I Could Be So Good For You

S Mark Gubb

Dominic From Luton

Bermingham and Robinson


4-27 November 2011

Fri-Sun 12-6pm

Bermingham and Robinson

‘I could be so good for you’ said Richard Robinson to Dominic Allan in The Royal Academy toilets last Christmas. More backslapping than pre-Christmas Christmas box. An offer of a title of a show under construction involving S Mark Gubb, Bermingham and Robinson and Dominic Allan aka Dominic From Luton. I Could Be So Good For You is an extended hand for a show without theme. It harks back to a 1980s pre-internet, pre-Simon Cowell, pre-Cheryl, pre-Easyjet where hopping around Europe didn’t happen at the click of a mouse and 3-digit security code. It’s when we were kids and all around us knew Britain that bit better but disliked it just as much as today. A title totally fitting for a jumble sale of a project in Cathy Lomax’s enduringly elastic London project space; Transition Gallery Year 9.




Bermingham and Robinson
turn their new studio furniture left behind by the previous incumbent (ironically S Mark Gubb) into art, instantly. And it’s beautiful. Like a Fortnum and Masons own Pot Noodle. ‘The Future Is Cancelled!’ Last Days of Man On Earth is a re-worked 1950’s film poster, A1 size. The imagery removed and discarded by Bermingham and Robinson. All that's left is a black hole. ‘A City Screams In Terror’, The Creature Walks Amongst Us. Image gone. ‘Invasion USA’, “It Will Scare The Pants Off You!” Image, subject gone. Like the past is the present and the present is the past. Look look and look again.




S Mark Gubb’s beautiful and off-kilter reworking in Topps Tiles tiles of a metal band's own front man's suicide. Knife, gun, blood and guts. A man sleeping in death. A nod fittingly yet unknowingly to a Grand Britannia in moral decline where Cardiff based Gubb captures the spirit of a free-for-all smash and grab 'yout' culture.


A summer of unlove; Reebok Classics and no more heroes anymore. WE HATE WATFORD proclaims Allan. An orange flare to other Lutonians in London-Luton or London. A fire engine red text on white banner. 5m x 1. A pointless call to arms, to peace, to dissect in white van man language why two towns so geographically close remain so tragically apart. Then end-game. Dominic From Luton as Margaret Thatcher in a burnt-out wheelchair last seen being used by his own now disabled father. A post - James Allan and Sons James Allan and Sons (a family business, the heirs Julian and Dominic). The debris of a dream, I could be so good for you...

Allan has a limited edition screen print - White Pratt From Luton priced at £75 - more details here.



ART REVIEW - review by Laura McLean-Ferris
a-n Interface - review by Alice Turner
Flickr - images from the show