Opinion by Richard Baird.
Fredrik Værslev as I Imagine Him is an exhibition of work by Norwegian contemporary artist Fredrik Værslev produced over the last decade. The exhibition runs from September 2018 to January 2019 at Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. Through a focus on process, modes of abstraction and representation, motions between the painterly and the architectural and in the use of untraditional tools such as trolley wheels and defective cans of spray paint, Værslev explores different ways in which paintings can be perceived.
Zak Group, as part of their continuing collaboration with Astrup Fearnley Museet, worked with Fredrik Værslev on the exhibition’s campaign and accompanying catalogue. Drawing on the modernist references of some of the artworks, and the unusual techniques of painting Zak Group developed a visual identity that explores creative agency and creative imposition on the rational. This can be seen in the use of type and graphic gesture, colour and texture and the implication of layers. Alongside reproductions of the artist’s works the catalogue also contains texts by Peter J. Amdam, Therese Möllenhoff and Dieter Roelstraete amongst others. The catalogue comes in two editions, English and Norwegian, differentiated by colour across their covers.
LogoArchive is a series of booklets dedicated to the modernist logo-making of the mid-century. It can be enjoyed as is and just for that. However, the ideas within these booklets, in the words of Ian Anderson “exist both on and below the surface” for anyone with the inclination to dig a bit deeper.
These zines are, perhaps, best described as “free-spaces” to explore the potential of the “total project”, that is, to conceptualise, write and design concurrently, allowing each to inform and impose on each another. For LogoArchive, just as with BP&O, ideas matter. The LogoArchive booklets function as spaces for enquiry, both abstract and concrete. Outside of the booklet, these enquiries are presented as supporting articles here on BP&O, as Zoom events and as social media posts. In this way, the project is a super-narrative, to be understood in different ways and from different points. The project is also a platform for design discourse. Below, an invitation to answer questions by Elliott Moody offered such a platform to share some more of the ideas behind this Extra Issue. The answers below are published in their entirety. You can view the TBI article here.
LogoArchive Akogare is now available on the LogoArchive.shop.
LogoArchive returns with its fourth collaborative Extra Issue and first bi-lingual release, documenting the forms of Japanese logo design. Through the distinctive smaller format of the bound booklet LogoArchive seeks to surprise and delight with each new issue, introducing new collaborators to offer unexpected interpretations of the ubiquitous logo book. For this Extra Issue, Hugh Miller orchestrates graphic impact and material nuance to honour the unique visual legacy and craft associated with Japan. In addition, the words of Tokyo-based designer and writer Ian Lynam, and his assistant Iori Kikuchi, offer an introduction into Japanese symbols.
LogoArchive の第4号目となる増刊号で は、日本のロゴデザインの形を記録し た 初 の バ イ リ ン ガ ル 版 を 発 行 し ま す 。小 冊子という独特のフォーマットを通し て、LogoArchive は毎号、新しいコラボレ ーターと共に、お馴染みのロゴブックへ の思い掛けない解釈を提案しながら、驚 きと喜びを追求しています。
今号では、Hugh Miller (ヒュー・ミラー) が、グラフィックのインパクトと素材のニ ュアンスの交差点を探り、日本にまつわ るユニークな視覚的遺産と工芸品を称 えています。さらに、東京を拠点に活動す るデザイナーであり作家でもあるイエン・ ライナムと、彼のアシスタントである菊地 伊織の言葉で、日本のシンボルを紹介し ています。
Text by Richard Baird
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is an international architectural practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. It was founded in 1975 in Rotterdam by architects Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis and alongside Madelon Vriesendorp and Zoe Zenghelis. OMA now has seven offices. This year saw the launch of OMA New York’s self-published monograph, designed by Studio Lin, that takes a look back at over 10 years of their work.