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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Thought for the week comes courtesy of Bruce one-inch-punch Lee, born this day 70 years ago – ‘Take Things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick’. Thanks Bruce. And thanks Ben Rayner, Ned Beauman, Landfill, Linus Kraemer, AND Journal and Gestalten. A quality line up. Just remember, ‘the less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be’.

Cylinders Linus Kraemer

Cylinders, relatively stacked in their circular-ness! A really nice letter pressed poster with a bit of weight and the illustrations themselves are most pleasing in their specificness. E.g. A spare tyre for a volvo 440 is more proportionate to an Egg McMuffin egg then a tea light, but it’s pretty close.
www.linuskraemer.com

The Dolphins of Lagos Ned Beauman

I think this is a first for Landfill Editions, or it could just be the first time they’ve screen printed onto mirror board, anyroad, this is a short story printed by them and written by the ever-good Ned Beauman. Nice off brown/gold/red riso type too. Some key words from the story itself – computer games – pigdin English – semi-submersible – turin shroud.
www.nedbeauman.co.uk
www.landfilleditions.com

Power Ballards Ben Rayner

Dogs wear matching coats, woman wears creepy animal print close to her skin, man has fat man tattooed on thigh, white rodent scowls out of pile of clothes, guy eats firework, demonstration of infinite possibilities of a condom, cat prefers to be carried in a carrier bag. My descriptions will never do justice to the photographs in this book so you should probably just buy it, or visit his site then buy it.
www.benrayner.com

AND Journal Ben Longden and Emma Talbot

It is rare to read a journal in it’s first edition that appears so succinct with it’s concept and AND Journal in a series of statements that reflect, explore, question and stimulate statements concerning the nature and influence of graphic design does just that. It’s made by students that know what they’re talking about and who to talk too. Highlights include a record collection, thematically chosen as inspriring music to make work to, inspiring work to make music about and inspiring work on inspiring music covers.
www.andjournal.co.uk

The Tender Spot Gestalten

‘The first comprehensive monograph on Mario Lombardo, one of Germany’s most relevant and internationally renowned graphic designers’ – says them. ‘Mentally good. An intellegent spectrum of design that crosses all of the significant culture institutions of music, art, architecture, fashion with such intensity and polish that there is a genuine feeling of importance and inevitable classicness to its content’ – says we.
www.gestalten.com

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

Most Recent: Art View Archive

  1. Samchirnside-int-list

    I don’t know what it is about seeing colours up close that’s so mesmerising, but Sam Chirnside is all over it. The Melbourne and New York-based artist works predominantly with oil paints to create strangely beautiful distortions, which work best when overlaid with a band logo to create album artwork, or cut out in geometric shapes. His works resemble planetary compositions straight out of a senior school physics textbook or a happy spillage in an art classroom, and we can’t get enough of them.

  2. Jacksmith-npg-int-list

    For the first time ever a show at the National Portrait Gallery in London contains no human faces. Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits which opened late last week is the first exhibition in the gallery’s 159-year history that includes no figurative portraits as Smith’s work is made up of abstract shapes and colours. Of course there’s nothing new about the idea of a portrait being something other than a traditional head and shoulders painting, but it is noteworthy that one of London’s leading galleries should take such a decisive step.

  3. Benjamin-dittrich-int-list

    German graphic artist Benjamin Dittrich is principally concerned with scale at both a micro and macro level. He preoccupies himself with subjects as large as the cosmos and as minute as molecular structures, zooming in and out in his textural works to reveal vast and complex systems. His retro-futuristic work is breathtakingly complex, utilising painted and printed layers to launch you though time and space. He’s got a new show opening at Spinnerei Archiv Massiv tonight in Leipzig, which if you’re based nearby we’d urge you to get down to. Utterly beautiful stuff!

