For armchair roadtrippers everywhere, The Vauxhall Collective, creative talent behind the Art Car Boot Fair and, of course, Vauxhall Fashion Scout, the forum for up and coming designers at On/Off London Fashion Week, has set up shop at The Idea Generation Gallery for a four day pop up exhibition running from today until Saturday 25th July.
Vauxhall has identified six of the country’s brightest creative stars and set them a challenging commission on the theme of The Great British Road Trip.
The resulting exhibition includes photographs of the Scottish landscape inspired by Daguerre’s dioramas, a film that visits the self-declared King of the British Eccentrics, an art exhibition inspired by Funhouses, a 1950s tea party followed by a 1980s wedding reception, a glamorous, metallic leather driving set and a collection of design objects based on lost British craft techniques.
Innovative, film maker Ben Rivers has produced a short film called I know where I’m going. He travelled the length and breadth of the UK for two months to bring us snapshots of some of the most eccentric, and intriguing, individuals in Britain. Shown throughout the exhibition, the film debuted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June.
The Funhouse installations created by fine artist, Matthew Darbyshire, who exhibited at the Tate Triennial and the Hayward Gallery this year, are a comment on today’s pop culture from New Labour regenerative architecture to reproductions of design classics in mobile phone shops.
And then of course, there’s Jonathan Kelsey, shoe maestro of Mulberry fame, who knows full well that you should never embark on any trip without being properly accessorized. He has produced a limited run of luxury driving sets including state-of-the-art driving gloves that are far too sexy just to keep in the car. These are also available to buy on the Vauxhall Collective website so snap ’em up before they go west.
Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB