Author Archive: Bryony Quinn

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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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  1. Jasmine-deporta-list

    Jasmine Deporta has photographed a very nice fashion story for can you keep a secret? which is casual but very well-styled and shot from a number of views that play to a man-sat-in-chair-watching perspective; which of course is suggestive, but intelligently so. They have a quality of floating (sometimes literally) but in a totally non-lame way, just as suspended moments of impermanence that make you think “ah youth” right before you learn the title of the series Lolita and then they become something else entirely.

  2. Saramaragotto-list

    Sara Maragotto is one interesting image maker. With a portfolio full of quiet but brilliantly variegated colours and a process that I can’t tell you a whole lot about (only that it looks a lot like very hands on print techniques like lithography or mono printing) hers is a body of images with ambiguous arrangements, strangely diagrammatic qualities and not a little intrigue.

  3. Voidwreck-list

    Now in its fifth draft, Birmingham’s Eastside Projects have published their own user’s manual as to how one might engage with them and their space. Providing the suitably schematic renderings of the space’s potential is Voidwreck, the Amsterdam-based duo Karl Nawrot and Walter Warton.

  4. Edward-burtynsky-list

    The Photographers’ Gallery was the first independent space of its kind in Britain, so understandably its reopening in a new, tailored home is important to a very large and dedicated audience.

  5. It_snicethat_graduates_catch-up9

    In the last of our catch-ups with The Graduates 2011, we check-in with Bruce Usher, a fully-fledged designer in London’s Inventory studio, and Scott Taylor who has embraced his inner filmmaker to great effect.

  6. Blair-thurman-list

    Most model car kits come with a sheet of stickers that can be applied to the side of a shabbily-glued “super” car. Their space-saving arrangement is incidentally aesthetic, even more so when it’s just the sticky net that always ends up on the back of your jumper. Channelling this abstract recall of childhood imagery is Blair Thurman who has created, from neon, the outlines of these random compositions at their most simple. Strange, still, that they look “go-faster” even when hung on the gallery wall. The almost tribalistic quality of it has all sorts of allusions to underground and popular American culture and Thurman’s re-appropriation of a graphic vernacular hardly seen in a gallery space and craft is undeniable.

  7. Paul-elliman-list

    Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language at New York’s Museum of Modern Art has brought together 12 contemporary practitioners and an estimable spectrum of key 20th Century artists who do as the Dadaists do and eschew rational structures of language, form, sound – taking language, in particular typography, and “freeing it from its communicative and descriptive duties.”

  8. David-galasse-list

    David Galasse looks like he does it all and does it really well. His bright, wonderfully applicable graphic design doesn’t follow the trend bent but instead does a fantastic job of creating truly personal identities, printed collateral, web/mobile/app design, animation etc.

  9. Andy-hope-1930-list

    In the Medley Tour, an exhibition now on show at London’s Hauser & Wirth, Berlin-based artist Andreas Hofer aka Andy Hope 1930, suggests a world populated by superheroes but this is not comic art. It’s not sequential story-telling and it’s not immediately accessible as fine art either, however, the clue is always in the name and Andy Hope 1930 adopted his because he associates “the year 1930 with both the rise of the comic book to a mass medium, and the abandonment of suprematism and Russian constructivism” – both of which are primary signifiers in his work, albeit, somewhat mixed up a là food processor.

  10. Katie-peterson-list

    Katie Paterson is hugely capable of realising complex concepts in the most lyrically simplistic ways. Early on in her career there was a single lightbulb suspended in a dark room, the light it emitted was strange and totally unlike the yellow bleach of a regular lamp. Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight took the spectral measurements of lunar illumination and working closely with lighting specialists, Katie created enough of them to last one person a lifetime of moonlight.

  11. It_snicethat_graduates_catch-up8

    Part three of our catch-up with The Graduates 2011. This time it’s Mike Guppy, who besides doing a placement with our very own INT Works has co-founded a design studio, Krystina Naylor who was selected as a Saatchi Gallery New Sensation earlier this year and Hannah Shipley who is forging ahead with her own design work and placements.

