KK OUTLET GALLERY 2011

AMOS MINIATURE PLASTIC WORKSHOP

Following their recent opening in Japan, Amos bring their Miniature Plastic Workshop to KK Outlet, London.

For the first time in London Amos will showcase a retrospective collection of their plastic and vinyl classic toys alongside a pop-up store selling a few long sold out Amos collectables rarities and difficult-to-find products. There will also be an opportunity to have photos taken with a couple of exclusive, 5ft Caleb figures specially created for the workshop.

AMOS artist James Jarvis will exhibit recent drawings in KK Outlet’s side gallery. These drawings represent a catalogue of James Jarvis’ interests and obsessions of the past two years. Whilst featuring some familiar faces, they also reflect his concern in taking character design to new and different places. The gallery will offer a rare opportunity to buy original Jarvis artwork.

Amos was set up in 2002 by James Jarvis, Sofia Prantera and Russell Waterman as an art and design driven alternative to the Silas fashion brand. Amos has produced some of the most iconic vinyl toys including the In-Crowd, a homage to modern pop culture; YOD, the ultimate art toy, each figure coming with an explanatory essay; Vortigern’s Machine, a children’s comic book adventure about two young friends and their epic adventures; the mighty King Ken, nothing more and nothing less than their very own popular ape icon; and Caleb, who first appeared as one of the In-Crowd Young Ruffians collection, and more recently graduated to music festival poster boy and star of his own daily comic strip blog.

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ANDRE THIJSSEN

Peripheral visions and parallel worlds, the photography and short films of André Thijssen.

If there is such a thing in photography as a “decisive moment”, the term coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, then there must also be the opposite – the casual, corner of the eye event. These, almost unnoticed events are what photographer André Thijssen captures.

Thijssen literally looks beyond the obvious subject. He is a photographer who concentrates on the periphery of the frame, he sees beauty in things that most people aren’t interested in. Thijssen’s work provides access to parallel worlds, of which we are occasionally also aware, however we prefer to ignore these unfathomable moments in time.

Throughout Thijssen’s body of work his images could form the backdrop to the short stories of Raymond Carver. They are images of kitchen sink realism, slices of life apparently without significance but laced with possibilities.

The photographs challenge our sense of perception and forces us to take a better look at our surroundings, his photographs are pencil sharpeners for the eyes.

A selection of images and short films will make up Thijssen’s exhibition at KK Outlet. Fringe Phenomena One & Two are published collections of Thijssen’s work and will both be on sale throughout October.

Andre Thijssen is an image maker based in Amsterdam. Thijssen’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across Europe and North America. His commercial client list includes Creative Review, Laurence King, Penguin, Esquire and New York Magazine.

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giles duley, Becoming the story

On 7th of February 2011, while on patrol in Afghanistan with 75th Cavalry, US Army, British documentary photographer Giles Duley stepped on an IED, instantly losing three of his limbs.

After nine months of intensive rehabilitation Duley is now preparing to go back to work and back to Afghanistan to photograph civilians also injured and affected by IED’s. The first step is a retrospective exhibition of his work at the KK Outlet Gallery, Becoming The Story.

In his early twenties Duley began his career as a music and fashion photographer, his images have been featured in The New Statesman GQ, Vogue and Esquire. Duley was always inspired by the images of war photographer Don McCullin and ten years ago changed the direction of his own work to become a humanitarian photographer. Travelling to war torn areas such as The Congo, Angola and Sudan amongst others, he captured heart stopping images the people he met who were victims of circumstance, but never victims in spirit.

The exhibition also features images taken by Canadian photographer David Bowering moments after the explosion in Afghanistan. Until recently these images haven’t been shown in the public domain, however Duley now sees them as an important part of the anti – war story and believes others should too.

For donations to the Giles Duley Fund please click here

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hand.written.letter.project

There’s always something nice about receiving a letter. Today the way we communicate is dominated by email, text, status updates and tweets leaving many to lose sight of the things that have been around for a while – like pen and paper. Craig Oldham believes it is important that we don’t forget.

