector. “With Virgin Punk credit cards, Punky McNuggets, Punk Fairy Liquid, bondage trousers from Louis Vuitton and punk car insurance, something needed to be done to put a stop to the rot” he says.
“This expensive pile of ash commemorates the demise of Punk but also society as we know it,” says Corré. “Punk was hijacked by corporations and the Establishment, it’s potency rendered meaningless”.
Corré has double-hijacked Punk back, killing it off as an act of kindness.
“NO NINSDOL! Punk became new wave. Punk became tame, conformity in another uniform. Punk needed to be destroyed so it’s spirit could be set free,” remarks Corré.
According to Corré: “Punk is dead, it is used by corporations to offer people an illusion of an alternative choice to sell them something they don’t need. It’s been hijacked but I’ve hijacked it back and we can now use that opportunity to see things for what they really are. Now we’re talking about the value of ash.”
All of the profits from the sale of this ‘Ash From Chaos’ artwork will go towards the Humanade charity to continue the fight against fracking, support some of London’s youth organisations as well as environmental protection.
This unique display will feature as one of the last chapters in a series of events culminating in the Burn Punk London Documentary, which will be released later this year and will explain the reasons behind the burn.