Square Spaces

The latest exhibition from Look Up Prints includes exclusive new work by artists and designers including William Luz of Nous Vous, Kate Gibb and Supermundane. Steven Bateman takes a tour through the highlights here... 

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Dots by Katy Binks

London artscene stalwart The E17 Art Trail is an annual festival of creativity that is gloriously inclusive and full of art treasures from the beautifully amateur to the polished and professional. Carving out an important space for handsome and well-crafted graphic printmaking is Look Up Prints, a relative newcomer that is providing geometric and pattern-loving print fans far and wide with great work from its Walthamstow HQ.

Look Up Prints' Steven Bateman gives us a tour of some of the highlights from the latest exhibition, which is on view at Buhler and Co until 09 July 2017. Each piece of work has been made exclusively for the show and responded to the theme of 'fractions'.  

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Partial Parts by Nounua

Dots by Katy Binks (top)
Katy Binks responded to our Fractions theme by creating Dots – a bold and deceptively simple print. But wait. Perhaps there's more to this composition than meets the eye… "I see it almost like a snapshot of something much larger" – a zoomed in detail perhaps, or molecules seen through a microscope. "I like the idea that there's more going on beyond the frame of the picture…"

Partial Parts by Nounua
Cork-based Nounua chose to interpret our 'fractions' theme by using "lino/block printing to make and print each shape separately. This allowed me to work in a more intuitive, hands–on way, rather like making a collage." The result? Partial Parts – a playful four-colour linocut (276mm x 300mm) from a very limited edition of five.


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Rip It Up And Start Again by Supermundane

Rip It Up And Start Again by Supermundane
Not only is it a brilliant Orange Juice song, it's also our first screen print by the mighty Supermundane – and it's a beauty. “I’m interested in finding new connections from simple compositions. Here I've torn the design into three pieces (or fractions in this case) and found a new way of bringing them together which is both unsettling and satisfying at the same time.”

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Imperfect Cadence by Bonnie Craig

Imperfect Cadence by Bonnie Craig
Craig's beautifully titled Imperfect Cadence "plays with the fractions of colour and shape that are created by chance when translucent squares are arranged in a seemingly random way – almost as if they’ve been thrown in the air. Imperfect Cadence represents that moment of chaos, just before order is restored." Each of the 20 squares was printed individually, placed intuitively in response to the previous layer.

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Remnants by William Luz

Remnants by William Luz
To make Remnants, Luz used only "discarded offcuts from other people's printing plates, hence the title. I then applied gestural marks using etching inks to present a more informal and intuitive approach to etching as a process." With its brush-stroked colours, Remnants takes a rather deliberate process and gives it a gentle shake – introducing a sense of freedom and playful spontaneity.

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Cropped by Josie B Molloy

Cropped by Josie B Molloy
Created by cropping in to a much larger print, the edition Josie Molloy's edition for Fractions came about following her recent adventures on social media. "Most of the prints I make aren't square, but they look square in Instagram because of how images are cropped. It made me look closer at the details of a print, where the most layers overlap, or where colours are more tightly aligned."

Fractions, from Look Up Prints is on show as part of E17 Art Trail, at http://www.buhlerandco.com/, Walthamstow, until 09 July 2017.