  4. Chyrumlambert-port-2-int_copy

    Los Angeles-based artist Chyrum Lambert uses formal constraints like grid systems and scalpel blades to contain and compose his paintings made up of cut-and-paste figures, patterns and abstract narratives.

  5. Blamey-ct-6-int

    David Blamey, the artist who founded publisher Open Editions, has authored the first release from Continuous Tone, a series of sound works that treat the medium as a viable space for the production of art.

  6. Nathalie-due-pasquier-int-list-3

    Nathalie Du Pasquier is a figure who seems to leave a trail of intrigue behind her everywhere she goes. This is largely because, as a founding member of the Memphis group (an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan in 1981) she’s been an unstoppable force in shaping the design world as we know it, colours, angles, ideas and all. But it’s also partly because her work is just so much fun.

  7. Escape-to-destiny-1mehdi-ghadyanloo-int-list

    Merging the style of the early 20th Century surrealists with contemporary street art, Tehran-based artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s work is strange and beguiling. He’s currently in London, busying himself with the mammoth task of creating murals all around the capital, including one measuring a whopping 3.4km. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also showing at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London, in an exhibition entitled Perception.

  8. List

    Highbrow folk like us often find the traditional emoticon can struggle to express how we really feel. We don’t ALWAYS want to convey that we’re blindly happy, crying with laughter or horizontally-lipped and nonplussed. Sometimes, we need something a little more creative. Thank the lord, then, that Hyo Hong has come up with just the solution, in the form of the multifaceted (in its truest sense) Cindy Sherman-icon.

  9. Art-belikov-int-list

    I can’t tell you a whole lot about Lithuanian artist Art Belikov other than he’s 24 years old and, er, Lithuanian. And that all his images are fantastical digital creations. But in spite of the lack of background information currently available to me I’d just like to say that his work is extraordinary. He’s a maker of 3D rendered images depicting scenes borrowed from late 90s sci-fi; all “vintage” cell phones and games consoles, cans of mysterious energy drinks and designer bottled water. There’s a 666 in his URL too so you can be sure he’s a cool guy! When we finally track the man down we’ll ask him some questions about what it all means, but for now just drink in the eerie beauty of his digital creations.

  10. Jessica-brilli-int-17

    If when you close your eyes at night you dream of tying a silk kerchief over your carefully curled ’do and hopping in a classic Chevy to sail down the West Coast, you might find yourself as enamoured as I do with the work of painter Jessica Brilli. She favours endless-seeming roads and vintage cars for her expressive oil paintings, and she’s got recreating them on canvas down to a fine art. Her landscapes are dream-like in their expansiveness and colour palette, while her portraits seems to hark back to an era when a Chevy was still commonplace and kerchiefs were still pretty cool. And a little picturesque fantasy never hurt anybody, eh?

  11. London-is-changing-intlist

    Public art project London is Changing makes Londoners uncomfortably aware of the truths we’re perhaps trying to ignore: that our city is morphing beyond recognition, that creativity is at risk, and that for many people, it’s simply becoming unaffordable.

  12. Bensanders-potdealer-3-int_copy

    While keeping himself busy with postmodern Howard Hodgkin-esque painting and collage work, Ben Sanders is somehow finding the time to paint funny faces on ceramics. Cutting through the “worthy lifestyle” pottery trend with googly eyes, zigzag nostrils and creepy grins, Ben has stamped his sense of humour and aesthetic all over these thriving succulents’ homes.

  13. Olafur-eliasson_little-sun-int-1

    A “giddy joy” was described as the feeling evoked by the artwork of Olafur Eliasson when we interviewed him for last year’s Autumn edition of Printed Pages, and with his monumental, often participatory pieces, it’s not hard to see why. From his incredible 2003 Weather Project at Tate Modern to its portable, socially-conscious, tiny counterpart Little Sun(which “produces clean, affordable, and portable solar-powered lamps to areas of the world without reliable access to electricity”), his work is a glorious, utterly original ray of light shining on the sometimes impenetrable art world.