In February 2012 we curated and produced Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’, the first major solo exhibition of work by Emma Richardson at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, East London.
The exhibition consisted of two groups of works, corresponding to the first two albums by Band Of Skulls, for whom Richardson is the bassist. The first series formed the artwork for their debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, released in 2009, when Richardson’s paintings were photographed and then digitally manipulated to create the cover. The process was extended and developed for their second album, Sweet Sour, for which Richardson worked with the designer Vincent Toi and the creative team at The PHI Centre in Montreal, Canada, who by turn enlisted glass artists Cédric Ginart and Karina Guevin to make a glass sculpture inspired by Richardson’s paintings. The resulting collaboration was photographed and became the cover image for the album.
Music is a key part of Richardson’s life, and she acknowledges a strong link between her musical and her artistic outputs, enlisting similar processes of re-working and revisiting until a finished product is reached within both disciplines. The relationship between the two mediums is a reciprocal marriage of creativity, with the music informing and inspiring her paintings, and the paintings lending the music a visual identity.
As well as curating the exhibition, we also organised the launch party, which received over 400 VIP guests.