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CAMP is the new group exhibition launching at Dalston Superstore on 07.02.19. It features the work of photographers Anna Sampson, Spyros Rennt and Emily Rose England.


Is there a common thread between your work as artists?

Anna: We all shoot on film, and we all document and celebrate LGBTQ+ identities and communities.

Spyros: The fact that we all photograph our surroundings, the people close to us, intimate moments – and of course the queerness of our subjects.

Emily: We all come from various queer communities and whilst or work differs in aesthetics it is obvious to me that our backgrounds and involvements within our respective communities is a major influence and shape on our work. As a result, our work has a tendency to explore and celebrate queer identities.

What does camp mean to you?

Anna: I’m a huge fan of Susan Sontag; and after re-reading her “Notes on Camp” a few weeks ago it seemed the perfect title, in relation to our work. Camp, to me, means glamour, decadence, flamboyance, fearless, exaggerated, androgynous, gorgeous.

Spyros: Camp stands for visibility, resistance, unconventionality and worlds unseen.

Emily: Freedom & fabulous queer identity.

How does queer identity inform your work?

Anna: In Gender Trouble, this collection very much challenges the notion of gender identity by merging and blurring gender clichés and stereotypes – and by photographing and representing these androgynous, sexless, queer beauties, I look to subvert and overthrow this male/female; active/passive binary, to demonstrate that gender, like sexuality, needs to be respected as fluid and non-binary.

Spyros: I live my life as a gay/queer man and my work is about the documentation of this life. My circle of friends and acquaintances, the places I frequent, the music I listen to: queerness surrounds me like a warm blanket.

Emily: I document the life and community around me: the queer community of East London. It was never an intentional thing to go out and document the queer scene for the world to see, more an organic progression which has become an internal view into our community – as opposed to an external view which can often result in work becoming exploitative. Although it wasn’t intentional to capture our community for the world to see I’ve realised over the years how important it has become. With the recent rise in far-right groups and ideologies who would love nothing more than to erase our existence it is important to capture and celebrate our loving, beautiful and creative community. it is important to show and celebrate that or identities do exist and are completely valid.

What other things/artists/themes influence your work?

Anna: I find my influences mostly in gender/sexuality/feminist/queer theory. I owe so much to theorists like Laura Mulvey, Judith Butler and Simone de Beauvoir – as well as artists such as Kathy Acker, Valeria Solonas, Cindy Sherman, Claude Cahun, Ren Hang, Robert Mapplethorpe, …. the list could go on and on and on.

Spyros: As much as I love all the great artists that came before me and paved the way, I also enjoy following the work of my contemporaries. Instagram, despite its many negatives, works great for me in the sense that it helps build a community of creatives with whom I can actually interact with and exchange opinions. And of course my own life and experiences influence the work I produce.

Emily: As my work is about capturing what is around me, things such as different nights put on and art and movements created by my peers is a massive influence: us existing is an active rebellion against patriarchal hetero normative society.

How and why did you get into photography as an art form?

Anna: I was a painter, yet grew too impatient to see a painting through, so took up photography (accidentally) in the final few months of my degree. I simply bought a cheap red leather point-and-shoot off eBay to take with me on nights out – but this quickly became the main outlet for my artistic practice/voice. I think it suits my style and sensibility perfectly. Seeing as most of my favourite artists are photographers I guess it was just a matter of time before I started shooting, too!

Spyros: Photography was always spoken to more than the other art forms, maybe because it was the most accessible to me. I like it as a documentation of events transpiring. My memory abandons me some time but photos are always there to remind me of feelings, faces and actions.

Emily: I’ve always been creative and drawn to creating art from an early age. Photography was a natural step for me, I mean essentially you are still painting but with light instead of paint! Once I had begun working with it, it completely made sense to me to pursue it as an art form. I have always been fascinated with its ability to capture a moment or idea like a snapshot in time.

What is your most memorable superstore moment?

Anna: Just a few weeks ago it was my staff Christmas party and we ended up at Superstore. I was very anxious this day, so almost didn’t go out but ended up dancing on the bar, and woke up covered head-to-toe in bruises.

Spyros: The last time I was in London in October: a packed Superstore, watching some drag shows with good friends, spilling my drink left and right (as I said, it was packed), flirting with cute boys – it was quite a night!

Do you have any special treats in store for us for the launch?

Anna: I have very few Gender Trouble zines left, so come and grab one if you want. I won’t be re-printing anytime soon, and they are all sold out at The Photographer’s Gallery!!!

