Nihilism, optimism and bedtime tales

FUEL has been working on some interesting projects for two of the UK’s most notable artistic pairings recently: an identity for a new show by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and a book of illustrated children’s stories by Jake and Dinos Chapman

FUEL has been working on some interesting projects for two of the UK’s most notable artistic pairings recently: an identity for a new show by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and a book of illustrated children’s stories by Jake and Dinos Chapman…

For the former, FUEL has created the identity and a range of other materials including a book and record sleeve (shown above) for Noble and Webster’s new exhibition, Nihilistic Optimistic, which is showing at Blain|Southern London until November 24. The ten inch record, which was produced with the Vinyl Factory, features cover images of the pair by photographer, Dennis Morris, who famously documented the Sex Pistols among a host of other musicians.

FUEL’s typography for the identity sets up the opposing notions of nihilism and optimism, and cleverly reflects the dualism of light and shadow that appears in some of Noble and Webster’s most well-known projection-based pieces. In the book (spread shown, below), alternating letters from the ‘Nihilistic’ and ‘Optimistic’ treatments are combined to form jarring section titles.

For the Chapman brothers, FUEL has designed the hardback book which houses the artists’ most recent work: a series of 15 coloured etchings and stories, apparently for children. Published by FUEL, Bedtime Tales for Sleepless Nights is a reworking of the classic Victorian morality tale and promises “visions of hell and voodoo”.

Next week, FUEL and White Cube Bermondsey will present a special signing event by Jake and Dinos Chapman.

It is set to take place in a Wendy house constructed by the artists (shown below), who will apparently be dressed as bunny rabbits.

Each book purchased on the night will contain a raffle ticket, with a draw taking place at 8pm. The prize? Why a personal bedside reading of the book by the artists in the winner’s own home.

Nihilistic Optimistic is at Blain|Southern London until November 24. Bedtime Tales for Sleepless Nights, FUEL Publishing; £19.95. fuel-design.com.

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