Yves Uro

September 30th, 2012

Yves Uro (1954-1995) was born in Paris. His interest in graphic art led him to study at the Beaux Arts in Metz, France.
In 1976, his destiny took him to Ibiza where a fantastic coexistence of ancient culture and unabashed liberty and imagination were flourishing. He began his collaboration with the KU disco in 1978, launching a more than 10 year run as illustrator of KU’s dream-like fantasy universe, helping it roll relentlessly towards the future.
Modern iconic characters emerged, enlivened by bold, almost metalic colors that captured the essence of the 1980′s in Ibiza. He exposed and demystified ethereal scenarios with extreme clarity, humor, cynicism and electricity.
His captivating personification of emotions and ideas played a key role in luring an intelligent and discerning crowd to the KU. His work was a prelude in perfect harmony with the ecstasy, agony, sensuality and freedom that one could experience in the KU.
Yves Uro left behind a unique collection of paintings, drawings and collages that vividly illustrate his distinctive ingenuity.

Posted in Graphic Design

Dark and Stormy II

September 30th, 2012

DARK AND STORMY is the manifestation of Rustan Söderling and Bart de Baets’ writers block. It is a medium for vulnerable pen pals, caught in a web of potential beginnings and never-endings.
While DARK AND STORMY quotes, recycles, and tears apart existing work it also features new original writing. Although it may be slightly high brow at times, plenty of it comes straight from the gutter. DARK AND STORMY never aims to conclude, just to engage. By staying ambiguous about the source of its content DARK AND STORMY questions its own authenticity. It aspires to inspire artists in the hope they’ll make better work, write best-sellers or earn the occasional trophy. A silly and somewhat pretentious statement perhaps. So, in case DARK AND STORMY doesn’t live up to your expectations and fails to improve your oeuvre, consider becoming a contributor. Till then, we ask the reader to cut us some slack and enjoy the ride, since it’s only six pages, anyway.

Many of the contributors of DARK AND STORMY have died or – if they keep at it like this – won’t be around for much longer. But don’t let that spoil your fun. DARK AND STORMY’s editorial staff will live on, no matter how hard they push themselves. Younger editors will rise and contribute great work.

Contributors to Dark & Stormy II are Downtown Ace, Steve Anglesey, Bart de Baets, Marlon Brando, Richard Brautigan, Julia Künzi, Joris Kritis, Joseph Minion, Daniel Nørregaard, Flann O’Brien, Wolfgang Petersen, Andrija Puharich, Jonas Sætervik, Jim Thorell, Rustan Söderling and Kurt Vonnegut.

Launch October 4, 2012, 6pm
San Serriffe, Amsterdam

Type & Characters

September 29th, 2012

Type & Characters was launched as part of a program of the same name, which comprised an exhibition, screenings, lectures and performances.

The main character of this publication is the typeface “Hollandsche Mediæval”, designed in 1912 by Sjoerd de Roos for the Lettergieterij Amsterdam (Typefoundry Amsterdam). By putting the local (Amsterdam) history of type in relation to the work of contemporary makers Type & Characters aims to contribute to the production of a living history of typography.
The format of this publication is derived from the type specimens issued by the Typefoundry Amsterdam. It thus consist of two in-quarto formats, one (in black) being an insert of the other (vermillion).

The publication, now available at San Serriffe, is designed and edited by Paul Gangloff and assembles contributions by Re’em Aharoni, Keunpyo Ahn, David Bennewith, Jasper Coppes, Mathieu Lommen, Ane Østrem, Sander Uitdehaag & Civic Virtue.

Posted in Books, Graphic Design


September 28th, 2012

Each year the NYABF Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference commissions a new artists’ book as part of its program. This year, Estonian artist Triin Tamm created a new book, Bookcatalogtest, in collaboration with Rollo Press.

For this project, Triin Tamm investigates the “Bücher- katalogtest” (bookcatalogtest), a personality test developed by swiss psychologist Moritz Tramer in the middle of the last century. In his book “Der Bücherkatalogtest als charakteristisches Prüfmittel – Theorie und Praxis” (Zürich, 1953), Tramer proposes to establish a library catalog consisting of 430 titles which base the foundation of his test. He elaborates a key according to which these books need to be chosen.
The books thereby become representatives of certain fields (morality, religion, adventure, sexuality, etc.). contestants need to choose 10 books from the catalog and make remarks about the importance of the work. The resulting values are processed according to given parameters. This formula produces spider diagrams, outlining the contestants personality.

