The magazine cover has always been a mixture of precise science and artistic expression. At once it must be the same each month for brand recognition, but it must also be eye catching and daring. It must inspire people creatively and economically.
100 Covers is a breathtaking homage to the magazines which have inspired and influenced illustrator JP Thurlow. The covers are more than copies, they are the combination of initial newsstand lust and a desire to use that image as an expression of an emotion. The full collection of 100 Covers will be on show for the first time at KK Outlet throughout November.
Thurlow has painstakingly recreated his favourite covers, taking something mass produced and turning it into a singular, defaced art object. As he explains, “I try my best to reproduce the magazines as perfectly as I can but there’s always a moment where the drawing gets too cute and I get frustrated with the perfection… I am in love with the originals, but I don’t believe they tell the truth… I want to cut through the loveliness and reveal something that’s lurking behind.”
Some of the titles featured in the project include 032c, Dazed & Confused, Eye, Arena Homme Plus, Vogue, Elle, Man About Town, POP, Bear, Super Super and TANK.
Whilst working on 100 Covers Thurlow unveiled an intriguing twist to his own family history. Whilst researching at Vogue House, Thurlow discovered that his ancestor Helen Thurlow was the artist who illustrated the very first UK edition of Vogue in September 1916. A cover which he then went on to include in his project.
Throughout the summer KesselsKramer London and the legendary Parisian store colette will undertake an exclusive shop swap. colette will holiday on Hoxton Square, bringing with them hand picked products and artwork of some very special French friends.
In return KesselsKramer will take over colette with unique art work specially created for the collaboration by Erik Kessels, along with a range of our best titles and products.
We’re very happy to welcome a collection of amazing artists to KK Outlet including graffiti artist Monsieur Andre, illustrator Darcel and the beautiful work of painter Irina Dakeva…
Andre is the infamous French graffiti artist well known for his distinctive stick-figure character Mr A which he paints on walls as well as naked women. He is also renowned for his le Baron club nights, his Love Hotel in Paris and marriage to Uffie. The work at KK Outlet will be a collection from his recent colette show including customised surf boards and limited edition silkscreens.
Darcel is the alter ego of Rinsen collective member Craig Redman. His illustrated blog, Darcel Disappoints, chronicles one disappointing moment after another as the protagonist navigates his way through everyday life in downtown New York. Work from this blog will make up his show at KK Outlet included a large figreglass Darcel!
Irina Dakeva produces impossibly beautiful water colours. Her work was recently featured in the new Breakbot video, Baby I’m Yours, out on Ed Banger records. We will be screening the video alongside Dakeva’s original water colours.
Colette have hand picked a special range of products to bring to London including nigh on impossible to find book titles, the latest music releases, customised surf boards, the coolest fold up bike ever created and products you never knew you needed never mind wanted.
We have also produced a collection of collaborative products including “divided loyalty” scarves that allow you support both KK and colette and a yes/no cube that makes navigating relationships easier.
The encore is a ritual for musicians the world over. A chance to give the crowd what they want, and to bask in the limelight one more time. But what goes on in the short space of time after the stars leave the stage, and before they return?
Amsterdam-based photographer Daniel Cohen has created a unique collection of images taken between last song and encore at Amsterdam’s legendary concert venues, the Paradiso and the Melkweg.
Cohen captures these private moments in time, a rest in the eye of the storm, while the crowd on the other side screams for more. His photographs thrive with energy and vulnerability, perfectly documenting the atmosphere of the backstage area.
Gogol Bordello, The Roots, Chaka Khan, Animal Collective, Blondie, Erykah Baddu, The Ting Tings, Method Man amongst others; Cohen’s collection is an eclectic mix of artists all caught in a raw state. Some exhausted, some exhilarated, all masterfully shot.
Cohen was offered access all areas to some of the biggest stars. They didn’t have time to pose or project their public image, they were shot exactly as he found them. When shooting Chaka Khan he was warned by her management “your flash goes off twice and you’ve got a big problem”.
For more information on the artist visit www.danielcohen.nl
Four Brazilian Artists. Four UK Artists. Three fax machines. One exhibition.
Curated by Autista and KK Outlet, Fax Ex-Machina is a one off live art exchange between Brazilian and UK artists taking place simultaneously in KK Outlet, London and POP Gallery Sao Paulo.
Brazilian artists Ramon Martins, Eduardo Recife (Misprinted Type), Elisa Sassi and Carlos Dias will fax their original artwork from Brazil straight to the walls of KK Outlet whilst UK based artists Andrew Clark, Billie Jean, Mcbess and Jimmy Turrell will be drawing live at KK Outlet and transmitting their pieces to POP Gallery, Sao Paulo.
High taxes and blindsided customs laws make it impractical to import and export art in and out of Brazil. Using the lo-fi means of fax machines we aim to avoid these extortionate charges and showcase young talent in and outside of Brazil.
An additional fax machine will be placed in the window of KK Outlet. We invite anyone from around the globe to fax art work, the best pieces will be included in the show. All submissions to be sent to the following number from Thursday 4 March +44 (0)207 0337681.
