The cult Berlin gallery Neurotitan will host a group exhibition of five Belgrade-based artists under the title EXIT THROUGH THE GLORY HOLE: Pervert’s Guide to Belgrade’s Graphic Underground, from June 7th – 24th, initiated by the Dis-patch collective and curated by Relja Bobić.
There has been a lot of talk and imagination around the more and less obvious parallels between one of Europe’s capitals of creativity Berlin, and the Serbian capital Belgrade. The history, the more or less diverse cultural mix, the decay, the creative young generations and their mark on the two cities… Many parties or cultural collaborations took place already, while informal connections, number of visiting art students in Berlin or artistic collaborations are blooming on their own, beyond the realms of “official culture”. It could be said that musically the two cities are very well connected, and it was indeed the festival Dis-patch (which had its 9 editions realized in the period 2002-2010) which was one of the main interfaces in presenting the exciting new sounds of the Berlin-based musicians and media artists to the local Serbian audience.
Ahead of their debut show at the Custard Factory this Saturday, we sat down with founding member Mister Millerchip for a little insight into new collective Brothers Of the Stripe…
IG: Who are Brothers of The Stripe?
MM: B.O.T.S are a collective of image makers working across the UK who work on a mixture of art, graphic design, and illustration projects: Kristian Jones, The Cloud Commission, Stephen Chan, Iain Sellar, FiST, Will Scobie, Mr The Beef, Joel Millerchip, and new recruit Patrick Schmidt.
Mr the Beef
What’s your concept/goal?
Our main goal is for each Brother to create an idea for an event in a city of their choice, then the whole collective gets together to make it happen. We plan to do 8+ shows all over the UK, promoting our practice and selling our wares…….. then move on to phase two…
Ed J Brown is an illustrator currently based in the Midlands. His inspirations stem from a background in screen printing which he has translated into digital illustration, using layers of limited colour and a catalogue of print textures and swatches. Ed grew up watching a lot of cartoons and reading a lot of comics; because of this he likes to include a sense of a narrative in almost everything he does.
Jonny Packham, a.k.a JAYPEE is a designer/ illustrator from Leeds. Creating weird and wonderful character design, much of his inspiration comes from cult icons like Ren & Stimpy, Beavis & Butthead and many more. In his hometown of Leeds, Jay is surrounded by street art and graffiti, which also feeds into his image making process.
Mr the Beef
High Rides & Low Tides’ is a brand new exhibition by the The Brothers of The Stripe collective. Having worked with many of the talented individuals that make up the group, we’re looking forward to checking out their show this June at the Custard Factory.
Inspired by imaginative rides via land and sea, the show aims to bring together a mix of individual illustration styles & a unique visual presentation of ideas. The Brothers of The Stripe are Stephen Chan, Joel Millerchip, Kristian Jones, FiST, The Cloud Commission, Iain Sellar, Will Scobie, and Mr The Beef; the exhibition will present originals, limited edition prints & much more!