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Graphic Design

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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.

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    Way back in 2011 when we first posted the work of Frank Magnotta It’s Nice That was a very different beast – we’d only give you one image to check out and the rest was up to you. So when I stumbled across Frank’s work again this week it seemed essential that we show you a whole lot more. To be honest there have been few updates to his site in the past three years but the work is breathtaking, pulling together pop culture references, architectural precision and some serious Americana and combining it into stark surrealist landscapes. At times grotesque but always engaging, Frank’s graphite artworks are still some of the finest around.

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    Jean Jullien is many things. Artist. Illustrator. French. Recent emigre to New York. It’s Nice That favourite. So hot right now. He’s also the final artist to have a show at Kemistry Gallery’s current east London home before it closes its doors early next year (although as has been reported it has some excitingly ambitious plans).

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    American artist James Rieck paints models, but not in the way you might expect. In his huge colourful canvases he takes figures from adverts and recreates them four or five feet wide, capturing their clothes, their postures but not their faces.

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    These painted scenes from Paige Jiyoung Moon are so wonderfully intricate, a new detail pops out each time you see them. Capturing domestic scenes like people drinking coffee, friends watching a film or a family eating lunch together, it’s the mundanity of what Paige paints that makes her miniature worlds so inviting as the viewer tries to pick out some sort of irregularity.

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    It’s been a whole two years since we last posted about the marvellous work of Lynnie Zulu and we’re happy to have the illustrator’s vibrant world colouring our dull Monday once again. Her latest body of work is on show now at No Walls Gallery in Brighton and is a fantastically lively exploration of the female in all her glorious forms.

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    We’re no ballet aficionados, but we wouldn’t usually associate drunkards, typists and factory workers with the grace and poise of the discipline. However, as these beautiful gouache painting by Tatiana Bruni show, there’s much more to ballet than tutus and swan lake, with her angular figures, bold colours and sometimes grotesquely postured characters. The paintings show costume designs for Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1931 ballet The Bolt, and are going on show at London’s Gallery for Russian Arts and Design alongside a series of period photographs. The ballet itself was bold and striking in its use of real hammers, machine-inspired choreography, aerobics and acrobatics, and the costume images are equally as dynamic, inspired by “the aesthetics of agit-theatre and artist-designed propaganda posters”, according to the gallery. The sense of movement is palpable, whether in the graceful billowing dresses or the staggering legs of our brightly-coloured drunkard, working against the geometric rigidity of the style to beautiful effect.

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    The announcement that David Lynch is to release new episodes of Twin Peaks in 2016 was, unsurprisingly, met with internet-breaking levels of excitement. Soon, every Tommy, Dale and Henry Spencer was walking around their independent coffee shop knowingly harping on about their “damn fine cup of coffee” and popping that heartbreaking Angelo Badalamenti theme on the office stereo like they’d actually watched every episode back in 1990, when they were five.

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    Not since we saw the Doge meme IRL on a street in Hackney have we been this excited by the face of a strange dog. Now, we’re excited by many strange dog faces, thanks to what looks set to be a brilliant show by Wilfrid Wood. Wilfrid’s work has long been a favourite at It’s Nice That, and has over the years included sculptures of Tom Daley and Paul McCartney and numerous bottoms for Levis.

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    Man of many talents Will Edmonds has some great new work on his site in the geometric shape of these colourful framed pieces and paintings on wood. There’s a childlike simplicity against a more grown-up restraint in the works, which draw you in with colour and keep you there with the deceptively intricate layers. The works were created for an exhibition entitled A Watery Line at The Tetley in Leeds in summer 2014, where he was also showing sculptures and ceramics.

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    London is a brilliant city, but in the winter months it can be a grey and grizzly place to live. That’s why artists like Steve Wheen, aka The Pothole Gardner, are so important in bringing a little colour and joy to our day-to-day lives. To promote Uniqlo’s new HEATTECH range, which has been specially developed with leading textile manufacturer Toray, the clothing brand is showcasing creative types who take on the urban outdoors come rain or shine, from foodies and cyclists to graffiti artists.

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    I can’t quite believe that it’s two years since we last featured Alex Roulette’s work on the site because he’s undoubtedly one of our favourite artists working today. The New York based painter creates scenes which “explore the blurred sense of time and place within memories” and he’s a master of the atmospheric. Looking at his paintings feels like beginning a dream when you’re pitched into a situation conjured up by your subconscious and yet instinctively know broadly where you are and what’s going on.

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    I’m sticking by my claim that the beach is one of the most fascinatingly liminal places going; you arrive, you take off (almost) all your clothes and you lie down, play volleyball and splash next to strangers with the same idea, and nobody thinks anything of it.

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    These painted shapes from Berlin-based Frau Grau are just wonderful with their rich, vivid tones and excellent composition. I really like the organic and uneven shapes, with each one refusing to tesselate neatly with its neighbour. The formation and assembly works fantastically, laid out like a detailed study of jewel-like pebbles and rocks found on an imagined coastline. It’s this ambiguity about what the artist is actually depicting that interests me so much.