And now Nick Eagleton, UK creative director of The Partners, has brought together these weird and wonderful creations – some of which were never meant to see the light of day – for a new exhibition at London’s Jerwood Space, appropriately titled After Hours.
Eagleton says, ‘When I was approached to do this show [Jerwood Space’s first graphics exhibition], I didn’t want to do a show of “graphic design as art”. I wanted to look at the grey area between art and design – and I wanted to show some work that might never have been seen before.’
After Hours will feature a predictably diverse range of works. Some pieces, notably Michael Johnson’s Arkitypo, developed with Johnson Banks and Ravensbourne, has received a certain amount of fame in their own right.
Other contributors are showing a body of work, such as Jim Sutherland’s Type(Chess)Set, Typographic Playing Cards and Garages book.
Other pieces are being developed especially for the show – such as Jack Renwick’s Wardrobe installation. Eagleton says, ‘Jack was very upset to find that moths had devoured an entire wardrobe of her clothes – so she created some moth badges to cover up the moth-holes. We’ll be showing a wardrobe full of clothes with these moth badges.’
Antony Burrill, meanwhile, will be painting his work ‘I Like It, What Is It?’ directly on to a wall. Eagleton says, ‘If there’s one phrase that sums up this show, then that would be it. You look at some of this stuff and you think “What goes on in your head?”’
After Hours is at JVA at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street London SE1, from 14 May-23 June.