EDUARDO RECIFE also known as Misprinted Type, has gained a cult following and attracted clients such as The New York Times and HBO as well as many column and blog inches on his short yet established and multi-faceted career.
CARLOS DIAS his neo-naive paintings bring out the essence of people’s flaws and emotions. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine and in shows all over the world, including a recent exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in São Paulo.
RAMON MARTINS is the Punk Rock version of Gustav Klimt, he’s already shown in Madrid, London, Los Angeles and is in the permanent collection of MOMA Rio de Janeiro.
ELISA SASSI Her work is highly influenced by the asian immigrants mixed with the dark sense of humor that comes from living in São Paulo.
JIMMY TURRELL is a graphic artist who combines his love of handmade collage, drawing and painting alongside digital mark making. His incredibly detailed illustrations have featured in work for clients include Colette, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, Nike and XL Recordings. http://www.jimmyturrell.com/index.php
McBESS creates humorous works featuring distinct characters in almost dark and twisted fairytale settings.
ANDREW CLARK creates beautiful graphite images combining geometry and nature in the most intriguing and intricate way.
BILLIE JEAN is a he and not a she. His drawing skills have been commissioned by prestigious clients such as Penguin, Creative Review, BBC, Pentagram and Nike.
Autista is a Brazilian art collective, lead by curator and founder David Charles and art director Melinda Gorham.
Santa Claus is known the world over, but it’s a little known fact that he was brought to America by Dutch immigrants in the nineteenth century. To the Dutch, he is known as Sinterklaas, and in Dutch tradition, he arrives at the beginning of December with his helper Piet to reward all the well behaved children of Holland.
He is received in rapturous ceremonies across all of Holland, something KK Outlet and HEMA recreated on Hoxton Square.
If you don’t know what HEMA is, picture a cross between IKEA, Woolworths and Muji and you’re just about there.
I PREDICT A RIOT is the first book by Scottish photographer Jane Stockdale published by Koenig Books that documents the day in 2009 when the City of London came to a stand still.
As world leaders including Obama, Medvedev, Hu Jintao, Merkel, Sarkozy and Berlisconi descended on London for the G20 summit, so did thousands of protesters.
The G20 summit fell at a time when emotions were riding high about a multitude of injustices and brought people from all walks of life to the streets. The motives behind the protests were varied; the economic crash, the war on terror, climate change or anger at the banks and city bonuses, but the message was unite – people had had enough.
As the media declared “Meltdown in the City” and “The Summer of Rage”, city workers were advised to dress down, cancel meetings or work from home. Over 16,000 police were called in to protect key areas across London in what was one of the biggest security operations since World War Two.
This book documents what happened that day outside the Bank of England…
Throughout September, KK Outlet’s retail arm will showcase products from the innovative product designers of Laikingland.
Laikingland is a creative collaboration, based in both the UK and The Netherlands, whose intention is to design and manufacture beautifully crafted kinetic objects that engage, and evoke a sense of play and nostalgia.
Laikingland will bring to life many of their products including:
The Storm in a Tea Cup which pays homage, in a very literal sense, to the famous idiom meaning a small event that has been exaggerated out of all proportion.
The Party Popper Machine by Martin Smith continues his theme of devices of celebration for Laikingland. In homage to the humble plastic party toy and to follow his interest in loud bangs, Smith has developed a nonsense machine that elaborately assists you in the firing of party poppers.
The Lazy Chair is a 1:6 scale version of Fresh West’s classic exhibition crowd pleaser, the collapsible Lazy Chair. A push of the lever and the Lazy Chair collapses, it slowly returns to its standing position under the force of a torsion spring.
Type “photographer” into Google and Matt Stuart’s is the first name that comes up, he’s that good.
Matt Stuart’s work features opportune street scenes which reflect the absurd and fleeting nature of life. How many times have you seen something, wished you had your camera only for the moment to instantly pass? Armed with a small Leica camera, patience and lots of optimism, Stuart captures those moments where others fail.
Stuart’s photographs are a series of happy accidents taking place in crowds, on the tube, in the park and in cars. Stuart obsessively shoots everyday, everywhere he goes.
The result of this passion and his fascination with people and the way they live their lives will be shown as a collection at KK Outlet for the first time. Some images are so absurd they almost look staged, but these are totally genuine and original, all caught by the masterful eye of Stuart.
Illustrator Noma Bar’s work is so simple, yet so clever you can’t fail to be impressed. One half of Bar’s work provides stark political or social commentary within simple graphic forms, whilst the other half manipulates everyday icons to create funny images that make you look once, twice, three times…
Bitter Sweet showcases these two sides of Bar’s work and personality. The darker politically active side paired with a lighter more playful outlook on life. Masculine/femine, young/old, weak/strong, dark/light, bitter/sweet. Bar’s work explores opposites on every level. From pizza box illustrations to “Fragile” postal notices, he sees duality everywhere and life is definitely more interesting with him around.
