The sixth annual Pick Me Up graphic design festival at Somerset House returned this April. The festival introduced 11 new artists, focusing predominantly on their process of creation and not just the finished work. This meant that alongside the vibrant screen prints, intricate paper craft and detailed illustrations, were examples of the tools used and explanations of the artistic methods undertaken.
Luke Evans graduated from the BA Graphic Design & Photography course at Kingston University in 2014. Influenced by science, his concept-based work ranges from photography, sculpture, installation and print.
Currently working from his factory/studio in idyllic Herefordshire, Luke will be showing his graduation project Xero at Pick Me Up. Printing with 400,000 volts, the prints are the result of taking apart an old laser printer and manually copying the process to reveal the hidden patterns in static electricity. Using a van de Graaff generator, Luke finds it hard to avoid being electrocuted: “If I get too close, the current passes through me and into the ground.”
The electrical field is destroyed through the process, thus each edition is completely unique.
All images courtesy of Luke Evans