23rd March – 20th May 2016
HIX ART is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by British artist K-tee.
K-tee has long used weaponry in her work, and in this show she takes the distinctive American army MK II hand grenade, known colloquially as the ‘pineapple’, to create a series of small and medium scale sculptures.
The first series is comprised of four grenades molded in plastic. Each of these appears to have been bitten into, and reveals a soft centre filling – fondant egg, honeycomb, Turkish delight and caramel. The artist was first drawn to the idea after a friend who collects replica weapons showed her a decommissioned grenade, which she felt looked like something you might eat. The second series are the same grenades, but larger scale and bisected, which hang on the walls.
Says K-tee: ‘I love the engineering aspect of weapons in general … they are deadly and nasty objects but not everyone sees them the way I do. I want the viewer to feel the same, to forget about what it does, almost to camouflage the object behind beautiful images.’
To complement the show, K-tee has teamed up with the award-winning chef Tom Kerridge and one of the world’s leading patisserie chefs, Claire Clark, to produce a limited edition set of grenades made out of chocolate. These will be sold at the gallery. A separate press release about the chocolate grenades is available on request.
For more information, please contact Albany Arts Communications:
Carla von der Becke, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mark Inglefield, email@example.com
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Notes to Editors:
After attending the Kent Institute of Art and Design, K-tee spent fifteen years working in various props departments. She has worked on over thirty films, including Harry Potter, James Bond and Captain America. Her work has been exhibited at: Decoratum; Leydon Gallery; The Lulu Guinness store; Brick Lane Gallery; Beautiful Crime Gallery and Westbank Gallery.
About Tom Kerridge:
Tom Kerridge is a professional English chef who has worked at a variety of British restaurants. With his wife Beth, he opened the gastropub The Hand & Flowers in 2005 and within a year gained his first Michelin star. He won a second Michelin star – the first time a pub had done so – 7 years later. As a chef he has appeared on the Great British Menu, MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen. Since 2015, he has presented Food and Drink on BBC Two.
About HIX ART:
HIX ART was established by the restaurateur and author Mark Hix in 2012. It is located in the basement of Tramshed on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, London, and is run by Director Sophie Harriott. It stages up to eight exhibitions annually, and its curatorial programme embraces a wide range of artists, from the established to the undiscovered.
About the collaboration:
The collaboration between K-tee and Tom Kerridge came about through the Beautiful Crime Gallery, which worked with the chef and his restaurant, The Hand and Flowers, when their Shoreditch gallery launched in March 2015. Part of its debut exhibition was K-tee's Ming vase grenades which Kerridge saw and bought. Beautiful Crime, which was co-founded in 2006, also produced the Supersuits sculpture exhibition of Tom's wife, Beth Cullen Kerridge in October last year. Beautiful Crime proactively seeks out new and alternative creative playgrounds for their artists through projects with brands and connoisseurs in other creative arenas.