Mo’ Wax commemorate 21st anniversary with ‘Urban Archaeology’ book and exhibition
Founded in 1992 by James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy, Mo’ Wax has consistently been at the forefront of alternative Hip Hop and Indie culture. Whether facilitating the career of graffiti and visual artists such as Futura 2000 and Swifty, or releasing seminal albums like DJ Shawdow‘s hugely influential ‘Entroducing…..’, the label have maintained the ability to provide a platform for creative urban expression. With a discography that features the likes of Luke Vibert, DJ Krush and David Axelrod, Mo’ Wax have continued to diversify without compromising artistic integrity.
To commemorate 21 fruitful years, Mo’ Wax have announced their book ‘Urban Archaeology’. The 288 page book features a wealth of unseen material from the label including photo collages, artist annotations and recent and archived interviews. Urban Archaeology, published by Rizzoli, is beautifully constructed by long-time Lavelle collaborator and Mo’ Wax art director Ben Drury. Contributions also come from the labels formative artists, creating a coherent and imaginatively produced history, rich in style and culture.
To coincide with the book launch, a free retrospective exhibition at The Southbank Centre will be held from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd of June. The exhibition provides an insight in to the label as an enterprise and artistic base. The exhibition will feature unseen artwork, record sleeves and intimate photographs as well as a focus on Mo’ Wax Arts, managed by James’ brother Henry Lavelle. Non-musical ventures include collectible toys, merchandise and clothing, including Unkle’s collaboration with Nike.
‘Urban Archaeology’ is out now and can be ordered here.
More information on ‘Urban Archaeology: 21 Years of Mo’ Wax’ at the Southbank Centre can be found here.
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