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.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Thibault's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale