Kill Your Darlings
21 July – 23 October 2011
This summer, the Millennium Gallery will celebrate the work of one of the UK’s foremost urban artists, Kid Acne. Featuring work from throughout his career alongside a series of new commissions, Kill Your Darlings represents Kid Acne’s first solo show in his home city of Sheffield.
Kill Your Darlings is a motto used by writers to describe the painful process of cutting cherished characters or scenes which don’t serve their overall story. Revisiting some of the iconic creations which have helped to establish Kid Acne’s international reputation, the show will celebrate the DIY ethic and often transitory approach he has refined over the years. Murals, illustrations and sculpture will trace the development of his work and show how he has carried the wit and subversion from his days as a graffiti artist and fanzine creator through into adult life as a designer, artist and musician.
Showcasing the sheer diversity of Kid Acne’s work, Kill Your Darlings will feature comic books, record sleeves, flyers, fanzines, sketch books and screen prints, as well commercial commissions such as skateboard graphics, vinyl toys and porcelain figures. The exhibition will also debut a series of new work, including large scale sculptures, paintings and a live-action short film.
Kid Acne’s art career began with an appearance on Rolf’s Cartoon Club at the age of twelve. Within a year, he’d started writing graffiti inspired by its infinite scale, colour and immediacy. Alongside a small group of friends, he spent his teenage years making underground fanzines and releasing limited run 7”s on their Invisible Spies imprint. Applying the same DIY ethos to the rest of his output, his work can be seen throughout the globe – in wheatpastes and rap-sprays from New York to Azerbaijan. His signature style of illustrations have adorned products for the world’s leading brands, while the man himself continues to paint epic slogans in sub zero temperatures.
Kid Acne has exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally, including StolenSpace, London, Iguapop, Barcelona, Spain, Myymälä 2, Helsinki, Finland, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Western Australia, and Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, USA.
Events related to the exhibition:
Museum Late with Tramlines Festival
Friday 22 July, 6–8pm
Start the Tramlines weekend with some great British art as Kid Acne and John Martin collide. The Heebie Jeebies (live) + South Yorks DJs and bar courtesy of Thornbridge. Plenty of activities will make for a great start to the weekend.
Free, no need to book
Lunchtime talk: Kid Acne
Thursday 18 August, 1pm–1.45pm
Join Kid Acne to find out more about his studio practice and how the exhibition was created.
Free, no need to book
Workshop: Printing with Kid Acne
Sunday 28 August, 11.30am–4pm
Join Kid Acne for a printmaking workshop in which he’ll help you create your own T-shirt designs.
All materials provided.
Suitable for all abilities.
£25/£22.50 Please book in advance on 0114 278 2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org