Brion Gysin: ’80s TV Star

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The wonderful Brion Gysin was a writer, painter, filmmaker and restaurateur. He was a friend and collaborator to William S. Burroughs. Burroughs said of Gysin, “He was the only man I have ever respected.”

If you are a frequent reader of these posts, you are no doubt already familiar with Gysin. However, despite several recent publications and a new tour of his visual art, the man remains elusive.

We were really excited to find this footage of the master at work. This video is from a late ’80’s pirate TV show out of London, England called Network 21. This is a rare chance to see Gysin’s paintings come to life as he rolls out patterns and grids before piling on layers of text and calligraphy.

The man has a way with a line…

This Network 21 episode also features: Kenny Morris talking about dreams and Genet; a Mayakovski film; a photoshoot with the Rolling Stones in drag; footage from a tattoo convention in 1985; an excerpt from Warhol’s “Trash” with Joe Dallessandro and The Sex Pistols’ famous appearance on the Bill Gundy show.

See the whole shebang at Joe Nolan’s Insomnia.

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  • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

    Man, I’ve watched this over and over again. I take in a lot of art, but I have really come to be a great admirer of Gysin’s paintings. I would love to see his stuff up close in a gallery.

    • http://disinfo.com/ Majestic

      Joe, you just missed the NYC Gysin exhibit at the New Museum:

      http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/422

      Fancy a trip to France? Brion Gysin: Dream Machine is traveling to the Institut d’art Contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, October 16 – November 28, 2010

      • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

        I know he’s had some stuff on the road, but I haven’t been able to get hooked up. Thanks for the heads up regardless. A guy can dream… :)

  • Joenolan

    Man, I’ve watched this over and over again. I take in a lot of art, but I have really come to be a great admirer of Gysin’s paintings. I would love to see his stuff up close in a gallery.

  • http://disinfo.com Majestic

    Joe, you just missed the NYC Gysin exhibit at the New Museum:

    http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/422

    Fancy a trip to France? Brion Gysin: Dream Machine is traveling to the Institut d’art Contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, October 16 – November 28, 2010

  • Joenolan

    I know he’s had some stuff on the road, but I haven’t been able to get hooked up. Thanks for the heads up regardless. A guy can dream… :)

  • Benway

    This footage is from one of Anthony Balch’s films, either ‘Ghosts at no 9′ or ‘Towers Open Fire’.

  • Benway

    This footage is from one of Anthony Balch’s films, either ‘Ghosts at no 9′ or ‘Towers Open Fire’.

  • http://joenolan.com/blog Joe Nolan

    Hey Benway. Good eyes. I wasn’t sure either. I think it’s Towers Open Fire? If you video search that Network 21 series you can find other episodes. Seems they just remixed lots of sources to create these audio/video collages. How perfectly Gysinian, no? :)

  • Joenolan

    Hey Benway. Good eyes. I wasn’t sure either. I think it’s Towers Open Fire? If you video search that Network 21 series you can find other episodes. Seems they just remixed lots of sources to create these audio/video collages. How perfectly Gysinian, no? :)

  • Gregory

    I’m waiting for Tuna Ghost to show up and call this “vapid and self-indulgent.”

    **snicker**

  • Gregory

    I’m waiting for Tuna Ghost to show up and call this “vapid and self-indulgent.”

    **snicker**

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