KK OUTLET GALLERY 2014

ACCENT MAGAZINEISSUE #6

Accent Magazine is an online publication of extraordinary documentary portraiture, celebrating the free spirits, unabashed eccentrics and radical mavericks of this world. In five past issues, the quarterly has so far hosted fifty original documentary portrait stories of groups and individuals who dare to buck the conventions of their surroundings.

To coincide with the launch of Issue Six, Accent will be exhibiting a show of featured photographic work by international contributors. These include:

Boondock, by Andrew Waits
Setting off in a well-travelled Toyota Chinook with a camera and a dictaphone, Seattle-based photographer Andrew Waits began documenting a nomadic population of RV, car and van dwellers across the western United States. His archive of pictures and stories form a rare portrait of contemporary America through the eyes of those who live on the road.

Andie, Margaret and Katie, by Accent Magazine
A Saturday-night fixture for more than twenty years, The Way Out Club is London’s longest standing transgender night out – a safe oasis for the trans, drag queen and cross-dressing community. Portraits of three of the club’s regulars give an insight into life lived as both genders.

Evie Lou and Laura Jane, by Noelle McCleaf
An intimate series by Noelle McCleaf documents the unique relationship between her mother, Evie Lou, and best friend Laura Jane. McCleaf’s photos capture the importance of our matriarchal ancestors, holding up a light to the grandmothers, mythmakers and storytellers who came before us.

ROMA, by Emily Stein
Emily Stein celebrates Romani culture with a series documenting one of the annual gatherings that take place in rural Romania. Her pictures bring focus to a community that faces constant prejudice and exclusion across Europe, revealing the traditions of the Romani people, and the generous hospitality they offer to strangers.

Mémé Rita, by Stella Gelardi Malfilâtre
Stella Gelardi Malfilâtre shares the story of her extraordinary grandmother Rita, who at 85 years old tells her granddaughter everything: from her days spent protesting against the Nazis in Denmark to the nude picture messages she exchanges with her childhood sweetheart by text.
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BERT TEUNISSEN SLOW HAPPINESS

Slow Happiness is a collection of ‘Travelogues’ shot by international photographer Bert Teunissen, in twenty-six countries over twenty years. Slow Happiness was shot as a more fluid, side project as Bert took time out from his more structured Domestic Landscapesassignment.

The images are atmospheric and delicate visual musings from cities in over twenty-six countries. Bert beautifully captures the textures, people and hidden patterns of these cities in his own style of street photography. There is a humour as we see rogue cows explore back alleys and a tenderness as his lense follows older couples holding hands on a daily stroll. However, what makes the series even more astounding is the process he uses to produce the images.

The images from Slow Happiness are printed by hand in a dark room on archive photo paper collected from all over the world, some examples date from World War II, all of which are now out of production.

Bert explains that these methods are intended to give his images a richness and colour, contrast and structure that can no longer be found. The eventual outcome of each image is a surprise and out of the ultimate control of the artist. In a world awash with instant digital imagery the result is an exhibition of truly authentic imagery, standing out in a glut of slick, easy photos. The papers are mounted in aluminium frames custom designed by the legendary Piet Hein Eek.

Bert’s work has been exhibited in Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Aperture Gallery in New York and the Contact Photo Festival in Toronto and has been featured in publications such as The Independent, The New York Times, The Guardian and The International Herald Tribune.

www.bertteunissen.com

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COLLECTOR’S EDITION INNOVATIVE PACKAGING & GRAPHICS

Collector’s Edition showcases the new wave of lovingly-produced collector’s, limited or deluxe editions being created for the music, book and magazine industries. A soon-to-be published book (18 August, Thames & Hudson), it brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design from limited-edition magazines with multiple cover options to lavish vinyl box sets supplied with a wealth of extras. Organised into four sections – Boxed, Multiples, Hand and Extras – it features a broad range of formats and genres. From a deluxe limited-edition box set of In Rainbows, Radiohead’s seventh studio album designed by their long-time creative collaborator Stanley Donwood to the rare and epic JamesJenniferGeorgina, with revolutionary new spine design developed by Irma Boom specifically for the project, author Stuart Tolley explores the rise of highly crafted items made using the latest production techniques.

