KK OUTLET GALLERY 2016

ANIMAL KINGDOM, JIM NAUGHTEN

Jim Naughten presents his project Animal Kingdom at KK Outlet to tie in with the launch of his new book by the same name.

Animal Kingdom, his most recent project, explores Victorian and Edwardian Natural History specimens and skeletons held in museum collections. The images are fascinating when viewed in two dimensions, but are transformed and brought to life through stereoscopy – a technique developed in the 1800s to create the illusion of viewing images in three dimensions.

Naughten has spent a year photographing collections from the Grant Museum of Zoology, Oxford Museum of Natural History, Cole Museum of Zoology, Museum of Life Sciences, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Powell Cotton Museum and the Horniman Museum and Gardens; gathering images and overcoming technical challenges.

The final images will be presented with specially designed stereoscopic viewers throughout the exhibition. The new Animal Kingdom book will also be available to buy throughout the show.

www.jimnaughten.com

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BETH LESSER, FROM ROOTS TO DANCEHALL

Toronto based Beth Lesser was introduced to reggae in 1977. Completely fascinated with the sound, aesthetic and culture surrounding this then relatively unheard genre, Beth travelled to Jamaica to document the dancehall scene as rigorously as possible. Over the next ten years she created zines, publications and shot thousands of photographs of the characters she met at the sound systems, recording studios and radio stations she visited and hung out at.

Her images have a strange palpable quality. Looking at them you can almost smell the smoke and feel the rumble of the bass in your bones. In 1986 she married her long-term partner David Kingston at “a Youth Promotion dance at Sugar Minott’s house” and in 2008 published a collection of her photographs entitled Dance Hall: The Rise of Dance Hall Culture. The exhibition will showcase a collection of Beth’s best images.

Get ready to feel like the parties you frequent are actually pretty lame.

www.bethlesser.com

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BOMPAS & PARR, FRIDGES FIGHT BACK: A CHILLING EXHIBITION

House fires caused by tumble dryers may have dominated headlines in the past but fridges are the real silent killers to be wary of. Fridges Fight Back: a Chilling Exhibition, curated by the British Museum of Food is a new exhibition that throws a spotlight on the darker side of these deadly white goods. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, Fridges Fight Back: The White Goods are Restless, by Bompas & Parr.

The exhibition and book include images of bacteria bred from the fridges of celebrities and filmed content depicting the deterioration of food and drink inside and out of fridges. The work also serves as an antidote to the polished pictures of food that permeate modern culture in everything from Instagram to the contrived contents of celebrities’ fridges on programmes like MTV Cribs

The exhibition will also feature a community fridge, allowing locals to deposit food and drink that will be shared with local charities and food banks.

At its heart, the curation and the book are designed to bring to life an important safety message about fridges. Written with the consultancy and advice of London Fire Brigade, the book exposes the shocking statistics relating to fridge fires – on average there are two per week in London – and the basic manufacturing flaws common to some brands that can cause fires. Who knew?!

www.bompasandparr.com

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BRING THE WAR HOME

Bring the War Home is non profit typographic poster exhibition featuring 25 A1 prints on the theme of dissident movements by graphic design studios including Experimental Jetset, Build, Neubau, Catalogue, MuirMcNeil, L2M3 and others. It is a celebration of the visual culture of counter cultural movements, not of their ideologies.

“Bring the War Home” is a slogan printed on various posters, placards and other pieces of propaganda produced by the Weather Underground in 1970s America. While the term referred to withdrawing troops from the Vietnam war, it resonates just as much now as it did then.

The exhibition accompanies the launch of a limited edition book with essays by Noam Chomsky and Simon Critchley. All proceeds are being donated to Shelter.

www.alexjbrown.co.uk

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CHIPPA, COLLECTION NO 2 LAUNCH

Chhipa are a duo, designing contemporary shirts and accessories for unisex wear. All of their products are hand block printed by master craftsmen in Rajasthan, in communities committed to sustaining the ancient craft. The traditional processes they use means each shirt they make is unique and comes in limited editions.

