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Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

This week we snatched out the postman’s hands: one abstracted book from Jochen Gerner; one large format look-book-zine, visualised by Martin Parr; one occasionally; appearing, always excellent copy of Things Magazine; one spooky love zine by Coby Walsh; two posters, one one-sided, one two-sided, both from Alain de Bottom and Anthony Burrill.

Things 19-20 Hildi Hawkins & Jonathon Bell, Editors

The occasional nature of Things Magazine’s appearance, the un-precious form it takes, soft cover, sugary stock and fuss-less type – none of these factors deny it as a good looking thing, but that’s not the point – it’s all in the content. It’s a forum for an independent group of writers and historians, for the “free discussion of objects, their pasts, presents and futures.” Topics covered include mini-beasts and proximity of towels.
www.thingsmagazine.net

Abstraction (1941-1968) Jochen Gerner

This beautifully dark and interesting narrative (what we believe to be) recounting of the Ark Royal and the Bismark, is a welcome continuation for Gerner – a visual theme of isolated words, emphasising their significance on the page into a tonal and minimally composed bande dessinee. The fractured story has a tone that is mimicked subtly by the build up of textures, what could be crops or close-ups, and a conceptual meaning that is easily felt but harder to describe.
www.jochengerner.com
www.lassociation.fr

Spooky Love, Issue One Coby Walsh

Loving this happy zine of shiny eyed, mildly creepy (goes with the title) characters from illustrator Coby Walsh. Simply a nicely pieced together collection of drawings and ideas, we just wondered what brain has an idea like giving fast food eyes… but apparently there’s a word for that – pareidolia. Thanks for (inadvertently) widening our vocab’ Coby.
www.cobywalsh.co.uk

Urban Outfitters Summer Preview 2011 Martin Parr, photography

UO always seem to push the boat out with their collection previews and printed matter. Summer 2011 doesn’t disappoint with a top name (Martin Parr) providing brilliant colours and aesthetic clashes of pattern and product in a very nicely turned out large format zine. Above and beyond you’re standard “look book”, as UO have shown in the past with the likes of Harmony Korine having a go, Parr has this one down with an exotic tourist poundland-motherland in rainbow effect going on.
www.martinparr.com
www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

GraphicDesign& Alain De Bottom & Anthony Burrill

Alain de Bottom’s way with words finds a natural visual ally in the strong typographic work that comes so naturally to Anthony Burrill. A very fitting partnership for a double-sided poster, sprung from the recent GraphicDesign& event at the Design Museum, addressing the “stereotypical perceptions of seemingly opposing approaches to life.” And from both collaborators there’s the acknowledgement that it’s not just a way with words but how you say them that counts. This is a good way/say, we think.
www.graphicdesignand.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.

Most Recent: Art View Archive

  1. Ellakru-painting-7home-int

    Latvia-born Ella Kruglyanskaya now lives and works in New York, depicting cartoon-like friends and “frienemies” out-and-about in large-scale oil paintings and murals. Ella’s work is packed with bawdy humour, exaggerated forms, exuberant mark-making and interactions. She describes her intention as “pictorial events… [that] aspire to an unspoken punch line” – the content, references and line-work all filtered through comedy.

  2. Anniedescarteaux-collage-7home-int

    Annie Descôteaux’s work is confident, engaging and straight-forwardly slapstick. The Montreal-based artist works with installation, drawing and collage and has seen her work exhibited and discussed at conferences on colour theory. In equally impressive outings, it’s also appeared in Bloomberg and Pica magazines, among other publications. Annie’s collage work is well-balanced with clean lines, sharp colours and discreet humour; each piece littered with raw steak, fried eggs and shuttlecocks.

  3. Oliviervrancken-untitled-1-inthome

    Olivier Vrancken is a graphic designer and artist based in Holland. Painting and drawing his way through commissions and personal work, he is inspired by everything from primitive art to the great lyricists that are Black Sabbath. Olivier has exhibited all over Europe, his Cubist aesthetic and visual references laden with nods to cut-outs, still life, architecture and the human form. There’s a great colour palette to his work and some nice titles like Bad Hair Day and Wanderlust. Olivier’s work reminds me of the prints that appeared all over the T-shirts of the 1980s, in a good way.

  4. Menutnutnut-drawing-4-int

    Me nut nut nut was one of Jason Murphy’s daughter’s first utterances, and is now the name for his drawings of awkward stories of fear and incompetence. Inspired by the physical comedy of The Young Ones and The Ren & Stimpy Show, Jason’s drawings rely on comic intuition and references to real-life moments, like dropping a potato on his cat.

  5. Seamus_murhpy_pj-harvey_-recording-in-progress_-2015.-an-artangel-commission.-_1_int

    While we wait to take our turn to become a sort of strangely sanctioned voyeur as PJ Harvey records her ninth album, thinking about what’s ahead feels peculiar. Essentially, we’re going to see PJ (Polly Jean) Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, a photographer and two engineers making an album in a Something & Son-designed box, formed of glass that allows visitors to see in, while the musicians can’t see out.

  6. Atelierbingo-list-int

    Up to the point when I opened Atelier Bingo’s new zine Wogoo Zoogi I’d never wondered what two aliens in heated conversation might look like. Having had a read I can now confirm that the answer is “they are speaking, singing very strangely, and they have a hair on their tongues." The newest bout of work from French illustration and surface design duo Adèle Favreau and Maxime Prou is a wonderful celebration of playful, dynamic, abstract art; blending shapes, colours and patterns in a glorious puddle of chaos thinly disguised as alien chat. In fact, it’s everything we’ve been led to expect from the pair, who we’ve dolloped praise on in the past.

  7. Faigahmed-carpets-list-2-int

    Faig Ahmed is an Azerbaijani artist doing remarkable things with carpets. He takes traditional Azerbaijani rugs – enormous, beautiful intricate creations – un-weaves them, and reconstructs them to create new patterns and shapes, subverting traditional usage of rugs as domestic objects to be walked all over, and rejuvenating them with optical illusions and techniques reminiscent of contemporary internet art. 

  8. Slavs_tatars-loveletters-home-int

    The work of Slavs & Tatars is awash with unlikely cultural references, balloons, archives and carpets. Identifying “the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China” as the focus of their work, their projects are generous, engaging and genre-crossing. Starting as a reading group before shifting into making their own work, Slavs & Tatars have recently been working on a continuation of their Long Legged Linguistics project, a multi-faceted study of language as a source of emancipation. The somewhat secretive collective were kind enough to tell us more about this and their “bazaar” approach to making work.

  9. Davidbatchelor-october-13-int

    If you go down to the Whitechapel Gallery anytime between now and early April you’ll be sure to come across a huge breadth of work chronicling the adventures of the black square, from 1915 all the way up to the present day. It’s fairly monochromatic, as you might expect. Upstairs, however, things get drastically more colourful – especially once you come to David Batchelor’s specially “disrupted” issue of October, one of the most respected art journals out there, first published in 1976 and edited by esteemed writers Michel Foucault, Richard Foreman and Noël Burch.

  10. Alexdacorte-easternsport-1-int

    Perennial student artist Alex Da Corte has qualifications, residencies and awards coming up to his eyeballs having studied Film, Animation and Fine Arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts, Printmaking and Fine Arts at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and then a cheeky MFA in Sculpture at Yale. Busy guy!

  11. Duane_hanson_-_karma3

    Karma Books have just published a catalogue of Duane Hanson’s post-humous exhibition Flea Market Lady. Shown at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, Duane’s flea market ladies are taken from real-life characters and cast in bronze. An incredible feat of observation and skill, his work captures the character of his models and creates a very real atmosphere of flea-ing. Karma have kindly let us publish an extract from the imaginary conversation Maurizio Cattelan has with the artist in the foreword to the book:

  12. Hdl5_copy

    Hubert de Lartigue paints photo-realistic portraits that “serve the beauty” of his models, and his muse. He considers “emotion and soul” the most important part of a painting and spoke to us about his working process, inspiration and the impact of his muse, Octavie.

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    If I won the lottery I’d open a gallery, and when I opened my gallery I’d totally rip off everything that David Kordansky Gallery does. From the big stuff like the very well-curated, cool list of artists they represent, to the impeccable printed matter they produce, to the matter of their easily navigable and well designed website – these guys are celebrating people’s work in the best way possible.