KK Outlet are proud to announce the first solo show of artist Alex Turvey.
Recently hailed as one of Fashion’s New Generation by Vogue, as well as one of the Fifteen Creatives Who Will Define The Future of British Arts by The Independent, Turvey’s work takes his audience to a surreal and psychedelic other world. Whether through his design or moving image he creates a dark, abstract work that draws in and hypnotizes the viewer.
For Hollow Earth, Turvey has developed a series of psychedelic moving image pieces which began life as a visual journey created to accompany the live performances of Blanck Mass; the solo project of Benjamin John Power.
The jarring and hypnotic sequences utilise CGI techniques to create a surreal journey which mimicks the gestation of an alien life, from a small metallic stone into a contorted entity that then travels over kaleidoscopic, volcanic landscapes.
The birth of the ‘growth’ originated entirely as an instinctive visual response to the beautiful complexity of Blanck Mass’s soundscapes. There was never a predetermined style for the visuals and each stage was unplanned, allowing the form to be molded by an instinctive programme in response to sound, rather than as part of an overt design master plan.
A combination of hyper real CGI and vividly manipulated archive footage of the natural world was combined to create a jarring juxtaposition between ancient and alien imagery, presented across a sequence of hypnotic absorbing vignettes.
The sequences exhibited will be displayed in immersive 3D format, accompanied by original soundscapes created by Blanck Mass especially for the exhibition.
This series in the first chapter of visuals which Turvey plans develop as the Blanck Mass live set grows. The second chapter will take on an entirely different style & approach, which will include a live action short Sci Fi film.
The work of photographer Antony Crook is exactly the imagery that comes to mind when you listen to the band Mogwai – even if you haven’t seen his photographs.
There is a stillness and calm, but also an intensity and weight to both Crook’s images and to Mogwai’s music. It is from this parallel point that a collaborative relationship between the band and Crook has formed; the starting point being the cover artwork and photography for their 2011 album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.
MOGWAI JAPAN: KNOCK FOR KNOCK features the latest series of images and a film Crook shot whilst travelling with Mogwai in Japan and will be on view at KK Outlet throughout April. The collection of photographs capture mesmerized crowds, breathtaking Japanese landscapes and unique perspectives of the band’s performances.
The collaboration between Crook and Mogwai extends beyond photography, including a collection of films.
Early 1980s Jamaica was a changing place politically, economically and musically. A new generation of deejays, singers and producers were moving away from the roots-dominated music of the 1970s, bringing in a fresh, exciting sound that became known as dancehall. Focussing less on repatriation to Africa and more on everyday runnings back a yard, artists such as General Echo, Lone Ranger and Yellowman developed a new kind of chat over sparse, heavy rhythms from pioneering producers such as Henry “Junjo” Lawes, Jah Thomas and Linval Thompson. This scene revolved around live deejay performances, dance moves, slackness and soundclash. And mirroring the change in the music were illustrators and graphic designers translating the energy, colour, invention and playfulness of dancehall into image.
As an introduction to the subject, Art in the Dancehall features album cover artwork by seminal 1980s artists Wilfred Limonious (Jamaica), Jamaal Pete (USA) and Tony McDermott(UK), alongside posters by Jamaica’s most celebrated poster designer, Denzil “Sassafras” Naar. This foundation is complemented by the work of five young artists from four different countries who have taken inspiration from dancehall culture to keep the tradition alive in 2012: Robin Clare (Jamaica), Ellen G (Israel), GABE (Germany), Peter Edwards (UK) and Daniel David Freeman (UK).
Have you ever played exquisite corpses? Of course you have.
To celebrate this year’s Olympics like all good Londoners should, KK Outlet are playing a version of our own and we’ve called it Art Relay. Art Relay is a collaborative project involving artists, designers, musicians and writers from across the world.
Working in teams of four, the first creative starts the piece of work then passes on the baton/artwork to another who adds their contribution and passes the work on again. This continues until all four participants have collaboratively created a final piece and it reaches KK Outlet; where the final work will be exhibited throughout August.
