Order your own gift wrap!
WHEN: Thurs. Sept 4, 2014
WHERE: Manning Centre, 514 11 Ave SW, Calgary AB
ABOUT: Fossil fuels gives us comfort, mobility and freedom. What’s not to love? At a time when oil is a dirty word, Olivier Ballou thinks it’s time to give crude its due. Inspired by the Art Deco movement that celebrated the Machine Age, he proposes a new aesthetic for the Oil Age. Olivier is a graphic artist and the Manning Centre’s Director of Communications.
OIL DERRICK WRAPPING PAPER
OIL DERRICK PILLOW
DRILL BIT RING
HORIZONTAL DRILLING PENDANT
OILSANDS TRUCK TIRE RING
I’m working on my upcoming art show (Sept 4, 2014 at the Manning Centre in Calgary).
It’s been a challenge to conceptualize something that can be called “art” as opposed to mere design.
I was inspired by an exhibition in Charleston, SC featuring an artist-designer: Shepard Fairey (of Obama hope poster fame). He does a great job using icons and decorative art elements to get his ideas across:
I don’t share Fairey’s politics, however.
A book on Art Deco in the gallery library got me thinking: what if rather than criticizing our Oil Age, art celebrated it – like it does for electrification in the bas-relief below?
Call-outs are a good principle of visual design. This article shows how minimalism works better. I love that people take the time to look into this.
“Mark Carney, widely regarded as the “steady hand” that helped keep Canada’s fiscal position strong throughout global economic slowdowns and crises, says he will proudly display the infographic in his new office at the Bank of England.”
The infographic can viewed here.
It’s not every day you get to design your own wedding invite. My best “man” – the wonderful and design-conscious Falice Chin – referred to it in her speech at the reception (I paraphrase):
“I knew that Olivier was a changed man after meeting Sarah (the bride), because there were birds on his wedding invitation and it didn’t include Helvetica – he even went so far as to use a serif font!”
Other than pleasing my fiancé, I also wanted to refer to the upcoming arrival of our child. However, we had to send the invites during the first trimester, before we wanted to announce. Therefore, I created a second version to send post-announcement.