  12. Yasuaki-onishi-list

    Osaka-based artist Yasuaki Onishi uses humble, simple materials – black glue, plastic sheets, nylon thread – but somehow a large space is majestically occupied with his inverted landscapes, the “reverse of volume”, allowing a viewer to occupy a space that would otherwise, perceptively, be given over to something of monumental density. Now showing in Texas’ Rice University Art Gallery, Onishi’s latest installation makes real his interest in the invisible, “like time, or air, or gravity” – constructing a suspension of weight/space/belief that can be observed from all angles and never to the same effect.

  13. Two-years-at-sea

    In his 2006 film, Somerset-born artist Ben Rivers introduced us to the real life hermitic Jake Williams in This Is My Land. For Jake, a man with extraordinary eyebrows and expressive beard who lives alone in the high-Highlands, his self-sustainment and self-dependency is the realisation of a dream concocted as a young man. Two Years at Sea takes back up with Jake, the title alluding to the time spent working on boats so that he might lead this isolated life and though this film does nothing to explain those circumstances, it’s a bewildering starting point for an audience (one that no-one I was in the cinema with could possibly relate to).

  14. Mark-lazenby-bookshelf-list

    Sharing his Bookshelf with us this week is collage artist Mark Lazenby. Prolific in both design and art contexts, Mark works with a huge range of narrative and abstract material, undoubtedly pulling from the wise words of others to help realise such idiosyncratically communicative pieces. Read on for his top five literary touchstones, ranging from Basquiat to Hesse.

  15. Oivin-horvei-list

    These strange taxonomies of martian conditions and geography by Oslo-based artist Øivin Horvei are what I imagine the Little Prince might have looked like if Ernst Haeckel could wield an airbrush. The ongoing Explorer Series is a hypothetical scientific excursion that records alien conditions in washy colours and gravity defying shapes. Though not strictly narrative, when seen as a collection it’s a brilliant diversion into fantasy tempered with an ongoing “archive” of research like reference called The Saturn Archives that offers plenty to read into.

  16. W-projects-list

    W/–––Projects is an arts initiative in New York that count a gallery space, bi-annual arts publication White Zinfandel and now artist editions within their gamut of productivity. The prints, newly released (“fresh prints”?) are interestingly constrained to four by six inch, one or two colour risographs and feature such estimable names as Keegan McHargue, Rafaël Rozendaal, Amy Yao and Mark Owens.

  17. Mary-ellen-johnson-list

    Observe, reader, the hyper-realistic inscrutability of Mary Ellen Johnson’s paintings. Her vast canvases study a panoply of culinary delights; cakes, sundaes, splits (“death food” I heard someone mutter), all depicted at the apogee of their desirability. They will never look as good or taste as good at any other moment, ever. Just so this clumsy reference to the ephemerality of youth and beauty doesn’t go un-flogged, I’ll continue: The gleaming perfection of hot fudge sauce turns all other food stuffs to dust – peerless eclair! Immaculate banana! These are unattainable, fetishistic almost, portraits that reflect with all sincerity on our weird emotional attachment to food beyond just being hungry. For Johnson, the “cherry on top” is not just a metaphor.

  18. Douglas-prince-list

    Professor Xavier said that mutation is a form of evolution, so is it me or is Douglas Prince’s photographs ridiculously evolved? He explores the medium fully, addressing the potential of digital manipulation as a device for “transformations that create new perceptions” – never so abstract you don’t recognise his subject matter but ambiguous and beautiful enough to read beyond the obvious.

  19. Frank-frazetta-list

    Not many artists could boast their work evoked a righteous chalice gesture to the heavens. But then not many artists have had as important an impact on high-fantasy art as Frank Frazetta. You think you don’t know who he is but you do – if you have ever listened to or stood near someone who listens to heavy metal, read comics, pulp fantasy fiction, or find meaning in the combinations of words “rogue roman,” “moon maid,” and “wither wing,” then you know who Frank Frazetta is.

