New art exhibition by Norman Gosney: Fantasy Movie Poster Series…
Private View: Fri 8th June
Exhibition Runs: 8th June – 9th July
During the Eighties, Norman owned and operated a design studio in New York that specialised in posters for the independent movie companies such as Miramax and New Line, then in their infancy. These campaigns included ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Pele the Conquerer’. Norman and his team developed the belief that there are only 8 basic movie poster designs. This series of fantasy ads for films that will never be made are all type number ‘6’, Star Wars-style extravaganza’s that attempt to tell a complicated, often ridiculous, story in one large image.
Originally from Bristol, Norman enjoyed success as a nightclub designer and operator for 30 years in New York. At various times he has run graphic studios and agencies, producing everything from album covers to movie posters. A sojourn as overall Art Director for Marvel Comics during the early 80’s helped to satisfy a life-long love of sci-fi, low-brow art, movies and comics. His work in the Nineties made him one of the founding figures of modern burlesque and Neo-cabaret. After creating Shanghai’s first showcase for these new performance arts with his wife Amelia, they relocated to East London. He has recently competed his book ‘Bristol Gardens’, detailing his quarter century living atop Manhattan’s notorious Chelsea Hotel.