Artworks will be a mixture of graphic prints, photography, video art, sculpture and interactive installations. Each piece takes inspiration from the Olympics; alongside the references to patriotism, victory and fun there are also references to the darker side of the Olympics such as drug taking, surveillance and displacement.
Artists involved also worked closely with their fellow contributors and developed shared themes throughout the work.
Keetra Dean Dixon began a piece called Believers, “Every athlete’s journey has to start with faith – selfbelief and belief in those around them.” Timothy Goodman received Dean Dixon’s piece and followed it up with Doubters, “Keetra’s piece was a fragmentation of letters that spelled out the word ‘Believers’. Playing off her system, I created a piece that manifested into the word ‘Doubters’. Athletes, like most of us, struggle with both belief and doubt simultaneously.”
In other teams artists visually referenced the work of their team mates. Andrew De Francesco took stills from a video piece created by Danny Sangra and incorporated them in his photo shoot for the project. La Bolleur and their fellow contributors have gone so far as to resurrect an ancient sport last played in 1895, redesigning uniforms and equipment.
Dollop, The people behind the hugely successful “Detroit Sessions” have pulled together a whole host of audio-visual micro teams. Based on a Swimming Relay, each group started with the audio artist, produced a 1 minute track inspired by a specific swimming stroke. The track was then passed on to their visual partner, who produced a video in response to that track.
Dollop AV collaborations
‘’Front Crawl’’ Audio: Arne VB / Video: Rob Blake
‘’Breast Stroke’’ Audio: Malcolm Goldie / Video: Zac Zacella
‘’Butterfly’’ Audio: Jonny Trunk / Video: Paul Plowman
‘’Back Stroke” Audio: Luke Abbot / Video: Dan Tombs
Deep Lee was a Korean fashion student living in London where she tragically lost her life travelling to the college she loved, Central St. Martins.
“by Deep for Deep” is a collective effort of Deep’s friends to create a collection of artworks that reflects the influence Deep has had on their lives.
The works included in the exhibition reflect Deep’s admiration for craftsmanship, her vision for life and personal aesthetic. The hope for this collection is to continue Deep’s passion for art and life and to inspire all who see it, whether they knew Deep or not.
The first of this series, titled Chapter One will be held at KK Outlet, London on her one year anniversary.
Curated by Kenji Hirasawa
Participating Artists Include:
Kwang-Hyun Ahn, Ryuji Araki, Aira Choi, Juliet Fang, Kenji Hirasawa, Tsubasa Hori, Ruina Iida, Jannet Jabolani, Halee Jeong, Jaeyeol Jeong, Eunjung Kim, Kayoon Kim, Vincent Lechapelain, Kyoungrae Lee & Soojin Lee, Songyi Lee, Yui Mikami, Aoi Nakamura, Eisuke Negishi, Jinho Park, Mijin Park, Chika Sashiyama, Heo Sejung & Shin Juyoung, Kota Suizu, Raymond Tan, Mao Usami, JC Yeh, Yoshitomo Yoshiike, Kong Youngseok
How did footwear made by a Quaker firm in the quiet English village of Street, Somerset, become the “baddest” shoes in Jamaica?
Clarks in Jamaica is the latest book by DJ and designer Al Fingers, providing a colourful take on Clarks’ celebrated status on the island, where for decades they have ruled as the “champion shoes”.
Due for release by One Love Books in November 2012, this previously unseen style reference tells the story of Clarks in Jamaica – from their arrival in the West indies one hundred years ago, through to their adoption as the rudeboy and Rasta shoe of choice during the 1960s, and the filtering of this popularity into reggae and dancehall song lyrics. Featuring current and historic photographs, interviews and never-before-seen archival material, there is particular focus on the Jamaican singers, producers and musicians who have worn and sung about Clarks shoes throughout the years.
On the creation of the book Al Fingers says: “Being from England, I have always been intrigued by the Jamaican fascination with Clarks shoes and the way they are continually referenced within Jamaican music. Vybz Kartel’s song ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back way further, and in compiling this book I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who had sung about Clarks many years before.”
