Harlem The 37PK Art Platform will host the J&K World exhibition from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, July 31. This gallery includes various products from the Janczyk and Karnicki comic series. The show will open June 3 between 4-6 PM at 37PK at 37 Groot Heiligland and is part of the Haarlem Comic Strip Days.
In 1969, Janczyk and Karnicki’s first comic appeared in Too much far out “Rock n’ Roll.” Created by artists Robert McNab, Rory Fellowes and George Trapp, this magazine is now recognized as the UK’s first independent underground comic book. Along with the group J&K All Stars Studio, Robert McNab and George Trapp developed the Janczyk and Karnicki comics. The current exhibition displays some of their work from 1968 to the present.
The exhibition “The World of J&K” presents a wide range of products from the archives of the well-established Polish trading company Janczyk and Karnicki SA, founded in the port of Danzig, present-day Gdask. The company’s motto is: “All that glitters is not gold, but we get away with it.” The company specializes in repackaging, brand camouflage, and repeat products, and trades in recyclable iron filings, canned flies, deformed fishmeal derivatives, and taping oil: custom merchandise made from waste.
This is the premiere public display of a wide range of J&K brands, merchandise, memorabilia and documents. The exhibition was made possible by J & K Company Archivists in Danzig in collaboration with curators George Trapp and Robert McNab. On display are animations, books, paintings, sculpture, photography, film and a rare surviving copy of Janczyk and Karnicki’s first comic strip.
The J&K Scientist reveals the history of J&K’s steamship J&K, its captain Pawel Janczyk, his business partner Edouard Karnicki and their crew. It shows in different episodes the places where the ship has sailed in the world and is still sailing: from Tierra del Fuego to the Suez Canal, and from the Baltic Sea to the tropics. The SS Rangoon and her crew first sailed in the 1930s, and while giant container ships now have changed life at sea, ancient Rangoon is on the loose.