“Finding creative innovations for the promotion and advertising of modern day clubbing events often stigmatised by a culture of generic cut & paste design. The work created for ‘Love Supreme’ explores manipulations of iconic celebrity imagery from the disco era. It aims to bridge the common clubber’s love for music with a taste for fine art.”
Studio 89 are pleased to present their first exhibition Love Supreme, which will take place at Simple Things Festival Bristol at Hours Gallery in Colston Yard - just a stone's throw away from the festival’s main site, Colston Hall. The exhibition opens on Thursday 22nd October for a private view and will run over the weekend until Monday 25th October.
Opening to the public from Friday 23rd October 2015, Love Supreme will transform Hours Gallery into an exhibition experience that will resonate with club goers and music enthusiasts alike. Brightly illuminated artwork will sit in an exhibition space with an atmosphere that closely resembles the look of a dimly lit nightclub in the early morning hours.
Studio 89 started in 2011 in Cardiff as a secretive and super intimate party amongst friends. For the first 2 years it took residency in a converted basement beneath a noodle takeaway and quickly made a name for itself. It now holds parties in the hidden skittle alley of Brunswick Social club in Bristol & The Colombian restaurant in London.
Cardiff based artist Coke Oak (aka Tom Winfield) has worked closely with Studio 89 for the last 2 years creating unique design work based around the concepts surrounding each season of events. Tom’s work often finds reference to classic pop art imagery, working predominantly in a mix of print, paint and digital media. For 2015, Studio 89 and Coke Oak together have created original pieces of work that depict iconic figures from disco’s history: Diana Ross, Prince, Bernard Edwards and Sylvester to name but a few.
Love Supreme aims to attract the interest of a younger audience who perhaps don’t actively visit art exhibitions with it’s reference to classic music, fashion and clubbing culture and through an innovative approach to exhibiting artwork. Each image will be reproduced on a large acetate sheet that will be set on and lit up by a light box. Through presenting the work this way, Studio 89 want to extend the relationship between art and music beyond the symbolisms represented within the artwork itself and into the space surrounding the artwork - the experience of an intimate dimly lit space with unnatural lighting along with a carefully selected soundtrack will make Hours Gallery feel closer to a nightclub environment than a conventional exhibition space.
Studio 89 website: http://studio89music.net/
Simple Things website: http://simplethingsfestival.co.uk/
Coke Oak: http://www.cokeoak.com/
Hours gallery: http://www.hours-space.com/
Date: 23rd - 25th October 2015
Location: Hours Gallery, 10 Colston Yard, Bristol, BS1 5BD
Public opening hours: 10am - 4pm
Private view: 22nd October 2015