Sunday, 7 September 2008
The new edition of Varoom is out now ..........available in the LAK from Tuesday 9th Sept.
In the seventh edition of Varoom Charlotte West profiles female duo Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass – Hvass&Hannibal - who are already stars in their native Denmark, and are fast gaining an international reputation as creators of enchanted dreamlike domains. This is a remarkable achievement as for much of their current career they have been full-time students. The montage works of Peter Kennard have been described by John Berger as ‘pure and dirty.’ Today they are bought by the Tate and revered by fashionable street artists. But throughout his life Kennard has been pursuing a path of opposition and the rejection of cosy consensus. For Kennard, the image is a way of answering back. John O’Reilly investigates this powerful artist. Varoom 07 also covers the Young Americans. Interviewed by Steve Heller, four young artists reveal how American editorial illustration is developing in the hands of a new generation, as they wrestle with the traditional questions surrounding commercial and personal image making. Featuring Tamara Shopsin, Oliver Munday, Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch, and Jeremy Traum. Editor Adrian Shaugnessy interviews Brian Grimwood, one of the UK’s most successful illustrators. He describes his style as “loose and free – just blobs of colour with a line.” Today he combines his role as founder of illustration agency CIA with that of a freelance illustrator. And Haley Potter asks ‘What makes a Successful Fictional World?’, looking at the psychological, creative and professional challenges surrounding creating believable fantasy world. Also in this issue, four generations of illustrators meet for a round table discussion on the craft of illustration in 2008. In a wide-ranging discussion, John Vernon Lord (69), Paul Burgess (46), Jasper Goodall (35) and Jim the Illustrator (27) reveal their surprisingly congruent views on illustration, education and beards. Varoom is free to AOI members, and is published in early September. To subscribe go to www.varoom-mag.com ‘I love reading Varoom because it really is a most astonishing magazine, making the world seem more interesting, more multi-dimensioned, more full .Once I have absorbed a copy of Varoom I feel ready to take on the universe because I can see new colours, dance new steps, and think thoughts I never thought I was capable of thinking!’ Ian McMillan Poet, writer and broadcaster 'The naysayers say that illustration is a dying art. Nonsense! It’s vital and necessary, and a magazine that analyzes, critiques, and reports on the field is just what the doctor ordered.' Steven Heller, Editor AIGA VOICE and Co-chair School of Visual Arts MFA Designer as Author program.