We are going to be heading over to one of our favourite watering holes, Common, for the launch of their first all-encompassing illustration exhibition since its rebirth. Frog’s Shadow Reaches The Rock Before The Frog by Manchester illustrators, Faye Coral Johnson and Mike Redmond AKA A Woman and a Rodent launches on Thursday 29 October and will be in place for six months.
At the exhibition, Common-ers can get struck by lightning, rained on by frogs and spot a four-leaf clover…or ten. The exhibition has been made with the eating and drinking environment in mind so its work promises to spill out of the frame and onto your table-top, jump up onto the ceiling, wrap itself around a pillar and dart across the skirting board.
Expect big illustrations, large format prints, seamless integration from wall to floor…..oh, and a designated frog room; whether it’s a muscle man running into a palm tree, a dog with a bob, or a dagger mid-flight – if you can dream it, Faye and Mike have already done it having exhibited previously in the UK, USA, France, and Belgium.
The exhibition looks at taking the unfamiliar, rare occurrence and repeating it over and over until it becomes familiar. The uncommon will become common, live in Common, right before your very eyes. The artwork will become part of the new hand-crafted interior from designer-maker Peter Masters for the next six months, a process that began with bespoke ceramics by Joe Hartley including beer pump handles, coffee tampers and lampshades, which were the first step in Common’s plan to make art an essential part of the space.
Well-known for supporting artists, designers and illustrators, Common has been showing forward-thinking work for the past 10 years by artists including Jon Burgerman, Robert Bailey, Billy and Alex, Matt Sewell, Steve Hockett, John Powell Jones, Aliyah Hussain, taking in photography, painting, screenprints, graffiti, textiles and sculpture.
To celebrate the launch, Jessop and Williamson will be playing on the night. The self-proclaimed ‘future protest singers’ (members of Sex Hands, Former Bullies, Irma Vep) very rarely play live but will be wearing costumes designed by A Woman and a Rodent for a one-off live performance of songs based on the exhibition’s themes.
As part of the launch, Leeds based brewer, Northern Monk, is taking over the taps of Common with seven lines across keg and cask.
A WOMAN AND A RODENT: FROG’S SHADOW REACHES THE ROCK BEFORE THE FROG
Launch Event w/ Live set from Jessop and Williamson:
Thursday 29 October, 6pm ‘til late