Oldham began the Hand.Written.Letter.Project by extending an invitation to the world’s leading designers, design studios and creative thinkers alike to simply share their thoughts in handwritten form on their own letterhead. The full collection now includes over 100 letters and will be on show at KK Outlet throughout August.

The project offers much more than a voyeristic insight into the creative minds of those we revere, it represents a visual narrative on the cultural transition in which we find ourselves. A transition on which we welcome you to share your thoughts at the exhibition with the help of a special interactive element.

A limited edition book of the letters will be available at KK Outlet, with all profits going to the National Literacy Trust www.literacytrust.org.uk

Hand.Written.Letter.Project features correspondence from…

Wim Crouwel / Michael C.Place-Build/ Milton Glaser / Ian Anderson-the Designers Republic / Wally Olins / Daniel Eatock / John McConnell / Michael Bierut-Pentagram / Ivan Chermayeff / Tom Giesmar / Michael Johnson-johnson banks / Vince Frost / Phillippe Apeloig / Erik Kessels-KesselsKramer / Tony Brook-Spin / Steven Heller / Bob Gill / Stefan Sagmeister / This Is Real Art / Bibliotheque / Mike Dempsey / Adrian Shaunessy and many more.

Illustration by Marion Deuchers courtesy of herself and Heart Agency

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harmen de hoop

We’re proud to announce FOOTNOTES TO PUBLIC SPACE, a collection of works by Dutch artist Harmen De Hoop will be on show at KK Outlet throughout April.

Harmen De Hoop (1959, Netherlands) creates interventions in public spaces which merge seamlessly with their surroundings. Many works take the form of staged events, interventions or sculptures, either “living sculptures” or “updated sculptures”. He has created unfinished basketball courts in car parks and demolition sites, transformed public phone boxes into hotels and updated traditional public
sculptures with modern and humorous modifications.

The works are site specific and function within the codes of the setting, normally a city, in which they have been placed. De Hoop uses his work to accentuate the loose ends, the contradictions and the failures, which make up a city. He wants to reflect fragmentation, to provide a picture that is more realistic than the suggestion one of unity, modernity and order.

Instead of coming up with absolute, headline grabbing works of art, Harmen de Hoop weaves his network of footnotes, quotation and question marks throughout the urban structure. It is this subtlety that make the pieces outstanding. There are no exclamation marks in this vocabulary.

Due to the temporary nature of the work, these actions are documented and presented in the form of exhibitions and publications. A collection of photographs of his work from the last 20 years will be exhibited at KK Outlet throughout April. The exhibition will also be supported by a new publication cataloguing 54 of De Hoop’s projects.

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in almost every picture #9

This book and exhibition deals with one family’s attempt to solve one of the great mysteries of photography: how to shoot a black dog. ‘in almost every picture #9’ continues the long running series on found photography.

In each book, Erik Kessels presents a photo story never intended for public viewing. This latest edition depicts a family’s efforts to capture their pet dog on film. Unfortunately for the photographers, the dog has very, very black fur, making him almost impossible to depict accurately. Doubly unfortunate is their camera, an old Polaroid completely unsuited to taking pictures in conditions brighter than a desert at noon in July.

So these would-be attempts to show love for a four-legged family member would appear doomed. But actually they make for rather beautiful mistakes, with the dog assuming an air of mystery and
importance, made more present by his absence.

These wonderful failures are a long way from bland pet photos, and capture a striking mood. The launch of in almost every picture #9 is accompanied by an exhibition of these beautiful images that will run throughout February at KK Outlet.

Spanning many years, this epic tale of determination leaves a rousing message: be true to yourself and your dreams and one day, you shall succeed. Even if success means merely taking a decent picture of your best friend.

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KENJI HIRASAWA, CELEBRITY

KK Outlet is proud to announce the first solo show of Kenji Hirasawa. Celebrity is a series of thermographic photographs featuring waxwork celebrity figures and their adoring fans taken in the world famous Madame Tussauds.

