Chalk Marks Graphic novels
Preparations for Armaggeddon; a talking dinosaur with twin-mounted laser canons on his back; Choco-Pie treasure; a cat eating discarded pizza – just a tiny snapshot of what to expect from the comics/graphic novels from Chalk Marks, a recently launched imprint of publishers Blank Slate. We’re particularly taken with Joe Decie’s The Accidental Salad – in which many of life’s most burning questions are put under the microscope. The ‘why are we dancing to ABBA’ question, however, asked internally by enthusiastic yet confused New Years Eve revellers, however, remains unsolved.
Snap at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery
Photographer Miyako Narita takes the deceptively simple-sounding concept of the Snap card game to inspire her work – making photographs that pair events in her contemporary life with those they remind of her of from the past. For this exhibition,
she has created sets of images from different times and locations ‘with the aim of establishing a chance relationship, be it formal, emotional or intellectual.’
Snap runs until 24 February at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, London E1
The Yellow Project
Cambridge consultancy The District has created a newspaper style publication documenting Project Yellow, which saw the team filling their gallery space, The Frontroom, with all things yellow. Expect rubber ducks, typewriters, fried eggs, Hendrix album sleeves, Beatles songs and the Brazilian football team. The assorted ephemera provide a cheerful burst of colour for gloomy, boring January.
This weekend sees the ICA celebrating the world of Manga artist Yoshihiro Tastumi, with a film directed by Eric Khoo and an accompanying exhibition. The film, also called Tatsumi, is a part-fiction part-biopic tribute to the artist, charting his inventions of ‘gekiga’, the graphic-novel form detailing the everyday lives of people in post war Japan. The mini-exhibition will feature previously unseen materials including concept art and new illustrations from Tatsumi himself, drawn exclusively for the film.