In the words of Jamaican producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee: “From ever since, Clarks is a number one shoe inna Jamaica. Not just now, I’m talking from the Fifties come right up… Clarks stand the test of time inna Jamaica. All the other shoes come and bow right down at Clarks’ Foot.”
Written and designed by Al Fingers and featuring new photographs by Mark Read, Clarks in Jamaica is available from all good bookshops from 19 November 2012, published by One Love Books.
Note to Editors
Al Newman AKA Al Fingers is a DJ/producer, writer and graphic designer based in London. His previous books include “DPM: An Encyclopedia Of Camouflage” for Maharishi and “Greensleeves, The First 100 Covers” for Stüssy Deluxe. He set-up the publishing imprint One Love Books in 2012.
Dominic Wilcox is a British designer who creates unique and innovative objects, drawings and installations. His work has been exhibited and published extensively worldwide. Wilcox is well known for his designs which take a new, inventive look at the more banal items of everyday life. Pieces such as his intricate Watch Sculptures, thought provoking War Bowl and his Designer V’s 3D Printer live event have cemented his reputation as one of the most inspiring contemporary British designers.
For his solo show at KK Outlet, Wilcox will launch his first book containing his popular, brilliantly logical yet ridiculously inventive drawings. From a GPS device for remembering names at parties, to a mechanical system for subtly reading a fellow passenger’s newspaper, the book reveals a selection of the best ideas from Wilcox’s sketchbooks. The drawings have previously gained popularity through the pages of Icon magazine and Wilcox’s Webby Award nominated blog variationsonnormal.com.
Within the exhibition, pieces of his past work will also be on show alongside a personal collection of ingenious and odd everyday objects which have inspired Wilcox’s work.
Visitors to the exhibition will also have exclusive access to a new project which features all the trademark intelligence and irreverence which has come to characterise his work.
Wilcox best describes his work, “I spend most of my time attempting to reveal the hidden surprises which are embedded within the banal, everyday things that surround us.”
“I’m interested in certain areas of contemporary art, craft and design and my work moves between many different areas of creative expression. Some of my ideas develop from observations on human behaviour and I express them through the objects I create. I also experiment with materials to find surprises that can’t be found simply by thinking with a pen or computer.”
ver been overcome by the urge to dive into a pool or run into the ocean fully clothed? For Fred and Valerie it’s more than a passing urge, it has been their full time, past time for the last thirty years…
This eleventh edition of In Almost Every Picture is entirely dedicated to photographs from Fred and Valerie. A couple from Florida who share a passion for “wet fun adventure”. One is the photographer, the other is the model and the water is the medium. No matter what they are wearing or what they are doing; they take many opportunities to get wet, the more spontaneous the better. Public or private, silk or leather, winter or summer none of these elements matter. The adventure is all of these elements combined.
In Almost Every Picture is the critically acclaimed found photography series which encapsulates 11 books. Each book in the series is a collection of photographs sourced from flea markets, the internet and from found photo albums, “vernacular” pictures taken by “amateur” photographers. The contents of many editions have been exhibited in Paris, Arles, Barcelona, New York and at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
The stories behind each collection are almost as intriguing as the images themselves and tonight Erik Kessels talks us through the series highlights, the images, stories and characters behind each collection.
In 2001 Photographer Ewen Spencer met a little known band called The White Stripes. They played their dirty garage blues at small clubs around the UK and Spencer photographed all that took place as their rise to fame and fortune ensued.
To celebrate the publication of the last book in the Three’s A Crowd diptych, KK Outlet host a launch event and exhibition of images from the last book in the series.
There is a time in the life span of a band when their future is unwritten. The weight of expectation doesn’t lay heavy on their shoulders or in their dressing room. Their actions aren’t dictated by the character others have projected onto them. It is this time that Spencer captures in his Three’s a Crowd Volume 1.
Three’s A Crowd Volume 2 continues from this point and concludes in 2005 as Jack and Meg White play to their biggest crowd. As Spencer puts it, “I’d seen all I needed to see and all good things….Volume 2 of Three’s A Crowd shows the peak of one of the great Rock n Roll bands of our time.”
