Exhibitions

‘WALKING BACKWARDS’: VAUGHAN OLIVER ARCHIVE

‘WALKING BACKWARDS’: VAUGHAN OLIVER ARCHIVE
Vaughan Oliver’s graphic design work for the 4AD record label is one of the most recognisable in contemporary music. Bands such as Cocteau Twins, The Breeders, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, and Pixies each had their distinctive music intrinsically affiliated with the visual identities Oliver created for their album covers. Discovering the allure of design through album art, it wasn’t until the late-‘70s that Vaughan Oliver was best able to align his skills with his love of music. In a fortuitous chain of events that followed his graduation in graphic design at the University of Northumbria, he moved from his native County Durham to London, where he met 4AD label founder, Ivo Watts Russell. Oliver’s design aesthetic was in striking contrast to the music imagery of the time. Influenced initially as much by artists Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg as by album cover designer Roger Dean, Vaughan’s creative methodology was to challenge the usual formats. Texture and lighting, he has said, are ideal ways in which to convey musical hints and tones. 'I try to make images,' he informed designboom.com in 2014, 'where you don’t always get the “ essage" straight away . . . Leaving some space for interpretation is important.' Vaughan Oliver will present 'Walking Backwards', a selective exhibition taken from his extensive design archive.

PETER BOETTCHER: PHOTOGRAPHING KRAFTWERK

PETER BOETTCHER: PHOTOGRAPHING KRAFTWERK
Cologne photographer began his career as a music photographer in the mid-’80s, but that’s where the usual career outline stops. While he initially photographed world famous rock and pop stars (including the likes of Sonic Youth, REM, Morrissey, LL Cool J) for the then Cologne-based independent music magazine, Spex, Boettcher’s style was much broader than the usual stereotypical approaches of ecstatic performances, backstage ‘party’ moments and frantic audiences. Such a methodology brought him naturally to Kraftwerk, who he first photographed in 1991 in Düsseldorf’s legendary Kling-Klang studios. It was the start of a familiar, intimate and concentrated partnership that bears creative fruit to this day. This is fully understandable, as Boettcher’s portraits of Kraftwerk’s static stage performances freeze the spirit of the group through what he himself terms are the images’ overall 'graphical severity', 'consistent use of a central perspective' and the creation of significant 'clarity and concentration.'

RORY GALLAGHER’S VINYL COLLECTION

RORY GALLAGHER’S VINYL COLLECTION
Everyone loves heroes (clean-cut, invulnerable, always around when you need them), but it’s the flawed anti-heroes (those who kick the tyres of an organisation that threatens to undermine them, those who battle against inner demons that threaten to undercut them) who always get the public vote of confidence. Irish guitarist par excellence Rory Gallagher was that anti-hero. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, in 1948, Gallagher moved from ingénue to professional between 1963-’66, which is when he formed Taste. Taste split up in 1971, and from then on Gallagher flung himself into continued solo work until his untimely death in the summer of 1995. Rory’s brother Donal worked alongside him from the start of his career to the end, and it is fitting that he will be discussing Rory’s love of music, particularly so when taking into account the recent reissue campaign of the guitarist’s entire solo catalogue on remastered CD and 180-gram vinyl. The reissues represent the first wave of Rory Gallagher releases since Universal Music Group obtained the rights to his catalogue in 2017.


JAMES LAVELLE’S ‘DAYDREAMING WITH UNKLE’

JAMES LAVELLE’S ‘DAYDREAMING WITH UNKLE’
An interactive exploration that utilises street culture, music and art to cast an eye over twenty-five years of British music collective UNKLE, Daydreaming With . . . aims to create a singular multi-sensory experience that has never been seen (or heard) before. James Lavelle is one of the UK’s most admired and leading artists whose exceptional career runs the gamut of creative undertakings: art, fashion, music, film, marketing, merchandising, and events. Lavelle is equal parts Renaissance man and cultural entrepreneur — the man who in the ‘90s got a Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork as part of his major record label deal played his first DJ set at fourteen, launched his pioneering record label, Mo’ Wax at eighteen, released the genre-defining UNKLE album, Psyence Fiction, at twenty-two, and subsequently became one of Fabric’s recurrent resident DJs. From the very beginning, UNKLE has been a multi-sensory, immersive creative project ranging from genre-defining music to cutting-edge visual art. As a collaboration between a number of talented artists, Daydreaming With . . . is, says Lavelle, 'the definitive UNKLE experience.' Want to know more? here