large digital collages of gorgeous typographic ephemera are packed full of giant numbers, letters and graphic elements in bold, bright colours. Her new exhibition at Castor + Pollux
showcases pieces created from her collection of 1920's - 1950's ham radio cards:"These amateur hams could have been the first 'techno geeks', making contact with each other through radio, long before telephone was accessible.
They sent each other signals using a type of morse code called Quebec Sign Language and developed their own shorthand - a kind of early text language. They would send each other these letterpress printed 'QSL' cards via post to confirm receipt of the signals - eventually all over the world."
The exhibition previews on Friday and will be open to the public from 18 September to 17 October 2010.Images copyright Julia Trigg.
When Beans were Bullets
is an exhibition of US World War I & II posters curated by designer and public historian Cory Bernat."Combining the eye of a graphic designer with the research skills of a historian, curator Cory Bernat highlights the dramatic differences in style and content that emerged between the two wars. She displays copies of over seventy posters on fence panels instead of in frames to highlight their mass-produced quality. She uncovered the posters over the last two years among unprocessed holdings within NAL’s Special Collections, where the originals are still held."
There's something charming and homely about wartime posters and it's funny how the same slogans to reduce wastage and grow our own food are still topical today.
View whole exhibition online here
or if you're lucky enough to live close by, you can see it in person at the National Agricultural Library until 10 September and then at the USDA South Building in Washington, D.C. from 6 October until 10 November 10, 2010.Images copyright Cory Bernat.
Via Sell! Sell!
Muhammad Ali: The Champ
is a fantastic exhibition currently running at Proud Chelsea
gallery until 3 October 2010. Taken by award-winning photographer, Michael Gaffney
, the collection documents the public and private life of Muhammad Ali from 1977 to 1978 when he worked as Ali's personal photographer."the result of this phenomenal year will reveal Ali the fighter, the friend, the father and the inspiration through the eyes of a true confidant".
It's a rare opportunity to see natural images of such an iconic figure, but if you can't make it down there to see them in person don't despair, you can view the full exhibition online here
.Images copyright Michael Gaffney, taken from Proud Gallery website.
I've read about the Charley Harper mural in the Federal Building Cincinnati, but had no idea it was still in existence until I saw these pics on Visualingual
The mural illustrates American wildlife in Harper's unique style, easily recognisable even when created in mosaic tiles. In fact his style seems to really lend itself to this discipline.
It's so great to see it in such detail, so huge thanks Visualingual
for going down there and then sharing your pics.PS. Tomorrow is the last day to catch the Charley Harper exhibition at Castor + Pollux, Brighton.Images copyright Visualingual.
Some work from the ionic fashion photographer, Lillian Bassman
will be showing as part of 'Group Show
' (a collection of work from all the artists represented since the award-winning gallery opened it's doors in October 2010) at The Wapping Project Bankside
Lillian, now 93, is renowned for her stylised black and white fashion photography (above and below) that graced the pages of Harper's Bazaar during the 60's and early 70's.
During the 70's she left Harper's and fashion photography altogether, it was only when a stash of her images was found in the 90's that interest in her work grew and Lillian returned behind the camera after a 20 year break.
Her images are beautiful and feminine, yet strong and contrasty - a combination that works perfectly, they're exaclty the kind of images I love. The exhibition starts on the 17 August and runs until the 4 September. There isn't anything about it yet on their website
, but I found more information here
.Images copyright Lillian Bassman.
Via Cool Hunting.
You may have read in the press this week about Dave Valentine and his £10,000 crisp packet collection! Well those of you lucky enough to live near Bexhill-on-Sea will have the opportunity to see the collection in it's entirety at the De La Warr Pavilion's
, Collectors' Corner
this Sunday (15 August).
Dave has been collecting the empty crisp packets since 1984 when he was 6 years old. Now 32, he has a collection of over 250 different examples (according to the dlwp, but 2 other sources say over 500!) many of which are no longer produced."The designs are so retro and cool. Crisp bags these days are a bit boring in comparison. People love the nostalgia of looking at the old packets - it takes them back in time and they get a real kick of that."
The collection will be available to view from 2.30pm onwards along with local artist Louise Kenward's collection of charity shop sourced ceramic figures."Louise has been collecting ceramic figurines for a number of years. For her, the significance of the figurines is their association with times past, commonly referencing the Victorian era and notions of nostalgia."
