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.