Spencer charts The White Stripes journey from playing small dock side clubs in Bristol to stadiums in South America, without ever loosing the intimacy or respect which the three had built up over the course of their relationship.
Graphic design lecturer and writer Jessica Helfand once wrote that graphic design is a language of cultural references, puns and symbols. That couldn’t be more true in the case Ill Studio, their work is laced with cultural references and for their show, 72 Dots Per Inch at KK Outlet, they have plundered their main source of inspiration: the internet.
The internet aesthetic today is a strange brew of mesmerizing and sometimes contradictory ingredients. A place where images are taken out of context and cultural references that have nothing to do with each other mix perfectly and inexplicably. Viral memes, animated gifs and photoshop collages create new examples of internet folklore almost daily.
It is a world that fascinates and inspired the members of Ill Studio and one that has influenced a new series of original work which will be unveiled at 72 Dots Per Inch. The collection includes intoxicating collages based on the idea of opposing cultural ties, the result is absurdly mesmerizing. They have also shot a series of photographs, replicating images taken from the internet in the “real world”.
Finally, for the show Ill-Studio have also directed a video entitled Graphics Interchange Formats. It takes the shape of a giant animated gif, referencing the amateurism of the youtube culture.
The content of 72 Dots Per Inch follows on from the recent Ill Studio publication, Moodcyclopedia – an encyclopedic book of the studios references and how these have influenced their work.
Founded in 2007, Ill-Studio is a multidisciplinary platform based in Paris. Headed by Léonard Vernhet and Thomas Subreville, it also brings together Nicolas Malinowsky, Thierry Audurand, Pierre Dixsaut and Sebastien Michelini.The studio evolves in various creative areas such as art-direction, graphic design, photography, typography, video for both personal or commissioned works.
Ill-Studio have collaborated with various clients such as Nike, Supreme NYC, The New York Times Magazine, Cire Trudon, L’Officiel, Lanvin, Orange, Christophe Lemaire, Modular Records, LVMH, Adidas, Uniqlo, and Domus.
Logo R.I.P. commemorates 50 defunct logos. Many of the included trademarks may be regarded as icons of their time or international design classics. The core thesis of Logo R.I.P. is that logos that were once an integral part of our visual culture and lives are worthy of commemoration, or even preservation.
Logo R.I.P. was first published in 2003. In this 2nd edition, the logos of Abbey National, AT&T, DSM, Kodak, Lucent, Rover and Xerox are added to the logo graveyard – a selection that already includes some of the past century’s most resonant graphic symbols (such as BOAC, British Steel, CCA, NASA and Pan Am). In addition, all the short design and cultural histories were substantially rewritten and updated. These ‘Obituaries’ ensure that although the logos may be gone, they are not forgotten.
Logo R.I.P. includes a foreword by design luminary Gert Dumbar and is reissued in a gold gilt-edged edition. The official launch of the book was in the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, on September 1st 2012.
Colby Poster Printing Co. is a family ran operation based in downtown LA. Founded in 1946, Colby specialise in producing high art and low culture prints in eye popping colour ways using traditional printing methods. Colby posters are now instantly recognisable throughout the streets of L.A.
Under the watchful eye of main man Glenn, the Colby team produce intricately laid up posters and signs Their skill is matched only by their personality and passion for printed matter. Using traditional methods of silkscreen and letterpress the Colby archive is a veritable treasure trove for every print enthusiast.
Graphic artist Anthony Burrill has raided the Colby archive to curate a vibrant and flurotastic show, featuring the very best of their past work. Almost mirroring the high and low culture of L.A. itself, the Colby archive collection features high art prints for the likes of iconic Parisian store colette and curators Reference Library alongside For Sale signs and posters for new local governors and steam fairs.
Colby have created an exclusive limited edition run of Anthony Burrill prints exclusively for Made in L.A. which will be available to buy throughout the show.
