Taking A dip

An initial letter for Alfieri e Figli, Italian beverage distributors extraordinaire.
More letters coming soon.

 

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Kuvva

Someone found a home in the gallery.

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A floor missing a tipi at Kuvva Gallery in Amsterdam.

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Absolut Ambered

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Absolut Amber is an oak barrel aged Absolut vodka. Designed together with Björn Atldax.
(A bit of old news, never got around posting it when it was first released, but better late than never.)

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Kuvva

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Impressions are something hard to put into words — or images. They are fleeting, fractured, and never give an objective overview of the experience. As such, no two impressions are ever the same and it is this that Karl Grandin seeks to explore with the show, “The Omnipollo,”at Kuvva Gallery. Herein, the viewer is introduced to Omnipollo, the nomadic beer-brewing project headed by Karl Grandin and Henok Fentie, who design and brew small-scale batches of craft beer in cooperation with breweries around the world, and its mythology. The story of Omnipollo has grown, shifted and developed as the project has. It is no set thing but a shifting, organic project that, while spearheaded by these Swedish beer-enthusiasts, remains an individual experience.

This is all created through an exploration of Grandin’s illustrations and designs that are graphic, minimalistic and colourful, yet maintain a psychedelic, even dark, air, tinged with a nagging incomprehensibility. The works presented in “The Omnipollo” all belong to the same mythology, the aesthetic explorations paralleling Omnipollo’s own forays into quality beer brewing, but in this exhibition become decontextualised and juxtaposed along new lines. In this way, rather than creating a prepackaged world to be consumed, the work creates a surreal atmosphere in need of translation, into which the viewer is plunged. The metaphor that springs to mind with Grandin’s artistic approach in this show is that of the rebus, but perhaps a more accurate comparison would be to a Rubik’s cube — a series of apparently disparate elements that come together with a bit of disentangling; an impression that crystallises only through viewer participation.

The gateway drug to this shifting, trippy cosmos is the beer around which the show is organised, created especially for Kuvva Gallery by Omnipollo, at Brouwerij de Molen. A purple-pink sour wheat made with raspberries and key lime, tasting this special brew will be the first step the visitor takes into the Omnipollo world, before being led around the space decorated with prints of past bottle illustrations, murals, and even a tipi designed by Grandin.

Come for the beer, stay for the art!

Join us for the public show opening on Friday September 18th, 17:30 to 22:00 at Kuvva Gallery, Pazzanistraat 33, 1014 DB, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, NL.

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Yellow bellies

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“Yellow belly” — a person who is without courage, fortitude, or nerve; a coward.
To us, one of the most cowardly deeds is to act anonymously, hiding behind a group.
A signifying trait of institutionalised racism.
This beer is brewed to celebrate all things new, open minded and progressive.
A peanut butter biscuit stout with no biscuits, butter or nuts. Taste, enjoy, and don’t be prejudiced.

Henok Fentie, Karl Grandin,
Denis Johnstone, Jake Oulsnam,
Geoff Quinn, Colin Stronge

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Yellow Belly is a beer brewed by Omnipollo and Buxton Brewery as part of the Siren Craft Brew Rainbow Challenge.

Cosmic rips

Hypnagoga, a show by Karl Grandin at Galleriet, Trädgården in Stockholm. July 8th to July 19th 2014.

I Galleriet på Trädgården visas ett platsspecifikt verk skapat av Karl Grandin direkt på väggen tillsammans med ramade teckningar. Utställningens titel är hämtad från det hypnagoga tillståndet; hallucinationer som inträffar vid insomnandet mellan vakenhet och sömn. I gränslandet mellan vår vedertagna verklighet och drömmens rymd blandas det yttre medvetandet med inre bilder, känslor och sinnesupplevelser från vårt undermedvetna. Karl Grandin (f. 1976, Stockholm) arbetar utifrån flera olika tekniker och uttryck. Hans illustrationer har synts på bok- och skivomslag, som affischer, i flertalet tidningar och i film. Grandin är del av designduon Vår tillsammans med Björn Atldax och en av grundarna av klädmärket Cheap Monday. Sedan 2011 driver han även ölmärket Omnipollo tillsammans med Henok Fentie.

Vernissage tisdag 8 juli, kl 17–21 (ingång via Skansbron). Utställningen Hypnagoga pågår till den 19 juli. Galleriets öppettider: måndag–tisdag 17–01, fredag–lördag 20-03, samt lördag 12–16.

För pressbilder och mer information kontakta Curator Ruth Anna Eriksson, info@verket.org

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11 years of Vår at Riche

11 posters created for Lilla Baren at restaurant Riche in Stockholm is now on display in the bar. The show is up until August 16th 2014. A limited edition of signed and numbered posters are for sale in the bar, 1000 SEK each.

Gruppen Vår, Karl Grandin och Björn Atldax, står bakom logotypen till Lilla Baren på Riche och har under 11 års tid levererat genialiska illustrationer till barens sommarklubbar. Vår har med ett lekfullt och fantasirikt uttryck fångat och speglat musiken och livet i Lilla Baren. Inspirationen kommer från så vitt skilda källor som Hieronymus Bosch, sport och dagsaktuella politiska händelser. Vår har alltid arbetat med en underliggande påminnelse om det undermedvetna och det är lätt att förlora sig i en av deras detaljrika illustrationer. Ofta finns det ett överflöd av element och nya upptäckter att finna i deras bilder. Vår skapar verk med humor och deras glädje smittar av sig till Lilla Baren och dess gäster.

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This Beer Kills Fascists

Painting from the Omnipollo & Siren Craft Brew Tap Takeover at Mikkeller Bar Stockholm, May 2014.

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Photos by Gustav Karlsson Frost.

The Temple of Hove

The Hove 2014 poster is here!

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