Images: Owen Richards
Ahead of his new album on Lex Records this Autumn, Have A Word, globally renowned artist Kid Acne has revealed his first hometown solo exhibition for five years.
Known for both his music and art, the two have actually rarely explicitly crossed over until now. “The aim of the exhibition is to connect the dots through the exploration of lyrics and lettering, utilising limited resources and a more DIY mindset,” says the Sheffield-based artist.
“The entire show comprises of a new series of letter-based works, informed by snippets of lyrics from my forthcoming album.” The gallery will take advantage of its famous Park Hill surroundings, with large scale slogans filled up by Acne’s art, where he’s “become the unofficial/official ‘artist in residence’ over the past few weeks…”
The record itself is the end product of 18 months of graft with Chicago-based producer Spectacular Diagnostics, and features guest wordsmiths Juga-Naut, Juice Aleem and New Kingdom. Limited vinyl copies will be up for sale at the exhibition.
HAVE A WORD – An Exhibition of Lyrics and Typography is hosted by S1 Artspace at 1 Norwich St, Park Hill, Sheffield. It runs from 13th – 28th September, Wed – Sat 12-5pm.
The exhibition is supported by Urban Splash, Sheffield Hallam and TrueNorth Brew Co.