Frieze week is here and we’ve been working with Waddington Custot on their exhibition for this year’s Frieze Masters—a tribute to Peter Blake, for which they have recreated a section of Blake’s studio within the fair, displaying his work, collections and studio contents to highlight the human aspect of his practice. We designed a tote bag and publication to accompany the exhibition, and a set of digital adverts and assets to spread the word about the show. At Work with Peter Blake is open until 8 October.
3 October 2017
30 August 2017
Construction of the new Windermere Jetty museum is now well under way in the Lake District, and we made a site visit last week to see the progress for ourselves and work further on the signage and wayfinding, which we have designed.
APFEL have been involved in the Windermere Jetty project since its early stages, designing the brand identity for the new museum in addition to the signage and wayfinding, and it’s great to see the site and the new buildings, designed by Carmody Groarke, start to take shape. For more information about the project and the amazing collection of boats it will house once complete, take a look at the website.
9 August 2017
We have been working with David Noonan on the design of a new book to accompany his recent moving-image work ‘A Dark and Quiet Place’. His first film work for over a decade, it presents a meditation on performance and its contexts, and will be displayed at Stuart Shave/Modern Art later this year.
The softcover book will be published by Common Editions this autumn, featuring a blind embossing on the cover based on the images opposite, from an animated sequence within the film. The book’s contents include stills from the film, which we worked with Noonan to select, sequence and arrange, and a speculative fictional text responding to Noonan’s film, by writer and editor Brian Dillon.
15 June 2017
A new music theatre work, Remnants, opens this week at Print Room at the Coronet in Notting Hill. Remnants tells the story of one woman’s encounter with the aftermath of war crimes at Srebrenica, and her family’s connection to the holocaust in Bosnia fifty years before. Conceived and directed by Patrick Eakin Young, it is based on the memoir The Stone Fields by Croatian-American writer Courtney Angela Brkic, and mixes spoken word and dance Balkan folk songs, vocal arrangements and electronic soundscapes. We worked with Patrick to create a libretto for Remnants to document the text used in the work, accompanied by family photos and found imagery. The production runs until 1 July.
17 May 2017
We were commissioned last year to design the book and exhibition for Basquiat: Boom for Real, which is set to open at the Barbican Art Gallery this September. We’ve been busy over the past months researching Basquiat’s life and career, and working on our designs.
Our approach references certain visual and material qualities within Basquiat’s work in an understated way, allowing the frenetic energy and immediacy of his artworks to take centre stage. The images to the right display some of these qualities. The proportion and scale of his graffiti writing (shown above in a still from the film Downtown ‘81) influenced our choice of type for titles throughout the show; we’ve also been looking at Basquiat’s roughly-finished frames and use of found materials, which can be seen below in a photo of his exhibition at the Centre Culturel Français, Ivory Coast (1986).
The exhibition, for which we are collaborating with Carmody Groarke, opens on 21 September.