Royal Academy_Summer Exhibition May 30 2014, 0 Comments

Theatre Dog artists' book by Flynn and Funazaki to appear in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Eri Funazaki was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971 where she studied graphic design at Joshibi University and worked as a graphic designer at Les Mains, Shibuya. Eri graduated from London College of Printing in 2000 with a BA Honors in Print Media: Book Arts and Crafts. Eri currently works at Shepherds Bookbinders where she is involved in fine and design binding. She was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2007 and her work is held in public and private collections including The British Library. She has won various bookbinding prizes including the Society of Bookbinders Competition in 2011.
Danny Flynn was born in West Yorkshire in 1964. He came to London to study Graphic Design and Advertising. The displayed bookwork contains part of the script of his first play, Theatre Dogs, which was performed in West London in 2012 (Dir. Anthony Shrubsall). Danny received a D&AD award in (2007) and a Creative Circle Award in 2011 in recognition of his fine print work aesthetics, which utilize the obsolete printing methods of letterpress and screen-print. Danny’s commercial clients include Bacardi, Stella Artois and Yell. He is an Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and runs a gallery in North London named G511ERY.
Eri and Danny aim to break down the boundaries between book arts and fine binding. This has raised the eyebrows of several book traditionalists. Despite this they have won several prizes from bookbinding related awards including 1st, and IBAT prizes from the Society of Bookbinders Competition. They have exhibited extensively with Designer Bookbinders and had a solo exhibition at Ketchum, London in 2010.
Theatre Dog is the ninth artists’ book that Flynn and Funazaki have collaborated on. Each bookwork is produced combines various fine bookbinding methods including leather covering and hand tooling. A chop mark depicting a ligature of the two letters f and f identify their print work, which are in private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Hilaire in London May 28 2014, 0 Comments

"A fabulously unlikely location for a gallery..."

posters and coasters

July 28, 2013

Biblical weather last night as we ventured far north, deep into zone 3 and along the Seven Sisters Road, to the private view of an exhibition of posters at G511ERY. A fabulously unlikely location for a gallery, next to a kebab shop in Tottenham, but just the spot to showcase some maverick printmaking. The work on display included short absurd texts by Paradox Paul and several posters for his fine-looking Flying Guillotine Piano Throne. Later in the evening an actor read one of the texts, Fish Fuck, with Paul prompting/interjecting/echoing phrases from the piece, which, as the title suggests, was of course a love story. There were further posters blutacked to the white gallery walls, based on some of Paul’s projects, and produced by him in collaboration with Danny Amos Flynn – striking, witty and subversive work. In the adjoining kitchen, a trestle table offered a marvellous collection of Danny’s letterpress printed coasters, bookmarks, postcards and bags. I particularly liked Occupy the gift shop in fluorescent pink  – got the coaster. And This is not a postcard! in 72pt red playbill font on thick card – got the postcard. There were also a couple of impromptu (uninvited? but very welcome) poetry performances from a couple of passing locals. Where were we? Hoxton? Paris’s 10th arrondissement? No, rain-soaked gritty Tottenham. A fun, sociable and warm evening. Don’t tell the art establishment.