The Black Square
Kazimir Malevich was the founder of the artistic and philosophical school of suprematism, and his ideas about forms and their meaning in art would eventually represent the underlying values of non-objective, or abstract, art.
He worked in a number of styles, but his most important and well-known works focused on the exploration of pure geometric forms (squares, triangles and circles) and their relationships to one another, and the pictorial space they occupy. He conceived the idea if Suprematism prior to the Russian Revolution in October 1917, but its influence was already significant amongst the Russian avant-garde. His use of non-representational imagery and interest in dynamic geometrical form in pictorial space influenced the art of Lyubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko and EL Lissitzky.
The main reason Kazimir Malevich is my favourite artist is because he is the first artist I really looked at in real detail, and the first artist who captivated me and made me want to learn more about his work. His revolutionary way of working and his huge influence on modern art is staggering, and incredibly inspirational. The simple use of shape to create work is something I definitely try to include in my own designs, and I owe this mainly to Malevich.
Firstly, I found an old picture on my memory stick that I thought I could work with. This is the back of the Elizabethan House in Plymouth. Then I zoomed in a bit to see if there were any specific areas of pattern I could work with – I think it’s worth noting that I took inspiration from the brickwork behind Noel Gallagher on the Chasing Yesterday sleeve design.
Then I did a few sketches trying to link the work of Cannon, Cooper and Kazimir Malevich, my other chosen visual artist. I aim to combine their ideas as artists and designers with the photographic style of Jill Furmanovsky.
The sleeve design for Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, designed by Matthew Cooper
Matthew Cooper studied Illustration at Harrow College of Higher Education in London, and works as a freelance designer. He is particularly interested in the use of typographic and strong graphic elements in his work. He works primarily for the independent music sector.Projects he works on range from sleeve design, through to the design of adverts and promotional material.
Among his more well known clients are Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney, to name but a few. Inspirations of Cooper’s include CY Twombly, Robert Rauschenburg, Kurt Schwitters and Constructivist/Suprematist artists such as Kazimir Malevich and EL Lissitzky.
The above images are sleeve designs for three of Gallagher’s singles from the Chasing Yesterday album – Riverman, In The Heat Of The Moment, and Ballad Of The Mighty I. The thing that I like most about these is that it is pretty much the same image of Noel Gallagher used in all three singles – and the original album sleeve – keeping the identity of the music and the band as being Noel’s.
First I started by recreating the Definitely Maybe handwritten title that Cannon created for the album of the same name.
I then reproduced the infamous Oasis logo, used by the band from 1994 – 1999. I’m relatively happy with it, although I think the “S” letters need a bit of work.
Here is my attempt at a personal branding using Cannon’s Oasis logo. The typeface used is Helvetica Neue Bold Oblique. I’m very happy with how this turned out and will probably be taking this further to use in my final piece(s)
Here I used a graphics tablet to try and digitally experiment with Brian Cannon’s Definitely Maybe handwriting style. Obviously it’s not great but it’s a start. This could go somewhere…
Brian Cannon is a British graphic designer, art director, band manager and music video director. He is best known for his “Microdot” design company, and its work during the 1990s, which created the album cover for Oasis’ record breaking debut album, Definitely Maybe, in 1994. He is noted grandiose, ridiculously time consuming photo shoots, and has produced a number of record sleeves for UK number 1 albums – including Urban Hymns (The Verve), 1977 (Ash), along with two further Oasis albums – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now. Most of the photography for his Oasis designs was shot by Michael Spencer Jones.
I have chosen to look at Brian Cannon because the designs he produced for Oasis were for some of my favourite albums. Oasis and The Verve are two of my most preferred artists in music, and as such I’ve seen a lot of their album artwork. I first found Brian Cannon’s wider design spectrum on his personal Instagram account – microdotcreative.
Here is the mind map I made immediately after being given my brief. My automatic thought was to make a magazine or album cover, and this is something I’ll definitely take forward