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Vaughan Oliver – Where Is My Mind? | Featured in Design Week |

Monday, January 9th, 2017

“In the show you’ll get to see my processes and how different it was when I started out to how people work today; everything was a lot more hands on,” says Oliver.

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We catch up with Vaughan Oliver to find out about what it was like to design for the Pixies and work so closely with them ahead of a new exhibition

The doors have been opened on graphic designer and art director Vaughan Oliver’s first major exhibition exploring his long-term collaboration with US alt-rock band the Pixies. Oliver designed the album art for all five of the Pixies’ studio albums as well as EPs and special editions working closely with the band and other collaborators.

The designer has come to be known for an abrasive and direct graphic style cultivated by using unconventional and experimental techniques.

The exhibition – which is being hosted by Greenwich University, where Oliver now teaches graphic design – has been curated by Nic Clear, who is head of architecture at the university….Read More

 

 

Stockwell Depot 1967 – 79 | Featured in A World To Win |

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Article by A World To Win By Corinna Lotz – 27 August 2015
Including an Interview with Sam Cornish

“The relatively obscure but significant Stockwell Depot group changed the history of art in Britain during a turbulent period”

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The story of how these more than 26 sculptors and painters came together can be traced back to the St Martin’s School of Art’s sculpture department. In 1967, Roland Brener, Roeluf Louw and David Evison, all of whom had close connections to St Martin’s, needed somewhere to spread their wings.

“Sam Cornish and co-curator David Waterworth have now assembled 22 key works by Stockwell Depot artists in Greenwich University’s scattered exhibition spaces, accompanied by a magnificent book. Together they reveal a pioneering movement which changed the history of art in Britain during a time of social, political and aesthetic upheaval… Read More

 

 

 

Drawing Towards Sound: Visualising the Sonic |Featured in The Wire|

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

 The Wire Article By Robert Barry March 2015

“Today it’s almost impossible to think of music as anything other than immediately audiovisual.” Robert Barry reads between the lines at a new exhibition about graphic scores

Photo: Jill Vaux

Photo: Jill Vaux

With more than 40 composers’ works represented, plus videos, listening posts and other supplementary materials, Drawing Towards Sound investigates the past, present and future of graphic scores. Mounted at London’s Greenwich University, the exhibition is a rich and polyphonic show, deserving of a leisurely amount of time to take it all in. “I wanted,” curator David Ryan told me, “to get across a sense of density.”

In certain scores that density is made particularly manifest. Some of Anton Lukoszevieze’s undated Untitled Photo-Drawings are so dense with lines and markings as to come across like a thicket of barbed wire or the CPU-busting Black Midi scores of teenage YouTube jockeys… Read More 

Jan Kaplický Drawings|Featured in London Architecture Diary|

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Article by London Architecture Diary, November 2016

The exhibition has been designed and curated by Nic Clear, Head of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich and a long time Kaplický fan.

 

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This exhibition commemorates Jan Kaplický, who was one of the most gifted and visionary architects working at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. His death in 2009 at the age of 71 robbed the world of a designer whose virtuosity was only just coming to wider public attention, having been a benchmark in the world of architecture for nearly three decades.

His trademark ‘futuristic’ style was formed from the intersection of the bold elegance of Czech modernism, the sweeping lines of the Baroque and intricacy of the exploded technical diagram… Read More