  20. Lilianna-ovalle-list

    In the same way Liliana Ovalle incorporates into her designs the incidences of improvised functionality in everyday situations into her designs, her use of colour is just as unexpected and illuminating in its suggestion of how a piece of furniture might be interpreted. A continuation of her Colour Me series, these pieces feature consistent geometric designs that conform to our table and stool-shaped conventions blocked out in vibrant colour on well-crafted, edgy wooden forms.

  21. It_snicethat_graduates_catch-up7

    Here’s part two of our catch-up with the class of 2011 as part of The Graduates 2012, featuring Mia Porter, currently knocking on a year as a full-time graphic designer for Alisdhair Willis, Sarah Maycock who’s enjoyed a very exciting year as a freelance illustrator and Doug Stewart, soon to exhibit in New York and who’s just started a design position with HarrimanSteel…

  22. Chinese_graphic_design-list

    Hot dog damn it the internet is good. More specifically, 50 Watts, because it’s not everyday and just anywhere you see such extraordinary graphic design. These images, taken from a book called Chinese Graphic Design in the Twentieth Century by Scott Minick and Jiao Ping, depict changing styles and traditions in Chinese design as wider art movements began to influence the eastern aesthetic and technique. It’s totally fascinating, contextually and artistically, to see such strong parallels between individual designers in the 1920s and 1930s and, say, the German expressionists. Rare and beautiful work.

  23. Alex-katz-list

    Finally, a dedicated exhibition in which to surrender to the years of ineffable greatness that is Alex Katz. Tate St.Ives presents Give Me Tomorrow, a showcase from the octogenarian painter renowned for painting in economical lines and flattened swathes of edible colour. Not only displaying his own collages, canvases and cut-outs, but a curated selection of artists from the Tate’s own collections.

  24. Keith-shore-list

    It is safe to assume that the opening night of any exhibition is as much about the beer as the art. Harnessing this great truth, the very wonderful illustrator-recherché Keith Shore is exhibiting his regular commission of labels for Danish beer brand Mikkeller at their bar in Copenhagen. Opening tonight, this hop-fuelled vernissage features a wide range of original drawings used by the brewery – tiny narratives, bright colours, jazz characters, strange happenings – and no less than 20 beers on tap. Keith Shore + Beer = Best. Show. Ever.

  25. Jaehyo-lee-list

    Jaehyo Lee is a Korean artist who has a very distinctive way of manipulating form, not just through moulding but by cutting, in a way totally un-compromised by the natural shape of the original material. Working with basic materials, Jaehyo performs simple albeit labour-intensive operations, in particular, with nails in charred wood. The nails protrude in a perfectly measured surface, their heads bent in strategic directions so that the overall impression is one of movement and changing depth with each nail looking like a mark on paper. These meticulously constructed physical drawings are a bewildering thing in the flesh and lucky for us in London, they are now on show at the Hada Contemporary until May 30.

  26. Ted-parker-list

    I don’t do favourites but I do do top threes. Top three subject matter involving an animal featured in a Ted Parker illustration: smoking dog; drinking dolphin; lions playing basketball. Top three stylistic devices used by Ted to obliterate reality and replace it a better, funner, happier one: salad servers for hands and feet; horseshoe shaped ankles; trans-gender, disturbingly happy dot-dot-dot-half-circle faces. Top three illustrators right this moment, right now: Ted Parker; Ted Parker; Ted Parker. His work just kills me it makes me so happy.

  27. Ryan-hopkinson-list

    Our human endeavour to control the elements, or at least harness them, has been fodder for artists since pretty much always. Early fascination with meteorological phenomena had whole civilisations on their knees, praying to the gods of water, fire, earth and wind. And, even after we’d explained away their causes and cleaned up their effects, the intangible wonder of their happening at all still remains.

  28. Christoph-neinmann-list

    Abstract Sunday is Christoph Niemann’s online spot for The New York Times in which his personal world is revealed through down-the-line wit and everyday observations, all depicted in the gloriously straight-faced universal language of diagrams. Recently ABRAMS collected these brilliantly effective schematic stories and published them into as a book titled Abstract City which covers such ubiquitous themes as electric cable frustration, public transport irrationality, the love of/the hate of coffee and everybody’s favourite – creative block.