Some of their previous Collector's Corner exhibits can be seen here
and if you have a collection you want to share find out how to appy here
The De La Warr Pavilion in all it's modernist glory is worth a visit anyway on a sunny weekend, but add in an exhibition and their fabulous cream teas and it's a no brainer!Top images copyright dlwp from their blog. Other images screen grabs from CBBC footage.
are now accepting submissions for their December show, Blisters Blackout
- "40 Illustrators. 40 Edition and hand signed prints. 40 Pounds each"
All entries must be new work, and for the 'blackout' must have an element of glow-in-the-dark. Throughout opening night the exhibition space will be blacked-out revealing the glowing bits of the designs.
So get your skates on, the closing date for submissions is 30 September 2010 after which time 50 posters will be selected for the show.
For more information and to see work from previous Blisters shows visit Print Club London
London's Royal College of Art
are exhibiting the first major UK retrospective of Polish designer, Roman Cieślewicz
's work from Friday (16 July) until 17 August."Cieślewicz was - alongside Fernando Arrabal and Alejandro Jodorowsky - a member of Panique, the 'last' surrealist group in France. At the same time he was a brilliant art director at Elle, and a contributor to Vogue. Remarkably prolific, he also worked closely with figures from the worlds of advertising and fashion including Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton. Extraordinarily talented as an image-maker, Cieślewicz’s tools were not the pen or the brush but the scalpel and scissors. Working with collage, he produced compelling and original images by reworking familiar icons such Che Guevara or Mona Lisa. “I always go for the maximum picture and the maximum information. You need to stimulate imagination to the maximum” - he once said in an interview."
The exhibition will include 150 pieces of Cieś
lewicz's diverse work including the iconic magazine covers created for Opus (above top & middle) and the poster he designed for Hitchcock's Vertigo (above bottom). The collections on display are from the National Museum in Poznan, the Museum Art in Łódź and the private collection of Cezary Pieczyński.
See other posts about Roman Cieślewicz here and here.
Images copyright Roman Cieślewicz from 'Roman Cieślewicz: Master of Graphic Design' by Margo Rouard-Snowman. Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd. London, 1993.
Quotation from the Polish Cultural Institute.
The Charley Harper private view
at Castor + Pollux
on Friday night was great, the vintage prints
looked fantastic framed and mounted up together and I noticed lots of red dots, so if you want one I would get down there sharpish. We are now the proud owners of the Trumpeter Swan (above) which I absolutely love and can't wait for the exhibition to end so we can bring it home (huge thanks Mike)! From memory the following were still available:
As well as the vintage prints on display they also have a selection of limited edition giclee prints
and few of the posters
Harper designed towards the end of his career (below) which are huge and great value for money at £35-45 unframed or mounted on board for an additional £30.
Congrats to everyone at Castor + Pollux
for putting on such a great show!
Images copyright the Estate of Charley Harper.
Our friends at Castor + Pollux
, Brighton have just announced the first UK exhibition of American illustrator Charley Harper's outstanding work. To say we're excited is an understatement!
Fans of Harper will be familiar with his work for Ford Times and know that many of his illustrations were also offered to readers as screen prints.
Well, this exhibition has 22 of the original Ford Times screen prints from the 50's and 60's hand-printed by the Harpers in their basement, along with some later prints from the 70's and 80's printed by the studio.
Last week I was fortunate enough to have a sneaky peak at the work and I can report it's even more amazing in the flesh than it is in any book.
The private view is on Friday 2 July and the exhibition runs from 3 July to 5 September 2010, so there is plenty of time to plan a trip to the seaside (Castor + Pollux
is right on the seafront).
Read more about Charley Harper here
have just dropped us a note to tell us about their new gallery (above) in fashionable Shoreditch, London!
Nobrow started in 2008 as an "independent publishing platform for illustration and the graphic arts that would showcase some of the best talent out there today, whether fresh out of college or from the ranks of well seasoned veterans"
They're inaugral exhibition Dungeons and Desktops
runs until 22 July and is showcasing the wonderful work of illustrator Jack Teagle
."Dungeons and Desktops is an exhibition that seamlessly melds the worlds of the fantastic and mundane, a cornucopia of staplers and swords, benefits and beasts, hair monsters and HR managers."
