Tuesday 23 September 2014Ryan Todd – No Fun Intended
In 1991, Martin Jaques and I published a letterpress book called Suit.
The short story, written by Jake Michie, was bound in a cover that featured a black button embossed into the yellow cloth. Suit was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of their permanent collection and earned itself a place in the D&AD annual of that year.
Fast forward, and a friend tells me about an exhibition by London-based artist and illustrator Ryan Todd at Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch, and in particular the similarity between Ryan’s Panic and Suit’s cover.
Well original ideas are few and far between these days, so I wasn’t unduly bothered, but I was intrigued to check out Ryan’s website and find out more about the show No Fun Intended.
His commercial work has been commissioned by the likes of Paul Smith, Nike and Gap and there have been exhibitions of his work in this country and abroad. So if you like quirky ideas executed in a simple graphic style then Todd’s your man.
You can get a taste by watching the short film he’s made about the exhibition here.
Tuesday 23 September 2014NYCTA Graphics standards Manual
Tuesday 10 December 2013Lou Dorfsman & The CBS Wall
Designer and art-director Lou Dorfsman’s most notable creation was the Cafeteria Wall inside Eero Saarinen’s CBS Building in New York.
Completed in 1966 and spanning over ten metres in length, the “Gastrotypographicalassemblage” as it has become known was unceremoniously abandoned in the late ’80s.
This short film features Dorfsman talking about the project and the campaign by the non-profit foundation, the Center for Design Study to restore the wall. The wall’s nine panels were salvaged by NY designer Nick Fasciano.
Friday 6 December 2013Massimo Vignelli
Wednesday 4 December 2013Saul Leiter
Made by British film maker Tomas Leech in 2012, In No Great Hurry documents the work of photographer Saul Leiter who died on Tuesday aged 89.
Leiter was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a rabbi, but in 1946 after local success as a painter, he dropped out of theology school moving to New York with the intention of becoming an artist.
He became friends with abstract expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart and though he continued to paint, experimented more with photography. His interest in the subject sparked as a twelve-year-old when his mother bought him a camera.
Unlike New York contemporaries such as Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon, whose work continued to be predominantly monochrome, Leiter began using colour film typically Kodachrome.
His atmospheric and vibrant images of Manhattan street life brought him attention from magazines such as Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, Queen and Nova – Leiter continued to juggle fashion commissions and personal work through to the early 80s.
Although Edward Steichen had curated a collection of Leiter’s pictures at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 he remained virtually unknown.
But in 1992 his work featured in Jane Livingston’s book celebrating what she termed the New York School – a loosely defined group of photographers who between 1936 and 1963 shared similar influences and subject matter. And this led to a more thorough overview of his photographs with the publication of Martin Harrison’s book Saul Leiter Early Color.
“Leiter’s sensibility… placed him outside the visceral confrontations with urban anxiety associated with photographers such as Robert Frank or William Klein. Instead, for him the camera provided an alternate way of seeing, of framing events and interpreting reality. He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances.”
Thursday 20 June 2013Ron Mueck’s exhibition in Paris.
Ron Mueck has been invited to present his new sculpture at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain from April 16 to October 27 2013. This is his first major exhibition in Europe since the hugely successful Fondation Cartier exhibition of 2005.
In addition to six important recent sculptures the show includes three produced especially for this event. A new film recording their creation has been made for the occasion by Gautier Deblonde. Revealing the reclusive artist at work further emphasizes the sensitivity and power of Ron Mueck’s sculpture and highlights its particular resonance for our time.
A Ron Mueck exhibition is a rare event.
Based in London, Ron Mueck has had highly acclaimed exhibitions around the world from Japan to Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, but shows of his new work in Europe have not been frequent occurrences. Mueck works slowly in his small North London studio, making time itself an important element in his creative process. His human figures are meticulously detailed, with surprising changes of scale that place them as far from academic realism as they are from pop art or hyperrealism.