I have been commissioned to illustrate quite a few maps lately. Here are two from some very recent projects I worked on for US clients.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
I am pleased to be part of this group show at APG Gallery in Sheffield.
Creatures, Characters and Communication
3 Cs in Graphic art - A Group Exhibition of Original Screen Prints
September 24th - October 22nd, 2011
Preview Evening, Friday September 23rd, 6-9pm
Feat. Ian Stevenson // Russell Maurice // James Nash // Sarah Abbott // Matt Sewell // David Litchfield // Jane Faram // Bob Milner // Steve White // Malarky // Holly Wales // AustinVonNew // Neasden Control Centre // 45 RPM
For this new exhibition at APG Works Sheffield, artists from various backgrounds have been brought together by the curator, Steve White, to explore various applications of "Creatures, Characters and Communication" within graphic art.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
On Sunday night, someone broke into my studio at OPEN and took everything. I lost over 6 months of work, most of which I'd never published online or offline; it's all gone into a big black hole like this one, and it's like it never happened. It made me think a lot about what we do with our time and how so much is now made of documentation; the need to document, to represent, to display; as proof or as a replacement form of memory.
I wonder what I will make now I have arrived at B with no idea how I got here from A.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
While living under the shade of pine trees, olive groves and Swiss stormclouds this summer, one thing began to really interest me; campsite architecture. I will document this over a series of posts but one of the biggest things which struck me was our unquestioning need for electricity in any form we can get it. Extension cables snake around trees, occasionally weighed down by pine cones or submerged in a flurry of leaves; microwaves and electric grills sit upon treestumps and cameras charge their batteries nestled safely under shrubs.
They form unspoken boundaries between pitches, at the same time as opening up opportunities; if we buy an electric lamp, we could add an extra 3 hours to our day... (This thought multiplies at lightning speed and within a week there'd be a washing machine and a smart car, a couple of skyscrapers and international space station) We become hungry for it but there's also something taboo here; our neighbours scurry nervously too-and-fro from plug sockets, wrapping phones up in plastic bags (presumably to stop a wasp from laying its eggs in the microphone right...) and hanging them from trees. It is a bizarre performance structure and I am hooked.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I've been working on the activity guide for 5-12 year olds this year at Frieze Art Fair and made a lot of drawings in the process... Once again this project forms a nice collaboration with designers Europa and the finished thing will be out next month! This year's theme takes on the depths of the aquarium as a performance space.
These illustrations were part of a pitch I made a little while ago for a project which ended up going in a different direction. I enjoyed working on them because they needed to look very detailed and realistic, yet uncomplicated; but it made me realise how important subject matter is, as I find them all kind of sickly to look at!