Thursday will see the launch of their second collection and a celebration of their first birthday. Whether you want to try, buy or find out more about the process of these beautifully crafted shirts, come and enjoy the evening with us.

We will have iced chai’s from T2 as well as summer specials from Campari to keep you hydrated. Plus goodie bags for the first 100 guests and jalebi treats for all!

www.chhipa.co.uk

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DR. ME, CUT THAT OUT

Over the past few years there has been an emergence of a new type of collage artist. Bolstered by the never-ending access to archive and contemporary materials, these new artists are pushing the art form forward in exciting ways. It’s no longer a simple cut and paste technique, artists are now mixing together digital manipulation, painting, photomontage and mixed-media installation to create mind-bending works.

DR.ME have brought together an A-list of artists who are creating beautiful and progressive work in a new book and we’re hosting an exhibition of selected works to celebrate this.

Exhibiting creatives:

Agnes Montgomery, Aliyah Hussain, Anna Beam, Anna Peaker, Atelier Bingo, Beth Hoeckel, Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis, Bráulio Amado, Cameron Searcy, Damien Tran, DR.ME, Ellery James Roberts, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Hort
Hvass&Hannibal, Inge Jacboson, Jelle Martens, Jesse Draxler, Joel Evey, John Powell-Jones, Jules Julien, Kustaa Saksi, Lee Noble, Leif Podhajský, Lewis McLean, Linda Linko, Louis Reith, Mario Hugo, Mat Maitland, Matthew Cooper, Matthew Craven
Merijn Hos, Michael Holland, Mike Perry, Mirko Borsche, MVM, Narcsville, Neasden Control Centre, Nick Mattan, Nous Vous, Paul Sahre, Robert Beatty, Ronny Hunger, Sanntu Mustonen, Sebastian Haslauer, Stahl R, Stefan Sagmeister, Steve Hockett
Village Green, Yokoland

DR.ME is a multidisciplinary design studio focused on working with and for clients who are willing to push the envelope in what they want to put out into the world.

www.dr-me.com

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EMILY FORGOT NEVERLAND

In NEVERLAND graphic artist & multidisciplinary designer Emily Forgot takes you on a walk through ideas and visions that until now had only lived in her sketch-books. A side-step away from her commercial work, in Neverland Emily pushes herself to use processes and materials uncommon to her current practice. She explores a personal passion for buildings & spaces both real, remembered and imagined through a series of drawings, assemblage & sculpture.

The result is a playful world that embraces the disciplines of architecture, interior & product design yet is informed by Forgot’s illustrative background and personal sensibility for a surreal narrative.

The journey to realise her shelved sketchbook musings has led to collaborations with craftsmen Charlie Mckenzie and Rug makers Ceadogan to produce domestic objects that feel perfectly at home in the aesthetically curious NEVERLAND.

www.emilyforgot.co.uk

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FAILED IT! ERIK KESSELS

If you’re anything like me, you’re called an idiot at least once a day.

And that’s okay.

Because making mistakes, flirting with disaster and put outright failure is how you get better. Without it, you’re stuck in a zone of mediocrity and ‘meh’. Sure, you probably won’t be nervous, self-conscious and potentially mortified, but you won’t be admired either.

You’ll be…

Boring.

If you want to be creative, do original work and surprise the hell out of someone every once in a while, you need to get over your fear of looking stupid.

Seek out failure. Train yourself to recognize it all around you. Get to know it and take it away for a romantic weekend.

Failure isn’t fatal – quite the contrary.

It’s downright fabulous.

Failed It! Is a new book by Erik Kessels, published by Phaidon. Come along to the accompanying exhibition to learn how to fail fabulously.

