Towards the end of last year we interviewed Manchester-based duo Ryan Doyle and Mark Edwards (aka DR.ME) as they unveiled a new website and updated portfolio; “an unnatural force, an uninhibited torrent of imagination, innovation, artistry and balls dropped on the boardroom table insanity”, we described them as – and with good reason. Teaming up with fellow rainy city cohort, and University of Salford Artist in Residence, John Powell-Powell Jones (aka Savwo) – DR.ME have taken over city centre venue Four Piccadilly Place and, with the help of Salford Uni design and illustration students, transformed it into a breeding ground for DIY creativity.
With its call to arms declaring “new work for work’s sake”, Edition opens to the public this evening and will showcase over the course of the weekend the works that its army of militant creatives have been mass-producing over the last fortnight. Like a sordidly brilliant mashup of Warhol’s infamous New York studio The Factory, and an acid-infused Blue Peter ‘make’ session – Edition typifies the anti-commercialism of DR.ME’s bracingly brilliant design work, and epitomises the thriving innovation that makes Manchester one of the world’s most culturally significant cities.
All manner of limited run prints, zines, drawings, paintings and postcards will be on show 6pm – 9pm tonight, Friday 1st February, and from 11am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday.