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Conquer Gear launch new “Memories” exhibition
Conquer Gear, the #illustratedstorytellers, are launching a postcard art inspired exhibition called “Memories”. When was the last time you bought an underwhelming holiday postcard to send home from an expedition?
Conquer Gear, the #illustratedstorytellers, are launching an exhibition called “Memories”
You are cordially invited to the press advance preview launch: Thursday 27th March, 3pm – 6pm, The Montage, 33 Dartmouth Rd, London, SE23 3HN
Exhibition: 26th March - 8th April
When was the last time you bought an underwhelming holiday postcard to send home?
We love to share our travels with the unlucky ones left behind in wet, windy England with social media allowing more of an instantaneous sharing experience, but does it lose the personal and tactile touch of a good old-fashioned photo postcard? The nostalgia of jotting down a story on the back of a postcard and popping it in the post gives a much more personal touch for the recipient, something that they would wish to keep pinned to their pinboard at home.
With this idea in mind, a group of artists from Conquer Gear set out on an urban exploration into forgotten territories. Searching for those hard to find and abandoned spaces that are not in the guidebooks. Places that hadn't been given the postcard treatment before.
With a collection of our printed illustrations, some wallpaper paste, a camera and our wits, we travelled across the UK and to Berlin and back searching for abandoned spaces that would make beautiful backdrops for our drawings and create an interesting narrative for our photographs.
Returning home from our urban sightseeing expedition we set out to make our photographs into the two postcard packs. Each postcard has one of our stories on the back; a memory we formed, but want the viewer to interpret for themselves.
Who is Conquer Gear? An independent UK illustration and clothing label, started by artists with a fair trade, organic ethos and a desire to leave a legacy of imagery and collaboration. We call ourselves the #illustratedstorytellers and think that rather than enjoying design alone, why not have stories behind the illustrations you wear or art you hang on your walls at home?
The label is spearheaded by the provocative illustrations of Tomoya Hiramatsu and all projects are curated by Sebastian Stobbs. The two friends founded the label after leaving Central St Martins Art College. They wanted to turn their love of illustration and print into a livelihood that would fund their art habit.
Urban Exploring is a pastime for the more unusual sightseer out there. Finding beauty in the decay of spaces appealed to us as artists and created a complimentary narrative to the silkscreen prints we are launching for the memories collection. There are many people scaling huge towers and grandiose buildings, but we wanted to capture a more personal story in the photos.
The Memories exhibition includes the following items of art and artists:
Photo Prints: Mirroring a movie still with its panoramic view, we have 12 photographs by Anthony Lycett (250 edition).
Hand silkscreen Prints: Nine illustrations by Tomoya Hiramatsu, (200 edition).
Postcards: Series 1 & 2, (500 edition of each)
T-Shirts: A selection of the print designs are available on organic and ethical clothing.
Please enquire for promotional items for giveaways and features!
Contact Sebastian Stobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:Sebastian@
for further information.