Shifting Blame

The first major solo exhibition by the influential London stylist and accessories designer Judy Blame — known for his unorthodox use of safety pins, buttons, badges, bottle tops, cutlery, plastic bags, toy soldiers, and keys chains — arrives later this month. Presented as a montage rather than a chronology, the survey brings together an assortment of artifacts, collages, jewelry, editorials, and sketchbooks.

In the early 1980s, Blame spent time in Manchester with Peter Saville before hearing the call of the London punk scene. His arrival during the reign of Blitz club saw an affinity with the likes of Derek Jarman, Leigh Bowery, and designer Antony Price, as well as the famed stylist Ray Petri and Buffalo Girl Neneh Cherry. Working as a consultant for Boy George, Björk, and Kylie Minogue cemented his status as a leading image-maker.

Blame’s non-conformist attitude motivated him to produce jewelry in the 1980s. Modest means led to a DIY approach, incorporating scrap metal and found objects. He later collaborated with various designers including John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs, Gareth Pugh, and Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton.

Judy Blame: Never Again, June 29 – September 4, 2016, ICA, London

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