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Workshop: Learning to Stop Worrying and Love Poster Design with Peter Bankov
September 23, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
In the course of this workshop the participants will reexamine the notions of beauty and ugliness by experimenting with expressive lettering using unfamiliar media and surfaces, including found objects and building materials. They will learn from the visual chaos of the vernacular, make an effort to take themselves and their work less seriously, and attempt to overcome their creative block by limiting their means. We will stress raw emotional impact over elegance, expressiveness over tidyness, and fitness of form to the message over conventional good looks.
A six-hour workshop, consisting of twelve 30-minute assignments.
2-oz. jar of black india ink, 2-inch black paper masking tape, 2-inch flat utility brushes, two black fine point Sharpies, 237-ml jar of white gesso, a stack of old newspapers or magazines, two thick glue sticks, scissors, X-acto knife (or utility knife), paper (100-sheet pad of 11 x 17″ white drawing paper and 50-sheet pad of 24 x 36″ newsprint), a smartphone (or a digital camera), a laptop with Adobe Photoshop and Adove Illustrator software installed, five disposable waxed-paper (or plastic) plates, six empty beer or soda cans, and six empty glass bottles.
Instructor: Peter Bankov
Originally from Minsk, Belarus, a pedigree to which he attributes his intricate familiarity with over twenty varieties of potatoes, Peter Bankov presently resides in Prague. One of the pioneers of Post-Soviet graphic design in Russia, he founded Neuch (roughly translated as Ignoramus), an artist’s book collective in Moscow in 1993. In 1997 he established both Design Depot, one of Russia’s leading design firms, and kAk magazine, the longest-running and most influential design periodical in the former Soviet Union. Lately, Bankov keeps busy with his Daily Poster project, having created over 900 pieces to date. He has received upwards of 200 design awards, including the Platinum Award from Graphis Poster Annual; Grand-Prix from Italian Posters Biennale; Grand-Prix from Colorado Poster Biennale; Jury prize from Golden Bee Biennale, Moscow; and Grand-Prix from the Asian Graphic Design Invitational Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. His work is found in major permanent collections around the world. including MoMA; Klingspor Museum Offenbach, Germany; Museum of the Image, Breda, Netherlands; Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; and Lahti Poster Museum, Finland. Among his numerous one-man and group shows, an acclaimed exhibition of Bankov’s posters was held at TDC in 2014.
Lunch will be provided.