KK OUTLET GALLERY 2015

ANNA LOMAX LUXURY GOODS

We are excited to infinity and beyond! Anna Lomax takes over KK Outlet’s gallery space throughout September 2015.

Maker and collector. Born and bred South East Londoner. Artist / art director / set designer. Anna creates installations, sculpture and images, often collaborating with brands and fashion labels but always following her own path. Anna’s work takes the old, the new, the bizarre, the unrecognisable and often humorous, reimagined, reinvented and reassembled.

Luxury Goods is dedicated to brand new and retrospective works, created out of a love for a ‘genuine fake’ and the idea of what the notion of luxury can mean, developing a playful and colourful response to the strange and sometimes humorous things that Anna collects. The work is focused on a continuing fascination with the pound shop, the seemingly unattainable and the place Anna calls home – London.

The show explores ideas around material, replacing the authentic with the fake, the enduring with the disposable and the line between mass production and the limited edition resulting in a new body of work involving uncomfortable pairings, glossy finishes, bright lights, with a sense of nostalgia and a longing for fantasy objects. Expect neon, prints, holograms, terrazzo marble, brass and much much more.

Join us at the exhibition launch party, 3rd September 7-9pm. A big thank you to Wray & Nephew, who’re generously providing drinks for the opening night, white overproof rum cocktails served in Anna Lomax hand carved baby watermelons adorned with logos.

Luxury Goods is part of the London Design Festival // ICON Design Trail // Shoreditch Design Triangle

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CATALOGUE FRIENDS OUR FAMILY

Friends Our Family; a retrospective look into Catalogue Graphic Design’s working practice over the past 5 years featuring work from Catalogue, Catalogue Library and friends. On show is a wide range of past works from Catalogue as well as unseen projects from the recent expansion of Leeds > London.

Catalogues independent publishing platform, Catalogue Library, serves as an integral part of Friends Our Family, and will showcase brand new and unseen publications. The brand new issue of Library Paper, issue 06, was unveiled to much applaud at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair and features an absolute whopping array of creative contributors, 40 in total, including Colophon Foundry, Heavytime Books, Elena Gallen, Russell Maurice (Gasius), Mehdi Lacoste, Hassan Rahim, Amanny Ahmad, Joshua Gordon, MOOD NYC, Jamie Reid, Polanski Magazine, Studio Yukiko, Tim Head, Nous Vous, Trevor Hernandez (Gang Culture), Wax Magazine + many more.

As well as work from Catalogue and Catalogue Library, a specially curated room features new work for the show, on sale, limited edition screen prints from 5 artists and designers that have helped shape, mould and support Catalogue – includes Catalogue (UK), Colophon Foundry (UK), David Rudnick (UK), Eric Hu (US) and Hassan Rahim (US). This forms one of the most important aspects of Catalogues practice and will continue to do so. In turn, the prints help illustrate the name of the show; Friends Our Family.

In the KK Outlet shop, Village, the independent book store and gallery based in Leeds, presents a curated selection of self-published zines and contemporary art, design, fashion and photography books from established and independent publishers.

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CHRISTMAS PRINT FAYRE

Every year the Christmas bullshit truck rolls into town and every year high street stores spread their usual schmaltzy muck. Their big budget adverts tell us, “Buy these gifts otherwise your nearest and dearest won’t feel loved and you’ll ruin Christmas for everyone.” Well we say “No more!”

This year KK Outlet and People of Print are organizing the mother of all print sales. The Christmas Print Fayre — curated by People of Print will feature prints by the best designers, illustrators and graphic artists around. Their work will wrap the KK Outlet gallery with wonderful wall candy that is all for sale. Why not pop over and buy gifts that will make people happy and that will make you feel warm and smug inside. Surely that is better than buying a discounted “smellies” pack from Boots that will sit in a bathroom cabinet and get thrown out in June?!

Contributors include Annu Kilpeläinen, Clay Hickson, Crispin Finn, Emily Forgot. Essy May, Hattie Stewart, Hey Studio, Janne Iivonen, Jean Jullien, Jess Wilson, Melvin Galapon, Oscar Bolton Green, Rose Blake, Sara Andreasson, Saskia Pomeray, Supermundane, Thomas Murphy, Victor Hachmang, Von and many, many others.

As well as this print extravaganza we’ll be running workshops every Saturday in the lead up to Christmas where you can print your own Christmas cards, totes and t-shirts as well as listen to presentations by East London Printmakers, James Lunn / HP, London Centre of Book Arts. These events are open to all but ticketed, you can sign up via the People of Print website.

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COMMUTE NICE LONDON

There’s a lot of hate on the roads these days. Cyclists hate lorries. Cars hate cyclists. Motorbikes hate scooters. Scooters hate cyclists. Everyone hates taxis (until we need one). The statistics reflect this aggression, 23,000 accidents and 80 deaths in London in the last 5 years, so far 8 people have died in bike accidents this year alone.

Commute Nice London, KK Outlet’s summer show – when most of us take to our bikes, and pop the windows or roof on our cars, if we have one – is inspired by our desire to turn hate-filled roads into happy roads. A mutual respect for all road users in every vehicle, even if that vehicle is your own two legs.

Featuring a stellar line up of ace illustrators, artists and designers, this exhibition tackles the problem with positive and beautifully design-led messages. Contributors include Alex May Hughes / Annu Kilpeläinen / Anthony Burrill / Biff / David Hardy for Bolt / Chrissie Abbott / Craig and Karl / Crispin Finn / Dorothy / Fred Butler / Hattie Stewart / Jordy van den Nieuwendijk / Laura Callaghan / Luke Miller / Martin Nicolausson / Matt H Booth / Ornamental Conifer / Pam et Jenny / Pat Bradbury / Pâté / Peter Judson / Sam Dunn / Saskia Pomeroy / Steven Wilson / Supermundane / Suzi Kemp / We Three Club / Yoko Honda

Not anti, but pro. Not against, but for. All wheels good, whether they be four, twelve or two. We all want to make the city’s commute nice not nasty. All it takes is mutual respect, a smile instead of a frown, a fist bump instead of a fight, a snog instead of a sweary word (ok, maybe that goes too far).

Save those hand gestures for the dancefloor!

A big thank you to our amazing sponsors The Pickle House and Ripe Digital

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COURIER WINTER 2015 LAUNCH EVENT

Courier issue 8 features >> The new impresarios: How Street Feast and Secret Cinema made going out exciting again. London’s space race: Can startups survive as London’s property prices spiral out-of-control? Athens: The Greek startups staying despite the crisis. Outdoors: Courier goes climbing and stops for lunch.

Come, pick up your copy and have a drink or two with the team.

Courier is a quarterly London-based publication covering stories of modern business. In print and online. Courier reports on business with style and substance, inspiring and enabling a generation that’s re-evaluating how it wants to live and work.

www.wearecourier.com

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DANIEL STIER WAYS OF KNOWING

Daniel Stier + YES Editions + Twenty Twenty present Ways of Knowing. A curious outsiders view into the world of science, incomprehensible for most, but always strangely fascinating.

The book consists of two parts. Firstly there is a series of experimental setups taken in research laboratories across Europe and the US. The second part of the book are still lifes taken in Daniel Stier’s studio. Some of which are real experiments demonstrating scientific rules, others complete fantasy, only reminiscent of evidential, scientific photography. The combination of the existing research labs and the imagined experiments draws parallels between the work of scientists and artists.

Both search deeply, and often wanderingly, for the big questions. In both domains you find obsessive beliefs of invention and creation that have led to the highest forms of specialisation. The photos in this book become metaphors for a process of an open-ended inquiry, a feedback loop of thinking and doing, and ultimately the need to find order in a all too complex reality.

The publication features two essays written by Professor Pedro Ferreira, University Lecturer in Astrophysics at University of Oxford and Daniel Jewsbury, writer, artist and lecturer at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

Ways of Knowing will be available to buy on the night + we have free beers for all perusers and purchasers – until we run out!

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ERIK KESSELS IN ALMOST EVERY PICTURE #14

Erik Kessels’ series returns to a favourite theme: imperfect images, damaged by accident or design. But whereas past editions dealt with blurry black dogs and intrusive fingers, this new publication focuses on an altogether eerier case.

In almost every picture #14 invites us to partake in a semi-nude detective story: a collection of sunbathers with their heads (and often large chunks of their bodies) punched out of their Polaroid frames.

