Ketchum Pleon London Hosts Award-Winning Artist Collaborators Eri Funazaki and Danny Flynn
Funazaki and Flynn’s Art@Ketchum Pleon Retrospective Exhibition Features Handbound Books Using Traditional and Modern Bookbinding Methods
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London, Nov. 18, 2010 - As the age of e-books ascends, Art@Ketchum Pleon proudly celebrates the art of handmade bookmaking and design in its exhibition of book works by Eri Funazaki and printmaker, typographer Danny Flynn. Each book has been printed by hand using individual metal type, a form of printing known as letterpress. Some pages have also been embellished with blind and gold tooling. All of the books have been handbound using “design binding,” a mix of traditional and modern bookbinding methods. The alphabet prints in this exhibition are taken from one of the books, 28 Characters, an “A-X, Y & Z” of letterforms. New letterpress and screen-printed work and a series of exquisite bronzes depicting a little man struggling with his existence will also be on display for public viewing today through Jan. 7, 2011.
Eri Funazaki is an award-winning bookbinder and artist. Danny Flynn, who returns to Art@Ketchum Pleon after his solo exhibition, is a professional printmaker and typographer. Funazaki and Flynn collaborate on book works that combine the uniqueness of artists’ books and the craft of fine binding. This started with a series of drawings Funazaki began in 2000 for which Flynn was asked to write text.
Flynn said, “It is more an exercise in unlocking each psychological narrative that Eri has already suggested pictorially.” Recently, Flynn donated his Art@Ketchum Pleon-commissioned Kylie Minogue screen print to the “Dentaid” auction held at the Saatchi Gallery.
The Art@Ketchum Pleon series is hosted by the London office of Ketchum Pleon, a leading European public relations consultancy and part of global public relations agency Ketchum. The program offers local artists the opportunity to show their work in an art gallery established in Ketchum Pleon’s London office, located at 35-41 Folgate St. To date, Art@Ketchum Pleon has showcased a number of famed British artists, including works byone of the U.K.’s leading linocut artists Paul Catherall, as well Karin Gunnarsson (photographer), John Lee Bird (artist), Gail Mallatratt (printer), Andy Whale (photographer), Monica Curtin (photographer), Tom Frost (illustrator) and Stephen Rothwell (artist).
“We are so pleased to host the creative talents of Eri Funazaki and Danny Flynn,” said David Gallagher, Senior Partner and President of Ketchum Pleon and CEO of Ketchum Pleon’s London office. “These inspiring and intricate works provide a great opportunity to foster creative thinking amongst Ketchum Pleon employees, and open our doors to the larger London community to support these talented local artists.”
The Eri Funazaki and Danny Flynn Retrospective exhibition may be viewed weekdays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. from Nov. 18, 2010, until Nov. 7, 2011, at Ketchum Pleon London, 35-41 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX. A “meet the artist” event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18.
To request artwork images, please contact Anastasia Ivanova, Senior Account Manager, Ketchum Pleon, at anastasia [dot] ivanova [at] ketchumpleon [dot] com (anastasia [dot] ivanova [at] ketchumpleon [dot] com).
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About the Artists
Eri Funazaki is an award-winning artist and designer bookbinder. She studied graphic design at Joshibi University, in Tokyo, Japan, from 1989 to 92, after which she worked as a graphic designer for Les Main Publications, in Japan. In 2000, she graduated with a B.A. in book arts and crafts from the London College of Printing. She was elected Licentiate member of Designer Bookbinders in 2003, and Fellow in 2007. Today, Funazaki works as a professional bookbinder for designer/forwarder and is an evening class tutor at Shepherds Bookbinders, London. Collections of her work are housed in the British Library, and in private and public collections in the U.K. and U.S.
Danny Flynn studied graphic design at Bradford and Hounslow Borough College. He then abandoned the design world in favor of binge printing (ironically his work has won him a coveted D&AD Award). He lectured in fine art at the London Metropolitan and at Hastings College of Art and Design, and has researched laser-cutting techniques for letterpress printing as well as teaching graphic design at Middlesex University.
About Ketchum Pleon
Ketchum Pleon is one of the largest, most geographically diverse communications consultancies and the established European market leader. Worldwide, Ketchum has more than 2,000 employees in owned operations and operates in 66 countries with more than 100 owned and affiliated offices. Ketchum is a unit of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC; www.omnicomgroup.com). Additional information on Ketchum Pleon and its award-winning work can be found at www.ketchumpleon.com.