24 June 2013
Five D-Crit students team up with experts to make presentations at their graduate symposium
It’s that time of year again, when a host of graduating art and design students prepare to launch themselves upon the world. The degree shows have gone up and this year’s crew are buzzing with anticipation, writes Liz Farrelly. That’s fine if your work looks good on a wall or in a gallery. But what about the new breed of design critics on Masters courses on both sides of the Atlantic? Just how do writers make their mark?
9 November 2012
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.
22 October 2012
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
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
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.
25 June 2012
Type Tuesday: Ampersand Web Typography Conference 2012
When keynote speaker Phil Baines asked a full house at the second Ampersand Web Typography Conference, ‘Who’s a graphic designer? Who’s a web designer / developer?’, a show of hands revealed that three-quarters of the audience were web-based practitioners (up on last year), writes Liz Farrelly.
31 May 2012
The Pop-tastic Mr Edwards turns old images and type into collectable zines.
Expat Mister Edwards, still of the parish of Sydney, Australia, has been exploring the term ‘Pop’ via a series of zines, writes Liz Farrelly. So far Pop Gun, Pop Corn, Pop Sox and Pop Tarts (below) have hit the top shelf.
28 March 2012
Music design session at Pick Me Up with Malcolm Garrett & Kate Moross
On Friday night, as part of a ‘packed programme’ of events, talks and workshops at Pick Me Up (the graphic arts fair at London’s Somerset House, now in its third year), I chaired a ‘Music x The Graphic Arts’ panel discussion, writes Liz Farrelly.
11 January 2012
New Kapitza book replaces geometric certainty with organic structure
Following on from their 2008 book Geometric, the Kapitza sisters, Nicole and Petra, have produced another tome, full of colour, pattern and ideas, writes Liz Farrelly.
22 November 2010
René Gruau’s visual ‘personalities’ forged Dior’s brand language
Since founding her Munich-based graphic arts gallery, Bartsch & Chariau, in 1980, Joëlle Chariau has been an advocate of René Gruau, writes Liz Farrelly.