Edna Manley College hosts first graphic-design exhibition
Expressive graphic tees, glossy magazines, vibrant party posters - graphic design has taken off in Jamaica. The crowd of patrons at the opening ceremony of The Arrival: the Art of Graphic Design, held at the Edna Manley College's art gallery, CAG(e) was testimony to this. The Arrival is the first graphic-design exhibition hosted by the college's gallery and the air was thick with anticipation. Armed with 3D glasses, droves of students, staff, board members, the media and members of the general public glided from piece to piece, having animated discussions about the mesmerising pieces. The exhibitors were Jermaine Wellington, David Sykes, Kadir Martin and Richard Whyte, who are all Edna Manley College alumni.
During his opening speech, curator of CAG(e), Winston Campbell, relayed to the public that the exhibition relied heavily on the process of research that began a year ago, shortly after the exhibitors approached him about the idea of hosting at the CAG(e). He also implored patrons to have an open mind about the showcase and the general area of visual communication.
"The works of art don't have a fixed way of being presented. As you walk through the room, you will experience four different ways of presenting this area called graphic arts."
One of the exhibitors, Jermaine Wellington, who represented the group, also underscored Campbell's point by noting "the exhibition was based on more research than execution, which resulted in a lot of sleepless nights which was worth it". Campbell also congratulated the exhibitors for their successful solicitation of funding from sponsors Courts, Dunlop Corbin Communications, RD Studios, Print Big, Coorpak, Signs Jamaica, Dee Licious pastries and Montcrieffe's Patio Shop who helped to make the exhibition possible.
Richard Whyte showcased impressive illustrated t-shirts under the line Rage Apparel. The shirts were complemented by posters in the form of a campaign for concept art. Whyte noted that his works "were done to challenge and break away from a common trend in Jamaican T-shirt lines which usually have no substance behind them".
'The exhibition was based on more research than execution which resulted in a lot of sleepless nights which was worth it.'