Noma Bar is an Israeli born illustrator. During the first Gulf War, Bar discovered his interest in a unique combination of caricature and pictograms. While staying with his family in a shelter he sketched the likeness of Saddam Hussein around the radioactive symbol he found in a newspaper.
His work has appeared in many media outlets including: Time Out London, BBC, Random House, The Guardian, The Observer, The Economist, The Times, Wallpaper* and Wired Magazine. Bar has also released two books of his work through Mark Batty Publisher: Guess Who – The Many Faces of Noma Bar, in 2008 and Negative Space in early 2009.
KK Outlet gets political with the help of Dutch design collective, Gorilla.
Taking their cue from the front page of leading Dutch daily newspaper, De Volkskrant, Gorilla created a visual response to the daily news from October 2006 until April 2009. Each day the collective were given 3 hours to respond to a selected story and the resulting visual column was featured on the front page of the paper.
During the two and a half years in which the column appeared, Gorilla developed its own unique visual identity and a fixed place in the paper’s layout. The simple and colourful designs look innocent enough but have a razor-sharp message, offering comments on political, environmental and world issues.
For the first time a selection of the most daring, provocative, colourful and challenging images from the project will be showcased at KK Outlet as part of a special Election Night party, taking place on Thursday 6 May.
This week Gorilla have been creating daily visual columns relating specifically to the UK political campaigns, all have been featured on the Grafik blog
Gorilla currently create images for the Dutch weekly magazines Groene Amsterdammer and Adformatie and were recently nominated for the 2010 Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award.
To Gorilla, “Graphic design is about communication, about the tension between informing and concealing, about what you show immediately and what you allow to filter through later. And, certainly no less importantly, what you do not show.” It is a collection of telling images, constructed of the fewest number of elements possible, which are instantly recognisable and yet require a second glance.
This is the world according to Gorilla.
The Human Printer draws on the influences of Georges Seurat and pointillism to create images portraying contemporary life. However rather than relying on clever digital printing techniques, the output of the Human Printer are generated completely by hand, creating unique outcomes each time it prints.
Louise Naunton Morgan, is the founding “human printer” behind the project and was inspired by the desire to reclaim some of the lost art of production. “Today technology plays a huge role in everyday life…we have constructed these machines to aid our lives, making simple productions/tasks easier to accomplish. Our environment is now scattered with machine made artefacts, computer developed images and autonomous interactions – We are loosing the essence of human production and craft to the machine, resulting in a soulless utilitarianism.”
The full collection of prints created by The Human Printer will be on show at KK Outlet for the first time throughout October.
As part of the exhibition we are offering three people the opportunity to have their favourite image transformed into a hand penned print, live at the private view.
We are inviting submissions of one image per person, which could be anything from a personal piece of work, a family photo or favourite found image. Three images will be selected and put through the human printer process live at the opening of the exhibition and available to purchase when completed.
Where Children Sleep is the fascinating new book from Photographer James Mollison, that tells the diverse stories of children around the world, through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms.
Inspired by the quote, “all children are born equal” Mollison has created a collection of photographs which proves this statement to be definitely incorrect.
The children are all between 4 – 17 but their backgrounds and futures couldn’t be more different. There is Bilal, the Bedouin shepheard boy who sleeps with his father’s heard of goats; Kaya in Tokyo whose proud mother spends $1,000 per month on her dresses; Indira, a Nepalese girl who has worked in a granite quarry since she was three years old and Ankhohxet, the Kraho boy who sleeps on the floor of a hut in the Amazon.
Whilst working on this project over four years Mollison thought about his own childhood experiences, “When asked to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances.”
Selected works by Yuri Suzuki
New installation work by Oscar Diaz and Yuri Suzuki
When was the last time you were in a room where you could press your own record, listen to electronic jellyfish, sing to your jewelry and make a musical train track? Never happened? Then you’ve never been to a Yuri Suzuki exhibition.
KK Outlet are very excited to welcome Sound Interjection!, Yuri Suzuki‘s first major exhibition. Suzuki, a product designer and electronic musician produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces.
Sound Interjection! is playful and interactive, encouraging the viewer to become part of the final design and indeed sound. Amateur Music Production allows viewers to record music directly into a record cutting machine and straight onto vinyl records. Silicon moulds are then made from this master copy, producing beautiful customized vinyls of unique recordings.
Impressive in concept and execution Suzuki’s work is bold and beautiful. In his most ephemeral piece Jellyfish Theremin, Suzuki allows Jellyfish to control the sound and lighting omitted from a see through Theremin, one of the oldest electronic music instruments.
In other pieces his sense of fun and love of music prevail. Sound Chaser is a train track style record play where users connect pieces of old records to make new tracks.
Sound Interjection! will include collective sound/design works from Yuri Suzuki including a new sound installation produced by Yuri Suzuki and Oscar Diaz.
Photo by Above Clear Edition middle Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Bottom Yoshimi Akamatsu
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