Evening Style Merchants. Went to the Modern Toss book launch exhibition, A Decade In The Shithouse (click) on Thursday. Thats a day late. It's at The Forge, Cymon Eccles gaff, on Shoreditch High Street (click). Missed the opening night due to work, but Jon&Mick were still there, signing books and being funny, very Jon&Mick. They're there this weekend too. Go and see them. I walked around the exhibition on own and found self opening LOLing at old and new stuff. So much of it is very funny. Some of it is really, dreadfully funny. Much of their work is beautiful to look at too. I bought a large print of this. Gonna frame it and put in the kitchen. That red is perfect 1968 Paris uprising red.
Le Travail C'est La Merede-From the work series.
Open Plan Filth Addict (click), for example in a large print is absolutely lovely. Sort of calm and expansive. Some of the old classics have been re-printed in vibrant colours. Jon's found out how to use an architect's printer and made a massive long wall poster. Forget what it said but it was great. He's into the idea of wallpapering your whole house with something mental, like a massive Space Argument or something. Some of their working models, like the beard growing picture/calendar are excellent. Of course the talking Periodic Table of Swearing is extremely popular. Visitors were making is pronounce profanities perpetually. They have proper dedicate fans. Droves of them.
Open Plan Filth Addict. Mick explained this is based on real life scenario.
There's the boys original photo-portraits from Loaded magazine (where we all met) up on the wall introducing them, with a big question asking why they can't draw properly. They explain that they draw in 'real time' to keep the flow going. Its good. The sweetest thing I observed though was how when Mick was doing signings, he writes "& Mick", leaving Jon to just write his name. Seems Jon also signs "Jon &" when he goes first. "You've gotta have a strategy" Mick explained, in a matter-of-fact manner. Its a brilliant, funny and enduring &.
Decade book out now (click).