Stolenspace in association with Penguin Books bring "Never Judge...?" to London

Juxtapoz // Friday, 26 Nov 2010
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Had we not followed the old saying "Never judge a book by the cover," we would never had read Jonathan Franzen's fantastic new book, Freedom. There is a reason why the saying exists. Stolenspace Gallery has teamed up with Penguin Books for Never Judge . . . ?, a group exhibition featuring modern takes by artists of classic books in the Penguin archives.

Each artist in Never Judge . . . ? was asked to paint, print, etch, sculpt, photograph to create a book cover for a novel of their choice,  a book that has inspired them, a book that has had a profound impact on them or a book that they remember fondly as a child, and all that Stolenspace asked was that they create their original artwork to the traditional format and size of a Penguin book 198mm (h) x 129mm (w).

The image above is Graham Dolphin 'First and Last 5 Pages', a drawing on paperback book (The text drawn into the cover is from the first and last five pages of The Catcher In The Rye. The first 5 pages run down the cover, the last 5 pages run up until they meet.)

The idea for the show already is very interesting, as so many important novels have iconic covers in various editions and countries, and to have a whole new re-imagination should make for a solid group show.


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Tara McPherson's 'Bridget Jones's Diary':

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Anthony Lister's 'Steppenwolf':

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A lot of artists are in the show, as you can see:

Alex Fakso, Alexander Korzer Robinson, Alexone, Alex Trochut, All City Media, Anders Nilsen, Andrew Council, Angela Lizon, Anthony Burril, Anthony Lister, Arth Daniels,  Blek Le Rat, Brad Downey, Brian Cairns, Buff Monster, C215, Chris Levine, Chris Stain, Chistopher Silas Neal, CRASH, CUM, Cyclops, DEM, D*FACE, David Bray, David Gentleman, Dave Kinsey, David Walker, Dominique Holmes, Eelus, EINE, Elsa Mora, EMA, Evan Hecox, Faris Badwan, Filthy Luker, Gabriel Dubois, Gary Taxali, Gerald Laing, Graham Dolphin, gray318, Hanna Melin, Hellovon, Ian Stevenson, James Alexander Burbidge, Jaybo, Jeff Antebi, Jeff Fisher, Jeff Soto, Jim Houser, Jonathan Darby, Jon Burgerman, John Pound, John Slade, Julie Verhoeven, Hanna Melin, Kai & Sunny, Kate Gibb, Kathryn Macnaughton, Kid Acne, Kristian Hammerstad, KRSN, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Herald, Marta Cerda, Matt Eco, Matt Small, Methane Studios, Michael De Feo, Mike Stilkey, Miss Van, Mr Jago, Mysterious Al, Mudwig, Parra, Pete Fowler, Rico, Ripo, ROA, Ronzo, Roxanne Jackson, Rul/Vomitorium, Russell Maurice, Russ Mills, Ryan Bubnis, Sam Flores, SAN, Shepard Fairey, Sickboy,  Skull Phone, Steff Plaetz, Sylvia Ji, Tara McPherson, The London Police, Tim Bessell, Tom J Newell, Toshikazu Nozaka, Tristan Eaton, Usugrow, Viktor Vauthier, Vinnie Nylon, Will Barras, WK Interact, Word To Mother, Zosen . . .

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Never Judge . . . ?
A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books
December 3—December 23, 2010
Stolenspace Gallery
London, England

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