A new tier of artwork, produced under a new name “Kid In Deed” has been in development for some time now, as an aside to the produce of Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables. The purpose of this new outlet is to allow more conceptual and experimental work to go into production but without “stretching the Petting Zoo brand”.
Though the work’s full scope is still being imagined and themes explored, an initial preview show of prints by Kid In Deed has debuted at Old Portsmouth’s Jack House Gallery, a site close to the Batch-Makers Print Studio at the Hotwalls artist spaces, one of the key projects Petting Zoo has been lucky enough to be involved in recently.
Care has been taken for this initial stage to be simply a side-step from the output of the Zoo rather than seeming like a total confusing departure. The show, entitled “Never Ever, Ever After – First Editions” is an exhibition of screen-prints, employs typography, and harks back to various eras of retro fashion and graphic design. The idea behind the work however is more daring and exposing than anything Spencer / The Zookeeper / K.I.D. has done previously and already these first works have been more revealing and personal than he has felt comfortable showing before.
Nearing the show’s end Spencer is giving a talk about the exhibition at the Jack House Gallery… this has not exactly been kept a secret, but with this all being new territory, and with hype being so distasteful to the artist, the information has been leaked rather carefully.
Meet Spencer and learn about Kid In Deed tomorrow, at the Jack House Gallery between 2 and 4pm