Whereas a normal camera functions on the basis of visible light, a thermographic camera measures infrared radiation and creates visual displays of heat. Hirasawa’s collection captures the intensely coloured figures of smiling tourists, creating contrast between lifeless subjects with human beings as they swarm around a colourless space – the waxwork celebrity figures.

Hirasawa’s work scrutinizes aspects of human life and looks at how faith and hierarchy are formed in society. Something which resonates when thought of in relation to how visitors to Madame Tussards queue for hours to get close to wax work versions of their heroes. How their faith in the cult of celebrity motivates swathes of people to wait for hours just to get close to lifeless celebrities.

Celebrity also offers a comment on the façade of the “real life” celebrities who pose for photographs on the red carpet and appear in countless airbrushed adverts. In Hirasawa’s work it is only the attention of the visitor that brings the celebrity to life. The audience constructs the narrative and dictates the celebrity’s personality, could the same be said about a type cast actor or actress playing up to the part that their audience expects of them?

Hirasawa has published a book documenting the Celebrity project which will be officially released in September. Advance copied will be available at KK Outlet throughout July. Published by www.bemojake.eu

Hirasawa studied Environmental Information at Keio University with a major in media design, since graduating he has developed a strong reputation as a rising talent in the contemporary art world. He has exhibited widely throughout Japan including ‘Frozen Polaroids’ at Roppongi Hills observatory in 2006, an installation where an undeveloped Polaroid is instantly frozen, then defrosted at the timing chosen by the viewer. Kenji is a contributor to SHOWstudio and lives in London.

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nightshade

Nightshade hosted in Gallery Two at KK Outlet, brings together new works from artists Emily Forgot, Amy Dover and Alaric Hammond exploring themes of storytelling in contemporary illustration.

The collective graphite drawings, collage and printmaking, produced decisively in monotone, suggest multiple narratives speaking through beguiling acts of violence and animalism quietly masked by childish playfulness, hokum-mysticism and beauty.

Original pieces and small editions of these new works will be made available for sale through KK Outlet and online from April 7th at www.night-shade.co.uk

EMILY FORGOT
Emily Forgot is the appropriately curious moniker of London based Graphic Artist Emily Alston. Embracing the odd, the everyday & the sometimes surreal Emily’s playful visual language and image making continues to innovate, evolve and surprise.

Since graduating from Liverpool School of Art & Design in 2004 Emily has amassed a diverse range of international clients from cultural institutions, advertising, retail, publishing & editorial. Alongside these commercial endeavors Emily’s personal work finds fruition in ceramics and print making as she continues to exhibit internationally. In September 2010 Emily launched Local Studio and independent Design company specialsing in Visual Identity, Art Direction, Print and Bespoke Typography.
www.emilyforgot.co.uk
www.local-studio.co.uk

AMY DOVER
Inspired by music, poetry and folklore, Amy Dover’s meticulously executed graphite drawings tackle the darker aspects of nature confronting subjects of death, humiliation and deceit common to man, bird and beast in all their devastating beauty.

Since graduating from the University of Northumbria in 2008 Amy has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows nationally, attracting increasing international press.
www.amydover.com

ALARIC HAMMOND
Self taught Artist and Designer Alaric Hammond first developed his unique illustrative style during his years at INSECT, the infamous London studio founded by Luke and Paul Insect, where his work quickly found a platform throughout all aspects of youth culture producing acclaimed illustration for the likes of DJ Shadow, Levi, Fifty24SF, Archive, Renaissance and MTV to name but a few.

Since Insect’s closure in 2008 Alaric has established himself as both an innovative Image maker, designer/director and consultant., expanding his practice of rigorous experimentation, developing through a wealth of personal work and print-making (CIRALA) and applying his commercial illustration to moving image, notably directing animation and film for BBC2 and MTV promos. Most recently, his consultancy has succeeded in some 12 months in-depth creative direction, working to re-define the rich visual language for Coca-Cola’s entire Relentless product range.

