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.
- Rodion Kitaev illustrates the goings on of an office party in mammoth detail
- Makings of a Man: It’s Nice That and Harry’s invite you to be a life model for a day
- A higgledy-piggledy, funny yet tragic tale: The Romance of the Skeleton
- Tiago Galo’s refreshing, travel-themed illustrations remind us of sunnier times
- Artist Morgan Blair on her “pathological need to make you laugh”
- Lennarts & de Bruijn’s “hot as hell” campaign for Utrecht club, Ekko
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books