The third edition of Design Undefined at Clerkenwell London has an eclectic line-up. Crossing design disciplines and exploring unconventional ideas has been the exhibition’s ethos since its debut in 2016.
Next month, multi-faceted design destination Clerkenwell London brings together an array of creative talents. The boundary-blurring 3-day exhibition in an expansive, two-story space will encompass design, technology, graphic arts, material exploration and printing.
For this exhibition, Alex Booker is departing from his signature landscapes and nautical scenes to create a woodblock exploration of Clerkenwell’s history. He captures the characters, industries and political movements that shaped the area with wood, ink and paper. His work will be displayed across the store’s main retail space, including portraits, architectural prints of the area, maps and works relating to the design trade.
In preparation for the show, Alex Booker has found himself immersed in Clerkenwell’s social and craft heritage, uncovering a rebellious cast of chartists, socialists, trade unionists and remarkable individuals. Some of these include artisan radical William Lovett, the “Grand Old Man of India” Dadabhai Naoroji (Britain’s first Asian MP) and Joseph Grimaldi (aka “Joey the Clown”), the great Victorian entertainer still revered by clown performers today.
This complex social tapestry will be referenced in Booker’s woodblock works, which include an exclusive limited-edition print to be sold at the show. The exhibit features the work of other artists including Anthony Burrill, Michael Marriott and many others. Design Undefined at Clerkenwell London will run from May 23 to 25, 2017.