Black on White is the latest in a series of experimental shows at Site, an Art space established at the Albert Docks by Liverpool John Moores University School of Art and Design in partnership with Liverpool Biennial. The exhibition explores the crossover between art, popular culture and contemporary design by presenting iconic objects in their purest form; white customised using only one colour; black. Collaborating with their most forward-thinking brands, Microzine have sourced an eclectic range of products for the exhibition, which have been given a make-over by LJMU’s art and design students as part of a unique competition. The final designs selected by a panel of judges from Microzine, LJMU, and Liverpool Biennial, form an exceptional exhibition that demonstrates the potential of tomorrow’s design leaders to today’s industry professionals.
Microzine has been recognised as one of the most innovative retailers in the world. Starting as the first of its kind; a unique two-story concept store especially for men, the store’s concept was one never explored before; offering the latest, greatest, next, best, classic, fastest, limited edition and exclusive of everything for the modern man. From fashion, sportswear, art, furniture, technology, music, books, gadgets, beers and bikes, products are consistently replenished – just like a magazine is updated every month, Microzine have new product. Further to this much of the stock is limited edition or exclusively for the store, with the ethos being, check it out before it sells out.
Chris lee is the brains behind the store, ex-creative director of Reebok, previously on board of directors of Wade Smith, and currently creative director of DKNY Active, New York. In March 2005, a second Microzine store opened in Chris’s hometown, Liverpool. Based in a magnificent art deco building, the magazine concept remains the same, with the addition of Microzine Gallery; so far housing exhibitions from Terry O’Neil, Derrick Santini and James Reid.