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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Alex Bec,

A bumper edition of Things this week as the postal service clear out their backlog, and in turn fill our eyes with beautifully printed bits and pieces to tell you about. So, in classic going back to school fashion, here’s the line-up in height order.

Blue Inks

Andy Smith
It’s always pleasing to receive something through the post from Andy Smith. His standard brand of excellent type and image tells the story of a tribe of characters called the Blue Inks, that are aptly hand screen printed with aplomb.
www.asmithillustration.com

Studio

Harry Watts
Most editorial photography students would have spent some time assisting to help pay the bills and get that all important experience before entering the industry. Harry found himself in the assisting boat, and took full advantage, using the studio he spent so many hours in as the subject for a postcard book that brings new life to some standard studio equipment.
www.harry-watts.co.uk

Annalemma Issue 5

_ Edited by Chris Heavener_
I’m gutted I didn’t see the first four issues of Annalemma. Gutted because I’ve enjoyed the fifth installment so much. A humble editors letter backed up with some great writing and imagery, none more impressive than the free embossed print and spreads from Danny Jones. Read this if you get the chance, it’s not ‘just another one of those’.
www.annalemma.net

Fixed

Andrew Edwards and Max Leonard, Published by Laurence King
Yeah you may have to cycle backwards to stop, but if that’s even crossing your mind you’re missing the point. A fixed wheel bike (to some) is a thing of ultimate, sleek, uncomplicated beauty and this book confirms that cult status has been well and truly reached. Covering design, history, riders and everything in between this is one for the enthusiast or the intrigued.
www.laurenceking.com

Creative Island II

John Sorrell, Published by Laurence King
Last time I did the Things review there was a book on British design, and the cropping up can only be a good indication of work being produced on our fair isle. John Sorrell is more than qualified to pass judgement, but instead lets each practitioner have their say on the piece chosen, giving the book a depth and character that the reader will appreciate. If your British design bookcase is big enough, this would make a fine addition.
www.laurenceking.com

Radical Nature

Edited by Francesco Manacorda, published by Koenig Books
Intelligent, considered curation has made The Barbican one of our most loved institutions, and their latest show Radical Nature adds to the legacy. A documentation of how our planet has changed over the last 50 years provides insight and sharp comment on a topic that seems to have been nagging for a really beautiful book for a while. We have a couple of copies of this stunner to give away, so watch this space for more details soon, in the meantime try and make it down to see the show.
www.barbican.org.uk

New Packaging Design

Janice Kirkpatrick / Graven Images, Published by Laurence King
Completing the Laurence King hat-trick this week is a bit of eye candy for the packaging nut. Handily separated into neat chapters dealing with a protection, preservation, performance and promotion, Of course the classic Apple ideas are in there, but some other less expected things make it, and the book as a whole is better off for it. I challenge you to find a worthy piece of packaging that isn’t in here.
www.laurenceking.com

Toormix New papers

Toormix
Barcelona studio Toormix aren’t the first to have produced a newspaper to show off their new work, but are possibly one of the most successful. Beautifully designed calling on the assets of the newsprint, it casts a pretty positive light over their studio that I’m pleased I’ve been introduced to.
www.toormix.com

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Posted by Alex Bec

Alex is one of the directors of It’s Nice That who now oversees our sister creative agency INT Works. For several years he oversaw the Monday Morning Music Video feature until it came to an end in 2014.

Most Recent: Art View Archive

  1. Ellakru-painting-7home-int

    Latvia-born Ella Kruglyanskaya now lives and works in New York, depicting cartoon-like friends and “frienemies” out-and-about in large-scale oil paintings and murals. Ella’s work is packed with bawdy humour, exaggerated forms, exuberant mark-making and interactions. She describes her intention as “pictorial events… [that] aspire to an unspoken punch line” – the content, references and line-work all filtered through comedy.

  2. Anniedescarteaux-collage-7home-int

    Annie Descôteaux’s work is confident, engaging and straight-forwardly slapstick. The Montreal-based artist works with installation, drawing and collage and has seen her work exhibited and discussed at conferences on colour theory. In equally impressive outings, it’s also appeared in Bloomberg and Pica magazines, among other publications. Annie’s collage work is well-balanced with clean lines, sharp colours and discreet humour; each piece littered with raw steak, fried eggs and shuttlecocks.

  3. Oliviervrancken-untitled-1-inthome

    Olivier Vrancken is a graphic designer and artist based in Holland. Painting and drawing his way through commissions and personal work, he is inspired by everything from primitive art to the great lyricists that are Black Sabbath. Olivier has exhibited all over Europe, his Cubist aesthetic and visual references laden with nods to cut-outs, still life, architecture and the human form. There’s a great colour palette to his work and some nice titles like Bad Hair Day and Wanderlust. Olivier’s work reminds me of the prints that appeared all over the T-shirts of the 1980s, in a good way.

  4. Menutnutnut-drawing-4-int

    Me nut nut nut was one of Jason Murphy’s daughter’s first utterances, and is now the name for his drawings of awkward stories of fear and incompetence. Inspired by the physical comedy of The Young Ones and The Ren & Stimpy Show, Jason’s drawings rely on comic intuition and references to real-life moments, like dropping a potato on his cat.

  5. Seamus_murhpy_pj-harvey_-recording-in-progress_-2015.-an-artangel-commission.-_1_int

    While we wait to take our turn to become a sort of strangely sanctioned voyeur as PJ Harvey records her ninth album, thinking about what’s ahead feels peculiar. Essentially, we’re going to see PJ (Polly Jean) Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, a photographer and two engineers making an album in a Something & Son-designed box, formed of glass that allows visitors to see in, while the musicians can’t see out.

  6. Atelierbingo-list-int

    Up to the point when I opened Atelier Bingo’s new zine Wogoo Zoogi I’d never wondered what two aliens in heated conversation might look like. Having had a read I can now confirm that the answer is “they are speaking, singing very strangely, and they have a hair on their tongues." The newest bout of work from French illustration and surface design duo Adèle Favreau and Maxime Prou is a wonderful celebration of playful, dynamic, abstract art; blending shapes, colours and patterns in a glorious puddle of chaos thinly disguised as alien chat. In fact, it’s everything we’ve been led to expect from the pair, who we’ve dolloped praise on in the past.

  7. Faigahmed-carpets-list-2-int

    Faig Ahmed is an Azerbaijani artist doing remarkable things with carpets. He takes traditional Azerbaijani rugs – enormous, beautiful intricate creations – un-weaves them, and reconstructs them to create new patterns and shapes, subverting traditional usage of rugs as domestic objects to be walked all over, and rejuvenating them with optical illusions and techniques reminiscent of contemporary internet art. 

  8. Slavs_tatars-loveletters-home-int

    The work of Slavs & Tatars is awash with unlikely cultural references, balloons, archives and carpets. Identifying “the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China” as the focus of their work, their projects are generous, engaging and genre-crossing. Starting as a reading group before shifting into making their own work, Slavs & Tatars have recently been working on a continuation of their Long Legged Linguistics project, a multi-faceted study of language as a source of emancipation. The somewhat secretive collective were kind enough to tell us more about this and their “bazaar” approach to making work.

  9. Davidbatchelor-october-13-int

    If you go down to the Whitechapel Gallery anytime between now and early April you’ll be sure to come across a huge breadth of work chronicling the adventures of the black square, from 1915 all the way up to the present day. It’s fairly monochromatic, as you might expect. Upstairs, however, things get drastically more colourful – especially once you come to David Batchelor’s specially “disrupted” issue of October, one of the most respected art journals out there, first published in 1976 and edited by esteemed writers Michel Foucault, Richard Foreman and Noël Burch.

  10. Alexdacorte-easternsport-1-int

    Perennial student artist Alex Da Corte has qualifications, residencies and awards coming up to his eyeballs having studied Film, Animation and Fine Arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts, Printmaking and Fine Arts at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and then a cheeky MFA in Sculpture at Yale. Busy guy!

  11. Duane_hanson_-_karma3

    Karma Books have just published a catalogue of Duane Hanson’s post-humous exhibition Flea Market Lady. Shown at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, Duane’s flea market ladies are taken from real-life characters and cast in bronze. An incredible feat of observation and skill, his work captures the character of his models and creates a very real atmosphere of flea-ing. Karma have kindly let us publish an extract from the imaginary conversation Maurizio Cattelan has with the artist in the foreword to the book:

  12. Hdl5_copy

    Hubert de Lartigue paints photo-realistic portraits that “serve the beauty” of his models, and his muse. He considers “emotion and soul” the most important part of a painting and spoke to us about his working process, inspiration and the impact of his muse, Octavie.

  13. Main_10.00.34

    If I won the lottery I’d open a gallery, and when I opened my gallery I’d totally rip off everything that David Kordansky Gallery does. From the big stuff like the very well-curated, cool list of artists they represent, to the impeccable printed matter they produce, to the matter of their easily navigable and well designed website – these guys are celebrating people’s work in the best way possible.