Show: I Can See You From Here. Anthony Burrill.
Tell: “I was approached by DR.ME about their pop up shop, showcasing editions of 7 prints by artists and designers in a pop up shop, and thought it was a really nice idea. It began with an e-mail, like most opportunities, and I was happy to be involved. I get lots of requests to be involved with good ideas, and I am always keen to support new things.
“I have been working for a long time in areas that are less commercially driven, so I tend to be drawn to ideas that are less about clients or a certain brief. Making work for commercial clients tends to be constrained by other people’s ideas and I think I have come so far from that now that, when faced with the idea of putting someone’s logo on a piece of work, I am not comfortable with it anymore.
“I have always done my own thing since being at the Royal College of Art, and those personal interests always fed into the work I was doing for clients. Now it’s the other way round. Because of a certain profile that I am gaining in the graphic design world, I think it’s important that I show people coming into the business that you can do your own thing rather than rely solely on commercial projects.
“However, there’s nothing wrong with taking what you can get when you’re just starting out. It’s exactly what you should do. You need to make your own journey and make your own personal choices, but you can still do interesting projects at the same time.
“The I Can See You From Here print it the product of our internet age. It was printed by Colby Poster Printing in downtown Los Angeles, which I found out about on the internet. I find out a lot about places like this on the internet and, having grown up when it didn’t exist, I find it amazing that I can work with these places when ten years ago it might have been impossible.
“The title of the print is a reference to the distance over which I have collaborated with the printer, in a funny, but intentional, way. There was a certain loss of control in this collaboration, with the only instruction from me being to make the text as big as possible and put it on a bright yellow background.
“The fact that it worked is testament to working with the right people. This could have ended disastrously, but as an experienced printer he knew exactly what I wanted. You should always be open to things panning out in whatever way the will when you’re working in collaboration.”
Info: Anthony Burrill was born in Littleborough, Lancashire and currently lives and works on the Isle of Oxney, Kent. He studied Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic he completed an MA in Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art, London. His persuasive, up-beat illustration and design has been commissioned by cultural, social and commercial clients around the world from New York, to London to Tokyo.
‘7’ is a new monthly one day pop up shop happening from the studio of DR.ME in Manchester. DR.ME have asked their favourite creatives from around the world to contribute an edition of seven items, these can be whatever they like, new or old, as long as they are an edition of seven.
Creatives who are contributing work include: Anthony Burrill, Hort, Mike Perry, Mario Hugo, Rasmus Emmanuel Svensson, Nicolas Saunders, The Kunstkammer, Doctor Xero, Paul Hallows, Nous Vous, Lars Rosenbohm, Yngvild K Rolland, Jonathan Flanders, Jeff Depner, Anna Wolf, Melvin Galapon, WAFA, SAVWO, Aliyah Hussain, Owt Creative plus a few more. Once the seven items are gone, they are gone. The event will start at 10am through to 7pm with Stop Making Sense DJ’s spinning their favourite seven 7″ records.
The first ‘7’ takes place on Friday 21 October 2011 at Studio 7, 3rd Floor, Awol Studios, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7JA
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