Reviews

9 November 2012

Freeze!

Freeze!

An exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London looks hard at the eyes of sharpshooters (from artists and anonymous punters to movie stars and Simone de Beauvoir)
The recently re-opened Photographers Gallery is right on target with its current show, writes Liz Farrelly. ‘Shoot! Existential Photography’ is a thematic celebration of an almost lost carnival attraction, the shooting booth, in which a camera is triggered as a shot hits home, snapping the punter’s photo as they fire.

25 October 2012

Walk between the raindrops

Walk between the raindrops

rAndom International’s Rain Room at the Barbican’s Curve gallery turns dodging the weather into digital spectacle.
Technically speaking, Random International’s Rain Room involves few symptoms of rain, writes Sarah Handelman. There is no condensation. No clouds. No humidity. And, yes, that universal rain smell is also missing from the perpetual storm.

24 October 2012

The Bloomsbury set

The Bloomsbury set

De Bondt, Boom, Burrill, Butterick, Garland, Kubel, Scher and many more make Typo London 2012 a highly ‘Social’ affair. No question about it.
Typo London commenced with graphic designer Sara De Bondt’s fittingly understated introduction, writes Sarah Snaith.

22 October 2012

That (postmodern) design smell?

That (postmodern) design smell?

Graphic design Wunderkinder M/M (Paris) have worked with just about everyone in just about every medium: so why not carpets … or scent?
M/M (Paris), aka Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, might represent that most elusive of all cultural phenomena – a genuine hybrid, criss-crossing cultural genres, economic models and geographic nodes. If the tag ‘postmodern’ didn’t sound so outmoded, it could easily apply, writes Liz Farrelly.

11 October 2012

Don’t explain

Don’t explain

Raymond Pettibon straddles the high / low culture divide, adding his seductive scrawl to the white cube of a London gallery
Raymond Pettibon’s latest series of drawings, investigating recurrent themes around American pop culture, film noir and  baseball is currently on show at London gallery, Sadie Coles HQ, writes Liz Farrelly.

26 September 2012

‘Shake hands with the devil’

‘Shake hands with the devil’

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The final hours of Graphic Design: Now in Production (the New York leg) provided a snapshot of contemporary practice, from the Stone Twins to Metahaven.
For the final Saturday of Cooper-Hewitt’s ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ exhibition in New York, a student and professional crowd massed for ‘The Final Hours’, writes Liz Farrelly. The temporary location (while the Carnegie Mansion is closed for renovation) was Governors Island, a breezy six-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan.

13 August 2012

Is the museum as dead as print?

Is the museum as dead as print?

‘Inside / outside’ – a symposium about the future of exhibition spaces at the new Tate Tanks – questioned the future of art institutions
The Tate Modern’s symposium ‘Inside / Outside: Materialising the Social’ marked the first weekend of ‘The Tanks: Art in Action’ exhibition, a series of immersive installations and performance art pieces on display until 28 October 2012, writes Sarah Snaith.

6 August 2012

Cats and dogs

Cats and dogs

Charleston ceramics: the silent messengers of Rob Ryan’s delirious thoughts
Rob Ryan’s paper cuts have made the artist a kind of ‘Keep calm and carry on’ poster-boy for nice folk with quirks who like to read, writes Chloe King.

16 July 2012

Thought for food

Thought for food

Do graphic designers have an appetite for the challenges of food design?
The ‘International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food’ was a two-day event, held at London Metropolitan University last month, writes Sarah Snaith.

27 June 2012

Untitled tiles

Untitled tiles

There’s a pattern to Rob Lowe’s ‘Details’ exhibition at Kemistry Gallery
Rob Lowe has covered the walls of London’s tiny Kemistry Gallery with an array of untitled artwork, writes Sarah Snaith.
 
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