Confront what it means to be human

Friday 22 September 2017

The Guildhall Art Gallery’s new exhibition ‘Nature Morte’, based on Michael Petry’s recent book of the same title, explores the transience of time and the issue of mortality as traditional 16th century still life meets modern day art.

Premm were invited to create the look and feel, promotional items and internal signage for this exhibition containing 100 works covering the themes of flora, fauna, the domestic object, food and vanitas (a category of symbolic works of art, especially those associated with Dutch still life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, containing symbols of death or change as a reminder of their inevitability). The pieces range from being two-dimensional, sculpture, digital and audio based showcasing prominent British artists such as Mat Colishaw.

A striking colour piece entitled ‘Mr Smith’ by Jim Skull became the focus for the promotional items due to it being eye catching and strange, but also summarising the exhibition by being strikingly modern and referencing beautifully the skulls of 16th century still life. The typography had to also mimic this partnership of historic and modern so we worked with a serif typeface that would support this concept and the surrounding imagery.

You can still catch the exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery until the 2nd April 2018. Further details can be found here.

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