Collector’s Edition book and exhibition : August 19th – 31st, 2014
KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB Mon–Sat (10–5)
Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics authored by Stuart Tolley, showcases the new wave of lovingly-produced collector’s, limited or deluxe editions being created for the music, book and magazine industries. A soon-to-be published book (18 August, Thames & Hudson), it brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design from limited-edition magazines with multiple cover options to lavish vinyl box sets supplied with a wealth of extras. Organised into four sections – Boxed, Multiples, Hand and Extras – it features a broad range of formats and genres. From a deluxe limited-edition box set of In Rainbows, Radiohead’s seventh studio album designed by their long-time creative collaborator Stanley Donwood to the ultra-rare and expensive publication The Vatican Secret Archives, hand-bound in the Vatican and produced in an edition of just 33 copies, author Stuart Tolley explores the rise of highly crafted items made using the latest production techniques.
The objects demonstrate the creative possibilities print continues to offer in the digital age and the massive increase in vinyl record sales and independent publishing in recent years however author Stuart Tolley’s curation shows that many of the most innovative examples in the book often combine analogue and digital technology to great effect. Collector’s Edition celebrates the passion and dedication that connects creators and collectors and now a number of these objects are being brought together for the first time. This original exhibition at KK Outlet, curated by Stuart Tolley will feature a number of the most special items from Collector’s Edition including the art edition of Bjork’s eighth studio album, Biophilia, featuring ten tuning forks all tuned to a different track from the album; the limited edition of Other Criteria’s monograph on Ashley Bickerton designed by Stefan Sagmeister and featuring a wooden slipcase carved in Bali (where the artist lives), a signed print of Bickerton’s work and pressed orchids; and the Flaming Lip’s Gummy Song Skull, a life-size gummy skull housing a four track EP on a USB stick buried inside gummy candy.
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