I received/brought a few books over Christmas and thought that rather than just thinking about how good they were it might be worthwhile writing about them. I’m no brilliant critic, it simply seems a good way for me to try and process why I like certain design or content.
I had this particular combination for printing in my mind pretty much from the start of looking at project 15. But I hadn’t really given lots of consideration to what the design would be, so my first port of call was considering colour and layout combinations…
I can’t for the life of me remember how I found this project, but I did and it’s well worth looking at. The project itself is a series of documentaries about different artists/designers from across the globe. The aim is to provide social media viewers with a warmer, intimate, refreshing and personable insight into those artists who they may see through a harsh lens due to social media.
I went to the opening of this exhibition of work of a friend of mine, Lorsen Camps. The exhibition consisted of a collection of objects, from toys to furniture to stickers all brought from charity shops across the country by Lorsen. Alongside these objects Lorsen, Dave Gary, Jamie Randall & Ben Rowe had created art work as a response to the objects that Lorsen had collected from a variety of charity shops.
Lorsen’s tour focused on ‘seeing the beauty in the disregarded’, many of the objects were odd, and most probably if seen in the context of a messy charity shop could have been overlooked easily, dismissed as rubbish or kitsch. But displayed in the gallery, some in draws of cabinets, some along the walls, they gained a second light.
As I watched, people in the exhibition were discussing what the objects were, questions like ‘do you recognize this toy?’ or ‘what show was that from’? filled the gallery. People eyes lit up and smiles crept across faces as they recalled childhood memories or marveled at the artists responses to the finds.
I particularly liked the piece of work pictured above.
It’s a piece of work which is made from felt, and is an abstract version of a toy. I don’t know exactly what makes me like it, maybe the colours, the clean shapes/lines. I even like the old/worn looking frame. I like the simplification of the toy to this, shapes and form, simple, but still reflective of components of the original item.
I’ll finish my current thoughts with a conversation I eavesdropped on while at the opening. Two people (who I’ve never met or heard of before), were discussing a painting that was hanging up, one that was untouched/altered simply displaying as a painting found on the charity shop tour. One man turned to the other and said, pointing at the painting “I think we might have found something here that’s a real piece of art. I think it could be really worth something”. The other man nodded, and they said some more things, which I couldn’t care to listen to.
In my mind this seemed to be a very odd conversation. Firstly they were stood in a room filled with all kinds of art, what made them say this was “real art” and the rest was not? Then comes the question of worth – what made them think it was “really worth something”? Was it because it was skillfully painted, or reminded them of an existing popular artist, or because they preferred it to everything else?
I wanted to say to them, who were they to decide the worth of one piece of work compared to another. But this seemed a foolish conversation to enter into, so I wandered away keeping my thoughts to myself until now…
You can find out more about Lorsen here: www.lorsen.co.uk
I was having a little wonder round the web and came across some interesting site’s.
The first is Typeverything – http://typeverything.com/
It seems to be a site for random type, taken from all sorts of places on all sorts of surfaces.
The second site had this interesting article about clever advertising, as you scroll down the page you’ll see lots of ad’s (I didn’t really know any of them, but that’s not a surprise as we don’t have TV).
The sites called Inspiration feed:
And this one, it’s a site dedicated to unique street signs :
Hope you find it interesting!