Zak Kyes, a Swiss-American designer, will present a lecture about his recent work and his exhibition, Zak Kyes Working With…, previously on display at the Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig, the Graham Foundation in Chicago, and the Architectural Association in London.
Zak Kyes Working With… brings together a range of works by Kyes and a host of collaborators including architects, artists, writers, curators, editors, and graphic designers, presenting contemporary graphic design as a practice that mediates and is mediated by its allied disciplines. Kyes will also speak about the release of the associated publication of the same name, which he edited.
Kyes, who lives and works in London, is known for his critical approach to graphic design, which encompasses publishing, editing, and site-specific projects for and in collaboration with cultural institutions. By broadening the highly specialized role of the designer, Kyes challenges and further develops today’s practice of graphic design.
Following the presentation, Kyes and California Academy of Art graphic design faculty member Jon Sueda will discuss the publication, followed by a book signing.
Zak Kyes is a London-based graphic designer. He founded Zak Group in 2005, and since 2006 he has been the art director of the Architectural Association, London. In 2010, he received the INFORM Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, which initiated the traveling exhibition Zak Kyes Working With… (2011–12).
He has curated the touring exhibition Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007–09), The Information Economy at MoMA PS1, New York (2010), and Bridge The Gap 8 at the Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyusha (2011). He has edited numerous publications including Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice: The Reader (Sternberg Press, 2009) and Exhibition Prosthetics (Bedford Press, 2010). Kyes has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at L’Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.