Things have been busy
lately in the run-up to an unusual exhibition hosted by Jerwood Visual Arts at Jerwood Space in London.
After Hours is a collection of
personal projects by graphic designers. It opens this week and runs from 15 May
to 23 June.
The exhibition is
curated by Nick Eagleton of The Partners, who has gathered together a great
list of contributors, including Robert Ball, Anthony Burrill, Phil Carter,
Michael Johnson, Joe Phillips, Alan Kitching, Magpie Studio, Craig Oldham,
Jack Renwick, Steve Royle, Jim Sutherland, Alex Swatridge and a selection of
projects from the Young Creatives Network.
My contribution is a collection of 30 framed Pentone swatches, pictured above on our kitchen floor, but hopefully on a gallery wall by now.
Pentone is a
project that began in 2006 when we produced a mailer of nine swatches, each
containing a sample of a written tone of voice – a verbal play on the
Pantone colour-matching system. It later evolved into postcards,
greetings cards and mugs. But I’ve always felt it should turn into some kind of
‘definitive’ collection at some point, and this exhibition has been the
catalyst to make it happen. The 30 swatches are mainly new ones, with a handful of old ones mixed in – Pentone Boring remains
as dull as ever.
To coincide with the exhibition, we've produced a Pentone Boxset including all 30 swatches, more of which to follow.
There will also
be a reading table at the gallery featuring publications from the
contributors, with Disappointments Diary
and Corpoetics both included.
As well as
contributing to the exhibition, I’ve been working with curator Nick Eagleton on
the writing that goes around it. The principle
has been to keep it simple – it’s more about celebrating the contents of the
exhibition rather than theorising about them. To that end, the opening panel in the
exhibition contains a rhyming list of the many and varied items on display, an evocative taster to set the tone. For the detailed analysis, there will be a couple of talks at the Jerwood Space over the course of the exhibition, going into the thinking behind the work and the wider questions it raises.
I’ll write more
about the exhibition over the coming weeks. For now, here are a few related
Design Week feature
contribution to a related Design Week voxpop
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