Welcome! I will be posting about topics related to my work as a graphic designer, with a focus on book and publication design. Alongside books (reading, designing, or making them) and design in general, my parallel passions are travel and architecture, so expect to see posts about one or the other of these subjects. As I begin my blogging adventure, I’m putting up several posts as I look back at 2019.
The year started off with a group trip to Mexico City in February for the art fairs and some sightseeing. We checked out both Zona Maco, Latin America’s largest art fair showcasing contemporary and modern artworks and design, and Material, the satellite art fair devoted to the new. Material is held in an Art Deco-era sporting arena. The space alone is worth the visit, occupying a temporary structure designed by Mexico City-based architectural studio, APRDELESP. It’s located opposite the Monument to the Revolution, a striking landmark, especially at night. Many familiar blue-chip artists were represented, along with artists new to me. American artist Ryan Brown’s Untitled (Until I find a name), 2018, made a big impression at the fair. Brown had spent a year living in Lima, Peru, and was so inspired by the chaos of daily life and number of stray dogs there that his Zona Maco installation took shape around this experience. Brown stuffs and shapes fabrics into lonely, spotted street dogs—his sculptures were strewn across the fair in unconventional ways. I tried to take in as much of the outstanding, and frankly, overwhelming amount of art on display. Naturally, I spent the majority of my time at both fairs poring over the impressive selection of books, and was excited to see a number of books using hi-lo production methods.
As art fair weeks go, there was a party atmosphere and I think this one was exceptional with a vibrant art scene and a great crowd. Being greeted at the door with tequila shots definitely set the tone. Among my favorite galleries, I recommend checking out kurimanzutto and OMR if you’re visiting Mexico City. An invitation to an event at the Museo Amparo in the colonial city of Puebla was a special surprise, an opportunity to see a stunning Yves Klein piece, and an exhibition of Latin American and Caribbean art from the contemporary art collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Near the end of our stay, we went out to Teotihuacán. Though I’d visited the site before, our trip to the outstanding National Museum of Anthropology earlier in the week informed and enriched my visit this time around. Be sure to check out this museum if you visit the city, it’s a real gem.