After Hours… 14 May, 2013
| Jon Ashby
A couple of days ago we popped along to the opening night of a new exhibition called After Hours, an exhibition of personal work by graphic designers hosted at the Jerwood Visual Arts studio, and curated by Nick Eagleton.
The show put together the extracurricular work of 29 contributors from every walk of the design world, with the purpose of peering into the creative process when set free from the shackles of a brief or client. The result is both eclectic and surprising; everything from letterpress to sculpture…
The bold typography of Anthony Burrill's posters formed the lynchpin of the exhibition, with a sideways look at the practice of design both in the form of advice to designers and classic client feedback.
We loved the stunning illustrations from Robert Ball's 56-page comic book, which were clearly a labour of love, and beautifully (digitally)printed, complete with letter-pressed belly bands.
Alan Kitching’s letterpress typographic maps were definitely a highlight, with the perfect combination of a solid idea so beautifully crafted that much of the crowd pouring in through the doors barely made it through to the other exhibition rooms, as they stood, trance-like, examining the masterful detail.
Nick Asbury's Pentone Series writing seemed to be an idea based on the flimsy Pantone pun, but the writing and editorial selection was so astute and apposite that, ironically, this was our favourite piece from an exhibition of largely graphic pieces. Yes it had a slight visual reference to a Pantone swatch book, but it was the writing and the ideas that made it. It's well worth heading over to www.nickasbury.com/pentone/ to view the whole set.
The exhibition runs from 15 May–23 June 2013 at the Jerwood Visual Arts Space at 171 Union Street, London. Go to jerwoodvisualarts.org for more information. And to leave you with: a screen print of some Olives by Alex Swatridge. Enjoy.