The objects demonstrate the creative possibilities print continues to offer in the digital age and the massive increase in vinyl record sales and independent publishing in recent years however author Stuart Tolley’s curation shows that many of the most innovative examples in the book often combine analogue and digital technology to great effect. Collector’s Edition celebrates the passion and dedication that connects creators and collectors and now a number of these objects are being brought together for the first time.

This original exhibition at KK Outlet, curated by Stuart Tolley will feature a number of the most special items from Collector’s Edition including the art edition of Bjork’s eighth studio album, Biophilia, featuring ten tuning forks all tuned to a different track from the album; the limited edition of Other Criteria’s monograph on Ashley Bickerton designed by Stefan Sagmeister and featuring a wooden slipcase carved in Bali (where the artist lives), a signed print of Bickerton’s work and pressed orchids; and the Flaming Lip’s Gummy Song Skull, a life-size gummy skull housing a four track EP on a USB stick buried inside gummy candy.

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COLOPHON FOUNDRY FIVE YEARS

Colophon Foundry, one of the most respected and prolific type foundries working today, are celebrating their fifth anniversary with a new exhibition at KK Outlet.

FIVE YEARS takes twenty-six typefaces from the Colophon Foundry back catalogue, including one specially created for the occasion and captures an imagined moment in their applied lives. The typefaces will each be displayed on a different product linked in some way to the type name or thinking behind the design.

As an exhibition, FIVE YEARS highlights the role of the type designer in the creative process. Typography is the purest form of communication design and vital in creating a visual atmosphere. It is also an almost contradictory discipline. One that demands a scientific precision and attention to detail in the design process, whilst also allowing an openness at the point of distribution and final application. The typographer must relinquish all control and become an invisible collaborator as their work goes out into the world.

FIVE YEARS uses and misuses typefaces created by Anthony Burrill, Benjamin Critton, The Entente, Alison Haigh, Oscar & Ewan, Studio Makgill, and Dries Wiewauters. FIVE YEARS is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name, published by Colophon Foundry, edited by Benjamin Critton, and featuring an essay by Aileen Kwun.

Colophon is a London & New York-based independent type foundry established in 2009 by The Entente and joined in 2013 by Benjamin Critton Art Dept. The foundry’s commissioned and bespoke work in type design is complemented by independent and interdependent initiatives in publishing, curation, exhibition, and pedagogy, with a focus on local and international partnerships with institutions both large and small.

www.colophon-foundry.org

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CUSTHOM PENS & NEEDLES #2

London design duo CUSTHOM have curated their second exhibition of tactile posters, celebrating and exploring the use of digital embroidery as a unique and expressive form of drawing.

Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott have brought together a range of the top creative talent to create designs which have been translated via stitch onto paper, using a ‘hacked’ digital embroidery machine.

The brief this year is based on the Kandinsky psychological test, asking each of the designers to submit a composition using the three primary colours and the triangle, square and circle involved in the ‘test’.

Jemma Ooi said of the project, “With Pens & Needles we’re able to place the process of digital embroidery under the spotlight,
while also bringing together a group of designers we admire and whose work you might never see sitting side by side in another setting.”

The final exhibition will comprise 19 tactile A2 posters, each available in a limited run of 10 editions. Alongside CUSTHOM, the designers involved include Patternity, Studio Moross, Ian Acton, Melvin Galapon and Alei Vespoor amongst many others.

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DOROTHY THE INTELLECTUAL JUNK SHOP

Dorothy’s intellectual junk shop takes up residence at KK Outlet throughout December. Expect a weird and wonderful selection of music, film, literature, architecture and art ephemera.

Ali, Phil, Jim and Tich each did a tour of duty in the field of advertising before going AWOL in 2010 to work on their own ideas under the moniker of Dorothy. Their UK based studio now produces conceptual prints, products and artworks that are sold and exhibited internationally. Dorothy’s work has been described by the press both as ‘beautifully clever’ and ‘terribly wicked’.

