Posts Tagged ‘post punk’

Martin Wollerstam

Swedish illustrator and London resident Martin Wollerstam joins us in the top bar this week for White Leather Viper Club. He’s no stranger to Superstore however, with his work being featured both in group shows and his own solo show on our walls. His seemingly naive yet often dark and adult style of work really seems to resonate with people, so much so that his work has been used for Guy Gerber’s record label Supplement Facts, featured in both TimeOut and the New York Times and regularly used for flyers for Fabric’s Sunday night party WetYourSelf.

We posed some of our most burning questions about his art ahead of his set tomorrow and he even sent us a mix to give a taste of what lies ahead…

 

The Post-Punk-Funk by Martin Wollerstam on Mixcloud

 

 

You’ve had a few exhibitions here at Superstore- which has been your favourite and why?

I’d definitely say my solo show, Relationship Out Loud, that I had last summer. It was a cynical study of love related relationships. I guess people could relate to it as it seemed to be appreciated by quite a lot of people and I was very pleased with my drawings, especially the large A0 sized illustrations that I made specially for it.

Relationship Out Loud by Martin Wollerstam

You also create the flyers for WetYourSelf, the weekly Sunday night at Fabric… how did that come about?

A good friend of mine that used to live in London introduced me to one of the founders, Peter Pixzel, and after only three days living in London I went to my first, (and their second ever), WYS party that used to be at Aquarium. That first year I think I probably went to all their parties. I became friends with the WYS crew and they asked me to design their logo. Two years later when they moved to Fabric they felt it was a good idea for me to make the artwork for their flyers and yeah, here I am.

Can you tell us about the creatures that appear in all the WYS drawings and the narrative running through this year’s batch of flyers?

I wanted WYS to be something big that creates havoc over London. At first the humans ran in fear, then fought back, then both sides had to realise that they needed to work together and they became good friends.

The second year it was more about WYS giants having fun and more of a focus on individuals. 

And this year my idea was to follow a WYS giant growing up and each month’s flyer shows it meeting a new friend that added up to some kind of entourage. 

WetYourSelf June flyer

Your work can be quite dark- what inspires you?

It’s always been there. There’s something about the dark, the wicked, cynical humour and madness that appeal to me. I don’t find horror as entertaining though.

And don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a nice guy, hehe.

Earlier this year you had your work featured in the window of Selfridges. That must have been pretty exciting….

Yeah it was really fun. It was a collaboration with fashion designer William Richard Green for Selfridges’ Bright Young Things. I had made a tiled illustrated print for his collection and we made an installation taken from that print.

What’s the most unusual place your work has ever been featured?

Haha, I think it must be when I made live drawings projected on some stranger’s wedding in a barn in Essex. It was quite weird, because I wasn’t really sure what I was suppose to do and it was meant to be in the background while they had the reception dinner, but when I was about to start it turned into a performance instead. It was a bit of a high heartbeat and sweaty forehead of a moment, but they seemed to like it.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working day and night on a mural sketch for a competition that I’ve been chosen for together with five other artists. We’re competing to get one of two areas to decorate for a new culture centre in my hometown back in Sweden. It’s a high budget project and hopefully I have the opportunity to make a large mural. Fingers crossed.

What other large-scale murals have you done in the past?

Biggest I think must’ve been for an office in Stockholm, which they flew me over to play with last year.

What kind of music do you plan to play at White Leather Viper Club?

Post-punk, new wave, synth-pop and other nice synthy things from (or inspired by) the eighties. Yes, there’s where my heartbeats are.

And finally, what is your dancefloor killer track?

Hmm… hard one. Right at this moment I feel for dancing to Enola Gay with OMD.

Martin Wollerstam plays at White Leather Viper Club this Wednesday 15th August from 9pm – 2:30am.

For more information on his work visit: www.wollerstam.com

Stav B

Dalston Superstore is proud to launch a special new party called the T-Club, we asked promoter Stav B to give us the lowdown… 

You’ve been a fixture of London clubland for a while… Tell us about yourself!

A fixture? Haha! That is cute! I suppose I have become after all these years of diverse outings!
I have lived in london for 22 long, challenging and rewarding years and I still love london and constantly discover marvels and delights everywhere I go!
I am a visual artist, using photography and performance to manifest my work. It’s all about love and identity and they are dramatic, humorous visual spectacles. I have been an active, practising artist since 1993. I own and run a pop up cocktail bar, called Stav B’s Liquor Bar, where thematic one night only events and site specific approaching keep it fresh and alive, via the consumption of tailor made cocktails which I devise and mix. I also organise an avant garde night for women, called Queen Bees, which started romantically and nicely in a tiny bar in Brixton in 2006. All are welcome, but women take over the stage, the decks and the walls. Again, the theme is paramount for its character and Grace Jones its mascot. The T Club is my new venture, launching proudly this March at Dalston Superstore and I’m very excited about it. In between all this activity of conceiving, planning, curating, arranging, delegating and ultimately performing, I hold a full time job, endlessly socialising and cultivating my being…
 
What are your favourite places to go out?
 
For lunch, cake and camomile tea and TLC, I’ll go to Fabrica; for a meeting, lunch, dinner, an artist’s private view and club, you’ll find me at Dalston Superstore, which is perfect, friendly and open minded; Vogue Fabrics, for some downright sweating experience and supporting friend’s nights, Alibi, East Bloc and the old stint at The Joiners the last minute for a nightcap and a boogie on trash classics! Also, totally open to a good house/ warehouse/ club party with good music and good folk!
 
What prompted you to start the T club?
 
A trans friend of mine was refused entry to a lesbian club. He was distraught. I was furious. I did not understand why a disco would refuse entry to a punter, who just wanted to mingle, dance and generally socialise, for the fact that he was transgender! A Facebook debate begun, among butch, lesbians, trans, queer folk… I jokingly said: what if I open a club for trans, women as guests? And it had a positive and understanding response and as my mind is ticking constantly for new things, a flame triggered and I decided to follow it through…
It is very important to understand though, especially for the people who read this and don’t know me, that the T club is an avant garde night for trans people and all in between and everyone is welcome. What is not welcome is discrimination, fear and intolerance… The T Club is celebrating gender diversity and is giving out trans sisters and brothers a safe disco to have fun in! It’s rather simple…
 
How can the queer community help fight transphobia?
 
Education, visibility, communication, honesty, acceptance, understanding and tolerance and lots and lots and lots of love! We are all in this pot of life together and we must stick together, celebrating difference, which makes us all very special and unique! 
 
What music can we expect to hear at the T club?
 
The music policy in my clubs is always of the highest quality and the array of genres… diverse: expect a good combo of hip hop/ garage/ riott girl punk/indie/ ragga/ drum n’ bass/ ’60s girls garage/ new indie northern soul/ post punk between kanchi and the librarian and I suspect DJ Felix would probably throw some lively pop in too!
 
Stav B’s T Club takes place at Dalston Superstore on Thursday 22nd March from 9pm to 3am.