Prints, sculptures and original works from their catalogue of published illustrators and artists including Richard Hogg, Joe Crocker and Blexbolex (below) are also available in the gallery.All images copyright Nobrow.
Well the Brighton Festival
is now in full swing and to celebrate, our friends at Castor + Pollux
are showing new linocuts from the wonderful Paul Catherall
We're big fans of his work and can't wait to see the exhibition which includes a print of Brighton's infamous Embassy Court building (top), which is available at the special price of £250 (unframed) when ordered before the 15 May or bought at the private view evening.The private view on the evening of Friday 14 May kicks off the exhibition which will then run from 15 May - 20 June.
See more work from Paul Catherall here
.Images copyright Paul Catherall, taken from Castor + Pollux.
How fantastic are these jumping photos by Philippe Halsman
? I love them.
A Life photographer with over 101 cover shots to his name, a regular contributor to LOOK and the Saturday Evening Post, Halsman was often commissioned to shoot the rich, famous and influential people of the 50's. During this time he had the wonderful idea of Jump! - once the official shoots ended he would ask the stars (no matter how famous or important) to jump. The resulting images (above) are brilliant and show the celebs in such a natural, relaxed way."Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dali, Weegee, Jack Dempsey and even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor agreed to take a leap of faith. In that era of live television along with the popularity of the big glossy magazines, one’s image was not nearly as protected and shaped by handlers as it is today. There was a feeling of innocence, a desire for spontaneity, and Halsman, with his playful and charming personality, knew he had to get almost everyone to oblige his demand: JUMP!"
Halsman called the series, 'Jumpology!
' and for the first time they are being exhibited at the Laurence Miller Gallery
in New York (exhibition runs until 28 May 2010). For those that can't make it over to NY there was a book of the images (below) published in 1986 which is still available here
.Images copyright of the artist, taken from Laurence Miller Gallery.Via The Photography Post and Notcot.
These beautiful examples of calligraphy are part of the International Exhibition of Calligraphy
. An exhibition started in St. Petersburg, 2008 by MVK
(International Exhibition Company) aiming to, "reveal the cultural and educational value of calligraphy pursuing a personality intellectual development"
Last year saw a second exhibition held in Moscow and this year (September 10-12th, 2010) it will be showcased in Velikiy Novgorod - quite a symbolic venue for Russian calligraphy."The chronicled history of Velikiy Novgorod dates back to the origin of Old Rus. The script culture arose with arrival of Christianity. Novgorod Psalter is the oldest book of Rus’. It is a tiny script book consisting of bound wooden tablets created between old 900’s and early 1000’s. It was Veliky Novgorod where the birchbark manuscripts (the written records of XI-XV centuries) testifying to the high literacy of the Novgorod population were found."
The exhibition organisers are then hoping to initiate the International Exhibition of Calligraphy in all the major cities of the world starting with Paris, New York and Jerusalem. Fingers crossed it will make it to the UK at some point.Images copyright the International Exhibition of Calligraphy.Via Ephemera Assemblyman.
Who would have thought that flour bags could be so interesting and so well designed?
The images above are of The Flour Art Museum
in Germany started by Volkmar Wywiol, the owner of Mühlenchemie
, who after finding a washed-up flour sack in Dubai in 1998 has been collecting them ever since. His amazing collection boasts, "over 1,900 sacks from more than 115 countries"
The museum educates visitors on the history
of flour and steam mills, flour mythology
, flour sayings
, flour facts and flour technology
. Not to mention the exhibition rooms showcasing flour sacks from around the world in The World Room -
illustrating the, "common language of the international Milling Family, that knows no linguistic or political boundaries",
the symbolism of the sack illustrations in The Symbol Room
- "the symbols on the sacks are by no means just decorative or a matter of chance. On the contrary: they are references to the great cultural significance of agriculture, corn, flour and bread"
and of course the flour sacks themselves which can be seen in Sackotheque
- the largest collection of flour sacks in the world stored alphabetically by country of origin.
There's also an exhibition catalogue in both English and German which looks like a great reference book available here
.Images copyright The Flour Art Museum.
An initiative of Mühlenchemie. A member of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe.