11.07.2012  •  Illustration NEWS


NEW PUBLICATIONS •  Echoes of the Future and Ain't We Got Fun by Jen Ray, two books published by Gestalten Verlag

‘Echoes of the Future’ is the title of the graphic design and illustration compendium by Gestalten Verlag.

According to the publishers, Echoes is an attempt to capture the visual collective memory. They comment ‘today’s young designers are not copying elements from classic modernism, letterpress printing, and other design styles of the past, but rather, they are synthesizing them to create a new aesthetic that emanates quality, timelessness, and sustainability.’

The book certainly provides an interesting snapshot and presents the constant change of the world as mirrored in a selection of artworks.

And: the magical surrealism of Jen Ray. The large format work of American born Jen Ray takes the viewer to a special universe. The mystic realism of her illustrations recalls the worlds of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius – and sometimes even Japanese manga culture.

Legend has it that Jen grew up in a lonely wooden hut in the woods on the American West Coast. The characters in her images also seem somewhat unworldly, surrounded by a vast white nothing. According to the publisher, the beautiful women in the centre of Jen’s mystical landscapes represent strength and self-determination.

‘Ain’t We Got Fun’ presents a series of new works by the artist, who has swapped the forest for Berlin. The work is accompanied by an interview with the artist and an essay by curator and art expert Robbert Roos.

The Berlin Academy of Arts and the Georg-Kolbe-Museum in Berlin, as well as the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery in Paris are just a few of the many places to have exhibited Jen Ray’s art.

Echoes of the Future

Graphic Design & Illustration
Rational Graphic Design and Illustration
Collective visual memory synthesized in today’s graphic design and illustration.

R. Klanten, H. Hellige
Release Date:
February 2012
24 x 28 cm
176 pages, full colour, softcover

Catalogue Price:
€35.00 / $55.00 / £32.50
RRP: €35.00

Ain't We Got Fun

Jen Ray
Pages: 80
Format: 24,5 x 33 cm
Features: full colour, hardcover
RRP: € 25 / CHF 35.50 / $ 39 / £ 23
ISBN: 978-3-89955-437-3