Following on the success of SHOWstudio and Veuve Clicquot’s collaborative event, A Beautiful Darkness, which took place at the old Central Saint Martins building on Southampton Row in October 2015, we are pleased to present a focused version of the exhibition at SHOWstudio's gallery at 19 Motcomb Street. Showcasing a selection of the event’s exclusive artworks and illustrations, the exhibition brings the spirit of A Beautiful Darkness back to our London headquarters for the next 8 weeks.
At the heart of the exhibition sits Nick Knight's Black Rose, which was shot as part of Plant Power, an exhibition of Knight's work at The Natural History Museum. Exploring man's relationship with plants, Knight created 18 large-scale panels that represented how important plant life is to our modern society even though we often forget its significance. Alongside this monumental image sits Michael Boadi’s ‘Magnificent Rose’ perfume. Inspired by Knight’s own rose garden and photography, ‘Magnificent Rose’ embodies both the beauty and the dark power of this fabled flower, adding literal scent to the room.
Alongside these two significant pieces, sits Anthony James’ artwork, Today Is A Good Day. Though simple at first glance, James' sculpture - a piece of sheet metal that's been shot with various guns - evokes a sense of ‘order in chaos’. In contrast to this industrial relief, hang Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s rural landscapes. Her miniature oil paintings of bats and spiders deftly force us to look closely at, and find the beauty in, things we often deem ugly. Anchoring this idea are two custom Gareth Pugh garments. Modeled on the concept of ‘clowns’, these pieces investigate how clowns are perceived as both frightening and joyful entities.
A single wall showcases fashion illustrations commissioned and curated by Ellie Grace Cumming, each offering a beautifully macabre interpretation of the Spring/Summer 2016 runway looks.
Open Monday to Friday 11:00 to 18:00, the exhibition will run from 11 November, 2015 to 15 January, 2016 at 19 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8LB.
All illustrations are available to view and purchase in our SHOWstudio online store.
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