By re-appropriating this historical document, Triin Tamm follows a line that she started with A Stack of Books, a calvino-ish collection of excerpts, ranging from existing and semi-existing books to non-at-all-existing or soon-to-be-existing ones. The play with potentialities and make-belief has been a prominent part of her practice, since she started her career with a book called Retrospective back in 2009.

Posted in Art, Books

Bad Day Issue 14

September 28th, 2012

Bad Day is a biannual cross-cultural interview magazine founded in Toronto.
Issue 14 features Agnès B., Roman Coppola, Francis Upritchard, Whit Stillman, Venus X, d’Eon, Eunice Lee and Sam De Groot, with a porfolio by Michael Schmelling, and editorials by Jason Nocito and Leonard Greco.

Launch, September 28, 7pm
Steven Alan, New York

Vancouver Art/Book Fair

September 25th, 2012

Project Space and presenting partner Fillip host the first annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair. Drawing from publishers local and international, VA/BF showcases emerging practices and contemporary dialogues in publication through a series of talks, book launches, readings and more, as well as more than seventy publishers of books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera. Speakers includes Danielle St-Amour, William Briscoe, Germaine Koh, Kathy Slade, Brian Kennon, Eva Weinmayr and Charlotte Cheetham.

VA/BF arose in response to the lack of international art book fairs in Canada and on the West Coast, as well as in acknowledgment of the rich history and current energy in artist publishing in Vancouver and Canada.

VA/BF is an extension of Project Space’s mission to act as a platform for engagement with and critical exploration of publication. Situated at an intersection of disciplines—namely the visual arts, literary arts and/or critical design—publication presents a unique space of inquiry that is often complemented by interdisciplinary practice, collaboration or co-production. With this in mind, the fair will explore publication in a way that is inclusive of dialogues in the visual and literary arts, as well as graphic design.

October 5-7, 2012, Vancouver Art Gallery

La Galerie des locataires

September 24th, 2012

Since 1972, the Galerie des Locataires exists there where it chooses to be. It has neither walls nor decrees. It is not impossible; its reason for existing: the artist is he to whom one gives a reason for being…

Posted in Art, Exhibitions

Punk: periodical collection

September 24th, 2012

Punk: periodical collection, On self-publishing practices, a book by Paul Gangloff, assembles interviews interspersed with a series of collages made during a collective graphic experiment at the Jan van Eyck Academie.

In the series of interviews, Christophe Boutin, Didier Christen, Hans-Christian Dany, Stephan Dillemuth, Martijn Haas, Roberto Ohrt, Gee Vaucher and others speak about anarcho-punk, bohemian research, city magazines, design, Do-It-Yourself, fanzines, open houses, imposters, insults, means of production, post-punk, pre-Xerox, self-organization, the Situationist International, strategy and zines.

“The first half of fanzine stands for fan as in fanatic. The fan makes a fanzine about his or her idol. The word punkzine came as a substitute at a point when punk rejected fanaticism, which has to do with adoration.
Zines are not designed; rather, they are made. Making a zine could be a way to become a designer, but it may also be a way out of the position of designer. On the one hand, it is a question of self-empowerment: rather making a zine than inscribing oneself into existing magazines. On the other hand, it is about overstepping the boundaries of a profession, in order to play several roles as a dilettante.
Punkzines are not solely interesting as the visual style of a bygone epoch, as a “source of inspiration” or for direct recuperation. Rather, things may be learned from a study of the spirit in which they were made.”

Launch, September 28, 2012, 6pm
San Serriffe, Amsterdam

TM RSI SGM 1960–90

September 24th, 2012

TM RSI SGM 1960–90, Research Archive Beta, is derived from an exhaustive research on the Typographische Monatsblätter (TM) focussing on the issues from 1960 till 1990.

The Typographische Monatsblätter was one of the most important journals to successfully disseminate the phenomenon of ‘Swiss typography’ to an international audience. With more than 70 years in existence, the journal witnessed significant moments in the history of typography and graphic design. Its contributors include some of the most influential designers. Although the issues before 1960 are extremely rich in revealing the development of modernist typography, the years 1960–90 correspond to a period of transition in which many factors such as technology, socio-political contexts and aesthetic ideologies, profoundly affected and transformed the fields of typography and graphic design. From this general turbulence, new forms emerged and new models were explicitly manifested. The examination of the Typographische Monatsblätter during these specific years enables a greater understanding of the development of late 20th century typography and graphic design.