Enjoying pride of place in the gallery exhibition space are Dorothy’s two newest offerings: The slightly weird but very wonderful Rock ‘N Roll Zoo range which is inspired by the titles of songs from the history of popular music including animal classics like Buffalo Soldier (Bob Marley), Elephant Stone (The Stone Roses), Eye Of the Tiger (Survivor) and Hounds of Love (Kate Bush) and; Game Map which is the latest imaginary city in Dorothy’s best selling Street Map range and features the titles of over 500 video games and other references from the history of gaming. Dorothy will also be exhibiting their Casualties of War sculptures and Home Shit Home artwork (just returned from being exhibited in the US).

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FIRST ELEVEN

In June 2014, Brazil will host the 20th World Cup. Players from across the globe will arrive and play with pride wearing their nation’s colours. To celebrate this we have gathered a dream-team of eleven contributors from all walks of creative life to each contribute a football shirt design that will be exhibited, championed and idolized at KK Outlet’s Gallery throughout the 2014 World Cup.

The shirts featured in First Eleven aren’t emblazoned with questionable sponsors such as Wonga and Bet 365. They’ve been created by a stellar line up including Anna LomaxBecky & JoeCraig & KarlHelmut SmitsHORTINT WorksKesselsKramerLakwena MaciverNing WangPut Put and VLF.

From simple white vests in P.E to Hull City’s 1992 tiger print strip, the evolution of the football shirt has been extensive. The strip changes the mentality of those who wear them. Through the simple act of changing from their civvies into their strip the team are visually and mentally brought together as one – such is the transformative power of the simple football shirt. First Eleven celebrates this mighty piece of polyester armour.

As well as the collection of bespoke kits we’ll also be screening world cup matches, serving up luxury football burger/food stall. We have also created a vertical pitch, collectable “shinnies” stickers and ltd edition prints all for the occasion.

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FRED BUTLER TRAVELING MAC FRED ON A Q-TIP FOR A TRIBE CALLED GUESS

From the prismatic mind of artist/designer Fred Butler comes a unique exhibition full of fantastical belief and spirituality.

This February, KK Outlet will be transformed into a futuristic temple where Fred Butler will unveil abstract shrines inspired by a utopian future full of peace and void of war. Incorporating new work, archive pieces from previous collections and photography by Walter Hugo & Zoniel, each shrine will pay tribute to imaginary prophets who brought about peace, love, and the power of collective energy.

The spectator will be invited to choose their own journey through the space, feeling the warmth and synergy of colour, object, fashion and art all through the gaze of Fred Butler. Alongside the shapes and hues of the shrines, the exhibition will feature scents, Flower arrangements by The Flower Appreciation Society, Altars designed by Install Archive and a sound mix created by DJ Todd Hart turning the exhibition into a truly sensory experience.

The exhibition will feature a body of artwork and one off pieces from Fred’s archive available for sale to collectors.

Fred Butler is a London based designer. Alongside creating her own critically acclaimed collections, she also works with a range of clients to add an element of otherworldly spectacle to projects through her signature playful aesthetic. Throughout her career Fred has amassed an enviable industry following, her style blog has become one of the most influential as she charts London’s creative scene, and her cultural perspective of the city. Fred’s ever expanding portfolio of clients includes TEED, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj, Beth Ditto and corporate clients including Swatch, MTV, Nike, Adidas, Samsung, Haviana, Mini and Vauxhall.

Curated by Ryan Lanji

www.fredbutlerstyle.com
#ATRIBECALLEDGUESS

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GRATUITOUS TYPE ISSUE 4: PEEP SHOW

Gratuitous Type, a pamphlet of typographic smut, offers a voyeuristic look into the practices of some of today’s most exciting contemporary graphic designers and artists.

Throughout October, Gratuitous Type #4 extends from the printed page to the walls of KK Outlet. The exhibition will feature an eclectic offering of prints, publications, installations, and interactive projects by the likes of Emmet Byrne of the Walker Art Center (US), Claire Huss (UK), Kokoro & Moi (FI/US), Tim Lahan (US), Letterproeftuin (NL), Pure Magenta (US), Raw Color (NL), Table of Contents (US), and Dries Wiewauters (BE).

