If you’re in the Kings Cross area then head down to The Guardian’s headquarters to see Alan Kitching’s latest exhibition ‘On Press’.
The opening night crowd enjoyed the usual custom of complimentary refreshments and meeting up with old friends. Later on Mark Porter, the former Creative Director of The Guardian, talked about working with Kitching and how the relationship developed between the newspaper and printer. Kitching was beckoned to give a speech, he discussed the nature of the work and how briefs often arrived via fax to which he had to reply with haste (as little as 15 minutes) to bag the job.
The exhibition catalogue produced for the show is quite suitably printed on newsprint, the quality is good and for every crease and tear I make only adds to the character, designed by Alan Kitching and Daniel Chehade. More often I’ve found this format a gimmick, used out of context, but this fit for purpose, nice keepsake to later browse through with my morning coffee (cue image of paper with coffee cup).
Contents include contributions from Alan Kitching, Mark Porter, Alan Rusbridger and John L. Walters.
His most forceful contribution to The Guardian was not on the editorial pages. In early 2003, when three-quarters of a million people marched through London to protest against the imminent war in Iraq, Alan was chosen to design a full-page advertisement in the form of a poster for use on placards by those apposed to the war. For a moment, his typographical style almost seems to become the voice of an outraged nation.
Mark Porter, former Creative Director of The Guardian.
The placards were seen in mass, carried by the protesters through the streets of london. Kitching has created a strong hierarchy in the upper half that holds a strong, simple and powerful message – ‘IRAQ?’ – does it really need to say anymore?
As usual Alan Kitching has delivered the goods, there is a reason why everyone, including ourselves, love him. Don’t miss out on this important exhibition and let us know what you thought of it, have you got your letterpress fix for 2015 yet?
Read more about the exhibition and Baseline’s relationship with the letterpress artist here.
Alan Kitching on press at The Guardian
Friday 23rd January – 28th February 2015
Open daily 10.00–18.00, admission free.
Guardian News and Media
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU