Club Shepway are pleased to present our 2017 program of vernacular events ‘Vernacular Ambiguity’
Grit in the Oyster is the first in a series of a series of exhibitions and interventions that coincide with the 2017 Folkestone Triennial ‘Double Edge’
The Grit in the Oyster is a body of work that represents the often overlooked rituals and aesthetics of carnivalesque culture in the traditional British seaside resort. It reflects a cultural space where the conventions and boundaries of socially acceptable behaviour or reckless hedonism could become blurred.
Rowe’s imagery depicts a desolate landscape in transition, a topography where the industry of pleasure seeking was interlaced with the gritty reality of the town’s social and economic divides.
Rowe’s pictorial accounts of Folkestone capture a seaside resort in permanent off-season as it breaks away from its mass cultural identity. His sculptural and performative work echoes this fading sense of place, and celebrates the recent social history of the run-down resort – the remnants of the seaside town they forgot to close down.
Since 2006, Club Shepway has provided a platform for artists to explore the evolving landscape and social identity of Folkestone.
In 2008, Club Shepway established the inaugural Folkestone Triennial Fringe programme ‘Vernacular Spectacular’ in conjunction with the first Folkestone Triennial.
Vernacular Events has continued to provided a pivitol platform throughout Triennial years in helping independent cultural activities to culturally agitate the town.