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LAURA CALLAGHAN ASPIRATIONAL

The girls in Laura Callaghan’s work are incredible and complex creatures. They’re beautiful but insecure, self-assured but searching for approval, up-for-it but a little bored. They are the constructs of social media feeds and late night internet browsing.

Laura’s new show is a brilliant collection of brand new watercolour paintings, printed textiles and screen prints. The work created for Aspirational takes direction from the prevalence of inspirational quotes used on social media channels. Often these ‘profound’ phrases, intended to motivate and inspire are revealed to be meaningless when applied to real life. These new pieces serve as a playful homage to the rent-a-philosophy posts filling our feeds.

Girls today are told they can be whatever they want but they’re still held to impossible beauty standards. They’re told they can be the entrepreneurs of their own lives but they can hardly afford a pret a manger for lunch. They’re fed these aspirational dreams but their lives resemble something altogether less sorted. A feed full of inspiration quotes from various sources soon starts to feel like a piss take.

“Happiness will never come to those who don’t appreciate what they already have.” – What if all you have is an internship and crippling debts?

“If you haven’t got it, you can’t show it. If you have got it, you can’t hide it.” – WHAT?!

Aspirational takes these contradictions and creates characters and scenarios that you can at once relate to and that leave you feeling slightly uneasy. Each image is a riot of eye popping colour and symbolic detail that draw you in and make you curious. They’re intricate and fun and alot more inspiring than a feed full of non-sensical quotes.

www.lauracallaghanillustration.com

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LAW ISSUE 8 LAUNCH PARTY

LAW stands for Lives and Works. Established in 2011, LAW is a bi-annual magazine that documents the beautiful undercurrent of Britain. The number 8 represents an infinite circuit. LAW 8 explores Britain’s infrastructure by considering the critical systems that keep this country circulating.

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LIVING WITH HATTIE STEWART BOOK LAUNCH

Living With Hattie Stewart contains 32 of Hattie’s best and brightest original works, and is out on 6 April, published by Roads Publishing. Each print in the book can be pulled along a subtle perforation and framed.

Hattie is an ace illustrator based in East London. Vivid and uber cheeky is her signature style. Famous for ‘doodlebombing’ the covers of glossy fashion magazines, Hattie’s curvaceous, colourful cartoon creations have captivated the art and fashion worlds. Living With Hattie Stewart is an invitation into the professional doodler’s riotous world of slippery bananas, winking hearts and wagging tongues.

From national magazine covers (both commissioned and unofficial) with thousands of social media shares, to an official reworking a Kylie Minogue music video, Hattie has collaborated with numerous leading fashion designers, brands, artists and musicians, including Mac makeup’s A/W16 London Fashion Week campaign, Kylie Minogue, Azealia Banks, House of Holland, Nike and Marc Jacobs plus many many more.

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MEAL TICKET #10 MODERN LOVE

Can’t find love online or IRL? Obsessed with Justin Bieber? Got read receipts on your texts but no replies? Swiping right on the regular but no matches? Then come and be with people who feel you.

To close our current exhibition we’re hosting a Meal Ticket event dedicated to exploring the confusing and sometimes heart breaking head wreck that can be modern love.

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

Helen Croydon, Author of Screw the Fairytale
Kit Lovelace, Founder of Romantic Misadventure
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits, Moth Collective who created a brilliant animated film on modern love for The New York Times
Rachel Tayeb, Founder of Turn On London

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ORDINARY #4

Ordinary is a fine art photography magazine that focuses on seemingly mundane everyday objects and turns them into something extraordinary.

Each issue revolves around one of these ordinary objects. All contributing artists are then given the object to work their magic with. For the most recent release a collection of brilliant artists have been brought together to celebrate the wonder of… the white sports sock.

The humble sports sock is the unsung hero of many a sporting victory. Subtly supporting, absorbing perspiration, keeping athletic feet warm when needed and protecting from chaffing and blisters – it’s so much more than just a lowly sock. In addition to the numerous practical roles played by the white sports socks, in recent times it has become a fashion item. No longer the reserve of the sartorially challenged, the white sock can be seen flashing around the fashionable streets of London, Paris, Berlin and New York.

