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25 April 2018

Periferia by Andrés Sandoval

Tower Block Books’ latest publication, Periferia by Andrés Sandoval, is an artwork disguised as a book. Its yellow cover contains a concertina-folded, rubber stamped scene by the São Paolo-based graphic artist, in which the rhythms and patterns of the city are recreated through repetitive motifs of buildings, people, automobiles and abstract forms. Together, they tell a wordless story based on São Paolo itself.

As Sandoval explains, “We associate stamps with a mechanical gesture that can be repeated endless times. But stamps are also characterised by their somewhat imperfect and incidental nature. In this book, what is hard and industrial in the city has been represented through the misalignments, overlaps and multiplications afforded by hand-carved blocks.”

We were commissioned to work with Sandoval to develop this artist book. Enjoying the parallels between rubber stamping and the process of movable type printing, we decided to celebrate this in creating a bespoke stamped typeface for the cover. The textural imperfections of the hand-stamping process add character and a hand-rendered sensibility to the cover of the book.

Periferia will be published by Tower Block Books, an independent small-press publisher of picture books about places, later this year. You can pre-order a copy now on their website.

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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.

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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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