CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Barbican Weekender on technology for self expression, illustrator Rob Bailey in Manchester; Reasons to be Creative conference in London; Rick Poynor on concrete poet Dom Sylvester Houédard in New York; Paul Shaw on W.A. Dwiggins and David Hughes on the lost Guinness artwork, both at St Bride in London; photographer Robert Adams in Paris; and Mark Denton’s final ‘big chat about advertising’ in London…
Barbican Weekender: We Create
Technology for self-expression
Exploring image and identity through digital arts and technology, this two day event includes workshops, activities and installations across music, art, dance, film and more. Black County Atelier offer 3D printing workshops, and coding and animation workshops come from SketchTag. Interactive work includes art and film app by Fereverd Sleep, Pod – a giant blue sphere where you can ‘hear, see and touch sounds’, I’ll Be Your Mirror from choreographer Darren Johnston with a hologram mirroring visitors’ movement, and Transformer from Usman Haque where players collect light tokens hidden in the dark. Plus don’t miss UVA’s momentum installation, which you can read more about on the CR blog here.
Rob Bailey: Above & Below
27 Feb – 28 Aug
Solo exhibition of new work from the Manchester illustrator, who uses simple design, geometric shapes and collage to create original limited edition prints, on sale for the show. The long awaited exhibition completes a trilogy of shows, the first, Hello World, being six years ago, and the second, You, two years after.
Reasons to be Creative
LSO St Luke’s, London
Rick Poynor: Dom Sylvester Houédard, Letters in Space
SVA, New York
Illustrated lecture from the British design and visual culture writer, and CR contributor, discussing his research on the life and work of Dom Sylvester Houédard, Benedictine monk, scholar, creator of ‘type tracts’ (concrete poems produced through his Olivetti typewriter), and leading theorist in visual poetry.
Paul Shaw: The Golden Age of W.A. Dwiggins
St Bride Foundation, London
Lecture from design historian and lettering artist Paul Shaw on book and type designer W.A. Dwiggins. Dwiggins designed award-winning books for William E. Rudge, Crosby Gaige, Random House, Limited Editions and Alfred A. Knopf, and created typefaces including Electra, Caledonia and Metro.
Oil paintings to advertising posters: The lost Guinness artwork
St Bride Foundation, London
So far over 320 canvasses of original Guinness artwork by Paul Gilroy have been found, since they disappeared some 40 years ago after the S H Benson archive closed. Former Guinness brewer David Hughes, includes many of these in his new book, and gives a talk on the history of the artwork next week at St Bride. Read more about this event on the CR blog here.
Robert Adams: A place we live
Jeu de Paume, Paris
Until 18 May
Touring retrospective exhibition from the American photographer who has focused on documenting the epic landscapes of the American West. With 300 prints and an array of his monographs on show, the exhibition traces the artist’s engagement with the changing geography of the region, exploring themes around the importance of place, citizenship and social responsibility.
Mark Denton: Thoughts from the Head of Advertising
Charlotte St Hotel, London
Denton’s final ‘big chat about advertising’ in association with Rushes. With 30 years in the industry, the COY! Communications director has had a multifaceted career, making his mark on the advertising scene and conceiving identities for an array of creative organisations, describing his own work as ‘ a series of schoolboy jokes with a high-end finish.’
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