The Design Museum brings together the illustrators who defined the look of fashion before photography.
The contemporary illustrators they show – Bertoud, Morinerie and Gustafson are very precise about the fashion idea in the image. Although the lines and washes are oblique, they seem much more certain and definite about getting the point across – shape, colour, texture, pattern. Exquisite mark making.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries is back at the ICA. I liked two figurative pieces. One a line-drawn animation by Kristian de la Riva, featuring a man inflicting violent injuries on himself. Surprisingly gruesome.
The other, a video called The Encounter by Agnieszka Kucharko shows an unidentifiable man in an establishment setting. A carefully worded and spoken monologue questions emotions and agendas. The focus is very much on the sound, making the oblique language more dense.
Victoria Miro are showing Francesca Woodman’s photographs until the 22nd.
I would also like to see The Woodmans, C. Scott Willis’ award winning documentary about her family, and the importance of art-making in their lives. Using journals, experimental videos and photographs, he pieces together her life which ended in suicide in 1981 at the age of 22.
Hand drawn maps can represent so much more than directions. The Hand Drawn Map Association, started by Kris Harzinski, collates the drawings and has published the best in a book called From Here to There. He says that these scraps of paper “accidentally explore the importance of place, ephemera, and documentation” in people’s lives.
This map details injection sites in a girl’s legs to prevent repeat applications.