If you’re a fan of Batman, modern art, and you’ll happen to be in London the week that Batman: Arkham Knight is released, then you’ll definitely want to check out the “Cape and Cowl” art exhibit taking place in celebration of the release of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight.
WB Games UK has teamed up with twenty of the most exciting contemporary artists and media celebrities to celebrate the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight with a new exhibition reimagining the Caped Crusader’s iconic Cape and Cowl headpiece. Using life-sized replicas of Batman’s famous costume as a blank canvas, each artist and celebrity will produce their own unique interpretation of the Dark Knight’s attire.
Featuring celebrities from the worlds of TV, film, music and fashion, such as Jonathan Ross, Noel Clarke, Eliza Doolittle and Jodie Kidd and high profile artists such as Nancy Fouts, Lauren Baker, Hayden Kays, Inkie, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, Matt Small, Jon Burgerman, Case, CRASH, Cyclops, Kid Acne, Logan Hicks and Pure Evil, the exhibition will run through the launch week of Batman: Arkham Knight.
Produced and curated by Moniker Projects, the Batman: Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl Exhibition will run at:
Kachette, 347 Old St., Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LP
(nearest stations Liverpool Street, Old Street & Shoreditch High Street)
Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 June – 11am to 9pm
Sunday 28 June – 11am to 5pm
The featured exhibit photos below include:
Lauren Baker – ‘Acid Rain‘
Multidisciplinary artist Lauren Baker explores transitions between life, death and rebirth whilst delivering an aesthetic value that has seen her work featured in The V&A, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
The corrosive Gotham rain falls upon the dark night. Batman is unmoved. Shrouded in darkness, he fights for the light.
INSA – ‘High Heels And Low Lifes’
Globally renowned artist INSA has painted his work across the world, carved in ice in the Arctic, painted on mud huts in Africa and recently completed one of the biggest paintings on the planet photographed from space.
For Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl INSA has transformed Batman with his trademark INSA graffiti fetish pattern.
The Connor Brothers – ‘Becoming Yourself’
The Connor Brothers’ work explores the concepts of truth and fiction, often blurring the line between the two.
‘Becoming Yourself’ is a modern take on the Memento Mori – even superheroes must accept their mortality.
Zeus – ‘Batman Under Construction’
London artist Zeus has been drawing inspiration from urban culture to create dynamic, experimental compositions that have re-defined graffiti.
A megalithic monument for Gotham City is under construction to celebrate the cape crusader.
Matt Small – ‘The city corrodes us all’
Matt Small’s artworks are inspired by the city and its people. The grit, the grime, the energy is what Small seeks to capture in the pieces that he creates.
‘The city corrodes us all’ depicts the Dark Knight as corroded and dilapidated. The corruption, criminality, the grime, the urban decay have finally become one with the Batman.
Cyclops – “Somewhere on the Spectrum’
Cyclops is a London-based artist, working across a variety of media.
Somewhere on the Spectrum uses the idea that the colour black contains all other colours and represents this by adorning the normally iconic black mask with an optimistic rainbow.
Nancy Fouts – ‘One for All, All for One’
Modern day surrealist and art prankster Nancy Fouts reinterpretations of inanimate objects tilts the original meaning of the object used on its head to such an extent that its original meaning becomes obsolete and a new significance is revealed.
For Batman: Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl Nancy Fouts has reconstructed Batman’s Cowl out of a collection of all people and all things. He is made of many pieces.
Case – ‘Till Death Do Us Part’
Andreas von Chrzanowski aka CASE is a German graffiti artist and one of four members of the “Maclaim Crew”. Case is widely recognised as a pioneer in the art of spray-can photo-realistism.
The alliance between Batman and Bruce Wayne is life-long, they will be parted only by death.
Other participating celebrities and artists include:
Jonathan Ross OBE has had an illustrious broadcasting career spanning almost 20 years across British television and radio. Known affectionately as Wossy to fans, Jonathan is vocal about his passion for comic books, videogames and pop culture.
Jodie Kidd is an internationally acclaimed presenter and model. Having started her career modelling for the top fashion houses and luxury brands, Jodie has also had huge success off the catwalk on the race track, polo field and as a broadcaster, presenting The Classic Car Show and CNN Equestrian.
Noel Clarke is a London based Actor, Producer and Director known for Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Adulthood (2008) and Kidulthood (2006). Clarke most recently starred in ITV drama Chasing Shadows and produced, Directed & starred in the Universal picture ‘The Anomaly’
Eliza Doolittle was born and raised in London and is a platinum-selling artist who has penned hits such as ‘Pack Up’ & ‘Skinny Genes’. Her collaboration with massive dance duo Disclosure delivered the garage anthem of that summer, ‘You & Me’, and she is now working on her third studio project.
Pam Glew is a contemporary British artist, known for her unique bleaching technique on vintage fabrics and flags.
Hayden Kays is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. Kays is classically trained while being ruthlessly contemporary.
Growing up in NYC during the 60’s and fascinated by the Subway system, Crash’s style became a hybrid of Pop and the Graffiti style of the 70’s. Crash’s aesthetic bridged the gap from the street to the gallery scene of the early 80’s.
Bristol-bred, London-based graffiti king and inventor of Ink Nouveau paints his signature female forms and classic wildstyles in cities across the globe.
A child of contemporary London and San Francisco, Pure Evil is also a child of his times. A painter based in London’s East End and famous for his ‘nightmare series’ of crying ladies.
Internationally acclaimed New York-based British Artist, Jon Burgerman, is known for his iconic compositions and ‘doodles’, spreading his message of creativity and fun across the globe.
Kid Acne is an artist, illustrator, print-maker and MC. His work can be seen around the world in murals and gallery shows from LA to Azerbaijan and his inimitable style of illustration has adorned products for some of the world’s leading brands.
Logan hicks is a NY-based painter who uses stencils to produce his work. His art is driven by an interest in the urban environment and how people interact within it.