The Folding Knife by McBess
The Folding Knife feature new work from McBess alongside specially commissioned artwork from a host of friends.
Thu 4th August 2011 – Sun 18th September 2011
The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4RH
I last reviewed work by French illustrator McBess (aka Matthieu Bessudo) at Pick Me Up this year. He's just released his third book Big Mother and to celebrate this he will be showing previously unseen canvas work, prints and 3D objects at The Book Club this August. His fascinatingly intricate work provides surreal snapshots of his own experiences, with The Folding Knife of the title refers to memories of a folding knife which was Matthieu’s most treasured childhood keepsake.
A collection of McBess' art from the last three years will be published this July by Nobrow and The Book Club will have the original book cover design on the wall. McBess has also invited artists and close friends who have inspired him to create new works for the exhibition. In keeping with the McBess form, all final artworks will be black and white. Contributors include Éditions Copains, run by two friends, Ugo Gattoni and Guillaume Singelin. Koa is known for fantasy artworks and is currently working on a book called Sang Noir. Michel Meier, Lisa Röper and Rita Fürstenau are graduates of the Arts and Design Kassel in Germany and now work together to help unknown illustrators publish their work. As Rotopol they will be creating one illustration each for The Folding Knife.