SENSIBILITY AND WONDER
JOHN DOVE & MOLLY WHITE
In search of the origin of Street fashion and Punk.
The first solo exhibition in Japan by John Dove and Molly White,
artists beloved by Sid Vicious, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.
JOHN DOVE & MOLLY WHITEwww.johndove-mollywhite.co.uk
An artist John Dove from Norwich (1943-) and a textile designer Molly White (1944-) formed an artistic duo in London, 1964. They are known for influencing Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren who are considered to be the exponents of the PUNK MOVEMENT.The pair produced fully printed T-shirts and jackets under the label “WONDER WORKSHOP” in the 60’s. Their products were sold at boutiques such as “Paradise Garage” in London where “Worlds End” stands today and“Ians” in New York. The graphic T-shirt had earned recognition as a fashion item through their productions and became popular in London and abroad.In 1976 they opened a shop “KITSCH-22” and launched their own cult label “MODZART” Various artists and musicians that symbolize the 70’s loved their T-shirts; Iggy Pop, Mark Bolan, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Sid Vicious and Paul McCartney enjoyed wearing the T-shirts and jackets for their concerts and in their private time. Dove and White’s works have been included in many museum shows including The Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK, TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Netherlands and many other museums and galleries around the world.After Paul Stolper Gallery in London became their main gallery in 2009, Dove and White have continued to present a body of works,which comprised not only their drawings and collage, but also screen-prints on hand-made rag paper made from recycled T-shirts with original artworks with which they used to print T-shirts in the 60’s and 70’s. Many of contemporary artists in London including Damien Hirst are collectors of their artworks.Dove and White have also reproduced fashion items created in the past. In collaboration with Lewis Leathers, the iconic leopard head jacket worn by Iggy Pop for the back cover of 1973’s Raw Power had been re-editioned and was on display at Trading Museum Comme des Garçons in 2013. Additionally,they’ve worked with the curator Yusuke Koishi for NOAVENUE project in 2015, to reprint the Strawberry Jacket that Paul McCartney wore in 1973.
CURATOR YUSUKE KOISHI (KLEINSTEIN CO., LTD.) kleinstein.comk