Late last year we flagged up the sterling work of Eye Sea Posters, James Dyer’s labour of love bringing together Polish film and theatre posters from the 1960s and 1970s. In a state-controlled cultural landscape, it was felt the foreign originals were too subversive and so replacements were commissioned from designers like Wiktor Gorka, Waldemar Swierzy, Franciszek Starowieyski, Andrzej Krajewski and Maria Ihnatowicz.
These commissions helped cement Polish poster design’s place in the genre,with big, bright, bold imagery and a certain dark streak of humour. Now James is putting some of the best examples on show here in London alongside an interesting programme of events relating to Polish culture.
Anyone with an interest in the graphic arts will relish the chance to immerse themselves in these sumptuous, significant works but on-line too these posters maintain much of their mischief.
Iluzjon runs at the Protein Gallery from October 19 until October 29.
- Cornelius de Bill Baboul’s Peelosophies is toilet humour at its finest
- Director I Saw John First creates animated video for Jack Steadman’s solo project, Mr Jukes
- Carlín Díaz expands his practice to psychedelic paintings and animations
- Atelier Brenda: the alter ego of three female designers you need to get to know
- Artist Crys Yin adds comical elements to her simply-executed paintings
- Grilli Type designer Reto Moser shares the books that inspire him
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label