The hugely influential illustrator and graphic designer, Jasper Goodall held an evening of Q&A at the Electric Blue Gallery this evening, reflecting upon previous works and his current exhibition ‘Poster Girl.’
Goodall has been a much-loved illustrator of mine and definitely a major influence when it comes to designing. He has produced work for The Face, I.D, Dazed and Confused and many more publications. Originally known for graphic design, Goodall has now expanded the creative flare to photography and even fashion design.
Unbelievably, this is his first solo show and definitely one to go and see. The exhibits portray the usual themes Goodall is most famous for – eroticism and fetish. Each piece explores the sexual conflict between fantasy and reality that play on the ideas of identity and disguise. “Sexual attraction, I believe is almost entirely down to our fantasies, after all when you first meet someone you don’t know them, but you make up and idea about them in your mind and it’s this fantasy that you are attracted to. Once you get to know them, all too often the fantasy doesn’t match with the reality, I think it’s why such a large proportion of relationships don’t really get off the ground!” Keeping with the same concept, the prints show illustrated bodies masking those of real models, resulting in the juxtaposition between that of fantasy and reality, illustration and photograph.
The exhibition is running up until the begging of March 2009.