Spyros: I am excited to be showing some prints that I have never shown before. I am also bringing a few copies of my book “Another Excess” with me for anyone interested.

Emily: I will have postcards available of my work to buy as well as first opportunity to buy the prints once the exhibition has finished. Also you will be treated to my divine djing skills!

Come down for the launch on 07.02.19 from 7pm xxx

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London based illustrator James Davison, working under the pseudonym Klarr, presents his debut solo exhibition at Dalston Superstore. Blending traditional notions of gender (masc and femme) to create candid portraits of men, James attempts to explore different representations of masculinity through print and neon light works. We caught up with the busy artist to find out more about his inspirations and idols and how they influenced his work…

Where does the name Klarr come from?

The name comes from the german saying “Alles Klar” – which roughly translates to all is clear. The pervert Herr Lipp in the League of Gentleman used to use it.

What inspires your illustrations?

Past experiences influence my style, content and direction. Growing up, I was a huge comic book fan. Comics were my first wank mags. I still find the body language powerful. The women are overtly sexual and seductive, the men are crotchy. Wolverine’s nipples have definitely seen a suction cup or two. 

I suppose there are echoes of Betsy Braddock’s (Psylocke) original body armour in this show. 

Betsy Braddock aka Pyslocke's armour

Do you use live models or are your portraits a composite of people you know, fashion imagery etc?

A mixture of both. 

I recently visited the British Museum for the first time in a very long time and was really drawn to the Greek and Roman sculptures. Some of my early sketches for the ‘Compact’ image came from that.

I love the Versace campaigns in the ’90s, I had lots of those  references on my wall whilst producing this show.

'90s Versace ad

The casting for Calvin Klein SS14 was hot; I’m using some of the models as a starting point for some new work. 

What makes a man fishy feminine and free? Who would you say most embodies these attributes?

To me, ‘fishy’ means embracing your femininity and drawing power and confidence from it. There is a tendency in the gay community for gay men to consciously present themselves as ‘masc’, ‘straight acting’ or ‘non-camp’. On apps like Grindr they wear them like a badge of honour. Personally, I don’t get it. Everyone in this world is seems to be looking up to the macho heterosexual male. Women want to fuck them and gays pretend to be them. Urghh! I’ve had it. Officially.

What is your favourite piece in the show and why?

‘Eros’ (main image) is my favourite. I really like him, he was the easiest to come to me as well.  I’m currently using him as the basis for a beauty story, bring him to life using a real model and recreating my aesthetic through make-up.

The neon light was a new thing for me that I definitely want to explore in the future.

Who are your fashion icons?


Tell the truth!

I die.

Check Klarr’s show Powder Room ongoing at Dalston Superstore until Sunday 6th October.

Klarr Powder Room


Dalston Superstore is pleased to present PowderRoom – a private view to a solo exhibition by London based artist, KLARR.

PowderRoom explores different representations of masculinity through print and neon light works. The exhibition takes the form of an expanded colouring book, which KLARR uses as an allegorical tool to represent the transformative process of makeup.

His images blend traditional notions of gender (masc and femme) to create candid portraits of men. PowderRoom is the first show of illustrator, James Davison working under the pseudonym of KLARR.

His boys are hot, feminine, butch, fishy, powerful and free.

Please come join us for the opening on the Thursday 22nd August 2013 with DJ’s: Max Allen, Daniel Stevie Nicks Sallstrom and George Henry Longly.

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Fringe! Film Festival 2013

With Fringe! Film Festival currently taking place at various locations across East London, and the official Mean Girls screening afterparty, Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls taking over both floors of Superstore with Hannah Holland, Nic Fisher, Duchess Of Pork, Kostakis, John Sizzle and Vangelis & Tareq playing the biggest hits from 2004 and the best bits from the Mean Girls soundtrack it’s going to be like the prom you wished you’d had.

We asked the guys at Fringe! to tell us about about a few of the events they’ve got happening during the festival…

WEDNESDAY: Bob Mizer Fight Club exhibition

The Bob Mizer Foundation and Fringe! present a one-week-only installation sampling later period wrestling films from the estate of legendary photographer, filmmaker and independent publisher Bob Mizer at Studio 1.1 on Redchurch Street.

Full info

THURSDAY: Five Dances

The opening film, Five Dances, will be screened at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday 11th April from 9:30pm. Directed by Alan Brown, this will also be the European premiere and is a classic tale about finding love and succes in the big city.

