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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Making up the illustrative corner of Things this week are two wonderful works of colour and narrative from Rob Hunter and Isabelle Greenberg. While design and art direction is exemplified by Useful in their inaugural magazine Used, and in Esopus 16 which includes an excellent spectrum of unique features. Finally, Peckham’s poetic delights in an anthology put together by Sofia Stevi.

The New Ghost Robert Hunter, NoBrow Press

Using NoBrow Press’ springboard short story project, 17X23, Rob Hunter has created a remarkable comic and a great example for the potential for the format. It tells the story of a benign ghost getting to grips with its new purpose in afterlife and the earthly obstacles it meets. It has been beautifully composed, individual frames devised with a quite brilliant colour scheme and pages arranged for the utmost narrative potential. Wonderful stuff.
www.rob-hunter.co.uk
www.nobrow.net

Rain Dance Isabelle Greenberg

Out of a very nice looking package that Isabelle kindly delivered, we selected this great looking screen print poster to gush about. Seems like this Brighton graduate has a fine grasp of story telling even in the simplest of forms. Really lovely characters, colour and line, it went straight up on our wall.
www.isabelnecessary.com

Esopus 16 Tod Lippy, Editor

This is brilliant. A huge level of curation has gone into making Esopus, a biannual arts magazine that prides itself on an impartial perspective, published by the non-profit Esopus Foundation. With individual features being designed specifically for it’s content, different stocks, fold outs, removable inserts etc. It makes it a pretty immersive experience to read as each change in section feels like a completely new magazine. The content is great and a fantastic collection of unseen mail art from Ray Johnson absolutely nails it, I’m certain this couldn’t appear in any other magazine and be done justice.
www.esopusmag.com

Used: Issue One Alex Geoffrey, Brendan Freeman, Brendan Peer editors. Useful, design

Very excited by the quality in the first issue of Used. It’s a large format magazine with a selection of work and features that blends pretty seamlessly from the abstract (the wonderful Winnie Troung) to the logical (Dan Eatock, the impossible conceiver of “answers to questions that haven’t been posed”), with a sleek design that looks like fashion but sounds like art. Well worth checking out.
www.usedmagazine.co.uk
www.weareuseful.com

New Poetry Anthology Sofia Stevi, design

Off the back of a number of poetry readings in South London that included contributors such as Hannah Barry, Louis Eastwood and Octavia Lamb, the designer/collator, Sofia Stevi, decided to have it printed under the name of her own publishing house, Friary Road House Editions. In “aspiring to create a community through collaboration and free creative flow of new information and ideas”, she is up against no mean feat, but creating this really nicely designed, printed and illustrated volume of poems is a good and meaningful way to go about it.
www.cargocollective.com/friaryroadhouse

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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

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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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    Pottery has had a bit of a bad rep until recently when people have slowly begun to realise that it’s FUCKING BADDASS. The pottery world is creaking under the weight of the amount of thrill-seeking clay-spinners popping up all over the place making vessels for cool people to put their cacti and fennel seeds in, and so we thought we’d highlight a few people who are taking the clay world by storm. Think for a minute, if you will, how few kilns there are on this earth, and how many universities have in recent years completely shut down their ceramics department due to lack of funding and demand. Then get your head around how these guys manage to create such brilliant work at such an astonishing rate while still keeping up their day jobs. Seeing as pottery is well trendy right now, I thought I’d run down a list of my personal favourite pot-heads out there.

  3. Jr-newyorktimes-itsnicethat-list

    It’s always a joy when two creative forces we like collide and produce something that harnesses their collective talents. We’re huge fans of the team at The New York Times Magazine (so much so we interviewed design director Gail Bichler for the new issue of our Printed Pages magazine) and we love the work of JR, so the coming-together of the two was right up our street.

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    Have you ever wondered what the world might have looked like after the great Old Testament flood? What bizarre events might have followed such a freak occurrence in weather? Me neither. It’s honestly never crossed my mind. But illustrator Samuel Branton has been fixating on the idea, imagining the strange fusion of land and sea that a tumultuous rise in water levels might effect. He’s gone one step further and illustrated these fictional scenarios in miniature, taking this Regency medium and making it weird. Witness crabs beating up a wild boar, monkeys tossing an elephant in the air and a sad old sperm whale incapacitated in a tree. And Deluge is available in book form too!

  5. Aakash-itsnicethat-list

    When we last wrote about Aakash Nihalani we described his practice as a series of interventions, and now that he has graduated from playful street art compositions to full blown technological mind-blowers, that vaguery seems even more apt. His newest piece sees him create a series of interactive installations which respond to the movements of the subject stood in front of them. The video demonstrates it better than I could ever hope to, so wrap your eyes around it and try to keep your jaw off the floor. Aakash is entering a new age, people; just imagine the possibilities!

  6. Ines-longevial-itsnicethat-list

    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.

  7. Hannahwaldron-itsnicethat-list

    “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.

  8. Jen-stark-whirl-side-int-10

    If it isn’t broke then there’s absolutely no need to even think about fixing it, as artist Jen Stark is fully aware, and there’s nothing broken about her geometric papercut sculptures. The LA-based artist has been making such work for literally as long as It’s Nice That has been running – here’s the first time we ever posted about her, back in 2007 – and although her work continues to grow in intricacy, she’s stayed true to her roots. These days her sculptures are made more and more often inside huge, unassuming black and white boxes, recreating the feeling that you’re a child about to unbundle a giant parcel of joy on Christmas morning, and they’re still as impressive as they were eight years ago.

  9. Everybody-razzle-dazzle-1-photo-mark-mcnulty-int-list

    Sir Peter Blake has designed this fabulous dazzle ship, a Mersey Ferry that will carry commuter passengers for the next two years. Named Everybody Razzle Dazzle, Sir Peter says it’s his “largest artwork to date,” and that he was “honoured and excited to have been asked to design a dazzle image for the iconic Mersey Ferry.”

  10. Boyocollage-int-list

    Some budding young design talents fresh out of university might harbour resentment about being thrust into a new job at a design studio as a “photocopier boy” (his words), but Patrick Waugh is not one of them. Instead he took full advantage of the rich archive at his disposal in his earliest and most junior jobs to make copies. Lots of them. And then took a scalpel and some masking tape to them, and transformed them into something altogether more exciting.

  11. Stephenabela-int-main

    At first, Stephen Abela’s images are all glorious bronzed bodies, sun-drenched beaches and hazy holiday reveries. But beneath the heat, there’s something else at play too, which feels a little more disquieting. In that oft-cited Edward Hopper thing: even in the densely populated scenes there feels like there’s a loneliness. Even the speech bubbles are lonely – in fact, they’re vacant – suggesting that for all the beautiful scenery, the folk that populate it aren’t quite sure what to say or what to do. There’s a joy there, for sure, but the great thing about Stephen’s work is this complexity, and the sense that all isn’t necessarily as it seems.

  12. Int-list-carsten-holler-pic

    Merging the fun of the playground with the beauty and cerebral qualities of art, a slide will transport visitors to the Hayward Gallery entrance this summer thanks to the forthcoming Carsten Höller show, Decision.

  13. Traceyemin-mybed-int-

    Sometimes I don’t really “get” modern art, but I get Tracey Emin’s My Bed. She displayed it as a piece of art in 1998 after practically living in it for about a month following a bad breakup. Back then she was rake-thin and impish with an appetite for booze and fags, in that odd age where you’re left to fend for yourself but are not perhaps quite ready.