Kai and Sunny are currently exploring natural forms through large-scale monotone print work.
A new exhibition Diverse Elements will focus on this, while showcasing new work by artist and creative director Leif Podhajsky who has recently worked on the visuals for Foals’ Holy Fire album and a host of other work for record labels Sub Pop, Modular and Warp Records.
Podhajsky is interested in the themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience, which he explores so that the viewer might be inspired into ‘a realignment with themselves and their surroundings’ according to exhibition organisers.
Podhajsky and Kai & Sunny’s work spans the monochromatic to the kaleidoscopic. It does seem like a large net is being cast over the artists, who’s work is seemingly quite different, but the gallery sees ‘natural form’ as common ground, although some of Kai & Sunny’s work here looks more geometric then natural. Still, there’s a web or nest-like meshing quality to the works.
Kai Clements, one half of Kai and Sunny says, ‘It’s nature-based, but there are geometric forms in it – we don’t want to be too prescriptive. Some of these ideas are an abstraction from our last show The Flower Show.’
The idea for the study came Kai and Sunny at Art Basel – ‘We don’t know why’ says Clements ‘but we can say there is an emotional quality and we want to show you stuff you can’t see and ask bigger questions.’
Diverse Elements, as the name suggests, is also celebrating the breadth of scope of the artists’ work. Kai and Sunny have collaborated with Alexander McQueen and designed book covers for author David Mitchell, while Leif Podhajsky works across fashion, advertising, graphic design and fine art.
Diverse Elements: An exhibition of new work by Kai & Sunny and Leif Podhajsky runs from 15 March – 6 April at 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