Can the merging of illustration and photography suggest new ideas about design and its relationship with nature? Taking plants, the golden ratio and repetition of the number 3 as a stepping stone to explore this question, Matteo Patocchi’s site-specific installation aims to raise awareness of our relationship with the environment by surrounding the viewer with a visual abstract landscape composed of linear graphics and flower photography. We are encouraged to engage with the opposition between organic and digital, self and surroundings, interior and exterior.
Matteo Patocchi was born and grew up in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. People and plants are inspiring subjects in his work; they tell us about years spent between the natural landscape of his native country and cities such as London and New York. He studied Graphic Design in his hometown of Lugano before moving to Milan, taking short courses in Art Direction and graduating in Photography. He has since exhibited in Milan, New York City, Los Angeles and London, and was awarded Honorable Mention PRO 2014 at the International Photography Awards (IPA), Honorable Mention PRO 2015 at Moscow Photo Awards (MIFA) and Abstract Nominee PRO 2015 at FAPA Fine Art Photography Awards. His photographs are part of the Auer Photo Foundation Collection in Hermance, Switzerland. Matteo currently lives in London. www.patocchiphotography.com
James Skevington, shape-maker and mural-painter, is based in the UK and operates under the pseudonym of Skev. Kicking things off at an early age, the young Skev set the bar high by winning a Blue Peter Badge. Since then he’s been exploring his craft around the world, via Japan, the US and a few places in between. He has worked on various projects and exhibitions, from T-shirts to live illustration battles. You’ll find him in London for the time being, where he is happiest at play with patterns, block colour and geometric shapes.
Emerging Swiss design exhibitions are presented at the umlaut¨ gallery space on Fashion Street, off Brick Lane in London.
Emerging graphic design, product design, design theory and research, digital design and contemporary making are given a platform in a not-for-profit framework.
This initiative was taken to give the vibrant, innovative design movement in Switzerland a presence in the context of one of the world’s leading cultural cities, examining the scope of contemporary design questions and approaches, and establishing an intercultural dialogue between Swiss designers and the London public.
This series of design exhibitions is the result of a close collaboration between the Swiss Cultural Fund UK (SCF) and the British-Swiss marketing agency Blattler Ltd.
Gallery opening times: weekdays from 9am to 5pm.