If there’s one thing that Parisian designers Ill-Studio know better than anything else it’s 90s pop culture. The pair seem to base their entire practice around FILA leisurewear, contemporary cartoons, any number of pairs of AirMax and that horrendous DVD logo that haunted us through the early years of films on disc.
The impact of these objects and culture is observable in their day-to-day output, but get them together for a gallery show and the exhibits reek of 90s kitsch, combining industrial materials, gaudy iridescent patterns and imagery created from digitally manipulated photographs that have their tongues firmly in cheeks. And that’s exactly what’s on offer at Fetishistic Scopophilia, the studio’s latest show; a carefully curated archive of tawdry objects that we can all derive a guilty kind of pleasure from observing.
Fetishistic Scopophilia runs until March 14 at 12Mail, Paris.
- Curator Shonagh Marshall takes us through the highlights from Hair by Sam McKnight
- Yeji Yun’s imaginative zine combines frozen lands, whales and cocktails
- Zhang Kechun encapsulates the oblivion of China's mysterious Yellow River
- Artist Anna Valdez brings her eye for detail to digital painting
- Bold in its broadness, the work of Dave Singley
- Córdova Canillas seek inspiration between nostalgia and obsolescence for C de C annual
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity