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Shelter House of Cards Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 25, 2009

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I haven’t been able to go to all of the London Design Festival events that I wanted to this week, there was just too many and not enough time, but the Shelter House of Cards exhibition launch is one non-London Design Festival event I have had on the ‘cards’ for a while now, so I was really looking forward to checking it out at the Haunch of Venison Gallery. In short, Shelter asked 53 designers and creatives (including a ‘joker’) to create a deck of cards inspired by Shelter’s recent House of Cards campaign and to be silently auctioned off to raise money for the work Shelter does. Participating artists included: Nick Park, Sir Terence Conran, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Damien Hirst, Amelia’s Magazine, NB Studio, Neville Brody, Jon Burgerman, D*Face, Henry Holland, Experimental Jetset and Mauricio Ortiz, who was the winner of a public competition that Shelter also ran as part of the campaign and exhibition.

My favourites were Ortiz’s 8 of clubs, Burgerman’s 9 of clubs, D*Face’s Queen of clubs, Ella Doran’s three of diamonds ‘cushion’, Experimental Jetset’s 9 of diamonds, Park’s 6 of spades, McQueen’s King of spades ‘sculpture, Amelia’s Magazine’s 2 of hearts, Amanda Levete Architects 3 of hearts, M/M Pari’s 4 of hearts, Polly Morgan’s 10 of hearts, Gerald Scarfe’s Jack of hearts, Antoni and Alison’s ace of clubs, NB Studio’s 2 of clubs and Lacey’s 5 of clubs. Check out a full set of exhibition photos on my Flickr page here.

www.shelterhouseofcards.org.uk

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London Design Festival : emerge Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009

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Next up from the London Design Festival was the emerge exhibition held at the Rich Mix gallery space near Brick Lane. emerge is the new graduate showcase event run by the Design Festival and works were guest selected by Fraser Muggeridge. Alongside the exhibition, events including one run by Wieden+Kennedy are happening throughout next week as well the very first emerge design award, with the winner being revealed next friday. The exhibition itself had a nice layout displaying the graduate’s projects but I’m not too sure on the quality and production of some of the pieces. My favourite works were the emoticons canvas bags, the sculpture of ‘SHIT!‘ and some of the typographic posters which were part of a poster competition brief set by Pentagram for any graduate to participate in.

emerge is worth a look if your a student or graduate and the exhibition runs until the 27th of September. The event page can be found here.

http://thisisemerge.com

Banksy vs. Bristol Museum Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on August 22, 2009

With the hype surrounding the new Banksy vs. Bristol Museum Exhibition since it opened its doors in mid June, it was time to pay Bristol a visit to check it out with UK Street Art. My mouth has been watering since I heard about it and saw that video from the BBC whilst in Tokyo. We queued for about 3 hours and I never thought I’d queue that long for a single exhibition exhibition, but it was 1000% worth it, and I urge you to stick it out in the queue and go see what I’m thinking will be Banksy’s best ever exhibition.

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There were three mains rooms in the museum dedicated to the UK’s most notorious and identity hidden street artist containing new and old work, canvases, sculptures, installations, stencils and everything else in-between. Something I’ve never seen of Banksy before was a space dedicated to all the artist’s workings, sketches, old stencils and all the stuff you don’t see, set behind chicken wire and in a realistic workspace of what could be Banksy’s studio. The next main room included the highly anticipated animatronic chicken nuggets, fish fingers and sausages as well as a bunny rabbit putting on make up as a provocative comment to animal testing. We spotted a postcard high up on one of the wall ledges, but couldn’t see what was on it, something which I wish I could. Then in the other main room, an abandoned and tagged ice cream truck took centre stage alongside a riot policeman riding a kids electric rocking horse and modified human sculptures.

As well as the three mains rooms, Banksy had placed his pieces of work amongst the rest of the Bristol Museum’s permanent collection. I don’t think I’ve ever paid so much attention to every piece on display in a museum, but we spotted a bong amongst antique china cups and saucers, a reduced sign on a terracotta army figure and a dildo amongst some other similar looking rocks in the geology section. There was plenty of Banksy amongst the permanent collection.

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Hopefully we spotted everything, but probably not, with visitors looking out for the unexpected. Maybe there were things on the floor and ceilings and windows we didn’t see, but the postcard was the only real obvious which we saw, but couldn’t see what was on it. All in all, make sure you go visit if you can, we heard people from as far as Australia have flown to the UK especially for the exhibition, as this is the best street art exhibition I’ve ever been to and well worth the wait outside. I’ll let all the photographs do the talking instead so check them all out on the specially created UK Street Art x Banksy microsite here. Alternatively, you can see them all individually on my Flickr here. Go visit, go visit now!

www.ukstreetart.co.uk/banksy

www.banksy.co.uk

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Piled Up Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 20, 2009

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I’ve got a three day weekend because of ‘Marine Day‘ today so I spent yesterday relaxing, but I did manage to pop over to the Ebisu area and to the Point Gallery to go see the ‘Piled Up‘ exhibition featuring artist Ly. Point is known for exhibiting the next up and coming artists and the exhibition certainly didn’t disappoint. Ly’s characters called ‘Dik‘ for obvious reasons were applied to various mediums including canvases, wall drawings, toys and t-shirts. Dik was a very quirky character, simply drawn in black and white and it fitted well into the rest of massive scene that is characters, mascots and animals which everywhere here in Tokyo.

www.point-of-view.jp

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Graphic Design in Japan 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 14, 2009

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Graphic Design in Japan is a yearbook that was first published in 1981 by the Japan Graphic Design Association. Ever since, the annual publication introduces a selection of work each year spanning from accessories, books, packaging, logos, posters, advertisements, websites, videos, spatial design and everything else in-between. This years exhibition was being held at the Midtown Design Hub in Roppongi, about five minutes away from W+K’s office so I popped over to take a look at lunch today and I’ve been looking forward to going to this exhibition since I arrived in Japan. I was definitely not disappointed.

Luckily, there was no assistant when I went today so I managed to photograph everything that caught my eye and it pretty much was nearly all of the exhibition. There were posters hanging from end to end of the room and books and other 3D design positioned just on one wall making it a really great exhibition to soak up.

The exhibition was a really interesting insight for myself as foreign designer in Japan, as I could see variations of styles, illustration and typography from the fast moving country that is Japan. All works were from a variety of backgrounds, from previous exhibitions to personal projects. The standard of work was extremely high and just like everything else seems to be in Tokyo, very professional, on the ball, cutting edge and challenging the norm. This is definitely one of the top exhibitions I have visited whilst here in Tokyo.

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The pictures I’ve included here are my favourite bits and pieces that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the rest of the exhibition on my Flickr page starting from here. The exhibition’s online link can be found here.

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