We visited the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition last week and enjoyed the effort made by the curators to engage with social media. Lots of encouragement to take photos. Most of the dummies faces were animated by moving image loops projected onto them of his models and celebrity clients – winking, smiling, opening their eyes or mouthing simple phrases. All showcasing JPGs fashion over three decades. The exhibition flows with the designer’s Gallic charm. The Barbican excels again with this the latest in a series of exhibitions about leading fashion designers.
Sugarfree have created a vibrant new sub-brand identity CareerCentral for University of East Anglia Careers Service (UEA). The new identity sits under the UEA main brand, originally designed by Wolff Olins.
This bright, sunny poster announced the opening of CareerCentral’s new building, with signage, wayfinding and wallpapers designed by Sugarfree.
Peter and Jane feature in a newly launched parody of early learning Ladybird books entitled We go to the Gallery by artist Miriam Elia. Mummy introduces the youngsters to a contemporary art gallery without taking any precautions to ‘engage in the visual arts…’. Silly mummy!
These clever needlepoints by artist Michelle Hammer depict public information, both the moving, pixelated variety and static. She employs the technique to undermine the disproportionate importance we give to digitized media, while the imagery exploits the contemporary urban landscape.
She draws our attention to those cluttered corners that are ‘unplanned’ and so very revealing of how our city spaces are prioritized. As contexts for her subject, these marginal plots provide the perfect backdrop to expose those deeply buried thoughts we all carry with us, as we go about our daily activities. Just love her work.
David Bailey has been given free rein to curate his retrospective show at National Portrait Gallery, featuring models, actors, gangsters and musicians.
This brings with it certain problems as an exhibition in that there is little that moves, but he has the most incredible feel for his subjects, as an introduction to Bailey’s work even 50 years on, his images of celebrity skin still seem vital and shockingly sexy.