Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Illustrative Street Art Event in Zürich

Street Art has by now been established as a true art movement. Young andused-to-be-young creative minds won't let anything stand in the way of restricting their expression. Their medium is the street, the city, the public space.


Tuesday, 23 September 2008

OBJECTS – Journal of Applied Arts

On October 17th, 2008, the first issue of „OBJECTS – Journal for Applied Arts / Magazin für angewandte Künste” was published.


Thursday, 18 September 2008

Illustrate Your World!

by Gregori Saavedra

Just a question. Why illustration? Why not art? Where is the difference? In the beginning, illustration meant a way to visualize a text. But now… Illustration usually works on its own. So? Don’t get me wrong. I’d rather be an illustrator than an artist. Artists live too remote from reality.


Friday, 22 August 2008

Different, but the same

From the Beginning by Colleen Schindler-Lynch Visual culture is constantly undergoing shifts in the perception of traditional norms. There exists a rather large indefinable gray area between the fine art world and the world of illustration. Throughout the modern history of visual communication, illustration has often flirted with the other side of artistic expression– crossing back and forth over established categories of image making, blurring distinctions, cross-pollinating with the other for a time, confounding critics, academics and even the public.


Friday, 15 August 2008

"What colour is your Chicken?"

by Scott Ballum It is surprising to find myself as a graphic designer in the seemingly irreconcilable position of having more interest in discussing socially and politically relevant work than the relevancy of design itself. Perhaps that it is because to me, talking about the potential of design is like talking about the potential of language.


Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The Artist's Hand


by Susan Leopold The following case study revolves around the creative process involved in making the collage entitled “The Artist’s Hand”. Providing a thorough analysis of the steps involved in creating this collage and linkage of the steps to humanistic, psychoanalytical and cognitive theories of personality is crucial to understanding this artistic process as a means of connection to conscious and unconscious.


Tuesday, 12 August 2008

artstübli - Serving Swiss Graphic Art

With no doubt there is no other region in the world which has a comparable density of high class graphic artists as Switzerland has. Day-in, day-out freelance artists and graphic designers are working there on new creations on a high level. Nonetheless these artists are little noticed in their country – in contrast to regions abroad. The artstübli is going to tap this source to give the Swiss population an understanding of the well established Swiss creativity.


Monday, 11 August 2008

Dilemma of Service

Art vs. Service by Robert Revels


Friday, 8 August 2008

I am in favor of nonsense

Cédric Quissola, winner of the Young Illustrators Award in Paris 2007, reports back from Marais.


Thursday, 7 August 2008

Sandra Nuy - Flashy Constellations. Illustration and Memory

I. It is neither the case, that the past sheds light on the present nor that the present sheds light on the past, but the picture is the thing, in which bygone things coincide with the present moment in a flashy constellation. In other words: A picture is dialectic on a halt. For as the relation of past and present is one of time, the relation of the bygone things and the present is dialectic: not by nature of time, but by nature of picture.” (Walter Benjamin, 1991, 578)


Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Semiutopistic Retrofuturism

Visiting Roman Bittner in his studio in Berlin with references to Eboy, Mies and Hergé


Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Down The Rabbit Hole

an essay by Annette Lodge I.__In a visual hungry world, illustration is a transient visitor that meanders between being meaningful and amazing to being fashionable and banal.


Monday, 4 August 2008

Exhibit in Illustrative Zurich 2008

Bigger, more international and now with exhibition spaces. ILLUSTRATIVE, the leading European forum for contemporary Illustration and Graphics, is coming to Zurich this year. From the 17th to the 26th of October, the city of numerous creatives, graphic-designers, and artists turns into the metropolis of illustrative art.


Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Nobody has ever seen the time

Sonja Danowski, winner of the Young Illustrator Award 2007, on illustration, book art and analogic structures.


Thursday, 24 July 2008

Martin Haake: The Return of the Doodle

"Telephone Doodles" is a colloquial term for what the British call their random scribbling, which is so frequently produced absent-mindedly by telephone partners.


Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Rules of Competition

1. Registration
The registration for participation is to be carried out per mail with a simple word-form, which can be filled out digitally. The application form can be found here. Entry deadline is August 31st, 2008.


Tuesday, 22 July 2008

In the Studio with: Olaf Hajek

The exhibition of Olaf Hajeks work in Berlin is the result of a three-years-long artistic concurrent operation next to his mandatory productions as an illustrator, which is now revealing in his first itemized exhibition.


Monday, 21 July 2008

New gallery in Berlin!

On April 11th 2008 Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss, the two initiators of the artfestival, are opening a new exhibition space in Berlin-Mitte. Convinced that the global uniformity of the marketable products and trends needs an answer from exceptional designer-artist-personalities, Johanssen and Kleiss follow the concept of a gallery, in which playfully, like in a art- and wonderchamber of the baroque, illustrations next to extraordinary gold- and silverjewellery besides glass art or seldom lamp unicums can be found.


Sunday, 20 July 2008

The image-sound of our time

Pascal Johanssen is founder and curator of the berlin exposition Illustrative, which is displaying an international selection of the best young illustrator´s work. The illustrative art, once an art „forgotten“, is reinventing itself and presently in great demand: in the design and art scene as well as in commercialising an attitude to life. Pascal Johanssen, curator, talks about tendencies and self-conception of the genre „illustration“ in tension to the fine arts.