K-tee: Bitter Sweet – CNB Gallery 23rd March – 20th May 2016

K-tee, Fondant Egg, 2016 © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery web

K-tee, Fondant Egg, 2016, resin, stainless steel, 15.2 x 7.6cm © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery

By Guy Sangster-Adams

Pineapple was the nickname given to the MKII hand grenade designed by American firearms designer, John Browning, stemming from the grooves in its cast iron which acted both as a hand grip and also increased fragmentation. For artist, K-tee, the segmentation has always reminded her of a chocolate bar, and this idea has inspired her two series of sculptures at her first solo exhibition, Bitter Sweet, which runs at the CNB Gallery, London, from 23rd March to 20th May. The first series features MKII grenades, reimagined as though made of chocolate, and with a bite taken out of them to reveal centres of honeycomb, fondant egg, Turkish delight, and mint bubbles. The second series, which hangs along the wall of the gallery, are larger scale sculptures of the grenades bisected.

K-tee, Honeycomb, 2016 © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery web

K-tee, Honeycomb, 2016, resin, stainless steel,15.2 x 7.6cm © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery

Although looking like chocolate the sculptures are made of resin, fibreglass and stainless steel but K-tee has also teamed up with chefs Tom Kerridge and Claire Clark to create a limited edition range of the sculptures in chocolate – which, with the exhibition opening just before Easter, look like rather malevolent Easter Eggs.

 

K-tee: Bitter Sweet
runs from 23rd March – 20th May 2016
CNB Gallery, 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX

K-tee: www.k-teeartist.co.uk

CNB Gallery: cnbgallery.com

 

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