Apr
30

Marian Bantjes in Varoom 25

Marian Bantjes creates a complex, fascinating and often humourous centrespread image for each issue of Varoom, often forming three dimensional works which she photographs prior to publication. For issue 25 she has continued to expand her impressive approach to typography and illustration, making an embroidery on this Varoom issue’s theme of Empathy, called Lost Child. […]

Apr
28

Varoom 25: Phoebe Gloeckner and J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition

Varoom 25 on the theme of empathy includes an extensive feature article by Adrian Holme on the extraordinary work of illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner for the Re/search edition of J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition. In the interview below Gloeckner and Holme explore some key ideas around this version of Ballard’s book, and discuss Gloeckner’s background as […]

Apr
28

Varoom 25 Empathy

Varoom 25 – The Empathy Issue Illustration, Culture, Society Spring 2014 Cover illustration by John Vernon Lord Purchase here “The illustrations not only mirror, but also extend and develop the ideas in the text and provide a different viewpoint,” says Sarah Browne, Editor of Therapy Today, discussing the value of illustration in her magazine. It’s […]

Apr
11

Richard Hoggart, Jeremy Deller and The Uses of Literacy

Richard Hoggart, pioneer of Cultural Studies died to today, and in issue 18 of Varoom – the entertainment issue – we looked at The Uses of Literacy an exhibition and book by artist Jeremy Deller, named after Richard Hoggart’s 1956 ground-breaking book exploring the changing culture of 1950s Britain Before the music industry shattered and fragmented […]