  29. It_snicethat_graduates_catch-up6

    As we launch our annual call for submissions to The Graduates 2012 supported by Represent – a showcase of the brightest new talents emerging from UK universities – we caught up with last year’s crop to get a quick sum-up of their first year out of education and into the real world.

  30. Evans_bakerlist

    Photographic duos are an interesting one – there’s certainly some grand theory about the truth of a photo being dissecting even further by a shared vision or a shared experience. Step forward Daniel Evans and Brendan Baker, partners in more than one photographic outing, their latest series Sleeping Through an Earthquake comes straight out of India.

  31. Bookshelf-list

    Marcelo Gomes has more than the average photographer’s affinity for light. His just out of focus images, like a careful shifting of attention between the subject and the space they inhabit, are a refreshing alternative to the high-gloss, high-fashion and highly-overrated images dominating the commercial world. As much as anyone with an awareness of their influencers, his selection for this weeks Bookshelf feature is a nuanced lot and not at all obvious. Good read, readers!

  32. Holton-rower-list

    What is more impressive than one psychedelic spectral pour painting by Holton Rower? 19 of them. New York’s The Hole gallery presents the latest in the artist’s beautifully vivid, process-driven works that reveal the time that made them like the rings of a tree while simultaneously appearing as if a particularly chromatic work of art had melted on its plinth.

  33. Bauhaus-list

    If you hold what you think you know about Bauhaus up to the very illuminating light of the Barbican’s new exhibition, Bauhaus: Art as Life, the effect is pretty spectacular. Preconceptions in the shape of a yellow triangle, blue circle and red square are split in a contextual kaleidoscope that plays the disciplines and their histories off of each other. The result is broad and one that you could never achieve in a classroom. This is perhaps the crowning achievement of this exhibition – and to put an end to this trite metaphor – it sheds a renewing light on the most influential design movement of the twentieth century so that a whole new generation might experience it first hand.

  34. Marianne-anderson-list

    Sketch paint apps have officially got artistic kudos (thanks Hockney!) with the narrow spectrum of marks available making a simple kit of communicative parts. The results are becoming more and more visible as artists and designers alike share their working process and daily observations in flattened accents and straight-from-the-packet colours.

  35. Yale-list

    Are you near New Haven? Then go to Yale – the graphic design MFA candidates are still exhibiting, including recently featured Ryan Weafer and it looks sweet. Especially because they’ve tempted us with this anomalously aesthetic short promo featuring white(noise)outed spaces on walls and plinths where artwork should be – all in a fly-through animation that looks like a architects mock-up but smells like space.

  36. It_snicethat_graduates11

    Very soon, impossibly so, a very large number of illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, artists and other creatively minded individuals will emerge from their respective educational institutes – bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and questionably attired. In other words, graduate season is nearly upon us and we cannot wait to meet them all.

  37. Ryan-weafer

    That which I can tell you about Ryan Weafer’s work–- that his design feels very current and is concerned with iterative surfaces and compositional elements beyond typographic conventions – can be embellished by the esteemed education he is currently wrapping up as an MFA candidate in graphic design at Yale School of Art.

  38. Matilda-tristram-list

    This year, the David Hockney exhibition transformed the exterior of the Royal Academy of Arts into a moving wall of flesh, travelling at approximately 0.25 miles per hour on weekdays. An extraordinary turnout and the combined cacophony of conversation and opinion from the public both inside and out of the gallery was the ultimate eavesdroppers dream.

  39. James-t-edmondson-list

    It’s safe to say James T Edmondson has a skill but more than that is a positive attitude towards his practice that really shows in the making. Lettering and type – hand-drawn and digitally rendered, research and contextual statements, multiple weights and infinite applications – are his artistic bent, the results of which are not what you would immediately marry up to his undergraduate status. But that he is, a senior studying graphic design at the California College of Arts in San Francisco and our Student of the Month.

  40. Chris-floyd

    Photographer and filmmaker Chris Floyd has leant his sweet and easy cinematic eye to a number of short films for mens fashion destination, Mr Porter. The series called The Way I Dress watches from a cool distance as men with style, not just fashion, dress themselves.