Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015 30.04.15

  • Miami by Hattie Newman

  • Avignon by Thomas Lamadieu

  • Tan Lines 3 by Sarah Andreasson

  • By La Tigre

  • By Peckham Print

  • Lazy Oaf by Alexander Medel Calderon

  • Greenwich Market by Peter Judson

  • The Florist by Gaurab Thakali

  • By Wanna Date

  • Itching to Dance by Rob Flowers, Blink Art

  • Limbo 2 by Laura Callaghan

Electrifying artwork and humorous illustrations are on show at this year's event at Somerset House

Back for its sixth year, the popular graphic arts festival at Somerset House is an opportunity to view a range of new illustration and graphic design, as well as interact with artists, watch them making works on site and purchase limited edition prints.

Among this year's highlights is Luke Evans, who has deconstructed the photocopying process to create his Xero prints, using 400,000 volts of hidden electricity. "If I get too close, the current passes through me and into the ground," he says. The results are haunting and beautiful – and each is unique.

French graphic designer and RCA graduate Laura Jouan shows her project Layering, Layers, Layering Content, an experimental work that incorporates grid, text and image to create fascinating textures. Jouan describes her work as "de-composing and re-composing my surroundings".

Based in Sweden, Sara Andreasson deals with the human body in her humorous, colourful illustrations. "I am exploring the notion of femininity and masculinity, ideas of beauty, intimacy and fashion," she says.

There are also workshops, talks and demonstrations by Hato Press, Le Tigre, Studio Myerscough, Graphic Thought Facility, Bob and Roberta Smith, Occupy Design's Noel Douglas and others.

Pick Me Up is on at Somerset House, London, until 4 May 2015



Anja Wohlstrom

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