CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Paris Photo in LA, Hyères Festival of Fashion & Photography, Introduction to Letterpress with New North Press in London, Motion Factory behind-the-scenes animation exhibition in Paris, publishing symposium Art-Information at the ICA, and Off Life’s #QuickDraw Live event in London…
Paris Photo Los Angeles
Paramount Pictures Studios
The second US edition of the celebrated art fair, with exhibitions of contemporary and historical work by established and emerging artists, presented by international galleries and art book dealers, set against the backdrop of the vintage sound stages of Paramount Pictures. The main event includes new solo shows and installations, Young Gallery exhibitions, and bookseller projects on show in the New York Street Backlot, a film set replica of New York City’s streets.
In addition to the main show, the Sound & Vision series includes conversations with artists and curators, plus film and video screenings of work seeking to push the boundaries between photography and moving image. There’s also book signings, a tribute to Dennis Hopper and his photographic work, and a rare unveiling of the LAPD Photo Archives dating from 1920s – 1960s.
Hyères Festival of Fashion & Photography
Villa Noailles, Hyères
28 Apr – 25 May
This annual event in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur showcases the work of a shortlist of photographers and fashion designers at Villa Noailles, a modernist mansion in the hills above Hyères. Alongside the competition there are conferences, concerts, and other exhibitions from former winners and established artists and designers, including Steve Hiett, Jean-Michel Bertin, Kenzo, Oliver Sieber and Marc Turlan. Keep an eye on the CR blog for more on the festival later this week.
Introduction to Letterpress
New North Press Studio, London
26 Apr (10am – 5.30pm)
Hands-on letterpress workshop, for anyone after beginner’s level practical knowledge of the craft, from composition (hand-setting, spacing and locking-up type), to printing (inking and pulling the press), using a library of over 700 wood and metal fonts.
Motion Factory: les ficelles du monde animé (tricks of the animation world)
La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
24 Apr – 10 Aug
The digital arts centre showcases the work of 15 animation directors, with stop-motion short films and adverts, behind-the-scenes footage on storyboarding, model and figurine making, set building, collage, and other techniques and production methods from sketching to clay modelling, puppets to digital elements. A participatory stop-motion film project runs alongside, being created frame-by-frame for the duration of the exhibition, on Tuesday evenings.
Work comes from directors Kyle Bean, Kijek & Adamski, Johnny Kelly, Pic Pic André, Peter Sluszka Jamie Caliri & Alex Juhasz, Sumo Science (Will Stud & Ed Patterson), Sean Pecknold, Kangmin Kim, Joseph Mann, Andrew Thomas Huang, Hayley Morris, Elliot Dear, Emma de Swaef & Marc James Roels, Mikey Please, Conor Finnegan and Yves Geleyn.
Art-Information: Editorial Strategies, Text-based Formats, Publishing Contexts
26 Apr (11.30am – 6pm)
One day event exploring publishing within contemporary art and curatorial practice. Talks cover a variety of topics including formats, distribution, editorialship, art direction, publishing as practice, changing notions in authorship and reader participation, and interactive digital publishing, with some speakers drawing on archival Pop strategies and editorial engagements of 1960s conceptual artists.
Off Life: #QuickDraw Live
House of Illustration, London
24 Apr (8pm)
Previously a Twitter event, #QuickDraw from Off Life street press comic and new talent platform, moves into the new House of Illustration Gallery, for an evening of fast-paced illustration. Participants work with top comic artists to create work around set themes, with final pieces projected or hung around the gallery and tweeted out. You can still take part online, responding with artwork around themes on Twitter with #QuickDraw, and work could appear at the live event. Plus drinks and music throughout the evening as part of the gallery’s housewarming season.
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