JOIN KNOTORYUS AT THE CONVERSE X AVENUE X ENPLEINPUBLIC RELEASE


Posted on August 20th, by Dominique in art, magazine, style. No Comments

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Converse reworked the Classic CONS Weapon model and celebrates the Fall 2014 launch by collaborating with its retailers in Amsterdam (PATTA), Rotterdam (WOEI) and in Antwerp, of course, with our beloved friends from AVENUE.

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Each of the stores hand-picked one local artist who then used their individual skill to create an exclusive object that represents his weapon of creativity.

For Antwerp, Converse and Avenue worked with artist Enpleinpublic who, as his monniker suggests, favors to utilize public spaces as his canvas.

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Born in 1986, and living and working in Antwerp since 2009. Studying illustration and painting at St-Lucas high school, he combined his education with a background of doing graffiti resulting in creating paintings, installations and exhibitions in public space. While working in an auction house for arts and antiques he started organizing exhibitions under the name of Enpleinpublic. The exhibitions focus strongly on the vacancy of space. Enpleinpublic’s goal is to establish a revival through exhibiting artworks of himself and others.

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For the Converse CONS Weapon collaboration, he created a one of a kind pencil box containing pencils covered by his art. When you use them you get a different creation every time the pencils get mixed up, which is the same principle as when objects that cover Enpleinpublic’s art get moved about in public spaces.

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Frederik aka Enpleinpublic about his Weapon of choice:

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” Je hebt van die grote reclame- Billboards die uit tientallen ronddraaiende stroken bestaan. Soms geraken de reclames door elkaar doordat iemand ze verdraait. De resultaten zijn absurd en vaak erg esthetisch. Zo krijg je bijvoorbeeld een waspoeder-zomervakantie vakantie reclame, of een mix van een mobiele telefoon en zonnecrème… Zo kwam ik op het idee om met de potloden te werken.”
“Voor het project heb ik ‘YOU’ gekozen als Weapon. Bondig gezegd beschilder ik houten panelen in de openbare ruimte.
Een deel hiervan wordt vaak verplaatst door anderen, verdwijnt, wordt gekuist en/of overschilderd. Deze resultaten geven het werk een bepaalde spontaniteit die ik ook nastreef in mijn techniek. Met een kleine ingreep van de ander, ‘YOU’, worden andere interpretaties mogelijk en gaat het werk leven. Iemand anders beslist over het uiteindelijke resultaat, waar ikzelf geen vat op heb, ik kan er enkel op anticiperen door de dragers waarop ik werk zo uit te kiezen.
Doordat ‘YOU’ het resultaat manipuleert maakt hij onbewust een creatieve handeling. De veranderlijke situaties zijn een inspiratie en ik hou van de directe reacties, zowel positieve als negatieve. Als het maar tot leven komt. Op die manier schakel ik ‘YOU’ in als een creatief wapen.”

The launch of the three collaborations will take place on separate evenings in August: the 21st in Amsterdam, the 22nd in Rotterdam and the 23rd in Antwerp.

All objects are available in very limited numbers.

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The new Converse CONS Weapon sneaker is available in a selection of classic varsity colors including Black/White, Black/Purple and Red/Blue. The collection is available for purchase starting on Thursday, August 21.

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So we’ll see you Saturday, August 23rd at 19u30.

There will be food (by Café Camino), drinks (courtesy of El Jefes Cocktails) and music (provided by DJ Farid/OohWee) on Saturday.

And you can buy a dope kicks for € 85. I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER WHEN I LAST BOUGHT A PAIR OF SNEAKERS FOR  85 EURO!

Thinking that just made me fucking sad.

Update : unfortunately the wrong price point was communicated to KNOTORYUS. A pair of Converse CONS Weapon will cost € 100.

(Still worth it in my honest opinion.)

Anyway : SEE YOU SATURDAY MAHFRIENDS!

AVENUE

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More info here

 

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