Hollow Earth: Alex Turvey at KK Outlet

Alex Turvey’s immersive eight-minute film showing at KK Outlet in east London takes you beyond the city and into a headspinning landscape of colour and sound

Alex Turvey’s immersive eight-minute film showing at KK Outlet in east London takes you beyond the city and into a headspinning landscape of colour and sound…

Created to accompany the live shows of Blanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Power, one half of fuzzy noiseniks Fuck Buttons), Turvey’s new films centre around a series of spinning reflective forms. What looks like a leaping deer at one point, a weirdly drippy arm the next hold centre and project out of landscapes of various blobby masses.

Here’s his trailer for the show:

Despite a penchant for the psychedelic, Turvey’s style is hard to pin down as he has, among other things, directed surrealist music videos for Zulu Winter (see below) and We Have Band; designed the set, masks and a mirrored dress for a Shakira SEAT spot; put together installations for Levi’s and Nike stores; while bashing out a rather fine badge logo for Cooper Bikes. And he’s made a proper kite.

But Hollow Earth focuses on the visuals he created for Blanck Mass’s recent live foray and a right psychedelic trip they are too. Prints of some of the imagery created in the making of the films are also on display (and for sale) at the gallery.

When I went along the BM soundtrack wasn’t loud enough to get anywhere near the live experience – but then there is just a single small door separating this netherworld from the calm of the KK gallery and shop. So get along before May 27. (And ask them to turn it up, just for you.)

Hollow Earth is at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB, details at kkoutlet.com. More of Turvey’s work is at alexturvey.com.


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