We've been hinting at it for many months now, but we are finally ready to announce our partnership with Back to Basics and Leeds Gallery, towards an exhibition of original art that opens next Friday, 17 February 2012.
“It was a case of either go out and kick the fuck out of something, or channel our energy into something constructive. Although I chose a career in the music industry, there was a time when I seriously considered a different path, in art. I was inspired by the work of Jamie Reid (an artist I came to know personally, and who designed our 1st birthday flyer - making him the only other person to design a Basics flyer) and I was excited by the possibilities of plagiarising other peoples’ work, taking existing and often already iconic images and overlaying them with my ideas to make a statement about the world outside.I’ve always approached each flyer as a piece of art, prioritising the image and its message over the actual information about the night it was supposed to be promoting. I spent so much time refining the flyers, many were delivered late; so late in fact that the party had often already happened by the time the flyer went to print?!I look around at street culture today, at the work of artists like Banksy, and see a real connection between what we were doing then and what they are doing today. It’s crazy to think that there is so much of that work happening now, and not just on the streets - on greeting cards and t-shirts - it’s totally part of the mainstream, and yet back then we were the only ones doing it.”
“There’s people who make things happen.There’s people who watch things happen.There’s people who say what happened.What happened?”Dave Beer, 1996