Confronted with these images, it’s natural that we should fill all that white space with our own theories. For instance: perhaps this is an instance of human-on-photo violence? Maybe a vengeful lover savaging his or her holiday snaps? Or are these found images the remains of someone’s weird abandoned art project? Or maybe those glimpses of chubby bodies are part of a kind of visual joke, made strange because the punchline’s missing?

Discovered by photographer Toon Michiels and presented in book form by Kessels, in almost every picture #14 does what every good detective yarn should do: leaves us guessing until the end. Because it’s in the book’s closing notes that all is revealed. In actuality, these images were made by a photographer looking to make some quick cash. These shots were intended to have their centre removed… and applied to a personalised badge, which was then sold to the subject. In the end, the truth is more innocent than our more imaginative speculations.

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HATTIE STEWART DOLL HOUSE

We are hyper chuffed to host Hattie Stewart’s premiere London solo exhibition, Doll House. A self-proclaimed professional doodler, Hattie is an ace illustrator based in East London. Vivid and uber cheeky is her signature style.

Doll House presents a myriad of brand new work. Expect a kaleidoscopic illustrative burst of customised leather jackets, lenticular and hologram artworks, neon signage, and a bona fide dolls house that’s custom painted amidst fantasy settings.

Also on show are Hattie’s trademark doodle-bombings, many previously unseen. Created by her drawing directly atop an array of renowned magazine’s front covers. Conceived in 2011, it’s an ongoing project series that explores the concept of breathing new life into old ideologies. To date has included Playboy, Dazed & Confused, Paper, The Gentlewoman, Rolling Stone, The Face and NME to name but just a few. The end result is unequivocally bold, colourful and attention-grabbingly flirtatious. So much so that Playboy gave their official thumbs up.

Not just a pretty face! doodle-bombs both compliment and overtly re-appropriate the magazine’s original front cover image’s context; intentionally or by random chance or a tad of both. Hattie’s impish and highly spirited visual voice not only creates dazzling imagery, it in turn also accents the media’s (more often than not) blatant manipulation of female role models, and society’s ever increasing infatuation / obsession with celebrity culture.

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IAN STEVENSON CLICK HERE TO UNSUBSCRIBE

Ian Stevenson takes over KK Outlet’s gallery exhibition space during April 2015 with Click Here to Unsubscribe. Ian’s a London based illustrator, quick witted, with an irreverent stance. He paints on rubbish, takes the piss and has exhibited at Tate Modern. Expect brand new, never seen before, illustrative works from this pencil wielding linear master.

Turning trash into treasure, Ian’s work is both engaging and enlightening. Influenced by his immediate surroundings, everyday life and the TV from which he reflects the reality of living in the 21st Century. Ian re-directs his twisted and joshing take on the world to create distorted characters, murals, alternative slogans, animations, sculptures, customised photographs plus anything from coffee cups to record sleeves.

A recent collaboration with Russell Brand, to promote his book Revolution, saw Ian’s artwork on the Village Underground’s wall in Shoreditch. A larger than life sized mural, jam-packed with blissful characters and hilarious, satirical slogans.

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JUSTIFIED NO. 3 – MAGAZINE LAUNCH

Justified Magazine is a curation of visual culture. Following the success of the first two issues, they’ve continued to search for only the most original and compelling work. The result is a showcase of beautiful photography, set design, styling and image-making. Forever in print.

The magazine will be available to buy on the night + we have free beers for all perusers and purchasers – until we run out!

www.justifiedmagazine.co.uk

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MEAL TICKET #8 HOME

What’s Meal Ticket?! It’s KK Outlet’s dinner event where we invite three speakers to talk around a set theme and we serve delicious dishes in between each presentation. The theme for this edition is HOME. We have invited three different speakers to each give their unique take on the concept of home.

Charlotte Cramer and Scarlett Montanaro the co-founders of Crack & Cider have set up the world’s first shop for the homeless where you can buy useful items for London’s rough sleepers and they’ll deliver them in time for Christmas.

Ilse Crawford is an interior designer who is passionate that architecture, interiors and design should have a human feel and that the sense of home can be achieved in a building regardless of its size.

