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Image: Quintet 1, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm. Image courtesy of the artist

In 1962, Feliks Culpa was born in County Durham under a very different name: Martin McAloon. He was a founding member of beloved pop wonders Prefab Sprout, but much more recently he has been forging a different artistic path. He considers Feliks Culpa to be like a solo band, and his defiantly monochrome drawings, which on the surface may seem simple and accessible, hold within them a distinct complexity.

This feature comes to the fore in The Ongoing Moment, which runs at Newcastle’s Vane Gallery from Thursday 7th March until Saturday 6th April, and brings together pieces of his work that explore the relationship between the passing of time and the all-too-transient moment using a variety of touchstones. Press Pause comprises a number of drawings taken from five years of events occurring on the 24th day of each month, while Orchids And Rocks – a 20-metre rice paper scroll – catalogues the displacement of migrants.

Two other pieces in the exhibition place well-known cultural moments at their heart; Quintet At The End Of Time captures a moment in the life of Jimi Hendrix, asking whether death can have an expiry date, while William Burroughs’ The Naked Lunch and Andy Warhol’s The Last Supper will be brought together in Big Breakfast, a series of drawings depicting the pair’s encounter at New York’s Hotel Chelsea. Diverse yet interwoven, this is an exhibition you’ll want to spare the time for.

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