Wall o’Fame #5 Rick Holland Poetry Partnership

11 November 2014

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In this quarter we’ve taken BML’s internal design challenge in an exciting new direction, by undertaking a collaboration with the highly gifted poet, Rick Holland.

As well as a collection of his own intelligent and thought provoking work, Rick has collaborated with numerous high profile artists and musicians including Brian Eno, Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Jon Hopkins. We were thrilled when Rick presented us with his much anticipated ‘NEW COLLECTION’. We were even more excited (if admittedly, a little apprehensive!) when he graciously granted us full creative license to respond to the work in any way we saw fit.

It’s a challenge we took up with relish and were delighted to welcome Rick to the BML studio in November, where our designers nervously awaited the opportunity to unveil their creations. Here’s what we came up with (all artwork now available to buy online from the BML Charity Print Shop)…

Atari Punks – ‘look at the maps we made’

Taking a line from the poem ‘Atari Punks’, this visual response focuses on the line: ‘look at the maps we made’. The designs created look at the maps we have created over the past 500 years and show how the recorded coastline of Britain has changed. England, Scotland and Wales are the subjects in this instance, each graphically displaying the varying shape of the country’s outline.

In The Future

This print is based on Rick Hollands poem ‘In The Future’ and is specifically interested in its staccato rhythm. The idea was to deconstruct the poem and rebuild it – in graphic form. Divided up horizontally into 13 columns – one for each line of the poem, the black bars represent the number of words in each line and the red bars are the number of letters per line.

It was important, not only that each line was handled in isolation but that each line flowed seamlessly into the next in order to recreate the whole. The resulting structure is suggestive of the industrial / city-scape themes of the poem.

In The Future
In the future
in that far facade
on that horizon
beyond the cars
bleating servers
beneath the stars
where city mist has risen
to fall in shards
as something else
beyond steel and glass
when parades give way
beyond stack and grey
to the solace of grass

Open Blue

A triptych of graphic illustrations inspired by Holland’s poem, ‘Open Blue (OMD)’. The series of illustrations aims to capture the moment the artist steps into the void of creative exploration, something that is so beautifully portrayed in the poem:

Open Blue (OMD)
punch this out
says my heart
art or no art
explore the essence
no matter the start
no canon, no moral
no forcefield, no code
tripping
the brink
of free-falling below
one step from the edge
of clean open blue
dive into thin air
surrendering you
dive from the chaos
and find something new
fear like the first drop
then clear open blue

If you would like to contact Rick Holland, then please visit his website www.rjholland.com, follow him on Twitter or drop him an email at rick@rjholland.com.

Due to the success of the project and the breadth of inspirational material available, we are delighted to be continuing our collaboration with Rick for next months Wall o’Fame challenge… Check back in 3 months to see the new responses.

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