KAMP Collective is a collaborative team comprised of Jeff Stevens and Andy Storey. After growing up together and began collaborating professionally in 2013. While Jeff oversees art direction, while Andy’s creative vision paired with his technical know-how allows the pieces to truly come together.
Designers by day, the two are able to express their creativity at night. KAMP Collective was founded out of a mutual desire to create fine art. In their day jobs, Andy and Jeff create movie posters; aesthetically pleasing, easy to consume. The limiting world of making art that is mass marketable allows for the two to create their own work that tests these natural consumer biases. Their work explores the relationship between art and advertisement, and the boundaries and opposition between the two.
Their current collection of works line the walls of their studio at Allmost, where they’ve been working on and off for over a year. Recently, the pair has begun experimenting with art directing model shoots and creating compositions out of them. The images are printed and adhered to custom cut wood panels and then distressed, layered and stenciled on. Their process is meticulous and highly collaborative. Their layered, mixed media creations often removed the models around whom the art was originally centered. KAMP sees their work as commentary on the saturation of sex and violence that surrounds us. To them, the destruction of icon is representative of the destruction of nature as human’s move towards urban landscapes. KAMP’s art is a way of bringing the chaos and decay of modern urbanism into the home by capturing its unique beauty.
KAMP feels the freedom of mixed media allows for them to express the complexity of beauty’s overlap with the hustle and bustle of city life. Their creative works capture conflicting ornate and grotesque imagery, forcing them to coexist harmoniously. To stay honest and productive, the two work in their studio motivated by deadlines. As they put in the hours layering and pulling back on their pieces, texture forms. The layers in each piece show the give and take of a collaborative art partnership. The inherent editorial nature of creating art as a team.