The Minimal Sneaker Study

The Minimal Sneaker Study is Jack Stocker’s first solo show, an abstract look at original Nike trainers released before 2000.

Jack Stocker - 1987 Nike Air Max
Jack Stocker – 1987 Nike Air Max

Stocker is 18 and just out of Worthing College, where he studied graphic design, textiles and photography.

Across each field his main sources of inspiration are photographer Markus Hartel, textile designer Peter Crawley, and graphic designer Paul Huxley.

Jack Stocker - Nike Air Flow 1989
Jack Stocker – Nike Air Flow 1989

You can see the influence of Huxley in Stocker’s composite use of shapes – rectangles and triangles in this case.

For Stocker, who by his own admission ‘had to research loads of artists I wasn’t really interested in at College’ Huxley brought something he could interpret in his own work.

Jack Stocker - Nike Air Max Light 1989
Jack Stocker – Nike Air Max Light 1989

The  blocky minimalism of Stocker’s work just hints enough at the form of the trainers, and  makes for a 2D version of an aesthetic that wouldn’t look out of place in Virtua Tennis or Virtua Racing on the Mega Drive.

Jack Stocker - Nike Air Max Infrared 1990
Jack Stocker – Nike Air Max Infrared 1990

It works well anyhow, and for Stocker his approach is a far cry  from ‘a lot of the trainers which have been illustrated by people – which look like cartoons.’

The pre-noughties Nikes ‘are the most iconic Nike released – the most recognisable shoes, and there’s the most difference in the colourways,’ says Stocker.

Jack Stocker - Nike Air Huarache 1991
Jack Stocker – Nike Air Huarache 1991

Each of the six 30x90cm designs is available in a run of 30, signed.

Jack Stocker - Nike Air Max 180 1991
Jack Stocker – Nike Air Max 180 1991

The Minimal Sneaker Study will run from 9 August – 1 September, at Exposure Gallery, 22-23 Little Portland Street, W1

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