The exhibition will show work by Brighton, London and Leeds-based collective Skull Paradise, who tell us these badass hounds are ‘a leather wearing, motorbike riding, bad attitude, swearin’ gang of degenerate street dogs.’
‘They have shed their collar tags and leashes to live a life of hedonistic depravity. The corner of Bone Street is their spot, a corner lined with anti-feline, anti-human and anti-everything graffiti.’
Skull Paradise is formed of five illustrators and designers: Kate Prior, Pippa Toole, Sophy Hollington, James Burgess and Idiot’s Pasture.
So how did the idea for the Gravehounds emerge? Idiot’s Pasture says, ‘We’re all interested in punk music, and that campy teenage rebellion. And we like dogs’.
Being based across the county, the collective’s collaboration is mostly Internet-based – according to Idiot’s Pasture, all five members have ‘only ever all been in the same room for about half an hour’.
The B-movie-mad bunch last exhibited together at Pick Me Up, where they presented the Bad Trip show.
The Gravehounds of Bone Street runs from 28 August – February 2-15 at Common, 39 – 41 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW. To see more Skull Paradise work visit http://skulllparadise.tumblr.com/