... Avec Excoffon
Åbäke, Fiona Banner, Laure Provoust, Liam Gillick, Martin Firrell, Ryan Gander, Stephane Le Mercier
Curated by IFF
IFF's project is in part a celebration of the centenary of Roger Excoffon (1910-1983), the Marseille typographer & graphic designer responsible for numerous classic fonts such as Banco, Mistral, Antique Olive, Choc and others. IFF commissioned a number of artists and designers to create new text posters which relate, utilize or appropriate some aspect of Excoffon's work. The resulting posters are on view….
IFF is a project space that is dedicated to showing a diversity of international contemporary art and is currently based in Marseille, France. IFF is somewhat nomadic. It previously existed in Houston, Texas (2001-02) and in 2009 it was based in Aix en Provence, France.
Åbäke is a design studio based in London, consisting of four people: Patrick Lacey, Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Stahl and Maki Suzuki from Wales, France and Sweden. Åbäke works with and for a wide range of clients including singers, bands, artists, universities, architects, museums, furniture designers, fashion designers, film production companies, art trusts and magazines. They co-edit and design the magazine Sexymachinery, an architectural production, and co-direct a clothing and record label called Kitsune. Clients include The Cardigans, Maison Martin Margiela, Peter Jensen, Bookworks, and the British Council.
Martin Firrell is a French artist who creates text-based pieces for public spaces. His work has appeared in the form of digital projections and installed type, on cinema canopies and ticket backs, on till receipts, and in public toilets. Robbed of their usual context, Firrell's often provocative words take on different emphases and meanings.
'Firrell has reinvented poetry for the 21st Century: text in public spaces that takes the lid off ideas like truth, memory and fear.' – International Herald Tribune
Firrell's recent projects include: I Want to Live in a City Where, National Gallery, London; When the World's Run by Fools It's the Duty of Intelligence to Disobey, Houses of Parliament, London; All Men Are Dangerous, Tate Britain, London.
Much of Fiona Banner's work explores the problems and possibilities of written language. Banner's current work encompasses sculpture, drawing and installation but text is still at the heart of her practice. She recently turned her attention to the idea of the classic, art-historical nude, observing a life model and transcribing the pose and form in a similar vein to her earlier transcription of films. Often using parts of military aircraft as the support for these descriptions, Banner juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing an almost complete cycle of intimacy and alienation.
In 2010 Fiona Banner's Duveen's Commission Harrier and Jaguar was shown at Tate Britain and her solo exhibition The Naked Ear was on view at Frith Street Gallery. Banner's work has been included in a large number of exhibitions both in Europe and the USA. She is represented in many important collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum; Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis; The Arts Council of England and the Tate Gallery, London. She was short-listed for the Turner Prize 2003.
Ryan Gander has exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the world and has a major solo exhibition at Haus Konstruktiv. He has had a number of solo museum exhibitions including CCA Wattis, San Francisco, Villa Arson, Nice, MUMOK Vienna, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the DAIWA Viewing Rooms, Hiroshima. Gander lives and works in London and Suffolk.
Liam Gillick is an artist based in London and New York. Solo exhibitions include The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2002; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo, 2005 and the retrospective project Three Perspectives and a short scenario, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunstverein, München and the MCA, Chicago, 2008-2010. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002 and the Vincent Award at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2008. Many public commissions and projects include the Home Office in London (2005) and the Dynamica Building in Guadalajara, Mexico (2009). Liam Gillick was selected to represent Germany for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. A major exhibition of his work opened at the Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in April 2010. He has taught at Columbia University in New York since 1997 and the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College since 2008. Public collections include: Government Art Collection, UK; Arts Council, UK; Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Stéphane Le Mercier is an artist based in Marseilles. He frequently works with text, and in 2008, he projected a series animated of texts on the central station of Stuttgart, a work entitled Einladung 18. Under its recent projects, let us mention the publication of Gift (Marseilles: Editions P, 2008); l' exposure the Curtain to Art3, Valence (2007); and Après, Gallery RLBQ (2006).
Laure Provoust is a French artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London, England. She graduated from Central St Martins College of Arts in 2002 and her MFA at Goldsmith College. In 2009 she completed the LUX Artiste Associette Programme. Her work, includes painting, video, sound and site-specific works has exhibited extensively , Lightbox Tate Britain, London, BFI, London, Form Contente, London, EAST International, Norwich, MOT Gallery, London, After the boutcher, Berlin, Lighthouse, Brighton, Monika Bobinska Gallerie, London, CCCB, Barcelona, St Gervais centre , Geneva, Zoo Art Faire, London, LUX, London, NMFP Bradford. She wone the EAST International Award 2009 in Norwich UK. She is also director of tank.tv, the online platform for artists' work in mouving images, since 2003. Her videos are distributed by LUX and is represented by MOT international.