Illuminations – text and visual culture

Merging poetry and visual culture, a new exhibition inspired in part by William Blake will explore contemporary textual art.

Work by Oli Frape
Work by Oli Frape

The show, entitled Illuminations, is organised by creative writing group Black & Blue, and will feature text-based work in illustration, photography, film, textiles, ceramics and sculpture.

Evelin Kasikov, Exuberance Is Beauty.
Evelin Kasikov, Exuberance Is Beauty.

There are 25 artists showing their work, including Robert Montgomery, Julius Kalarmarz and typographer Oli Frape.

Black & Blue says, ‘The work explores the volatile boundary between image and text and the haunting quality of their interplay.’

Julius Kalamarz, Philosophy of the Revolution
Julius Kalamarz, Philosophy of the Revolution

The Blake influence will be shown in works by six UK-based typographers and graphic designers that interpret lines from some of his poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. As well as Frape, Evelin Kasikov, Ged Palmer, Daren Newman, Charles Williams and Krista Radoeva will be showing their hand-drawn or printed pieces, all of which are new works for the show.

Kerry O'Connor, Weekend Wife
Kerry O’Connor, Weekend Wife

The works on show cover a broad range of themes, such as memory, loss, attachment, consumer-culture, homage, romance, travel, history and revolution.

Black & Blue says,’ The artists have created some very different and visually stunning pieces which together form a collection that pay a modern homage to the art and words of William Blake.’

Lindenberg Monroe, Words Into The Void
Lindenberg Monroe, Words Into The Void

Illuminations runs from 19 – 21 June at The Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA

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