To present the full Colby experience we have specially commissioned behind the scenes photographs that document the Colby printing processes and characters in all their eccentric glory.
MAPPING AMERICA – a new exhibition at KK Outlet unpicks the complexities of the 2012 U.S election through infographics.
To an international audience America can sometimes be viewed as a country of competing opposites; east v’s west, democrat v’s republican, Romney v’s Obama, religion v’s secular, rich v’s poor, Chris Brown v’s Drake but things are never that simple.
America is a vastly complex country and the up coming 2012 U.S. election is far more nuanced than the seemingly simple Republican / Democrat designations of its two candidates. Who’s actually voting in the election? What are their concerns and how do issues such as race, the economy, employment, education and religion affect how they vote?
MAPPING AMERICA attempts to visually represent the complexity of the election and the electorate through a collection of specially commissioned infographics from renowned institutions like MIT, Harvard, and the New York Times as well as American and European creative studios. The result is a a collection of maps and visuals that explore how issues from race and religion to unemployment and gun ownership influence voting.
MAPPING AMERICA asks, “Can we understand the election — be challenged to form our own opinions — with just raw data, free from subjective prose? Is it really that simple?”
After exhibitions in Venice, Paris, Istanbul, Lyon and Berlin in 2011, KK Outlet is proud to present Robert Montgomery’s first London solo show in over a year.
Montgomery’s work references the Situationist tradition of capturing the audience’s attention in unexpected ways within the public realm. His heartbreaking and arresting poetry can be seen on hijacked advertising billboards in London, on the sides of trucks in Istanbul, on fire in the streets of Paris and this Spring lit up in the Brooklyn sky at night.
For his show at KK Outlet Montgomery will create a series of 3 large billboard poems on Old Street, which reference the moral failure of Capitalism, the concerns of the Occupy movement, and new ideas of freedom in the city. With the Occupy movement having recently taken occupation of the nearby Shoreditch Courthouse, there has never been a more poignant moment to bring back Montgomery’s work to his home neighbourhood of Hoxton. Arguably he is the contemporary artist most aligned to the moral concerns of Occupy.
Montgomery’s work though is not all political diatribe, his voice is as much romantic and poetic as it is issue-based. His billboard poems, “somewhere between Jenny Holzer and T.S. Eliot” also relate to a tradition of modern British avant-garde poetry and concrete poetry of which he is an acolyte and collector.
In addition to the billboard works KK Outlet present a major new work from his Recycled Sunlight Series on the façade of the gallery, before it moves to the site of the old Tempelhof airport in Berlin April 2012. The Recycled Sunlight series is a series of poems in light, which are ecologically solar powered, like neon signs for the 21st century, independent of “the grid” and responsive to the weather.
Within the gallery there will be a collection of Montgomery’s more subtle drawings and watercolours on show. This quieter collection of work is the perfect contrast to his bolder outdoor pieces and offers a meditative insight into his practice.
The exhibition will also be the London launch event for his recent book THE FIRE OF EACH OTHER, which documents his
interventions across the streets of London and Europe over the last two years.
And in addition to his own work, Montgomery also presents a new work by Goldsmiths graduate David Fryer in the back gallery space and in the bookstore a T-shirt collaboration with East London graffiti artist Krae.
Robert Montgomery was born in Scotland where he went to comprehensive school in Prestwick, Ayrshire, and then to Edinburgh College of Art where he earned a 1st Class Honours degree and an MFA. In the late 1990s he was a core program Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He worked briefly with Robert Rauschenberg before moving to London in the early 2000s where he has worked as an artist and been a contributing editor to Flash Art and an associate publisher of Dazed & Confused magazine. His work is significantly influenced by the writings of Guy Debord on theories of the Spectacle as an ontological system and the after-affects of Capitalism. He is represented in Geneva by Galerie Analix-Forever, in Paris by Galerie Nuke and in Berlin he works with Neue Berliner Räume. His work was included in Shwetal Patel and Maurizio Bortolotti’s acclaimed Orientale* show at the most recent Venice Biennale.
