One of my latest assignments for uni was all about going to different art events and write up a log about them so I ended up going to have a look at SHOWstudio’s exhibition- Moving Kate.
The exhibition was a showcase of images of Kate Moss through the eyes of 30 fashion illustrators commissioned by Nick Knight celebrating the model and the fashion surrounding her throughout her career.
The gallery is kind of pretentious and you get that vibe from walking around it, which doesn’t take long. This was probably a reflection of the artwork and the industry from which Kate works within.
Greeting you at the front door was a large photograph of Kate Moss which had a paragraph below outlining the meaning behind the exhibition and why SHOWstudio decided to celebrate Moss in their studio space. This had a lot to do with her achievements within the fashion industry and I think this was shown in the art they put on the walls.
In order to try and portray her personality through the art, headphones and iPads were set up where the viewer could listen to old interviews. I found this interesting and a bit of a modern touch on a typical art exhibition.
One of the things I enjoyed most about the artwork was the colour scheme that seemed to run throughout most of the pieces. The aesthetics were soft and easy to look at which was surprising due to the fact that they were done by completely different artists.
The best thing about the exhibition in my opinion was unseen footage of Kate they had playing on iPads around the room. It made it feel more exclusive and gave the exhibition more of a purpose.
Although the atmosphere in the gallery was less than welcoming, one other enjoyable factor to me was the way each artist was polar opposite in style. The illustrations of Moss went from bright, bubbly cartoons to nude paintings and simple pencil drawings. Some of the pictures were barely recognisable.
At first I wasn’t sure how to feel about this but as I looked over more of the images I began to appreciate that the illustrations are just interpretations of how the artist views the subject, and that will never be the same as anyone else’s interpretation.
My favourite part of the exhibition was the “Pinpression: Kate Moss 2005” which was literally an impression of the side of her face with yellow, green and orange glitter. I think this was creative and it also made the event feel more personal despite it being about a very non-personable person.
There was something new and different to be seen in every image and I think that says a lot about how diverse Moss is as a model herself.