EXHIBITION : Never Ever, Ever After – First Editions

Passersby have no doubt been wondering why the Batch-Makers studio has been in such disarray lately – it really has been turned upside down the past few nights…

No we’ve not been burgled… the reason the arch is such a jumble at the moment is that it has been the site of intense industry! Spencer has been preparing for his debut solo show with new work under the title Kid In Deed (site underway – linking soon)…

The exhibition launches on Thursday 12th, with drinks and DJ, at 6pm at Old Portsmouth’s very excellent Jack House Gallery. You are all welcome to come along!

Entitled “Never Ever Ever After – First Editions” the artwork you’ll find will be hand-pulled screenprints of book cover designs; pulp fiction illustration, slick lyrical graphics for collections of prose and a gritty piece for an essay on hype… the thing is, these books don’t exist – well, they didn’t, outside Spencer’s daydreams that is.

Confused? hopefully not… Intrigued? we hope so…

…scroll below for the official blurb taken from the Jack House site jackhousegallery.co.uk


“5 Nights On The Tiles With Elster”  7 colour screenprint – one of the imaginary books never published by the equally imaginary publishing house Killer Crush.

“Nestled on the shoreline of the British south coast, a printmaker dreams of being a world renowned author. A spinner of compelling fiction, an eloquent essayist and no-holds-barred biographer of femmes fatale, scuzzy rock’n’rollers and, all manner of calamitous daredevils the world has never heard of…With clunky prose and unpalatable verbosity, however, not to mention his distinct inability to execute a single satisfying conclusion to any false-start narrative, a scribe’s life has been kept out of reach. Despite this, armed with a print press and an urge to publish, Spencer (of Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables) has chosen to simply bypass the writing part of being a writer.

‘Never Ever, Ever After – First Editions’ is a show that sees the launch of a new ongoing project released under the moniker Kid In Deed… the collection showcases the book cover designs of an author who never was, Kid Freeman, arranged both by genre and different (fictional) publishing companies that never have, and never will, put these books into circulation.

Imaginatively self-mocking and high on style, this exhibition of empty book covers is not devoid of content, but aims rather to conjour the stories from the audience, demonstrating our sophisticated, media savvy abilities to judge a career by its covers.”



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