CLOSING NOTES

Design | Investigating the art of noise

JONATHAN DURBIN November 3 2003
CLOSING NOTES

Design | Investigating the art of noise

JONATHAN DURBIN November 3 2003

Design | Investigating the art of noise

CLOSING NOTES

JONATHAN DURBIN

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens is the title of Seripop’s ongoing exhibit at Ottawa’s Wurm Gallery. “We called the show that because we want to obnoxiously top everyone’s lists of favourite things,” explains Chloe Lum, the female half of Montrealbased art and design couple Seripop (Serigraphie Populaire). Since mid-2002, Lum and her boyfriend, Yannick Desranleau, have been designing graphics for bands, theatre productions and even the CBC— revamping the logo and promotional T-shirts for Street Cents. “We almost exclusively work with people who give us 100 per cent control,” Lum says. “If we have a client who’s difficult, it’s not fun for us to do.”

The duo’s stylish prints are available for viewing at www.seripop.com, and its posters for shows by musicians like Hot Hot Heat, Broadcast and Black Dice are captivating. The couple honed their visual skills as members of a Montreal noise-rock band called the Bloody Gashes, promoting their gigs by silk-screening their own posters. And now, with upcoming exhibitions of their work in Toronto, New York and Austin, Tex., Seripop’s ripe to become a household name for those who love both music and the artier fringes of graphic design.