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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

An excellent hoard this week! Many thanks as per always to the sender inners, in particular to this week’s contributors: Mike Perry for his new book Pulled; Sam Barton for the B issue of Or Something; Kyle Platts for the ace zine called Kyle Platts; Gethin Wyn Jones for a colour landscape; lastly, Martin Fengel for the name of the book I can neither understand nor spell but is truly great!

Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing Mike Perry

A rather nicely put together comp guide to printing with screens. Mike Perry has leant some his tangible quality to a subject that we’re not unfamiliar with, but Pulled is handled with particular charm and has an ace host of artists and illustrators who, as the new generation of screen printers, says more about the process and the potential for manipulation by an artist in a work by work context.
www.mikeperrystudio.com
www.papress.com

Zine Kyle Platts

Nothing remotely ordinary about Kyle’s illustrations – there’s the ability with line and likeness that’s pretty compelling, lot’s going on in a mental -great sort of way. He’s also zombie happy and has a strange fondness for extending eyeballs which is OK by me.
www.megaskull.blogspot.com

B Or Something Sam Barton

Better then Sesame Street, Or Something bring us a letter per issue on which the contributors write lyrical. In this issue, B is for benefits, Brian Blessed and bus chats, amongst other things. Full of self-confessed “aggrandisement” (new word for me!), this “encyclopaedia for obstinate ideas” holds its own by being really, very interesting and broad. One article also addresses a rather interesting phenomena of the “unintentional mishap strip”, when revealing your belly whilst extricating yourself from a jumper.
www.orsomethingorsomething.co.uk

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Martin Fengel, photography and illustrations

Very much about the images and design for me here. Occasional words jump out (as happened in a depressing GCSE sometime ago) but with little impact. What I do know is this, Martin has managed to spot the a tangerine in a cello case and an arm disappearing down a horn, a high heel on a pedal and the tails of a coat parting around a back rest. It’s wonderfully abstract and totally human – there is life here yet it’s a program catalogue.
www.martinfengel.com
www.br-online.de

Kepler-11 Gethin Wyn Jones

A register perfect selection of colours form basic geometric forms that create an incredible landscapes of depth, all this from a humble screen print. Beautifully simple to make eyes at but this a great example of Gethin’s technical and aesthetic ability to play with a “new way to study the interaction of colour instead of invoking perspective”.
www.gethinjones.com

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    It’s always great to see another side of the biggest names in art, and in this selection of posters from artists including Picasso, Henri Matisse, Yves Klein and Le Corbusier, our curiosity is amply satisfied. These masters’ works have been drawn together for a London exhibition showcasing lithographic posters from the archive of Galerie Mourlot, which originated in Paris but now calls New York its home. Each of the posters is lithograph printed, and all are fascinating; many showing a looser style to the ones we’re so familiar with from these big names.

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    My colleague Emily Gosling wrote a great piece for the latest issue of our Printed Pages magazine in which she called out the patent nudity of the emperor by saying that in reality, the creative process can be pretty dull to witness. Obviously that’s not to say that we want to see slick creative work with all traces of the artist removed; in fact in our digitally-defined age we delight in being able to see the spirit of the image-maker writ large.

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    If you like Eric Yahnker – and let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then you’re really going to enjoy the work of Kristofferson San Pablo, a Filipino artist now based in Los Angeles. His work takes an ironic look at popular culture, lampooning it for its absurdity, but also acknowledging its utter infectiousness. Kristofferson’s strange pencil drawings and luxurious paintings eroticise Simpsons characters, destroy our lust for celebrities and ridicule the stars of reality television, making sure that when surveying the modern world our tongues are kept firmly in cheek.

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    Few artists can take particle physics and maths as a medium; even fewer can do so while attracting a crowd often as big on dance music as they are fine art. However, Ryoji Ikeda is a rare soul indeed, and we’re very excited about his current show at London’s Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. The work of the artist-composer is brutal, visceral and awe-inspiring; and thus nigh-on impossible to convey with mere text and jpegs. His huge-scale inspirations draw on raw data to creative vast, immersive AV pieces, and for his current show said data is drawn from a residency at particle physics research institute CERN.

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    David Hockney never fails to astound me. He’s likely the most prolific British painter, printmaker and photographer our generation will see, and rather than settle down into one comfortable style – he has entertained more than a few over the course of his 50-year and counting career – he continues to set himself new lines to cross. He pushes back on the boundaries he had set himself the last time around. 

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    Inès Longevial is an art director and illustrator based in Paris, whose beautiful paintings of intertwined bodies are likely to have you looking twice. She breaks up the human figure into segments in a fashion Picasso himself would admire, rendering different parts in contrasting but muted colour palettes to disguise the physicality of her subjects. The effect is quite beguiling; hands play across hips and colour distinctions hint at the seams of clothes, but nothing is clear cut. It’s a geometric play on anatomy, and it has clients including fashion brand Amélie Pichard and sportswear giants Nike coming back for more.

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    “I wish I knew how to weave,” I found myself sighing longingly while clicking through Hannah Waldron’s portfolio. The UK-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer has transitioned seamlessly from grid-based image-making to create works in textile form since completing an MFA in Textiles at Konstfack, Sweden, and it looks like she’s well at home in the medium. Map Tapestries is a series of woven works inspired by various city scenes – Kreuzberg, NYC and Venice, for example – in bright colours, evocative shapes and simple geometric forms, and it’s wonderful.

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