Last night we made our way to Pick Me Up @ Somerset House. We had tickets to see Peepshow Collective give a talk but managed to rush round the exhibition beforehand. There was certainly some fantastic work on show and despite noticing a lot of the same people that had been in the show last year, such as Print club and YCN, there were some new faces that more than held their own. People of Print were one such studio that had some delightful screen-printed work. They also have a nice ethos and are involved in some really great projects.
I loved seeing the creation of temporary studios and was fascinated by the Gocco printers, mini Letterpresses (see the charming print by studio mothership pictured ) and workshops that run throughout the exhibition.
My criticism of the show lies not with the artists, illustrators and designers but with the curators. I found that the amount of work on show was overwhelming. There was just too much to take in and as a result my brain began to hurt and any highlights were lost in a blur of geometric shapes and fluorescent ink.
As for the talk, well it was dissappointing to say the least. I've been an admirer of their work for a while and they all seemed like nice guys but I'm slightly annoyed that it's one hour of my life that I'll never get back, nevermind...