Scene-zine articles from December 2014

22 December 2014

Open Call Is Out!

We are excited to announce the launch of our open call for the upcoming exhibition ‘Maps’ in April 2015.

We are looking for a wide variety of responses from all angles of art, architecture and design, and especially encourage students and emerging practitioners to get involved.

Please email us for a copy of the brief if you would be interested in taking part, and pass this on to anyone you think would be interested!

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19 December 2014

Beautiful Books

Recent research into the topic for the next exhibition brought be in a roundabout route to the discovery of Visual Editions – a London based publisher championing beautiful printed books. Bit of a weakness of mine, but I also feel they address a gap in the market between exquisitely illustrated children’s books and the visually unexciting (save for very few exceptions) ‘grown-up’ literature. Hence my love for the Moomins. And Alice in Wonderland.

Each publication has been approached in a different way, with collaborations ranging from Jonathan Safran Foer and APFEL, to Olafur Eliasson and Will Self. Below are a few examples of the attention to detail and graphical nature of the books already in print – my only worry would be, are they too beautiful to read?!

Where You Are

Where You Are

Tree of Codes

Tree of Codes

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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11 December 2014

The beautiful work of Charles Young

As the year draws to a close, it’s usual to reflect on what we’ve done (or not) over the past 12 months, to weigh up our output, and if we’re lucky, feel a certain pride in our achievements. I’m sure it’s satisfying for Edinburgh-based Charles Young to look back at his endeavours: a physical diary of ideas manifested as beautiful, precise, yet dreamy models, captured in his blog Paperholm.

I particularly love the models which contrast the light, precise, paper with natural pebbles, although there is also a satisfying neatness to those which fit into cigar boxes, and I don’t think it’s just the architect in me – these delicate little structures seem to tell stories of their own. I can only imagine what they look like when they are arranged together!

Charles Young

Charles Young

Charles Young

Charles Young

 

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