Art director and graphic designer Peter Saville in conversation with writer and editor Lou Stoppard, freelance writer and editor, SHOWstudio.
Peter Saville’s (b. 1955, Manchester, UK) images have permeated contemporary culture. As co-founder and art director of the legendary independent label Factory Records, he was instrumental in bringing the tropes of high modernist culture to a mass audience who would never otherwise have engaged with avant-garde imagery. His radical designs, most notably for Joy Division and New Order, seemed to break all the rules, omitting information about artists or titles, fundamentally questioning modes of consumption and communication. His recent work straddles design, art and culture and over the past decade Saville has played a leading strategic role in the economic regeneration and cultural renaissance of his home city Manchester – as well as advising the city on perception and communication, he is artistic advisor to the critically acclaimed Manchester International Festival.
His achievements were celebrated in The Peter Saville Show at the Design Museum in London in 2003; the exhibition then traveled to Tokyo and Manchester. His first major show in a contemporary art museum was at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2005. In 2011 key archival works were featured in Postmodernism: Style and Subversion at the V&A Museum, London, and also in their subsequent exhibition British Design: Innovation in the Modern Age, 2012. Together with collaborator Anna Blessmann he presented Swing Project 1 at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, and Swing Project 2 at Galerie Neu, Berlin in 2012. In 2013 they participated in the Fiorucci Art Trust Volcano Extravaganza, Stromboli. In 2014 they exhibited Swing Project 3 at the Cabinet Gallery, London.
Lou Stoppard is SHOWstudio’s editor and a freelance writer, curator and broadcaster. She is a contributing editor at British GQ and writes regularly for titles including ELLE, ELLE Collections, AnOther, Bon and The Financial Times. In 2016, Stoppard curated her first exhibition, Mad About The Boy, at Fashion Space Gallery in London. The show focused on fashion’s obsession with and portrayal of the teenage boy. Her second exhibition, an exploration of the influence of the North of England on fashion, co-curated with Adam Murray, will open at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool in 2017. Stoppard’s debut book, Together, will be published by Rizzoli in 2017. It will focus on fashion’s most interesting and fruitful creative relationships.
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