The Language of Clay is a series of solo exhibitions of work by practitioners who use and express clay in very different ways. LOC: Part One comprises three touring exhibitions by artists Anna Noël, Micki Schloessingk and Anne Gibbs. Each artist approaches the medium with varying perspectives, experiences and skills.
Lawn were asked to design all three publications along with exhibition items.
Not Too Precious
This stunning hardback publication, Not Too Precious, showcases jewellery by 25 international makers using materials for their expressive potential rather than for their intrinsic value.
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Our second collaboration with artists David Campbell and Mark Durden, Double Act: Art and Comedy provides a lively, original and humorous discussion of comic artworks by both established and emerging artists, including Paul McCarthy, Sarah Lucas, Richard Wentworth, Common Culture and Cory Arcangel.
The accompanying exhibition opened simultaneously at Bluecoat, Liverpool and MAC, Belfast.
Branding / Exhibition
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Book / Exhibition
Gillian Lowndes was one of the ceramic world’s most daring, radical and original artists of the post-war generation. She was one of the first professional ceramists in Britain to use a diverse range of materials and found objects, including house bricks, fibreglass tissue, Egyptian paste, nichrome wire, domestic utensils, dried loofahs and latex, among others.
Operating on the border territory between fine art and craft, she is renowned for her sensitive investigations of material and process, of serendipity and sculptural form. In view of her avant-garde position, it is surprising that in her lifetime she had notably few solo exhibitions, and that her art is not more widely known and appreciated beyond a network of ceramists, curators, gallerists, critics, collectors and enthusiasts engaged with the crafts and applied arts.
This beautifully presented 124 page monograph establishes the work of Gillian Lowndes more firmly on the visual arts map.
Rozanne Hawksley is known as one of the UK’s great textile art innovators, whose work lies far beyond simple categories. Her best known piece, Pale Armistice, is now in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, and has been widely exhibited. Rich in allegorical references, her work charts an odyssey encompassing the universal and intensely personal. Recurrent themes are the fragility of the human condition and the immorality of war.
Thought-provoking, unnervingly beautiful textile work published by Ruthin Craft Centre & Lund Humphries.
Book / Interpretation / Exhibition
Welbeck’s historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art has been amassed over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland and their families. Opened in May 2016, The Portland Gallery houses this superb collection of paintings, furniture, jewels and manuscripts. Lawn were invited to produce the definitive publication on the Collection as well as design interpretation and signage throughout the new gallery. The gallery boasts a dedicated ‘Octagon’ of cases displaying a selection of Welbecks portrait miniatures – one of the largest collections of miniatures in public hands. This first selection, of an ever changing display, has been curated by Sir Peter Blake.
Book / Exhibition
Andrew Logan is one of Britain’s most distinctive artists. His work spans many areas of practice, moving with ease across conventional definitions and constructs of ‘fine art’ and ‘applied art’. Drawing his influences from the cultures and icons of east and west to create astonishing and unique assemblages, made from precious materials, shattered glass and found objects from the narrative of his life – his own artistic adventure.
This stunning 200 page case-bound book was printed in Italy