Cross-continent collaboration

Walk into London’s Old Shoreditch Station at the moment and you’ll step through a portal into a bizarre world.

Iwah Deck by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie
Iwah Deck by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie

The Lab Zooms Thru by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie
The Lab Zooms Thru by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie

Described as a ‘trans-dimensional journey via traditional drawing methods, modern communication methods and deluxe digital printing’, new exhibition The Doorz is a cross-continent collaboration between London-based Will Sweeney and San Francisco-based Matt Furie.

Magic bus by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie
Magic bus by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie

The concept of the exhibition – portals, doorways and borders – was decided by the two illustrators via brainstorming on Skype.

Sweeney says, ‘In terms of inspiration for the show, the main thing would have to be each others work – we’ve wanted to something together for ages. It’s the first time either of us has worked like this – collaborating across continents via e-mail and Skype.’

Cloud Portal by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie
Cloud Portal by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie

Beetlegeuse by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie
Beetlegeuse by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie

Working in separate continents, the pair collaborated on a set of prints featuring alien landscapes and surreal monsters in a what they describe as a visual game of Chinese whispers.

Welcome To My World by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie
Welcome To My World by Will Sweeney and Matt Furie

The result can be see at the Old Shoreditch Station, 1 Kingsland Road, London E2 and an installation by the pair can also be seen at Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes, 34-36 Kingsland Road, London E2.

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