Category Archives: Exhibitions

Constructing Worlds

Yangtze / Nadav Kander, 2007

Constructing Worlds at the Barbican — until 11 January 2015

(above) Yangtze / Nadav Kander, 2007

I went to see Constructing Worlds a few weeks ago and didn’t get round to writing my review of it until now. Well, what an incredible show, truly awesome. It’s a collection of 18 massively influential photographers, examining their relationship with architecture and the built environment. Basically, it felt like somebody had made my dream exhibition. Shore, Gursky, Ruscha, Sugimoto, Kander, Evans, the Bechers, Norfolk…. the list of featured artists is truly amazing. There were 1 or 2 in there who I hadn’t seen before, and their was a delight to discover alongside all the big hitters who I’ve been obsessed with for years. Such a great selection of work, highly recommended. Also the exhibition design (by Stefi Orazi) was really nice, as well as the accompanying book.

I’m going again for sure.

D&AD New Blood 2014

D&AD

It’s degree-show time of year, and I always like to keep a watchful eye on the latest creative talent emerging from the UK’s colleges. So I went down to check out D&AD New Blood this week; the show was held in Spitalfields Market – credit to the organisers for sorting a venue so easily accessible if you work in Shoreditch. Quite a change from 5 years ago, when I was exhibiting at the show myself, and it was held in Kensington Olympia!

Here’s my pick of some of the best students – the things that really stood out to me. This list is by no means exhaustive – I only spent 45 mins or an hour wandering the show, so I’m sure I didn’t see everything that was on offer. Overall I think the illustration work stood out to me more. There were some good designers there, but I left feeling more impressed by the image makers.

DESIGN

Colchester

Pietro MaranoPietro Marano

Pietro Marano‘s simple & elegant posters for the World Cup (above) caught my eye. As did the work of Greg Barrett (below), who catalogued every piece of letterpress type available at the college.

Greg BarrettGreg Barrett

Leeds

Abbas Mushtaq Abbas Mushtaq

The Leeds stand was really impressive, with this branding work for Wimbledon and the city of Brasilia, by Abbas Mushtaq, standing out. Also some nice stuff from Sam Lane (below), including branding for Wigan Little Theatre.

Sam Lane Sam Lane

Bath

Alex Lewis Alex Lewis

Great stuff from Alex Lewis including this album art for Secret 7″ and a nice fold-out poster for his personal dossier project.

ILLUSTRATION

Falmouth

David Doran

Absolutely stunning work by David Doran, who seems to be a consummate professional already, with commissions for Wired, The New York Times, Little White Lies, NoBrow, Computer Arts and plenty more under his belt.

UWE

Andy Carter

Andy Carter

Love this work from Andy Carter, fantastic use of colour and obviously a great sense of humour too.

Norwich

Tim Blann

Tim Blann

Lovely stuff from Tim Blann, crazy organic shapes and great use of colour.

Bath

Olivia Johnston

Really nice hand-drawn work from Bath’s Olivia Johnston. This guide to the city was particularly impressive, I’m trying to get a physical copy from her so if I do, I’ll post some more photos!

Lancashire

Sophie Heywood

Last but not least, nice colours and mark making from Sophie Heywood.

Vincent Fillon – City One

City One / Vincent Fillon, 2014

City One / Vincent Fillon, 2014

City One / Vincent Fillon, 2014

I love a series of high-rise apartment blocks, and this project by photographer Vincent Fillon is a classic. ‘City One’ is a truly remarkable development in Hong Kong, built during the 70s and 80s. Comprising 52 identical apartment blocks, it’s home to some 40,000 people.

These prints are currently on show in Paris at See Studio. Up close you can really get a sense of the extreme detail in these images; well worth checking out if you’re in the city.

Tom Eckersley – Master of the Poster

Greetings / Tom Eckersley, 1983

Greetings / Tom Eckersley, 1983

Hello 2014!

A nice one to start the year: the London College of Communication have just unveiled a fantastic exhibition celebrating a truly great British designer. They are displaying 40 original posters by Tom Eckersley, marking the centenary of his birth and celebrating his contribution to British post-war design.

It’s only running for January, so get down to LCC as soon as you can!

Three — Bath class of ’13

Sticker books / Alice Bowsher, 2013

Bath maps / Emily Rough, 2013

It’s degree show time of year, and as always I checked out the latest offering from my old college, Bath School of Art & Design. Can’t believe it was 4 years ago that I was setting up our exhibition…seems like yesterday.

Anyway, the show is called “Three” and is on at Hackney Downs Studios until July 10th. I would advise checking it out, there’s some great work on show. Among my favourites were 2 great illustrators, Alice Bowsher and Emily Rough, lovely stuff.

Paul Davis

From ‘A Beautiful Pile Up’ / Paul Davis, 2012

Great stuff from the always-hilarious Paul Davis, who has a show currently on at the Coningsby Gallery in Central London.

Oscar & Ewan

Power of Making / Football Table / Oscar & Ewan

Interesting, varied portfolio from the London duo Oscar & Ewan.