Artists include:
Thomas Albdorf, Mauricio Alejo, Bela Borsodi, Sandrine Boulet, Jan Dirk van der Burg, Scottie Cameron, Christto & Andrew, Alexander Coggin, Annie Collinge & Sarah May, Adam Cruces, Ryan Duffin, Daniel Everett, Nicolas Haeni, Jan Hoek, Noah Jackson, Thomas Nondh Jansen, Julia et Vincent, Vendula Knopová, Namsa Leuba, Imke Ligthart, Olya Oleinic, Kent Rogowski, Thomas Rousset, Adrian Samson, Jaap Scheeren, Bram Spaan, James Unsworth

Concept: Max Siedentopf
Design: Yuki Kappes

ordinary-magazine.com

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SEASON ZINE EUROS SPECIAL

SEASON zine is a bi-annual publication that champions fashion and football fans. Launched earlier this year, the first issue dedicated to ‘The Female Fan’. Interviews with FKA twigs’ make-up artist and cover star Naoko Scintu and British Vogue’s Associate Fashion Editor Verity Parker, essays, shoots and more finally bring some of their fascinating rituals and experiences to light.

www.season-zine.com

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SHEET X KK OUTLET, ISSUE 10 MODERN LOVE

We are thrilled to bits to be curating SHEET issue 10. The theme is Modern Love.

SHEET is a free poster magazine created and distributed quarterly by Urban Outfitters Europe. Challenged with a way of presenting many works in varying styles SHEET is made up of single posters which allows each artists’ work to stand alone, free from the constraints of a narrative. Goggle at the previous nine issues >> www.sheetzine.com

Thanks to today’s technology we can walk around all day with a world of potential lovers in our pocket. From sexting to sex robots, WLTM to DTF, hook ups, hang ups and oh so many unreturned text messages, it’s clear that our minds are more open than ever and so are our bedroom doors.

And in this world of instant gratification and rejection, how do you go about falling in love? You could argue that despite all our clever inventions, the path to becoming one half of that smug couple who finish each other’s sentences has never been harder.

“Never gonna fall for modern love” – David Bowie.

Issue 10 contributors include Tash Ingall / Angela Lidderdale / Dave Bell / Max Siedentopf / Sandrine Estrade Boulet / Oli Gabe & Ash Kirby / Anya Driscoll / Merel Witteman / Christian Schubert / Dorothy / Gijs van den Berg / Krista Rozema / Mrzyk & Moriceau / Matt Blease / Narcsville

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THE LANGUAGE OF LONDON TFL

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Johnston typeface, Transport for London have commissioned a collection of new posters from well-known designers as part of the new The Language of London exhibition at KK Outlet.

Each poster uses the iconic Johnston typeface which has helped millions of people navigate their way around London’s underground system for the past 100 years.

The designers involved include Alan Kitching, Build, Sawdust, Monotype, Magpie, Pentagram, Sea, Studio Frith, Studio Parallel, The Beautiful Meme and Thomas Matthews.

Given the democratic nature of the Johnston typeface, KK Outlet has commissioned Florian Dussopt to create a bespoke twitter machine to include as many Londoners in the exhibition as possible. Using the Johnston typeface the specially designed and created Twitter Machine will print all tweets featuring #dearlondon live in the KK Outlet gallery.

Dussopt’s Twitter Machine will function as a low-fi printing press which is linked direct to the #dearlondon hashtag on twitter. The audience are encouraged to tweet their 70 character love letter to London in their own language and join in the conversation.

tfl.gov.uk/johnston
ltmuseum.co.uk

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THE STORY OF EMOJI GAVIN LUCAS

Published this month by Prestel, The Story Of Emoji by Gavin Lucas charts the history of the emoji phenomenon, exploring cultural, graphic and typographic precedents.

The book, beautifully designed by FL@33, also showcases a host of projects by individuals and brands that look to harness the power of these tiny communication enhancers – and reveals a number of bespoke emoji characters designed specially for the book.

For this show at KK Outlet, author Gavin Lucas has pulled together a selection of images from the book and captioned each to reveal its relevance and importance in the intriguing (hi)story of the tiny images we now take for granted in our digital communications. KK Outlet will also showcase the new emoji characters created for the book by image-makers that include Noma Bar, Crispin Finn, Mr Bingo, FL@33, Friso Blankevoort, Hey Studio, Rob Flowers, Serge Seidlitz, and Julian Morey.

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TRUMP CUSHION LAUNCH PARTY

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“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” Donald Trump.

Created in collaboration with Mr Bingo and retailing at £5 a parp, the Trump Cushion is a premium prankster product for the discerning philanthropist.

All proceeds from the sale of the Trump Cushion go to causes that stand to be affected should Donald become the next leader of the free world.

Come and celebrate the inauguration of the Trump Cushion at KK Outlet on Monday 4th July. There will be Trump Cushions for sale, photography by Luke Stephenson, 3D illustration by Thomas Burden and Mr Bingo, in person, doing some signing. He might even do a rap.

#PutYourRumpOnTrump

Paaarp!

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WE’RE THE SUPERHUMANS

A couple of weeks ago Channel 4 released their new We’re The Superhumans campaign ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and the link went round our studio like wildfire. It’s a brilliant follow up their multi-award winning spot in 2012 that helped transform perceptions of the Paralympics in 2012 and attract the highest viewing figures for coverage of the Games in a decade.

The centerpiece of the new We’re The Superhumans campaign is riotous 3 minute film shot by Dougal Wilson that features 140 talented people with disabilities including Paralympic athletes, musicians and members of the public from all walks of life. Drummer Alwin Law kicks off the action by playing a drum solo intro to Sammy Davis Jnr’s Yes I Can with his feet. The film then opens up to showcase The Superhumans Band – a specially assembled band of disabled musicians from around the world. It includes inspirational and awe inspiring scenes such as a rally car driver using his feet to do donuts around the band, a mother with no arms holding her baby with her feet; children with prosthetic limbs running, jumping, and playing football; and a woman flying a plane with her feet.

We’re extremely proud to be hosting an exhibition of behind the scenes material from the campaign. At the show you’ll meet some of the main characters in the film, see behind the scenes stills and action from the shoot as well as short interviews with some of the cast. The show will run throughout the Olympics in the run up to the Paralympics.

Alice Tonge, Creative Director at 4creative, said: “In a Britain where everything seems a bit less certain and, at times, less caring, we wanted to create a huge powerful Superhuman message of positivity. Whether you’re blind and you’re running at the Rio Paralympics or you’re a double leg amputee and you’ve got to get the bus every morning to work, being a Superhuman is a state of mind. It’s time to stop focusing on disability and focus on superability instead.”

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YANN LE BEC DOG DAYS

Yann Le Bec’s exhibition “Dog Days” is a collection of new paintings that play out like the stills from a French thriller. His monochromatic paintings depict seemingly innocuous scenes, many from the French countryside; a naked torso moist with perspiration, a lone walker on an isolated road, a swimmer and a man looking through trees. Beneath the surface of this postcard-like scenery there is a slight feeling of unease, a sense of longing and in some scenes fear. Why is the swimmer reaching for a knife? What is the sad figure on the bed contemplating? Will the girl make it out of the way of the car coming round the bend?!

Yann’s paintings build up like a film noir classic. The shadows are black and heavy, the characters are complex. You’re drawn in to a narrative and you’re not sure where it’s going to take you. Inspired by the films of Hitchcock, Luis Buñuel and David Lynch, Yann takes the everyday and laces it with meaning and suspense.

www.yannlebec.tumblr.com

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