Posts Tagged exhibition

Date: March 18th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Dear Gertrud | 23 March

Malmö Art Academy’s Bachelor degree show just opened last Friday, and next week some other students of the school are exhibiting at Pleasant Gallery in Copenhagen in a show curated by my friend Kah Bee Chow from New Zealand, who’s graduating with an MFA this spring. The show is for one night only so it’s the digital prescence that will be most important. Accordingly I’ve made the poster as an RGB gif, set in Playtype’s Play font.

Date: February 18th, 2012
Cate: graphic design

Bror Sander Berg Størseth

I’ve seen two interesting exhibitions recently, the first being Berg Størseth’s master degree show at KHM Gallery. The flyer was an animation of squares and circles, printed on plastic and paper, as you can see above. Ejected From an Ion Source closed today, but keep an eye out for news on his website. The most impressive work was an installation of three paintings covered with heat-reactive paint. Three spotlights directed at the respective paintings switched on in sequence, revealing a motif underneath the first layer of each painting.

The other exhibition was Universal Appeal by Dora Budor & Maja Cule at CEO Gallery. It featured video works and some quite fascinating still life photographs of people and objects covered in various types of texture. Here’s one with woodgrain, that unexplainably gave me associations to The Neverending Story (1984).

Date: August 4th, 2011
Cate: Design

Shepard Fairey | Your Ad Here

Obey giant Shepard Fairey’s new exhibition Your Ad Here opens in Copenhagen tomorrow evening, and I, for one, am really looking forward to it. It’s at the V1 Gallery, which seems to share lodgings with the Kødboderne 18 venue, and the excellent Danish garage group De Høje Hæle are playing the same evening.

Your Ad Here addresses “public space as more than a one-way dialogue with advertising, but as a venue for creative response” which is something I’ve tried to achieve myself in the concepts for omedel and the visual identity for a fictitious festival. Both of them are, in different ways, freeloading on existing channels of public and commercial communication. For a graphic designer, there’s a lot of inspiration and unconventional ideas to be lifted from street artists, and the way they co-opt and reclaim public space.

Date: May 25th, 2011
Cate: Design

Malmö Art Academy | degree exhibitions

Malmö Art Academy’s (Malmö Konsthögskola) annual exhibition was open until last Sunday, and unlike most art schools this was not a degree exhibition since the school is small enough to let all student exhibit. The most interesting works were by master students Kah Bee Chow (New Zealand, installation pictured above), Sarah Jane Gorlitz (Canada) and Ove Kvavik (Norway). The degree shows have instead been at their own KHM gallery at Bragegatan. The BFA show was perhaps not that interesting but the MA shows more so. Only two students exhibit at a time because the space is small, and the next show is António Leal & Titas Silovas opening next week.

Again, Gorlitz and Kvavik who had a joint degree show, have been the most rewarding so far. Ove Kvavik (his A Closer Void pictured above) who seems to work mainly with photographic and digital prints, touched upon several references and phenomena close to home for me, with his exhibition titled Markings of Descent. As a designer it’s always nice to see an artist that also has an awareness of how he/she is presented in signage, catalogues etc. and perhaps even making this a part of their practice. It’s also a useful perspective to maintain early in your career.

I’ve always been fascinated with how titles and signs interact spatially and conceptually with works of art. Since, in traditional painting, titles are of little value and usually appended much later to accommodate dealers’ and collectors’ needs of identification, it is interesting how some scholars and artist still tend to belittle titles and regard them as extraneous to the work. According to Derrida it is this very determining and defining of inside/outside that “gives rise to the work”. His concept of “the parergon” (or framing) is that which is neither inside nor outside the work (cf. the definition on p. 3 here). Parergon addresses the “problem” of the art world functioning on the assumption that art exists in separable, tangible “works” with a fixed set of attributes and sometimes even with a given meaning. This, in turn, gives rise to the canonization of particular works and rubs of on the way artists themselves are seen – as isolated masters or icons, in effect becoming the ultimate Gesamtkuntverk: a brand.

The work’s in Kvavik’s Markings of Descent are manipulated photographs mainly taken off the internet and manipulated to create new meanings, all on the theme of accidents. For example, Exercise in Worsening below, re-orders photos from a scientific experiment to say something about both scientific photography (Muybridge et. al.) and the comedy of the experiment.

Date: February 13th, 2011
Cate: graphic design

Connection Malmö Art Gallery

Went to Malmö Konsthall today to look at some photos by Åke Hedström, who has documented many of the exhibitions here for decades. The main space is closed while they’re building the László Moholy-Nagy exhibition, but the C room is still open. One of the Hedström photographs shows the notorious Brillo boxes printed by (3)Screen in Malmö, then called (2)Screen, and located in their cellar when the photo was taken. This image is not very good, since I had to sneak one with my phone, but here it is.

Browsing the gift shop I found a very nice catalog designed by Research and Development from Stockholm. It was for Momentum, the 5th Nordic Biennal of Contemporary Art in Norway 2009. Bound, but without a hard cover, which seems to be all the more common now, but probably more original two years ago. Looking at R&D’s site there was a lot of other material made, including the tabloid you can see at the bottom here.

Date: December 4th, 2010
Cate: graphic design

Henrik Olesen | Some Illustrations to the life of Alan Turing

Malmö Art Gallery‘s new exhibition of Danish artist Henrik Olesen‘s work is fascinating, not only for the art but also from a designer’s point of view. Several of the works deal with printed media and the newspaper in particular. The press image above is of a digital print on newsprint which is part of the series Some Illustrations to the life of Alan Turing (#5, 2008) about one of the forefathers of the modern computer who moreover broke the German encryption system Enigma but was later convicted for homosexual acts.

The series (detail of the first image above) is only one of several works that show a certain design sensibility on Olesen’s part, resulting in a very pleasing aesthetic.