ON THE UNDERGROUND: ART KANE: VISIONARY PORTRAITS 1958-1968

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A new exhibition at Snap Galleries features the work of fashion and music photographer Art Kane, who in the 1960s and 1970s photographed music icons such as Bob Dylan, The Who, Jim Morrison, Cream and Frank Zappa.

The exhibition coincides with a new book collated by his Son, Jonathan, who said that “Art Kane was a pioneer of conceptual photography, of using a wide-angle lens, of saturated colours when his contemporaries were very much using black and white.”

For one project, Art Kane asked The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to pick their teeth with postcards of the Queen – the only ones who would actually do it were Brian Jones and Keith Richards.

Art Kane: Visionary Portraits 1958 -1968 runs until 31 January 2015.

 

ON THE UNDERGROUND: DISOBEDIENT OBJECTS EXHIBITION

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Activist Social movements, from the Suffragettes to Occupy, have created their own politically motivated ‘works’, that can be recreated by a wide audience using readily available materials and ideas to be shared in multiple sites and scenarios.

Disobedient Objects, an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, collect together for the first time these objects of art and design from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges.

From button badges to woven banners, defaced currency, and giant puppets, many of the subversive material on display will return to active duty after the show. Physical objects of protest, as Disobedient Objects reveals, continue to be relevant in an era in which so much activism seems to take place online with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook boosting the potency of images of protest.

The exhibition runs until 1 February 2015.

I wish my boyfriend was as dirty as your policies by Coral Stoakes, 2011. Photo from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

APOLLO BLACK LEATHER AND LEOPARD CREEPER

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One of our most popular and enduring styles, this version of our Apollo Creeper was conceived in by Underground in the late 1980’s. The shoe was somehow coloqually designated the name “Hacienda“ in recognition of an important music venue of the time. Based in Manchester at the time, Underground grew up amongst the burgeoning post-punk music scenes and it is only right that such a key style would be influenced in such a way.

The style itself is built around our pointed toe meteor creeper sole, with a black leather upper framing a pony leopard print apron. Known technically as a monk shoe (original footwear terminology for a side buckle shoe) the Apollo creeper with the leopard apron has become a classic style for Underground and a constant reminder of our post-punk heritage and especially our formative Manchester years.

First produced in the late 1980′s and with over 25 years of history the shoe is one of our most popular styles in store and one of the most sought after pieces in our press showroom. Its appearance on the feet of the good and the great is a solid reminder of its timeless relevance.

Unknown press

French, November 2010

Elle France, January 2011

Heohwan Simulation, Autumn Winter 2014, Milan Fashion Week

Alasdhair Willis at the Costume Institute Gala for the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013 in New York City

Jefferson Hack at the Frieze Art Fair 2014 in London

ON THE UNDERGROUND: POST POP: THE LONDON ILLUSTRATION FAIR 2014

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Taking place in the East End’s Hoxton Arches from 5th – 7th December, The London Illustration Fair 2014 will showcase the work of fifteen young, emerging illustrators working in London today, including Dan Hillier, Sandra Dieckmann and Niuku of Novemto Komo.

Exhibiting alongside the artist-led stands will be Featured Artist Jean Jullien with a selection of classics and new prints inspired by his recent relocation to New York. Affiliated Artists Rob Lowe will create a site-specific wall piece and Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy an anti-Christmas mural, while Hoxton Arches outside areas will play host to live lino printing from the Print Wagon, pop-up street food stalls, live DJs, and a festive bar.

Self initiated portraits from the London Tattoo Convention 2012 by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy