3 April 2018

The frisson of the togetherness

If you have yet to see Leonor Antunes’ site-specific commission at the Whitechapel Gallery, now is the time to pay a visit, as the exhibition is in its final week. The installation, titled ‘The frisson of the togetherness’, combines layered structures constructed from leather, rope, wire, wood, glass and linoleum, incorporating references to overlooked female figures in the history of Modernism and to the gallery’s seminal 1956 exhibition ‘This Is Tomorrow’.

We designed a publication to accompany the commission, which continues Antunes’ thematic exploration of layered references within its design, featuring installation photography, reference materials, loose-leaf inserts behind a clear archival slipcover, and 1:1 reproductions from her previous publications. The exhibition runs until 8 April at the Whitechapel Gallery, and the book is available now.

whitechapelgallery.org.

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8 February 2018

Kettle's Yard Reopens

Kettle’s Yard reopens this weekend following the addition of a new education wing and expanded galleries designed by Jamie Fobert Architects. The reopening coincides with the launch of Actions, a new exhibition that celebrates the poetic and political power of modern and contemporary art. We’ve been working with Kettle’s Yard for the past four years on their identity, exhibitions and printed materials, and now also on the relaunch campaign and the Actions exhibition graphics and book; it’s lovely to see the space open its doors to visitors once again.

In the words of founder Jim Ede, “Kettle’s Yard is in no way meant to be an art gallery or museum, nor is it simply a collection of works of art reflecting my taste or the taste of a given period. It is, rather, a continuing way of life from these last fifty years, in which stray objects, stones, glass, pictures, sculpture, in light and in space, have been used to make manifest the underlying stability which more and more we need to recognise, if we are not to be swamped by all that is so rapidly opening up before us.”

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26 January 2018

On press for Kettle's Yard

This week we’ve been on press for the printing of the new Kettle’s Yard House Guide, which we have redesigned in time for the re-opening of Kettle’s Yard on 8 February. The beautiful house has been closed to the public since 2015, whilst a major development project was underway to expand the adjacent galleries and create a new education centre, led by Jamie Fobert Architects. With the works now complete, we’re looking forward to spending time once again amongst Jim Ede’s remarkable collection of objects and artworks within the house.

We have also worked with Kettle’s Yard on the design of the reopening campaign, and for the first exhibition in the new galleries, Actions. The image of the world can be different, building upon the identity we designed for the house and gallery in 2014. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more information, and start planning for your visit to Cambridge to see the beautiful house and galleries!

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3 October 2017

At Work with Peter Blake

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.

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30 August 2017

Windermere Jetty site visit

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.

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9 August 2017

A Dark and Quiet Place

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.

Common Editions

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15 June 2017

Remnants

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.

Remnants at Print Room

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17 May 2017

Basquiat: Boom for Real

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.

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11 April 2017

Restaurant Opening

Llewelyn’s, a new neighbourhood restaurant in Herne Hill, is now up and running and open for business.

The restaurant is a new venture by Alcides Gauto, formerly of the excellent Rochelle Canteen in Arnold Circus. Alcides is a long-time friend of APFEL, and we’ve got many happy memories of lunches in the sun at Rochelle Canteen—here’s to many more in his new restaurant! We designed the logo and identity for Llewelyn’s, and it was a pleasure to collaborate and be part of bringing the new restaurant to life.

Congratulations to Alcides and the team! For a peek at the menu, take a look at their Instagram feed.

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1 March 2017

Hands Off Our Revolution!

Over two hundred artists, writers, musicians and curators have come together to form a new coalition, Hands Off Our Revolution, to stand up against the rise of right-wing populism and intolerance that has been evident since the Brexit vote and Trump’s election victory.

The group, spearheaded by Adam Broomberg, will present a series of exhibitions and actions that confront the rise of right-wing populism in the US, Europe and elsewhere. Proceeds from their activities will go towards arts & activist causes.

We’ve worked with Adam and his regular collaborator Oliver Chanarin many times before, and were very pleased to be able to offer our support and design the microsite for the project, featuring Mark Titchner’s striking GIF header. The first Hands Off Our Revolution exhibitions will be announced later this month.

Visit the website, and get involved!

handsoffourrevolution.com.

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