London Design Festival 2011: visitors to Outline Editions gallery in London next week will be able to stamp out Noma Bar's graphic artworks by feeding sheets of rubber and paper into the maws of a giant hole-punch shaped like a dog.
The machine's profile is based on one of Bar's designs and actually depicts a dog swallowing a cat, swallowing a mouse.
The Israeli designer uses negative space around blocks of colour to create a second, unexpected image in the outline of the first.
Noma bar will sign and number each piece produced at the Cut it Out installation, which will be on show from 17 to 30 September at 94 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QF.
The information below is from Outline Editions:
Cut It Out at The London Design Festival 2011
Interactive exhibition of new work from graphic artist Noma Bar
For this year’s London Design Festival, Outline Editions has invited the ingenious and award winning graphic artist Noma Bar to create a one-man show, the centrepiece of which will be his brand new installation, Cut It Out.
Noma will be creating an amazing, interactive art-making machine for the event. ‘Cut It Out’ is a specially commissioned, Heath Robinson-esque embossing device /sculpture in the shape of a giant dog, that will allow visitors to feed paper, rubber and other materials into
its mouth to produce their own cut-out Noma Bar images. These will be signed and numbered by the artist as part of a limited edition series. The prints and cut-outs will range in price from £20 to £300.
In addition to the show, Noma will be holding free live drawing and create-your-own-cut-out-art workshops at the gallery during the festival.
With this simple and clever new work, Bar delves deeper into a recurring theme - negative space. Alongside Cut It Out, the artist, fresh from a sell-out show in Paris, will be exhibiting a range of other new prints, displaying his imaginative mixture of ‘double-take’ imagery and biting social commentary. With bold colours, shapes and pared-down iconography, Bar can capture the spirit of a person or the heart of an issue with arresting clarity and humour.
In addition, for the duration of the festival, a separate section of the gallery will be devoted to a display of work by Outline Editions’ unrivalled stable of artists at the forefront of graphic art, including Anthony Burrill, Kate Moross, Beyond the Valley and Klaus Haapaniemi.
Following the London Design Festival, ‘Cut It Out’ will travel to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, North East England for their 2011 Design Event Festival, 14th - 18th October.
Noma Bar was born in Israel in 1973 and graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in 2000. He moved to London in 2001 but it was during the first Gulf War that Bar developed his trademark combination of caricature and pictograms: while staying with his family in a shelter in Israel he sketched the likeness of Saddam Hussein around a graphic symbol for radioactivity that
he found in a newspaper.
Since then Bar has published over 1000 illustrations for magazines and books worldwide, including upwards of 60 front covers. His clients include The Economist, Wallpaper*, The New York Times, The Guardian, GQ, Esquire, IBM, Sony, The V&A and more. He has also released two books of his work, ‘Guess Who - The Many Faces of Noma Bar’ and ‘Negative Space’, to widespread critical acclaim.
Cut It Out runs from 17th to 30th September 2011 at: Outline Editions, 94 Berwick Street, London W1F 0QF
Opening times: 1100-1900, Mon-Sat
Live drawing and create-your-own-cut-out-art workshops with Noma Bar (free) on 17th and 24th September from 1400-1700 at Outline Editions.