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We launched our latest book ‘The Erroneous Disposition of the People’ last night with a live music and art performance at Wilderthorn Presents… a monthly music and art night held at a community cafe in Brick Lane.

kahalia-041kahalia-036kahalia-008This wonderful book of poetry and prose is by James Wilkes, Eddie Farrell, Julie Rafalski, David Barnes and David Henningham.

The exhibition continues for the rest of this month (and a bit) at Kahalia here. We’re really pleased to contribute to the work this community cafe is doing.

You will see a drawing of St George as he might appear on a night out in Romford. A screenprint of John the Baptist wearing wellies, a glow in the dark camel head, and carrying a spare skull in his carrier bag.  Also a whole menagerie of watercolours with their own melodies – a looping score we performed last night. Scrolls with extracts from the book are everywhere…

Cafe Kahalia
135 Brick Lane
E1 6SB
London

Open every day
Mon – Fri 08:30 – 19:00
Sat – 09:00 – 19:00
Sun – 09:00 – 17:00

Read about the book here

Buy the book here

See the whole Erroneous Disposition of the People project here

We placed a listing in Aesthetica Magazine announcing our project An Unknown Soldier. If you saw us there – welcome to our website!

royal-poster

You can find everything about the whole project here.

We currently have two new superb screenprints underway, which are as yet unlisted, this time also using our foil debossing press on some of the details.

We have a gig to announce, happening in just two weeks time!

Henningham Family Press have teamed up again with the golden voiced Jon Bilbrough (Wilderthorn), to compose a collaborative piece of art and music. We will be playing from an oversized book; a bestiary depicting twelve animals in pigment and melody. For inspiration we plucked twelve animal related titles from Sir Thomas Browne’s 1646 book ‘Pseudodoxia Epidemica’, chapters such as “That the Ostridge digesteth Iron.” and “That a Badger hath the Legs of one side shorter than of the other.”

Jon Bilbrough playing with us at STK during LWF 2010

At Kahalia Cafe twelve indie players will perform this instrumental animal arrangement that loops like the DNA sheet music of our biosphere. This piece accompanies an exhibition of scrolls, screenprints and drawings that celebrate the publishing of the paperback and limited edition versions of our book “The Erroneous Disposition of the People” (James Wilkes, Julie Rafalski, Eddie Farrell, David Henningham & David Barnes). These five authors plunder Browne’s fascinating catalogue of extinct opinions. They lampoon our tendency to exchange fact for factoid; our insatiable appetite for facts that fuels an entire entertainment industry.

Date: Thursday 6th June 2013
Doors: 7.30
Entry: £3
Venue: Kahalia, 135 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
Exhibition continues for one month at Kahalia and is free.

We do hope you can join us for this evening of music/art/lampooning/fun!

Just to whet your appetites, here’s a YouTube clip from our last collaboration with Jon Bilbrough…

 

An Unknown Soldier and other recent acquisitions will be on show at the Saison Poetry Library as part of their 4th annual Open Day Poetic Censorship

11am – 6pm
FREE

Poetry Library
Level 5
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX

A stripped down Chip Shop  session took place in Random Row Bookshop in Charlottesville VA last week.  What a great reception we had from the good people of Virginia! Every seat was taken as we did a quick presentation about our work before requesting words to be printed. The Virginians chose ‘y’all’ and ‘Kudzu’, giving the event a Southern feel. And just like with potato chips, ‘chipboard’ in the USA is a totally different substance. We were hoping it would be… Thank you Charlottesville, New City Arts, Piedmont and Virginia Arts of the Book Center!

Two of our prints were selected for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

1) Austerity Measure

We knew our Credit Crunch edition was good, but we had no idea it would grace the pages of the Financial Times, be certified by a Central London accounting firm, and accepted by the Royal Academy.

Now the Summer Exhibition features its sibling; our Austerity Measure. This silkscreen print on 2mm greyboard was lasercut. It features unhinged economic phrases gleaned from Radio 4 over the last few years (thank you Robert Peston). When the financial system crashes it isn’t just the solid things; even language melts into thin air.

