Dublin based Welsh creative Annie Atkins who was also the lead graphic designer for Wes Anderson’s new crime-caper ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ has teamed up with the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin for an exhibition ‘A Brief Survey of Graphic Design from the Empire of Zubrowka (1932-1968)’ which has a selection of graphic props she designed for the film. It’s running until Monday 24th March 2014 at the Lighthouse, hopefully I’ll catch it next week and get to see the film.
I went to see Martin Creed’s solo exhibition ‘What’s the point of it?’ at the Hayward gallery in the Southbank Centre yesterday. A ford focus coming to life, a huge spinning ‘Mothers’ sign, objects of different sizes stacked on top of each other, half a room filled with white balloons, a beautiful view of Big Ben & london eye obscured by a giant film screen showing a man getting and loosing an erection. Don’t go expecting high brow art like the woman who felt compelled to tell me with disgust how she couldn’t understand how he get’s away with it all. It’s art that really doesn’t take itself seriously. Martin Creed’s ‘What’s the Point of it?’ will make you laugh, squirm and possibly gag but it’s definitely entertaining and it runs from 29 January until 27 April at the Hayward Gallery, London.
There’s an exhibition currently running at the Pertwee, Anderson and Gold Gallery in Soho, London with screen prints from the multidisciplinary design duo Kai & Sunny and art prints from Artist / Creative Director Leif Podhajsky. If you get a chance to go also check out the Museum of Curiosity in the basement, full of strange animal skeletons and old false teeth.
Cooper & Gorfer exhibited a selection of their work at the Nordic House in Reykjavík during Design March 2013. I was lucky enough to see it first hand. The duo consists of Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer. In 2006 they began their collaboration. With backgrounds in art, architecture, graphic design and photography Cooper & Gorfer’s work starts by collecting stories from the local people of the places they visit and photograph. These photographs are then arranged and collage together with amazing dream like textures and depths, with influences from 18th and 19th century painting to create a visual representation and strong narrative of these tales and stories.
“Like the portrait in Oscar Wilde’s novel “The Picture of Dorian Grey”, our images show more than just an objective view of the person portrayed. Instead, they also depict something we can not see – the past, the insubstantial and intangible, where the life and sentiment of the person photographed are woven together with our perception and experience of the moment. In the end, our pictures are the stories’ beautiful remains.” Cooper & Gorfer
Illustrations from Portland, Oregon based Angie Wang. You can find loads more of Angie’s work on her site below including illustrations for The New Yorker, Escada, Nylon Magazine, Wired Magazine and Nobrow or check out her weekly speculative fashion illustration blog wangie.com Angie Wang is showing some of her work at the Compound Gallery, Oregon on January 3rd, 2013 with Vivian Chen and Julia Gfrörer
From the great bunch of lads that brought us the brilliant Anti Graffiti campaign for Dublin; here’s Sharp Suits, an open submission exhibition which called on creatives to illustrate the bizarre and ridiculous blurb that can (in hopefully rare occasions) come from the clients mouth.
Amazing ink illustrations by Japanese Artist Shohei Otomo. Watch the video by Carhartt below to see how he makes his really detailed images. Shohei Otomo’s solo exhibition at Lesley Kehoe Galleries in Melbourne opens on the 7th of September and consists of thirty-eight original pieces and several limited edition prints.