Most recent articles on Robert Montgomery’s work can be found in the current issue of Paris magazine Purple, the current issue of Berlin magazine Lodown and on the website of art book publishers Phaidon.
“I can’t believe I ate all that…Did I lock the door?…I had such a good sleep…Your hair grows so fast…Do I really sound like that?”
Shit Girls Say is a cultural phenomenon – it has over 1.6 million Twitter followers; 30 million Youtube views and has spawned over 700 YouTube imitators.
Now creators Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard have condensed all the best sayings into a beautifully designed and executed book. The UK launch will take place at KK Outlet on Thursday 27th September and we’d like you to join us!
The ladies from “WAH nails” will be here so you can get your nails did with your favourite saying from the book, or one of your own corkers.
If you’re yet to witness the genius of the Shit Girls Say, grab yourself some humus or a Mojito and click here.
“Come there’ll be free drinks!”
Shit London is a blog which affectionately celebrates the best/worst parts of our great capital. This is street photography at its most observant. Scores of people send in images everyday to the Shit London blog featuring the bitter sweet ironies or hilarious mistakes they’ve spotted in their city. Images that range from the heart breaking to the hilarious.
Most of the sights captured on Shit London are impossibly transient, almost as soon as they appear they are cleaned up, corrected or thrown away. As founder Patrick Dalton explains, “There are so many unintenionally amusing things around the city if you just choose to notice them”
The images, no matter how grim are life affirming and reassuring that underneath the modern day desire for perfection and the homogeny of the Tesco filled high street – people are still people, they sometimes make mistakes and life is all the better for them. Dalton goes on to say “What I really like about the site and the whole project is that it encourages people to notice their environment around them a little. I’ve learnt a lot more about this city from walking about hunting a good shot.”
Shit London is vernacular photography in it’s purest form. It’s subject matter and the fact that the photographs are submitted by Londoners going about there everyday lives mean it could be considered a form of social commentary. Or, you could just say it’s a bit of a laugh…it’s up to you.
Since Shit London started two years ago there have been two collections of photographs published and next year the titles Shit New York and Shit Australia will follow.
This years sees the second annual Shit London Awards take place. The awards this year culminate in an exhibition at the KK Outlet, Hoxton Square. Entry is open to anyone and feature the following categories…
Ugliest London Building, Best/Worst Business Name, Most Depressing View From Work, Best Photo, Best British Photo, Best International Photo
As a new twist to its award-winning Custom Covers project, Wallpaper has commissioned dozens of top designers to create a series of unique covers for the magazine’s August Handmade issue.
Thirty cover artworks, all handmade originals using pen, ink, paint, chocolate and even fingernails will be on display at the KK Outlet until 24 July.
Alan Kitching, Anthony Burrill, APFEL, Bibliotheque, Daisy De Villeneuve, David Carson, Hellovon, Henrik Kubel, Hiroshi Tanabe, Hort, Ian Wright, James Joyce, Jonathan Ellery, Kam, Wallzo & Pauls, Laurent Fetis, Margaret Calvert, McGarry Bowmen, Meirion Pritchard, Melvin Galapon, Nigel Robinson, Paul Davis, Peter Miles, Quentin Jones, Rob Ryan, Sam Winston, Studio Frith, Supermundane, Tom Hingston, Trevor Jackson, Vince Frost.
The youth of today have a lot on their plate; record tuition fees, fierce competition for jobs at Pound Stretcher and a future of crippling debt and cyber terrorism to look forward to.
All of this handed down to them by previous generations of careless/greedy politicians and bankers, all buoyed by capitalist society at breaking point.
So what do the youth think about it all? Are they angry? Are they more politicized than ever? Or are they more interested in TOWIE and snaring their 15 minutes through whatever means?
What’s Next looks to uncover what young people think about the economy, equality, education and digital politics. Each week a different collective will take over the gallery space and create work in response to a live twitter feed as people discuss a specific topic.
What’s next? Do they have big plans on how to right today’s wrongs? Do they have new ideas on how deal with the problems they have inherited? We want to find out.