Austerity Measure
Henningham Family Press
2011
Edition 50
Screenprint and Lasercut on 2mm greyboard
46 x 35 cm
£180 (£320 framed)

Contact Summer Exhibition Sales Desk: 0207 300 5683


2) Kilnsea: In Obsolescence

“James Hobbs took two adjacent frames from a 16mm film that captures the turbulent tide at Kilnsea… and enlarged and reproduced them as a cyanotype. Two identical diagrams have been overlaid in a hot silver foil.” Art Review

James Hobbs
Kilnsea: In Obsolescence
Cyanotype with silver foil debossing on 400gsm Arches Aquarelle
Edition of 50
£120 (£230 framed)

Contact Summer Exhibition Sales Desk: 0207 300 5683

James’ print is one of three editions we commissioned and exhibited at Christie’s Auction House, to be available individually or as part of a 9 x 5in cloth-bound portfolio entitled ODDE. Find out more here.

Royal Poster (left aligned) by Henningham Family Press (below) was also shortlisted for this year’s hang.

Hello Friends,

Tomorrow we’ll be doing an opening spot with regular HFP collaboratee James Wilkes at a monthly event called POLYply.

We will be representing a project called Special Works School, revisiting the WW1 camouflage school that existed in Kensington Gardens, where Fine Artists trained in the aesthetics of subterfuge.

We will be road testing three pieces for three voices, woven as seamlessly together as a camouflage net,

  • SWS slides from the Imperial War Museum archives
  • Wilke’s ‘Runners and Risers’
  • extracts from HFP’s ‘An Unknown Soldier’

There won’t be any live printing in this show, so you don’t need to wear one of your Dad’s old shirts.

POLYply
Centre for Creative Collaboration
16 Acton Street
London WC1X 9NG

Nearest tube: King’s Cross
Buses: 17, 45 & 46

Thurs 19th April 2012
7pm
FREE

Click thumbnail to view image. All pictures taken by Julie Rafalski. Thank you Julie!

Wow, what started out as an experiment for Half-handed Cloud and the HFP became a totally SOLD OUT show! The email was ringing off the hook, there were people outside hoping to get in.. and those who did get in really made it a fantastic night for us by jumping in with both feet and braving a barrage of signs and music.

We began in the vestry, where punters passed through two halves of a covenant heifer to receive the first screenprint of the limited edition poster. A parade followed, through processional spaces to a brightly lit chapel. After this first set we emerged into a dark church where, behold, the poster was glowing in the dark! Lights on, and a picnic was laid out and the second print was done. More lights and the rest of the church was revealed, and our team of uniformed ushers transformed into a full band to play a set of new songs.

Thank you to all who came and made it a great night. And thank you to the band (L2R): Kerry Yong, Ping (hfp), Efe, John Ringhofer (HhC), Gavin Wright, Jon Haines, David (hfp) and Gaby Haines. More pictures and video will follow!

Two of our screenprints have just been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection.

Royal Poster (left aligned) and Imperial Poster (fully justified), are both works from our An Unknown Soldier series, which mediatates on the meaning of a memorial to an unknown soldier in the age of DNA testing. Does he now embody our desire to ignore the past, rather than remember?

We used three bespoke fonts to evoke the anatomy of trench warfare and, using old-fashioned paper sizes, we alluded to call-up posters, papers, and martial instruction manuals. The block letters are topped with patterns redolent of security envelopes. Royal Poster (Left Aligned) is red and silver on turquoise paper and reads, ‘Thee must hebeas n corpus fur tet corps un see’, roughly translated, ‘you must have a body for this body of men, I see’. The fluorescent yellow, cyan and silver Imperial Poster (fully justified) reads ‘Let nuh great unborn pre-empt nuh dead’.

As well as the National Art Library, the V&A Museum has a wonderful study room where people can look at the extensive collection of prints and drawings without an appointment. You can tell as soon as you walk into the Sackler Centre that this is an institution engrossed in contemporary artistry and craftsmanship, with a thriving events programme.

Many of our prints and publications have been acquired by major collections:

Tate
University College London
Chelsea College of Art
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Winchester School of Art
De Bijloke, Ghent
Trykkeriet, Bergen

and now the Victoria and Albert Museum, ensuring that however poorly we maintain our toaster, our work will avoid destruction.