Spring 2003

Fétis: form follows function

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By Laurent Fétis,
Die Gestalten Verlag, £26.99


A glossy monograph of illustration and design by the fashionable French practitioner. In an interview conducted by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Fétis (who favours the term ‘commercial art’) notes that ‘graphic design – more so than art – has transformed the visual scene of the past twenty years, yet . . . remains excluded from the History of Art.’

A sequence of artefacts – wooden boxes, videos, the Ladybird book Things we like and a Grandmaster Flash record – forms a visual preface to a rich sequence of recent work for music, editorial, fashion and museum clients. Frequently combining a celebratory trashiness with high-definition gloss, his techniques range from lovingly applied flat colour to wham-bam collage. Fétis declares that his work ‘remains very intuitive . . . “Function follows form” does not sound too bad’.

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