The Classroom – NYABF

September 24th, 2012

©I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard

During the NY Art Book Fair, The Classroom – a curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led programs, organized by David Senior – will engage visitors in lively conversation all weekend long.

Some highlights in the Classroom space include an interview with the designer Karel Martens, a screening of Matt Wolf’s short documentary on Joe Brainard, a talk with Luis Camnitzer, readings by Petra Cortright, Bob Nickas, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Laurie Weeks and discussions by Jeanine Olesen with Johanna Burton and Emma Hedditch with Isla Leaver-Yap, talks with Terry Smith, Hito Steyerl and a rousing performance of The Electronic Information Age LP, an homage to McLuhan’s Medium is the Massage LP. Ongoing events include the acclaimed zine trade meet-up by Ryan Foerester, a documentation project by Carson Salter and Sandeep Buller, and a freaked-out time keeping device by Dexter Sinister and Erik Wysocan.

September 27-30, 2012
MoMA PS1, New York

Cambridge Book

September 24th, 2012

Cambridge Book is an art book collection and consultancy directed by Carson Salter with Sandeep Bhuller. Operating under the credo NOT TOO MUCH, the firm draws on expertise from the MIT & Harvard communities, offering buying and publishing consultation and developing variable forms of information service.

Posted in Art, Books, Education

The Pop-Up Issue

September 23rd, 2012

The Pop-Up Issue, a wide program in store – a fair, design events, lectures, bookstore – for designers, artists, publishing people and connoisseurs of sophisticated design in publication during the two weeks around the Frankfurt Book Fair.

October 4-20, 2012
Club Michel, Frankfurt am Main


September 20th, 2012

Studio cookbook is a collection of recipes from designers, artists and publishers. This second edition is contributed by AND Publishing, Art Licks, Goodwin Hartshorn, The Gourmand, Charlotte Cheetham, Meadham Kirchhoff, Mind Design, Fraser Muggeridge and many more.
The launch, will gather previous artists and studio’s as well as new participants, to realise the form of the cookbook live during The London Art Book Fair.

September 23, 2012, 15:30
Whitechapel Gallery, London


September 20th, 2012

Graphic #24 – The subjective tour guide to Amsterdam covers the interest of design/art scene on the city Amsterdam, especially in regard to its environmental aspects on design.

How culture and design can participate in a debate about the city? How can design be subversive and propose alternative uses/views on objects, infrastructure, politics in the city? For this issue, Graphic magazine suggests a subjective tour guide to Amsterdam to reveal these questions. Graphic have visited some Amsterdamers (not originally from the Netherlands), to look into how they interact with their city and what kind of topics they are working on as foreigners. Furthermore, Experimental Jetset were asked about their research into the Provo movement, an important anarchist movement which took place in Amsterdam over two years in the 60s. A section deals with the interconnected nature of economy and design, and how young designers in Amsterdam aspire to intervene in the economic reality we are currently in. As an extra, a map of designer-routes and locations in Amsterdam could provide a subjective guide for entrance to the city for visitors.

With contributions by Axel Kolthof, Bitcaves (Femke Herregraven, Nina Støttrup Larsen), Catarina Neves Ricci, Chris Lee, Experimental Jetset, FOUNDLAND, Henrik van Leeuwen, Jacqueline Schoemaker, John Simons, Katja Novitskova, Mediamatic (Abel van Gijlswijk), Michael Rock, Michiel Shuurman, Moonsick Gang, Our Polite Society (Jens Schildt), Paul Gangloff, Peter Bilak, Rory Hyde, Sachi Miyachi, UnDutchables (Colin White, Laurie Boucke), Warren Lee, Wineke Gartz, Yuri Veerman, 75B.

THE PLANT – Issue 3

September 20th, 2012

The Plant Journal turns into The Plant. The new edition features an interview with the inspiring florist Thierry Boutemy and a visit to Derek Jarman’s cottage at Dungeness where he created an atypical and magical garden. Wild flowers growing at Cap de Creus, the legendary Joshua Tree, cenotes from the Mexican Caribbean and Butchart impressionist gardens in Vancouver are among the most beautiful landscapes discovered thanks to Coke Bartrina, Daniel Trese, Ángeles Peña and Jennilee Marigomen.
You will also find a small and extreme farm in Kuwait and amazing potted gardens in Tokyo; ceramics by Jessica Hans and indigo dyes by Britt Browne; colorful ‘Biotopia’ by Jonas Marguet and an illustrated bestiarium of invented plants. Matt Olson from ROLU remembers his first interest in plants and Lope Serrano discovers three green scenes in Jean Luc Godard’s films, while this issue recipes are photographed by Scheltens & Abbenes: Shake it up!

Launch September 22, 6pm
Ofr, Paris

La Chinoise Découpage

September 19th, 2012

La Chinoise Découpage, a collaboration between Claire Vague & Atlas Studio, is an interprétation of Jean-Luc Godard’s movie “La Chinoise”.

“The quote “Il faut confronter des idées vagues aver des images claires” (one must confront vague ideas with clear images), appears as a writing on a wall the first minutes of the movie. We consider this phrase to be a hint by Godard to disclose a central concept of the movie. While the auditive part stands for the vague ideas of the revolutionary students, the visual level as the counterpart embeds them in a clear visual language.
The booklet adapts this concept by deconstruying the original script published in “l’Avant-Scène du Cinéma” Nr. 114, may 1971, by spliting up the “clear” and “vague” parts.”

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design

Desmond Jeffery – Type and Space

September 18th, 2012

Desmond Jeffery (1926 – 1974) was a letterpress printer and typography teacher in London and Suffolk.

Type and Space exhibition features Jeffery’s little-known works and draws on his passion for hand-set type and demonstrates why his keen eye and use of European typefaces have been so highly regarded by clients and subsequent generations of designers.

Following a stint in the Royal Air Force, Jeffery bought an Adana Press and started printing out of his mother’s back room in New Malden. He was inspired by the possibilities of hand-set letterpress after seeing work by the typographer and teacher Anthony Froshaug who later became a close friend.
Jeffery began printing posters, invitation cards, letterhead and menus for local businesses and by 1956 had set up a full letterpress workshop in Marylebone featuring a Heidelberg Platen. His work focused on collaborations with local galleries, architects, orchestras and leftist societies, employing some of the most exciting typography and layouts of the day to meet their everyday stationery needs.

This exhibition features posters, prints and cards produced for Robert Erskine and his St. George’s Gallery who were at the forefront of a renaissance in British printmaking, as well as more political pieces including those for the Partisan coffee house and the Solidarity group. Some of the best examples of the marriage of Jeffery’s political and professional beliefs can be found in projects such as theSolidaritymanifesto (1968) and Red Paper(1969).

October 20-28, 2012
Spike Island, Bristol

In Conversation: Books and Sculpture

September 17th, 2012

Sculpture is three-dimensional and designed to be walked around. How can these qualities translate to the page? During London Art Book Fair, head of the Henry Moore Institute Lisa Le Feuvre talks to graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge about the relationships between books and sculpture.

September 22, 2012, 1.30pm
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design


September 16th, 2012

Tombolo – conversation, lecture et projection

September 14th, 2012

Tombolo – conversation, lecture et projection – par Alexandru Balgiu, Thierry Chancogne, Brice Domingues, Catherine Guiral, Chloé Munich et Vincent Lalanne, dans le cadre du Festival Island #1 du Cneai.

En mai 1977, Piet Schreuders fit une provocante lecture à l’adresse de la communauté du design hollandais, ponctuée par la destruction iconoclaste d’une affiche de Wim Crouwel. Cette présentation qui donna lieu à une petite publication : LAY IN – LAY OUT fut alors considérée comme “un chiffon rouge agité devant les yeux des designers”.
Thierry Chancogne, Brice Domingues et Catherine Guiral réfléchissent ce moment critique (et drôlatique) de la pensée du graphisme par une nouvelle édition réalisée par officeabc et par une lecture en anglais assurée par Alexandru Balgiu.
Ils assureront le relai de cette manière de reprise en demandant à deux vidéastes, Chloé Munich et Vincent Lalanne, de réagir à un extrait du livre de Frédéric Worms, Revivre (Flammarion, 2012), une digression autour de l’expérience du ressouvenir et de la recréation.
Ce petit édifice sédimentaire consacré au design graphique pourra servir de matière à une discussion autour de Tombolo, projet de revue en ligne s’intéressant aux flux du graphisme-et-plus-si-affinités.

30 septembre 2012, 15h

Posted in Graphic Design

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