28 juli t/m 20 augustus 2006
Call them the walking billboards of pop culture. Or a tattoo that you can put on, or take off, depending on your mood or the moment. Originally designed to be an undergarment meant to be worn under a shirt, the t-shirt has in the 20th century developed into a worldwide fashion item. It makes sense that artists, too, regard the cotton fabric as a suitable carrier for their artworks.
The Japanese/American company 2KbyGingham is one of the leading art and t-shirt suppliers in the world. For ten years now, they have been offering various young graphic designers and artist from all over the world the opportunity to make special prints for t-shirts. They know how to catch the street lingo in words and images that are understandable for everyone who comes across them. With 2K, shirt and print are no separate elements; they are inextricably linked to form a contemporary form of communication that allows young people in particular to speak a unique wordless language of their own, and express ‘a thousand things’.
This is why MU in partnership with 2K is staging an exhibition this summer in which the boundaries between art and street scenes on t-shirts are investigated. Eighteen international artists and designers have each entered several original works that illustrate the way in which they build the bridge that allows them to communicate on shirts as well.
From Yoshitomo Nara’s Harmless Kitty to Geoff McFetridge’s Snowman and from the ANTI-shirt by Experimental Jetset to Marc Atlans Flavors in the most tasty colours. Other participating artists are: Barry McGee, Richard Prince, Donald Baechler, Tomoo Gokita, Stereotype*, M/M, David Shrigley + Shynola, French, Jeff Canhan, Josh Petherick, Katsuo Design, Cody Hudson, Kiyoshi Kuroda and Misaki Kawai. The exhibition design is by Experimental Jetset.
The exhibition is curated by Taka Kawachi from New York.
The exhibition is accompanied by a free full-colour newspaper featuring more than twenty life-size 2K shirts, designed by Experimental Jetset and produced in cooperation with the Eindhovens Dagblad. On the occasion of the show, 2K will introduce a specially sealed collector’s shirt by Experimental Jetset.
A Thousand Things kicks off on Friday July 28 from 20.00 onwards in the presence of various participating artists. The exhibition is on view daily up to and including August 20 in MU in De Witte Dame, Emmasingel 20 in Eindhoven.
Open: Mon through Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 13.00-17.00.
During the film showings by Film1 Pleinbioscoop on the Lichtplein, MU will be open until 22.00 from Wed August 16 through Sat August 19.
Experimental Jetset, Yoshitomo Nara, Marc Atlans, Barry McGee, Richard Prince, Dondald Baechler, Tomoo Gokita, Stereo Type, M/M, Geoff McFetridge, David Shrigley, Shynola, French, Jeff Canhan, Josh Petherick, Katsuo Desing, Cody Hudson, Kiyoshi Kuroda, Misaki Kawai