Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Collection Display possibilities

Designer/Graphic Artist Ed Fella's Letters On America....His Polaroid collections of found type (often hand-drawn signs and notices) show his interest in the flouting of rules and strictures, when it comes to typographic and graphic design, that is so evident in his own work. However the book has a very simple grid system into which each Polaroid is given space.

Designer/Graphic Artist Alan Fletcher's workspace reveals a very ordered and spatially considered approach to displaying stuff that matters to him. He was an ardent collector of stuff...Found ephemera, found letters cutout from cardboard boxes, different used pencils, inspirational quotes, postcards, newspaper cuttings, etc, all catalogued and stored in an aesthetically pleasing manner. They were the inspiration for his inspiration-inducing books The Art of Looking Sideways, and Picturing and Poeting.

Paul Elliman's Bits...A typeface derived from the collection of parts and utensils that interested him

Classification / Labelling/Describing of collections of toolheads from archaeological finds.

Daniel Spoerri, whose collections find their way into his work in seemingly allegorical combinations in their display.

Joseph Cornell's "Object (Roses des Vents)". This took him nearly ten years to make and contained images and objects that represented all the voyages that he never took but clearly fantasised about.

Annette Messager's work often uses newspaper cutouts, illustrations and found and handcrafted objects, and collages them into installations reminiscent of taxidermy or specimen display, depicting such themes as self-identity, sexuality and the body, explorations of life and death, good and evil, human and animal.

Eduardo Paolozzi's work ... referencing the objects he was an avid collector of, and classifying and ordering them in their appearance in his innovations in collage, silkscreen and sculpture that made him so influential.

Peter Blake, pop art legend and avid collector, also drew on his collections as constant sources for his work.


  1. Ahh, in year 3, this blog is STILL so useful. Thankyou for these posts - dissertation is very grateful for these artist updates.