Illustrator Quentin Jones and set designer Robert Storey stage a graphic takeover of The Vinyl Factory
Illustrator, filmmaker and one-time Wallpaper* Handmade cover artist Quentin Jones has joined forces with long-time collaborator and set designer Robert Storey for a new exhibition, ’The Fractured and the Feline, at The Vinyl Factory Space in London. The pair have commandeered the Brewer Street Car Park space, where sculptures by Storey loom large over Jones’ disjointed, wrong-but-right collages.
Storey has created an immersive environment in which to showcase Jones’ work, playing with negative space, light and reflective surfaces to echo the artist’s disorientating aesthetic. ’There’s a sense of organised chaos in our work. Quentin’s art doesn’t necessarily look like it should go together,’ says Storey, whose exhibition design evokes this with great effect.
A trio of Storey’s gargantuan, geometric sculptures open the show, which then flows through three makeshift rooms of Jones’ work. ’The archive room is very much a pin-board of all Quentin’s work,’ said Storey. A mirror-lined projection room plays a selection of her films, while the final space features a series of large-scale collaged paintings that Jones created especially for the show. The eight new works - over-painted with broad brush strokes - have been translated into a limited run of A1-sized prints for sale for £350 each.
’I had known I wanted to do an exhibition for a while, to have the excuse to make new work outside of a commercial brief and generally challenge myself,’ says Jones. ’I started talking to Robert about what we could do. We sort of wanted to do everything - show films, build sculptures, and create new spaces to cover in new work. By working with him my ideas could become so much bigger.’ The duo have been volleying ideas between them since they were introduced four years ago.
Jones’ distinctive cut-and-paste style has led to high-profile commissions with fashion brands including Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, and Louis Vuitton, while Storey has worked on sets for Nike and Nicholas Kirkwood. His window installation for Matches Fashion is in situ now and the retail space he’s designed for Christopher Kane at Harrods will be unveiled on 24 November.