You can never have too much of a good thing. But can you ever have too much of a good Things? Naww. This week we brings you – drum roll – a photography special! Well, aside from one incredible collection of a Polish magazine’s spreads that managed to sneak its way in (but you’ll thank us for that). So here goes…
Ristruttura Project B
Project B Gallery sent us this beautiful catalogue as an accompaniment to their upcoming Ristruttura, an exhibition to showcase the fresh-faced young photographers they champion. Starting from the notion that a photograph must first be dark before it can be light (a reference to the developmental process, darkrooms, all that jazz) this smoke-coloured album is punctuated by “blackouts”, each artists separated from the next by glossy sheets of inky paper. A well-executed teaser for what is sure to be a cracking show.
Top Deck James Pearson-Howes and Will Robson-Scott
Spurred into action by a desire to immortalise what’s often seen as the “bad part” of the bus, Top Deck excels with its documentation of instantaneous moments of intrigue, as seen from above. I mean come on, who doesn’t love to sit upstairs? We were happy to see our favorite section chronicled with such aplomb.
Der Greif : Issue 5
A triumph from large-format photography and literature magazine Der Grief, whose aim is to cultivate a “mobile forum” for artists and who state that growth is the product of “nailing up the door to routine.” Très poetic. In similarly metacognitive fashion each artist’s work is featured alongside a complementary piece of poetry. An excellent verbal and visual tour, as guided by these German entrepreneurs.
Peter Ross Wants to Know Which Five People You Would Invite to Dinner Peter Ross
And by “you” he means a milieu of fabulous actors, musicians, writers and artists. A hearty pamphlet featuring well-composed portraits accompanied by insightful admissions (like Alan Cumming wants to wine and dine Jesus). Shameless fun, justified by its studied attention to aesthetics.
Projekt Unit Editions
Veering off course, we know, but too nice not to feature. Unit Editions’ latest output is a retrospective on Projekt, a “Polish journal of visual art and design” weighty with historical clout. This magazine’s actually been an outlet for alternative Polish artwork since 1956, and even had a predecessor, Arkady, published pre-war by a ballsy activist named Wanda Krahelska-Filipowiczowa. Concieved by Edgar Bak and Charlotte West out of sheer enthusiasm for the publication’s archive, this is a brilliant line-up of cover art and layout design compiled from the past thirty years. A total gem.
- Rufus Newell uses curves and scribbles to depict Greek gods and heroes
- Designer Sepus Noordmans talks about simplicity and structure in his portfolio
- Swedish artist Ekta reconsiders simple geometric shapes
- Rob Bailey talks through creating over 40 posters for London Underground
- Costa Rican illustrator Adrian Mangel draws the modern American landscape
- Ellen van Engelen takes us on a trip with her psychedelic illustrations
- Petition launched against winner of Foam Paul Huf photography award for “stereotyping and sexism”
- Exclusive: rediscover graphics from Fiorucci’s archival 1984 Panini collaboration
- Kirsten Lepore’s creepy clay character is oddly soothing in this brilliant animation
- Me & EU project will send creative postcards across Europe on trigger date of Article 50
- Phaidon book gathers together 500 of the most iconic graphic designs of all time
- Atelier Brenda: the alter ego of three female designers you need to get to know