Conquer Gear, the #illustratedstorytellers,
are launching an exhibition for new ‘Memories’ illustration, postcards,
photography and video collection.
Exhibition: 26th March
- 8th April, The
Montage, 33 Dartmouth Rd, London,
We love to share our travels on social media with the unlucky
ones left behind in wet and windy England, but does it lose the personal,
tactile touch of a good old-fashioned photo postcard? The nostalgia of jotting
down a story on the back of a postcard and popping it in the post gives a much
more personal touch for the recipient.
With this idea in mind, a group of artists from Conquer Gear set
out on an urban exploration into forgotten territories. Searching for those
hard to find and abandoned spaces that are not in the guidebooks. Places that hadn't been given the
With a collection of our printed illustrations, some wallpaper
paste, a camera and our wits, we travelled across the UK and Berlin in search
of abandoned spaces. These would become beautiful backdrops for our drawings
and create an interesting narrative for our photographs.
Returning home from our urban sightseeing expedition we set out
to make our photographs into the two postcard packs, one you will have in front
of you now. Each one with a story on the back; a memory we formed, but want the
viewer to interpret for themselves. We have put together the different art
forms of print, photography and video into one show that questions what we
think of being a tourist and what we value about spaces we occupy. The art of forming memories!
Who is Conquer Gear? An independent UK illustration and clothing label. Started by
artists with a fair trade and organic ethos and a desire to leave a legacy of
imagery and collaboration, we call ourselves the #illustratedstorytellers. We think that rather than design alone,
why not have stories behind the illustrations you wear or the art you hang on
The label is spearheaded by the provocative illustrations of
Tomoya Hiramatsu and all projects are curated by Sebastian Stobbs. The two
friends founded the label after leaving Central St Martins Art College and
wanting to turn their love of illustration and print into a livelihood that
would fund their art habit.
Urban Exploring is a pastime for the more unusual sightseer out there. Finding
beauty in the decay of spaces appealed to us as artists and created a
complimentary narrative to the silkscreen prints we are launching in the
memories collection. There are many people scaling huge towers and grandiose
buildings, but we wanted to capture a more personal story in the photos.
The Memories exhibition
includes the following items of art and artists:
Photo Prints: Mirroring a movie still with its
panoramic view, we have 12 photographs by Anthony
silkscreen Prints: Nine
illustrations by Tomoya
Hiramatsu, (200 edition). Postcards: Series 1 & 2, (500 edition of
each) & T-Shirts: A selection of the print designs are
available on organic and ethical clothing.
For more info and promotional items for giveaways and features visit:
Leave a comment