Graphic designers and artists respond to "freedom" for the Barbican

Date
14 July 2015
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1 minute read

“We wanna be free, we wanna be free to do what we wanna do,” as we heard through Primal Scream (it’s a quote from the film The Wild Angels , fact fans). Now for the Barbican’s mammoth Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening show by Doug Aitken, artists from Gillian Wearing to Bob and Roberta Smith and graphic design studios including Zak Group and Good Wives and Warriors have created posters responding to the concepts “free” or “freedom.” As you’d expect from such a varied bunch, the posters show a huge range of approaches to the brief, including a depiction of a smoking vicar and a few simple, typographic responses from Ruth Ewan and Zak Group. The idea behind the posters’ creation was to echo “the sprite of Fluxus happenings,” according to the Barbican, and will be pasted throughout the centre-wide show.

Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening is on show at the Barbican until 26 July. Some of the posters in the series are available to buy in the Barbican shop.

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Bob and Roberta Smith: Art Is Your Human Right
Courtesy of the artist

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Gillian Wearing: Free the Mind
Courtesy of the artist

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Paul Noble: Free Vicar
Courtesy of the artist

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Good Wives and Warriors: In Defence of Scientific Freedom
Courtesy of the artist

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Richard Long: Midday Muezzin Line, Egypt, 2006
Courtesy of the artist

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Ruth Ewan: The Difference (Map)
Ruth Ewan with The Caseroom Press and pupils from The Meadows Primary School, Lincoln

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Richard Wilson: Jackpot
Courtesy the Artist and Michelle D’Souza Fine Art

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Zak Group [Untitled]
Courtesy of the artist

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Emily Gosling

Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.

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