Anthropologists in Art and Galeria Leto present:
Gorilla Goes Bananas
Dutch graphic designers breaking the news with a twist
a masterclass - a lecture - an exhibition
May 23rd – June 15th, 2013
Galeria Leto, Minska 25, Warsaw (PL)
Opening: Thursday May 23rd, 20.00 hrs
Lecture: Thursday May 23rd, 17.30 (doors) 18.00 (start lecture), (free entrance).
Guestspeakers: Piotr Rypson, Gorillas (Alex Clay / Lesley Moore, Richard vd Laken / De Designpolitie, Herman van Bostelen)
Masterclass: May 24th - 25th
Exhibition: May 23rd - June 15th
About the project:
Curators Blaton & Rypson, Anthropologists in Art, are proud to present ‘Gorilla Goes Bananas’, a collaborative designers’ project consisting of graphic design studios De Designpolitie, Lesley Moore, and graphic designer Herman van Bostelen. This project, which will be held in Warsaw’s Galeria Leto, entails an exhibition, a masterclass-series and a lecture about immediate (ad-hoc) graphic design as a visual commentary to the daily news as presented in newspapers and other news-media.
Gorilla was launched in the daily newspaper De Volkskrant in 2006 and continued in the weeklies De Groene Amsterdammer and Adformatie in 2009. Through the use of existing signs and symbols Gorilla creates powerful comments, oftentimes characterised by a satirical approach to the dissemination of news and a humoristic rendering of what are considered solemnly newsworthy items. Much of the iconography that is used by Dutch political parties, the European Union or multinational brands are often used, rearranged and ultimately subverted; ultimately creating an iconology that is as satirical as it is widespread. As such, Gorilla has gained notoriety and much critical acclaim in the Netherlands and abroad. Gorilla’s praxis of ad-hoc, short time-span projection and production as a response to the news, as well as its collaborative approach, has gained widespread recognition. As such, Gorilla has become something of a symbolic institution in the Netherlands.
Two collections have been published as books: ‘De Wereld volgens Gorilla’ in Dutch, and ‘The Daily Gorilla’ in English. Gorilla has exhibited in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Almere, Breda, Berlin, London and New Delhi. Since Gorilla started their collective in 2006, more than a 1000 visual comments have been published. The working method of the Gorilla collective has parallels to that of a news journalist. The extreme short time-span in which the Gorillas are created (4 hours from start to finish) originates from working for a newspaper. To make sure the Gorillas are as up-to-date as possible, they are created only hours before the newspaper goes to print. The designers of this collaborative endeavour take turns creating the Gorilla. One of the other members operates as an assistant in case of dispute, censorship or last-minute breaking news.
The exhibition in Galeria Leto will be accompanied by masterclasses for young graphic designers (May 24-25) as well as a lecture by Piotr Rypson & Gorilla (May 23rd).
The exhibition, lecture and masterclass are supported by: