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Pick Me Up

April 28, 2010

Pick Me Up, currently showing in the impressive catacomb-like Embankment Galleries of Somerset House, boldly lays claim to the title of the “UK’s first contemporary graphic art fair”. There’s plenty to see for only a fiver, and the exhibition provides a good chance to pick up work by up and coming illustrators, though as the review of contemporary graphic design that the promotion implies, it’s a rather one-sided affair. Illustrators and collectives such as James Joyce, Hvass & Hannibal, Peep Show, and Evening Tweed are well represented, but there’s virtually no graphic design at all. Visit with this in mind and you won’t be disappointed. The show is much larger than I had expected, with working spaces for several studios in addition to the more static exhibits, plus a cinema space with an excellent show reel compiled by Will and Alex of It’s Nice That. Everything is well presented too, with a slightly homespun Playschool feel.

From the top: the “entrance tunnel”, Rob Ryan’s sweatshop (er, studio), Print Club London, Nobrow, the Embankment Galleries, Melvin Galapon.

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