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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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