The easiest common denominator to be pointed out in the work of interior designer Ben Kelly and artist DJ Simpson is the use of DIY materials, bold colours and strong lines. That's where the obvious ends and an interesting conversations starts. Ben and DJ have been talking about the different influences and ideas behind their practice for a while, and this Friday Session will see a continuation of their conversations in public.
They will be showing examples of their own work and various cultural and material references which had formal and conceptual influence on their work, from Oskar Schlemmer's Lacquer Cabinet to Andy Warhol's Silver Factory, from Italian colour samples to new industrial sheet material, from Roxy Music to Stereolab.
Ben Kelly founded Ben Kelly Design (BKD) in the mid 70ies and the studio is best known for its innovative space planning using hardwearing materials. Designs include the HaÃ§ienda and Dry 201 Bar in Manchester and more recently the Discovery Gallery for Walsall Museum and Gymbox in Covent Garden and www.benkellydesign.com
DJ Simpson has been producing abstract drawings on laminated
wooden panels, using various DIY power tools to carve into the
various colours and finishes available for laminate. Recent
commissions and exhibitions include a two coloured mirror piece for
Draw, the opening exhibition of Middlesbrough Museum of Art (mima)
and solo exhibitions with Sies and HÃ¶ke Gallery in DÃ¼sseldorf and
Helga de Alvear Gallery in Madrid.
Artwords Bookshop will be presenting DJ Simpson's recent
monograph DJ Simpson works 2000 to 2005 which was published as part
of his exhibition at the Mead Gallery in Coventry in 2006. The
involvement with Friday Session 14 is one of many Artwords Bookshop
events to promote and publish contemporary visual arts and culture.