Summer 2011 sees the opening of Alaric’s own studio’s ’ S/U/N ’ based in both London and Newcastle
www.alarichammond.com
www.s-u-n-projects.net

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object abuse

“We think better with objects…Thinking with your hands gets different results” 
Russell Davies at the recent Its Nice That Future Content conference.

KK Outlet present Object Abuse as part of London Design Festival.

KK Outlet challenged a group of leading artists, designers and stylists to take an everyday object, remould, rebuild and repurpose it to create an entirely new item using as little additional materials as possible.

An umbrella transforms into a flat pack kite
For sale signs become a flat pack birdhouse
A lightbulb becomes a micro-greenhouse
A sofa becomes a Pantomime horse

The aim of the project is to create a collection of re-imagined objects which highlight not only how everyday items can be recycled into something new but also how we think differently when we work with our hands and how physical interaction creates new ideas over and above working through concepts on screen.

The full collection of transformed works will be show at KK Outlet throughout September as part of London Design Festival and the ICON Design Guide.

Each item will be for sale during the show with all proceeds being donated to the St Monica’s of Hackney Primary School Art Department.

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o come all ye hackers

The bad Christmas jumper is as much a seasonal staple as dry turkey and brussel sprouts. However Andrew Salomone and his hacked knitting machine are here to change all that.

Salomone has developed an electronic hack, which means he can use a Brother KH930 knitting machine like a desktop printer to transform any design into a unique hand made Christmas jumper.

In an homage to the king of patterned knitted jumpers, Salomone created a design featuring Bill Cosby wearing a jumper of Bill Cosby, wearing a jumper of Bill Cosby. The final garment was featured on Good Morning America and presented to Mr Cosby himself. Click here to see the final jumper.

Throughout December KK Outlet will showcase a collection of alternative Christmas jumpers made by hand on Salomone’s hacked knitting machine. Designs supplied by Anthony Burrill, Siggi Eggertsson, Nous Vous, Genevieve Gaukler and features a knitted version of the Slayer Christmas Lightorama

Want to see your own design transformed into a Christmas jumper, to keep for yourself or give as a gift to your nearest & dearest? No problem. For 10 days Salomone will be working in the KK Outlet gallery creating customized jumpers from open submission designs. Send your artwork to manchester@kkoutlet.com stating what European size you would like to final jumper to be. Each jumper costs £70.

The design spec due to the machine restrictions is as follows:

Designs to be no more than 200 pixels wide and no more than 600 pixels long.
Each design is restricted to two colors per row
Designs to supplied in high res tiff format.
All final designs will be converted into knitting patterns by Andrew Salomone.

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peter andre

August at KK Outlet sees Peter James Field unveiling his Peter Andre Saliva Tree – an illustration which proves that when it comes to celebrities, the truth is always stranger than fiction.

Starting with everyone’s favourite marsupial lookalike Peter Andre, more than three hundred famous people can be connected back to their point of origin in a single tree of relationships via their various affairs, marriages and offspring over the decades.

The Peter Andre Saliva Tree links the great and good of the golden era of Hollywood to stars of the French New Wave; to a former US president; to modern day celebrities back to the origin of life – Peter Andre.

Field’s Peter Andre Saliva Tree print is the culmination of six months worth of obsessive work – boasting hundreds of tiny yet instantly recognizable portraits, spread out across an eye-watering three metres of miniscule detail. It has to be seen to be believed!

The Peter Andre Saliva book will also be on sale at KK Outlet throughout August.

Peter James Field has been a full-time illustrator and fine artist since 2005 – his clients include TIME magazine, the BBC, the Guardian, the Times and Penguin books.

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pocklington press twenty

For their first publication, the Hoxton-based Pocklington press puts a spanner in the works of edition making.

The result is a cutting-edge portfolio of fine-art prints that is very difficult to archive in the conventional sense.

KK Outlet is proud to host the launch event of the inside-out boxset. The collection of artists’ prints in woodcut, etching and letterpress is unlike anything you’ve seen in print. Price 2,700 pounds.