Tickets and info

FRIDAY: Satan’s Angel: Queen Of The Fire Tassles

The Hackney Picturehouse will be showing the UK premiere of this documentary about lesbian burlesque star Satan’s Angel whose legendary flaming tassel has been entertaining nightclubs since the early ’60s.

Tickets and info

SATURDAY: In Their Room London

This is the world premiere of the third instalment of Travis Matthews’ In Their Room project. Shot in London during last year’s Fringe! festival, this brand film from the director of I Want Your Love and Interior.Leather.Bar is showing on Saturday 13th April at The Rio from 11:30pm.

Tickets and info

For the full Fringe! Film Festival lineup visit the official site:

Liam Rush

London-born, Bristol based artist Liam Rush brings his first ever one-man show to Dalston Superstore. With only a few weeks left to see his work, we quizzed Liam on his inspirations and working process to find out more…
You’re based in Bristol… in what way does your current environment inspire you?
I wouldn’t say that my immediate surroundings particularly inspire me, I would say that it is the collective environments that I immerse myself in, the appeal of those places and what visual stimulants I’ll find within them. For example I will always find myself naturally drawn to abandoned areas, with their neglected buildings complete with the traces of abandonment impregnated within their surfaces, as opposed to the clean, steel brushed minimalist ‘Ikea like’ zones of the modern day environments that we are becoming more accustomed to. 
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on trying to make money…! Ha, I suppose I’m trying to balance my time between working as a carpenter and designer which pays and then trying to pursue my more expressionist work which I find more therapeutic and balanced. I guess in the long run I’m just trying to figure out what I’m doing creatively and why.
What attracts you to 3-D sculpture as your medium?
3-D work allows me to portait my ideas in the quickest and most thorough way possible. I find myself struggling to express my ideas in words so I suppose it’s my way of communicating to people clearly about what ideas I’m having at the time. And I believe that tangible, 3-dimensional surfaces are more stimulating for the eye and I guess I like to try and encourage people to enjoy pieces as much as I can, I try and express what I find interesting in art across to the viewer in my own work.
How long does each piece take to create?
I’m never quite sure how long they take to make. Because the pieces are composed of so many smaller elements I tend to make a large batch of paintings which I then cut and chop up into the smaller pieces, I then spend a while messing about with the sections before I decide to stick them down. It’s a pretty organic way of working and I don’t ever have a finished piece in my head when I start.
What three tracks might soundtrack No Love Lost?
The three tracks that might suit No Love Lost would have to be…
The Nicolas Jaar BBC Radio 1 mix from 2012 as it’s an incredible two hour musical journey which helped me get into that zone which is the most important place to get into when you’re a creative individual.
Truly by Floating Points would have to be up there also. All these tracks I have had as the soundtracks to the making of No Love Lost; they are by no means what signify the work… they just helped keep me sane.
Do Make Say Think with their stunning Chinatown helped to incite moments of calm.

Liam Rush’s show No Love Lost is currently on at Dalston Superstore.

Pray Babes, Pray










PRAY BABES, PRAY is an enduring experiment dedicated to digital printing for textiles and fashion purposes, exhibited with an edge.

Dalston Superstore makes way for an extraordinary visionary exhibition, expressing a love and worship towards prints designed for fashion.

Felippe Johann taking initial inspiration from the beauty and extravagance of stained glass windows has transforms this concept in to a breath taking print based art exhibition.

Expect to see the representation of the artist’s adoration for the rich and intricate artwork found in the Catholic Church. The craftsmanship of Stained Glasses Windows, the overwhelming compositions of scale and fantastic colour combinations, this exhibition will take you back to a sacred place however this time sinners are welcome. 

Felippe Johann is a fashion designer, half German and half Italian, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began to develop his passion for textiles and garment construction from a young age where he spent most of his time learning how to weave and embroider complex tapestries at his mother’s Atelier.

In search for life experiences Felippe moved to London at the age of seventeen and never looked back. Graduated from University of East London – Fashion Design, his bold creations have marked him as one of the standout young designer from the graduate shows of 2012.

Felippe’s signature is the bold clash between unusual technique, print, texture and the strange love for pattern making.

The main goal with this work is to present the ability to create a thorny piece of surface design using straightforward mirrored images accomplished with the artists digital skills, his own illustrations and photographs. Felippe is establishing a conventional craft with a contemporary treatment using Photoshop, Illustrator and colours that clash. Expect a mind-blowing experience.