20 Dec, 2009

If You Could Collaborate

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For their fourth annual exhibition, the If You Could team will be showing the fruits of some intriguing creative collaborations in January…

Contributors to If You Could Collaborate, which opens at the Rochelle School’s A Foundation Gallery in London next month, have been challenged to produce a piece of work with a partner of their choosing, from any profession or background. The line-up thus includes some very famous names from the creative industry, plus several up-and-coming talents.

Alongside the exhibition (curated by Will Hudson and Alex Bec of It’s Nice That) a 312-page catalogue will also be produced documenting the processes the various artists used to create their collaborative piece of work. 

If You Could sent us some details of the collaborations, with some work-in-progress shots of their artwork, to be unveiled at the show. 

Marion Deuchars & Margaret Calvert

Margaret Calvert, the graphic designer who, along with Jock Kinneir, designed many of the road signs used throughout the UK has paired up with illustrator, Marion Deuchars. The pair will be exhibiting a large-scale, dissected and re-assembled road sign, re-worked to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the completion of the M1.

Hellovon & Timothy Saccenti

Combining computer technologies and analogue processes, London-based illustrator Hellovon creates highly detailed pencil drawings. His choice of creative collaborator was the US photographer/director, Timothy Saccenti. They will be showing an A2 Giclée print.

Rob Ryan & Michael Marriott

Working with his friend Michael Marriott, artist Rob Ryan will be exhibiting a hand-printed, flat-pack rocking chair. Ryan’s paper cut-out work is famed for its intricate nature and incorporating a touch of the pastoral, so it will be interesting to see this translated into an object.

Job Wouters & Roel Wouters

This one sounds good. The Wouters brothers – Dutch typographers Job (aka Letman) and Roel – will be exhibiting some site-specific typography created using their fabled Rainbow gun; a cumbersome looking hand-held spray painting machine. 

If You Could Collaborate will be open from 15-24 January (private view on the 14 January) at the A Foundation Gallery at Rochelle School, London E2 7ES. The gallery is open 12-6pm and until 9pm on 21 January. CR will be reporting back on the exhibition next month.

More information at ifyoucould.co.uk/collaborate. Here are a few more creative pairings with their work:

Jesse Auersalo & Jesse Pietilä:

Craig Ward, Sean Freeman & Alison Carmichael:

James Gilpin & Helge Fischer:

Sandy Suffield & Fiona Woodcock:

The full line-up of collaborators is as follows:

Andersen M Studio & LekaGape
Fontaine Anderson & Deanne Cheuk
Jesse Auersalo & Jesse Pietilä
BCMH & Smith&Wightman
Anthony Burrill & John Griffiths
Fred Butler & No Days Off
Jacob Dahlgren & Johan Löfgren
Marion Deuchars & Margaret Calvert
James Gilpin & Helge Fischer
Karl Grandin & And Beyond
George Hardie & Leonardo Sonnoli & Sara Fanelli
Hellovon & Timothy Saccenti
Mario Hugo & Micah Lidberg
Hvass&Hannibal & Anne Werner
Oliver Jeffers & Aaron Ruff
Karlssonwilker & Frank DeRose
Jon Klassen & David OReilly
Stefan Kraus & Sebastian Wrong
Max Lamb & Gemma Holt
Chrissie Macdonald & Marie O’Connor
Sam Messenger & Bart Long
Michael Moloney & John Hooper
Praline & The Model Shop
Rainbow Dropshadow & A Nice Idea Every Day
Rob Ryan & Michael Marriott
Jim Stoten & Andy Rementer
Sandy Suffield & Fiona Woodcock
Julien Vallée & Nicolas Burrows
Jorre van Ast & Damien Poulain
Craig Ward & Sean Freeman & Alison Carmichael
With Associates & Anthony Dickens
Job Wouters & Roel Wouters
Ian Wright & Riitta Ikonen

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