Another collection to look out for at Pick Me Up this year is by Ship of Fools, a graphic art gallery that is based in the Netherlands, they will be exhibiting work from Julian Sirre, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk and by their own agency Trapped in Suburbia.
Ship of Fools is an initiative by graphic design agency Trapped in Suburbia and their aim is to show art from people that they believe in and not just the common names and talents. “The name Ship of Fools comes from a painting of Hieronymus Bosch, the first real character designer. The painting depicts a ship filled with fools wasting their lives by playing cards, drinking, flirting, eating, etc. instead of spending it in ‘useful’ ways”. Their work has a strong graphical element with lots of bold detail combined with strong colours and shapes.
The exhibit itself has a juxtaposed sence – the walls surrounding the section are plain and simply show off the work; the centre on the other hand is very different. Much like Puck Studio, Ship of Fools have added a very quirky element to their exhibit, however instead of a tree like Puck, they have decided to create a ‘florist’ in the centre of their show. The florist is a wooden box with some of their brighter pieces displayed on the doors and walls, a common theme of primary colours is used throughout the florist, which is very different to the bright pink that features in many of the wall pieces.
“Our gallery is a place to find art that makes you smile, art that has a nice set of balls, is straight forward and honest.” – This is the way the initiative describes themselves, and this in turn is shown in the way they have presented themselves, simple yet fun.
Pick Me Up runs from March 22nd to April 1st at Somerset House, London. For more information on the fair and to book tickets please visit Pick Me Up
Image credits: photography Kara Stanton