Tuesday, 29 September 2009

( ( ( ( ( ( DOM THOMAS EXHIBITION ) ) ) ) ) )

Original art works from the archive of Dom Thomas.

'Paraphernalia' - running for a month from 9th October 2009 at the Rough Trade East store in London.

* Launch party featuring live in-store DJ set @ 7pm, 9th October*

'Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps' is released on 21st September 2009 on Brutal Music, on CD and Limited Edition vinyl.

Exclusive merchandise available on the night.

Having worked in the murky music and fashion industries for over 10 years as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator, Dominic Thomas can never be accused of being one-dimensional in his approach to design. From his seminal sleeve designs for 'Kings Of Convenience' to his subversive adverts for Adidas, his un-formulatic and spontanious ideas have resulted in a compelling, diverse portfolio.

'Paraphernalia' is an opportunity to view Dom Thomas' art works from the last few years, a myriad of ideas and processes in a wonderous, colourful presentation of his archive. Featuring his personal highlights including new and unseen works...

The driving force behind his work is to challenge, avoid being pigeon-holed or constrained to one medium. He seeks constant addition to his repertoire - dreaming of emulating the dynamic visuals of key movements from the past. There is always a thread throughout his work, experimenting with classic design elements and warping them into an idiosyncratic retro/future house-style. His most iconic works have materialised in the music industry, where he has produced sleeves designs for artists such as Badly Drawn Boy, Future Kings Of Spain and Cherrystones..

You will see his work from time to time, probably not relating the image in front of you with his other surreptitious designs.

As well as his continuing progression as a designer and music producer he finds time to run "Finders Keepers", a record label specializing in re-issuing world music with long time friend and associate Andy Votel. Together they design and package the sleeves lovingly, in the hope that these, as well as the music, will become artifacts in their own right.

This exhibition doubles up as a celebration of the launch of 'Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps', Dom Thomas' first release on the embryonic 'Brutal Music' label. A breathtaking musical collage mutating his artwork aesthetic into an exotic, sonic soundscape. Blurring passages from protest fueled France with politically-sensitized Turkish psychedelic beats: schizo Spanish sci-fi soundtracks together with scorching Lollywood club bangers - all lovingly distilled with liquified dreams of proto-Hacienda anthems. A mysterious, beaten-up global jukebox taking you to the dancefloor and beyond...

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