International Orange marks the first exhibition of the solo work and new collaborative projects of Ben Kelly. Award-winning founder of Ben Kelly Design (BKD) London, he designed FAC 51 The Hacienda and continues to produce high-profile and innovative spaces including flagship fashion stores, hotels and a new chain of fitness clubs.
The exhibition is at the Stanley Picker Gallery at the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Kingston University and runs from 5 March - 26 April 2008.
International Orange features works inspired by The Hacienda; a training shoe commissioned by Adidas, a collaborative poster with Peter Saville depicting Factory Records head Anthony H Wilson, and a virtual rendering of the club's interior designed in collaboration with Morph.
The use of already existing objects, designs, techniques, and approaches from his past, and that of others, can be seen at play in this new exhibition. Kelly and his collaborators have come together on various projects ranging from craft to consumer product, the ready-made to the virtual. Common to most of these collaborative processes, is an implicit interest in design, colour and form; something evident in the work of Warhol and Duchamp, to whom Kelly pays homage in the use of images and objects pertinent to his own creative processes.
And as for why the exhibition is called International Orange? Well, it is one of the colours used for the palette of the original Haçienda design and, as anyone who has seen Ben Kelly will attest, he can more often than not be seen wearing outfits featuring said colour!
Limited Edition Ben Kelly Digital Print - Anthony Wilson arriving at the New Factory Headquarters
A limited edition signed A1 digital-print of 'Anthony H Wilson arriving at Factory HQ 1989', designed by Ben Kelly and Peter Saville has been produced especially for the International Orange exhibition in an edition of 100. Copies can be purchased directly from the Stanley Picker Gallery at 45.00 plus P+P.
Stanley Picker Gallery
Tue - Fri 12 - 6pm
Many thanks to Scanner, Ben Kelly and the Stanley Picker Gallery.