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Graphic Design

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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Things that came to the studio this week cover a number of noteworthy topics: fifth generation radioactively altered fallout insects and a two colour roman travelogue. A book about the Museum of Everything (number two) and everything sounds like an innuendo if you say it in another language. Lastly, a man that only exists on paper, but what paper stock!

New Rome Clark Keatley

Nice shifted perspective illustrations in gloss yellow and matt blue by Clark. A technically incredible range of tones and complex layers, it’s a super feat in two colour screen printing. You get the impression that every page, end cover and binding has been thought about and printed with out of hand precision.
www.clarkkeatley.co.uk

Underscore No.2 The Constant Issue Justin Long, Editor

First off I think Cornelia Hesse-Honegger’s illustrations that feature of this cover are phenomenal. Secondly, Underscore have done it again with a highly visual magazine, balanced with genuinely considered content. Particularly when cheese is afforded the same inches as an article about a berlin hotel. Also great use of photography as illustrations for chapter headings, just one of the nice design touches.
www.underscoremagazine.com

Rod Bianco An Art Service

“…a compilation of memorabilia surrounding Rod Bianco”, the intrigueing fictional protagonist of this artist book, Bianco being an avatar of sorts created by Norweigen artist Bjarne Melgaard. It’s bizarre (see artwork) but brilliant book from An Art Service who know just how to contextualise a contemporary image as simply as adopting a weight of paper or particular stock.
www.anartservice.com

Museum of Everything #2 This Is Studio

If you love the Museum of Everything then you can thank This Is studio for making a succinct and respectful archive of #2’s brief but brilliant stop off in the Tate Modern last summer. Pages are full of images of the exhibited work and exhibitors themselves. It’s a book that likes to fall open and be looked at and seeing as this is the MOE, any page is a beautifully designed winner.
www.thisisstudio.co.uk

10 Girls Doing It 10 Collective

10 girls (with an excellent sense of humour) doing it. Celebrating a year since completing their Masters at the LCC, the collective are exhibiting their efforts in East London with an innuendo laden promo to go with… The accompanying film is very funny and if the design of the printed poster is anything to go by, it bodes well for the standard of work in the show.
www.10collective.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: Exhibition View Archive

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    The name Jeremy Deller conjures up all manner of conflicting images in my mind’s eye; of frivolous inflatable sculptures and brass bands playing acid house; of turbulent clashes between miners and police and the rusted bodies of motor vehicles. He’s got a real knack for uniting ideas that feel inherently opposite. So his latest show at Modern Art Oxford shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise in its bringing together of two figures who seem very much at odds with each other.

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    There’s not a pie in the cultural world that James Franco isn’t ready and willing to stick a finger into, and to prove it the actor, director, poet and musician has just announced a new exhibition of his artworks, entitled Fat Squirrel, which is to be held at London’s Siegfried Contemporary gallery. The show is an undeniably eclectic collection, including a number of self portraits of the artist in the guise of various famous historical figures, a deer orgy entitled Triple Team, and some bright painterly collages, not to mention the eponymous overweight rodents which are undoubtedly our favourites.

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    There are equal doses of pleasure and frustration to be had in stumbling across the work of a photographer you’ve never seen before. It’s classic FOMO on a macro scale, coupled with joy at the prospect of showing off the treasure you’ve found. At least that’s what I felt when I discovered that photographer Mark Neville was to be showing two of his photo-series alongside one another in a new show entitled London/Pittsburgh at London’s Alan Cristea Gallery.

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    How’s this for a collaboration? Artist Quentin Jones, who counts photography, animation, painting and filmmaking among the tools of her trade, has teamed up with spatial designer Robert Storey to create the setting for her new exhibition in the The Vinyl Factory Space on London’s Brewer Street, with Robert creating a set for each of Quentin’s works.

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    Right now, illustrator-turned artist extraordinaire Jordy van den Niewendijk is probably having a nap. For the last few weeks he’s been rushing around the world getting his work together for a very exciting solo show at New York’s trendy Moiety Gallery. It’s safe to say Jordy is one of our favourite artists, and to see his work evolve aesthetically over the years yet still cling on to that trademark style is great, a little bit like watching one of those cool videos of flowers blooming in slow-mo.

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    Hands up who loves boobies and butts? The pervier of us will appreciate this brand new show from Mike Perry which sees him collate all his brilliant nudie drawings in one place, and if you’re not a perv you’ll just love the colours. They say the human form is a beautiful thing, but sometimes people forget that it’s also super fun too. Good for lovely, bearded Mike for noticing this and spending ages drawing people with legs akimbo on coloured paper to entertain us straight-laced British folk. If you’re into illustration and/or nudity, head down to KK Outlet tonight for this scintillating show.

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    In 1963, the Royal College of Art held an exhibition celebrating 15 years of the school of graphic design. In the show’s catalogue, Professor Richard Guyatt remembered the days when the term was adopted by the college. “With a certain sense of relief, but not much conviction, the name ‘Graphic Design’ was chosen,” he wrote. “No one was quite sure what it meant, but it had a purposeful ring…”

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    Listen up digital art types! If you’ve got great idea for a project that you haven’t been able to make happen, The Space may just be able to help. The not-for-profit venue has launched an open call to help a creative make that one crazy idea a reality, with funding and mentoring on offer. They say: “Nothing’s off limits; this is about pushing the boundaries and the project can take their point of departure from any artistic discipline, from music and film to visual arts and gaming.”

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    Victoria Siddall has worked at Frieze for just over a decade and two years ago was made Director of Frieze Masters. Excitingly, just a few weeks ago she was appointed Director of Frieze Masters, Frieze New York and Frieze London. As well as being one of the most powerful women in the art world, Victoria is also my sister, so I was curious to find out how she’s feeling on the dawn of her new career.