To celebrate the exhibition’s launch, Letterproeftuin, a Rotterdam-based open-source design studio and the creators of The Smallest Printing Company, will be on hand to produce a limited edition print for the issue. Copies of Gratuitous Type Issue 4, as well as prints and originals from contributing artists will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.

First published in 2010, Gratuitous Type was founded by Elana Schlenker as a celebration of all things relating to graphic design. Issue four is a riot of colour and beautiful visuals all lovingly crafted through various printing processes. The exhibition promises to be an exuberant physical embodiment of this printed masterpiece and one not to be missed.

www.gratuitoustype.com

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HORT 20Y HORT

This year the multi-disciplinary ideas playground that is HORT turns twenty. However instead of celebrating with a self congratulatory retrospective of their past work, they’re doing something a little different.

Based on the work created at a residential artistic retreat at the prestigious Villa Massimo in Rome, 20Y HORT will feature pieces created in the same collaborative and experimental way as HORT have always worked; but this time outside of their Berlin base, without their usual safety net of references and support. The team that joined HORT founder Eike Konig included Mick Burman, Nathan Cowen, Serafine Frey, Jacob Klein, Tim Rehm, Tim Schmitt, Tim Sürken and Sera Yong.

HORT isn’t a certain style or a set place. It’s a feeling and a way of working. Part of the ethos behind the studio came from Eike’s humbling realization that his skills were limited. Instead of being crippled by this, it inspired him to create a network of talented people who were brilliant at the things he couldn’t master. This is the ongoing driving force behind HORT – a youthful exchange of energy and ideas between people to create the best work possible.

The Villa Massimo residency and subsequent work which features in 20Y HORT reflect a concentrated version of what HORT stands for – the need to challenge your surroundings and yourself, to work as a collaborative unit across disciplines and without prejudice – in that, it makes the perfect way to celebrate their momentous 20th anniversary.

20Y HORT is part of the London Design FestivalICON Design Trail and Shoreditch Design Triangle.

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MEAL TICKET #6 CONTENT OVERLOAD

This year the multi-disciplinary ideas playground that is HORT turns twenty. However instead of celebrating with a self congratulatory retrospective of their past work, they’re doing something a little different.

Based on the work created at a residential artistic retreat at the prestigious Villa Massimo in Rome, 20Y HORT will feature pieces created in the same collaborative and experimental way as HORT have always worked; but this time outside of their Berlin base, without their usual safety net of references and support. The team that joined HORT founder Eike Konig included Mick Burman, Nathan Cowen, Serafine Frey, Jacob Klein, Tim Rehm, Tim Schmitt, Tim Sürken and Sera Yong.

HORT isn’t a certain style or a set place. It’s a feeling and a way of working. Part of the ethos behind the studio came from Eike’s humbling realization that his skills were limited. Instead of being crippled by this, it inspired him to create a network of talented people who were brilliant at the things he couldn’t master. This is the ongoing driving force behind HORT – a youthful exchange of energy and ideas between people to create the best work possible.

The Villa Massimo residency and subsequent work which features in 20Y HORT reflect a concentrated version of what HORT stands for – the need to challenge your surroundings and yourself, to work as a collaborative unit across disciplines and without prejudice – in that, it makes the perfect way to celebrate their momentous 20th anniversary.

20Y HORT is part of the London Design FestivalICON Design Trail and Shoreditch Design Triangle.

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MIKE PERRY MY MOTHER CAUGHT ME DOODLING

My Mother Caught Me Doodling is a new exhibition by prolific daydreamer Mike Perry that looks at the awe-inspiring naked female form.

Throughout November, Mike will adorn the walls of KK Outlet with original female nudes, painted and drawn in bright colors and spontaneous energy. They are nudes conjured not from chilly life drawing classes, but from the recesses of Mike’s mind, the internet or old glamour magazines. However, far from being seedy, these girls have attitude. They revel in their natural state with humour, inviting you to look at them without being ashamed.

The project came about as Mike returned to drawing the human form in his work, he said of the project, “Throughout my life I felt insecure about drawing women. I thought that I would never be able to celebrate their form the way I wanted too. So just like anything I set a new challenge for myself – practice drawing women. The deeper into this practice I got, the more the body became about shapes, curved lines and how expressive the female form can be.”

The result is a collection of new work and book of the same name that absolutely celebrate the female form in all its phenomenal glory.

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THE SET UP

The Set Up is an exhibition which takes its aesthetic reference from fashion shoots but reveals a slightly more sinister side of the fashion industry.

Women in the media are portrayed as beautiful, aspirational creatures – shot under studio lights, made up by a team of experts and photoshopped almost beyond recognition.

This exhibition references the set up of these fashion shoots but it also comments on the cruel set up all women are subjected to through the media portrayal of an ideal they’ll always fail to live up to.

The Set Up is a group show featuring artists whose work plays with fashion references whilst commenting on the darker and more absurd elements of the industry. Artists include Alison BradyAurelien JunerDaniel SoaresEmily SteinIsabelle WenzelLydia GarnettSimon Wald-LasowskiYolanda Dominguez.

Photoshop is such an ever-present tool in advertising that the results are often accepted as the norm. Daniel Soares’ project brings the focus back to what’s behind the slick images by simply adding the photoshop tool bar to advertising hoardings. Simple yet hugely effective.

Lydia Garnett has produced a series of photographic works that take inspiration from retouch notes on fashion shoots. Notes such as ‘We need to sort out the inelegant toe situ’ and ‘We want it to be really fucking perfect’ are satirically brought to life highlighting how models are often treat as invisible beings, there to be perfected and projected onto.

Isabelle Wenzel’s work incorporates a still life aesthetic whilst referencing the contortionist poses often favoured in fashion shoots. Wenzel’s models are rendered into objects or something other, unrecognisable as human forms.

Photographer Emily Stein looks at the how the perfected images of fashion and advertising have influenced young girls to also portray a posed and “managed” image of themselves, often through the medium of the omnipresent selfie.

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TYPE PLUS BOOK LAUNCH

Type Plus investigates the practice of combining typography with images to increase effectiveness, potency and visual impact. Today, graphic designers use type in partnership with graphic elements in ways that turbo charge meaning and impact.

Type plus image – or images – can greatly enhance typographic expression. And letterforms themselves, when redrawn, combined, distorted, or augmented with decorative embellishments, can enhance meaning and lend emotive qualities to all kinds of typographic communication.

By focusing on a host of contemporary practitioners from around the world, Type Plus creates a picture of a new dynamism in typographic expression. The era of type as a passive, semi-invisible holder of meaning is long gone.

Book includes interviews with Non Format, Two Points.Net and Erik Brandt.

www.uniteditions.com/shop/type-plus

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VON ELSEWHERE

KK Outlet is proud to announce an exhibition of new work by artist Von. Elsewhere, is a collection of delicately beautiful drawings based on photographs shot by Dan Sully.

Each portrait in the collection explores those fleeting moments where we involuntarily slip under and away from all of our surroundings, appearing to others absent and completely elsewhere.

Elsewhere is a reaction to an increasingly busy, saturated and invasive world where technology creeps further into our daily routine where we are actively encouraged to “share” day to day events no matter how minor or major, “Selfies” are recognised by Oxford English Dictionary and reaching for your phone when you have a spare minute to kill has become an automatic reaction. All these things make witnessing the moments where people have completely slipped into their own thoughts all the more rare, fragile and beautiful.

Writer Gavin Lucas said of his work, “Seemingly effortlessly, rather like a magician with a wand, Von uses the humble pencil to create images which let the viewer know instantly that they are beholding the work of a master craftsman at the peak of his artistry… In a digital age where it’s easy to lean towards the convenient and the quick, Von takes his time, producing images that are, due to no small amount of skill and always a cerebral approach, much more than the sum of their parts.”

Prints and originals will be available to buy throughout the exhibition.

www.shopvon.com

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