The creators and makers are:
Barton Hargreaves
Cadence Kinsey
Freya Pocklington
George Charman
INVENIT
Peter Kosowicz at Thumbprint Editions IMPRESSIT
Kelvyn Laurence Smith LETTERPRESSIT
Matt & Fleur at IYA Studio DESIGNIT & PACKAGEIT
Tom Pocklington at Pocklington Press CONCEIVEIT & PRODUCEIT

KK Outlet will also exhibit a series of photographs commissioned by the publisher of all parties involved, which were shot on location at the individuals’ studios and workshops across London. Dylan Collard PHOTOGRAPHIT.

www.pocklingtonpress.co.uk

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suzi kemp, two short Planks

In a sea of illustration pretenders Suzi Kemp is a rare talent. Her nihilistic style is laced with humour and bad puns, which only add to her greatness.

For her first solo show at KK Outlet, Kemp has transplanted her sharp observations and idioms onto two wooden planks. The show consists of a series of fourteen new paintings that combine word-play with a bold and colourful illustrative style.

Each painting is steeped in Kemp’s personality and lures you into her world of all things incredible. All paintings are one off originals and available to buy throughout July.

Kemp studied illustration at Brighton University. After graduating in 2010, she now lives and works in East London, where she paints and illustrates.

www.suzikemp.com

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suzie winsor

Beard and Wonderful is the first solo exhibition of London based illustrator Suzie Winsor. A collection of great men and their even greater folical accomplishments, Beard and Wonderful features brilliant illustrations of the likes of Charles Darwin, Jarvis Cocker, Daniel Kitson and the mighty Geoff Keegan of Byker Grove fame.

All prints are limited edition and will be on sale throughout February in Gallery Two at KK Outlet.

Having worked alongside the likes of Paul Smith, Tatty Devine and the master of papercuts Rob Ryan, Suzie has always admired artists who transmit a sense of humour and personality through their work this exhibition is definitely full of both.

www.suziewinsor.co.uk

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the lost collection

What would you find if you were to scour Transport for London’s (TFL) Lost Property Office? False teeth? Wigs? A prosthetic leg? What about a priceless art collection?

TFL opened its Lost Property Office to KK Outlet who have curated a unique exhibition of art that was left unclaimed on London’s Tubes, buses, Overground trains, Black Cabs.

This forgotten collection features creations from nameless artists; the work ranges from whole portfolios to carefully crafted drawings, paintings and photographs.

The anonymous nature of the work invites a creative interpretation from the viewer of the content and inspiration behind the work. Who were these creators? What were they trying to communicate and most importantly do they have any talent?

We’re inviting the public to cast their critical eye over this collection, discover an unsung artistic talent or even reclaim a lost masterpiece that was left on the TFL network.

TFL’s Lost Property Office

Transport for London’s Lost Property Office is one of the largest and busiest in the UK. It first opened its doors in 1933 and today handles around 200,000 items a year that are left behind across London’s transport network.

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trevor jackson, nowhere

KK Outlet presents the first solo show of renowned image and music maker Trevor Jackson. NOWHERE features highly personal photographic and video studies that explore related themes of honesty, simplicity, manipulation and ego.

NOWHERE reflects a subtle side of Jackson’s visual personality, the works are a move away from his recognizable, bold commercial graphic style. This stylistic divide is something that Jackson explains as the difference between how he views graphic design and art, “Graphic Design is essentially problem solving, you’re responding to a brief and reflecting the clients personality and opinions, as much as I still enjoy that process, this new work is expressive and at times cathartic, something that has little place in much of my commercial work.”

Trevor Jackson is many things. Art Director, Graphic Designer, Moving-Image maker and music producer. His work has been included in exhibitions and catalogues around the world in institutes such as the ICA, Guggenheim and Barbican. He’s released his own albums as PLAYGROUP, as well as producing many remixes for the likes of MASSIVE ATTACK, U2, UNKLE, GOSSIP and DOVES. His visual campaign for the band SOULWAX received several prestigious awards, including the TOKYO TDC Non Members Prize, a D&AD Silver Pencil Nomination and CREATIVE REVIEW’s Best In Book.

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