Flesh & Bone : An Exhibition By David Bailey
26th May 2011 – 29th September 2011
Flesh & Bone is a weekly comic strip by Manchester illustrator David Bailey. A comic strip about not much at all, featuring a skeleton and a fat man – the original unoriginal odd couple! Flesh & Bone will be taking over the walls of Common and airing their dirty launder publicly in this exhibition, their biggest outing to date. Expect black and white en masse, wordplay, pattern, repetition and numerous attempts at being funny.
David Bailey has been making gig posters, record covers and comics in and around Manchester since 2004. One half of illustration duo, Mount Pleasant, with Lucy Jones, “Flesh & Bone” will be the biggest solo exhibition of Bailey’s work thus far. Self-publisher of comics such as Vitamins & Exercise (Tom Cruise homage), RockNRolla (an imagined retelling of Guy Ritchie’s film), Characters of Manchester (a document of frequently seen local human landmarks) and Marks and Spencers Sponsors Mark Ronson (an Austin Powers type imagining of Mark Ronson’s day to day). Bailey also runs the smallpress comic and zine shop, Good Grief! in Manchester’s northern quarter.
Bailey’s work has been used regularly in the Guardian and NME and featured in books such as The Art of Modern Rock, Dirty Fingernails, 1,000 Indie Posters and Best of Disc Art 1.