The nature of my job here means I spend a lot of time exploring work online, perusing projects that have been sent in or jumping from blogroll to blogroll in the quest to discover something that floats my creative boat. But sometimes the laws of concentration (and optometry) require me to get away from the computer for a few minutes and it was an impulsive visit to the White Cube Hoxton Square gallery just round the corner from It’s Nice That HQ that brought me face-to-face with Jessica Rankin’s extraordinary work.
The Sydney-born, New York-based artist is currently exhibiting Skyfolds 1941-2010 which focusses on a series of impressive embroidered pieces, but it was her drawings that captivated me – huge, intricate and powerful. Like the night sky that inspired them they balance infinitesimal detail and almost incomprehensible overall effect, with interesting titles hinting at an intense personal connection to the artist. Combining graphite and watercolour, there’s endless pleasure to be had losing yourself in the byzantine composition and the paradoxical stillness achieved over and above the crowded hustle and bustle of the works. Beautiful.
Skyfolds 1941-2010 runs until July 7.
- 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