June 2015 visual trends: 5 things you must see and be inspired by this month

This month’s shortlist of the best art and design exhibitions – plus a book of 100 beer labels created by illustrators.

100/100 book

From Wiper and True’s exquisite foiling to Mr Bingo’s label for Camden Town Brewery, there’s a lot of beautiful design-led beer bottles around at the moment. SB Studio’s 100/100 project saw the team task 100 of their favourite illustrators and designers to create a label for a fictional beer – they could choose the name themselves as long as it was made from the initials ‘SB’.

Enter Salubrious Bounty, Sexy Beast and even Susan’s Boyle. Featuring work from Build, Pentagram, Manual, Commission, StudioThomson and Jean Jullien, the resulting book will get you drunk on inspiration.


SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion

Launching on 25 June, SelgasCano’s Serpentine Pavilion looks like something between a colourful insect cocoon and a knitted play park. Every year London’s Serpentine gallery commissions a different architect to create a temporary structure that will be open to the public all summer as well as hosting the gallery’s Park Nights events programme.

SelgasCano’s design explores different user experience, with each entrance providing a different journey through the space, defined by colour, light quality and shape. A must see for anyone intrigued by designing for the public realm, and be sure to check out the architect’s previous work if you’re looking at examples of how to use riotous cover in 3D spaces.


Station to Station

Multi-media artist Doug Aitken curates a month-long ‘happening’ at the Barbican, featuring artist residencies, music, dance and parties – starting on 27 June. There’s so much going on during this period that it might take you a while to get your head round the festivities, but luckily the Barbican have developed a nifty planner to put you on the right track.

Our highlights include designers Fraser Muggeridge and Åbäke’s residencies (both will be creating limited-edition vinyl records in the art gallery, and an installation by Marcus Coates, which will see the artist attempt to answer public questions using the medium of painting. Check out musicians Terry Riley and Nozinja if you get chance too.


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Burning, Cutting, Nailing

Any designers or illustrators that often include texture in their work should check out Burning, Cutting, Nailing at London’s Skarstedt gallery. Featuring work by Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana and Günther Uecker, the show looks at how this trio disrupted 2D and 3D space using destructive methods like, as the name of the show might suggest, setting things on fire, cutting them up and piercing them with nails.

Lucio’s metal paintings in copper and aluminium are a must-see for anyone wanting inspiration on how to use foils in an unusual way.


Agnes Martin at Tate Modern

Perfectly controlled and pleasingly understated, Agnes Martin’s huge paintings are a lesson in control. Almost meditative in their examination of changing ghostly hues and simple shapes, the paintings are often created by repeating actions, say dropping a small blob of paint, again and again until a larger pattern emerges.

The works radiate a sense of calm, and Agnes, who suffered from schizophrenia, found the painting process brought her quiet. A masterful example of Minimalism. Pattern and surface designers take note.