Gulwali Passarlay is many things. He’s an Afghan, an activist, an author and a political refugee. He will talk about his own journey from his home country to the UK as well as his book The Lightless Sky, which charts his escape from Afghanistan and his journey to the UK.

Crumble are providing the yum catering – travel inspired flavour filled food, made with love, whatever the occasion.

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MEAL TICKET #9 PRINT & PUBLISHING

To celebrate the Christmas Print Fayre we’re hosting throughout December, this month’s Meal Ticket will be themed around Print and Publishing.

Throughout the evening there’ll be four brilliant speakers talking about their work as we serve tasty dishes in between each presentation. Speakers include:

Charlotte Heal, Designer Director for Kinfolk

Rob Orchard, Editor of Delayed Gratification

Marcroy Smith, Publisher of Print Isn’t Dead

Danny Miller, Publisher of Weapons of Reason

Crumble are providing the yum catering – travel inspired flavour filled food, made with love, whatever the occasion.

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MYTHS AND RIFTS ALEXIS VASILIKOS AND STEFANOS ANDREADIS

The high drama and nerve shredding confrontations that took place during the EU vs. Greece economic showdown don’t sound like the makings of an art exhibition. However, the subject that took a very firm stranglehold on the summer months is hard to ignore. And with so many contradictory stories and points of view fed through the media, it’s a difficult story to decipher.

Myths and Rifts – at KK Outlet during August – attempts, in its own humble way, to untangle the financial web that Europe weaved, through the work of two Greek artists (Alexis Vasilikos and Stefanos Andreadis) who, in their own ways, puts all the wrangling and media-scrambling into perspective.

Graphic designer and illustrator Stefanos Andreadis inks his reaction to the issue directly onto Euro bank notes and sends them back into circulation, an eternally travelling protest exhibition. Drawing on every bank note he can get his hands on, which to date is hundreds, banknotes.gr is an ongoing project that originally started in February 2014. These mini works of graffiti use the grand but soulless buildings etched into the Euros – perfect symbols of the Eurozone – as the backdrops, for his satire; a world of public hangings, clandestine business meetings, grim reapers and mob demos. The British Museum in London holds two of Stefanos’ illustrated bank notes their permanent collection of money.

For Myths and Rifts, Stefanos has created sixteen brand new illustrated bank notes, each one unique, taking into account all the very latest twists and turns in the economic soap opera.

Hanging in between Stefanos’ monetary moments of madness, is the work of Athens based photographer Alexis Vasilikos. Alexis is also co-editor of Phases Magazine an online magazine focusing on contemporary photography.

Deliberately contradictory and ambiguous, this particular series consisting of twenty photographs and exhibited together in London for the first time, depicts moments of colourful calmness, the soft stillness of the everyday, and a feeling that not much can pierce the resilience of this ancient civilisation. Exploring the presence of the sublime in everyday life; All In, Back to Nothing, Welcome to the Infinite, Intersections, Existential Soup. These exquisite, captured moments tell their own stories and suggest that this side of life is the one worth fighting for.

Money, as every story told since the beginning of time has warned us, just gets in the way.

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NOUS VOUS FLIM FLAM FLUM

Nous Vous are a London based collective made up of Jay Cover, Nicolas Burrows and William Edmonds. A group of artists and friends working together with gusto since 2007; across the realms of illustration, print design, animation, art direction and set design. Although each member has a distinct practice, their work when brought together creates a witty and thoughtful world of colour, form and play.

Their joyful creative output has been tapped by the likes of Nike, Tate, New York Times, Domino Records, Studio Weave, the Southbank Centre, Frieze, Vanity Fair and the Walker Arts Centre among others. Commercial work aside, Nous Vous also work individually as artists – experimenting with different materials and ideas to create investigative, playful work. Jay recently released a book published by Hato Press entitled Flat, Nicolas is currently working on a body of small collages/paintings and William is continuing to develop his ceramics line ‘Somewow’.

For KK Outlet’s inaugural 2015 exhibition, Nous Vous are showing off the fruits of their last six months; an unashamedly epic period of intense productivity. Cramming KK Outlet with new drawings, objects, visual research, ephemera, products, sounds and prints. The work on display is the product of their studio practice, and also includes some of the objects created as part of their much-lauded residency and show A Watery Line, which took place during Summer 2014 in Leeds.

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