The practices of Los Angeles-based graphic
designers Ed Fella and Geoff McFetridge explore the tenuous
relationship between visual art and independent graphic design in two
very different generations. Fella has taught design at the California
Institute of the Arts for over 20 years. His illustrations,
photographs, and typographic experiments, have long served as vehicles
for his philosophical musings on art, design, literature, and
typography. McFetridge, a CalArts alumnus, has worked on a range of
commercial and independent projects: designing billboards, skateboards,
toys, wallpaper, and even a shoe for Nike.. He has exhibited both
nationally and internationally as a designer and artist.
Ed Fella practiced professionally as a commercial artist in
Detroit for 30 years before receiving his MFA in Design from the
Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1987. He has since devoted his time to
teaching and his own unique self-published work, which has appeared in
many design publications and anthologies. In 1997 he received the
Chrysler Award and in 1999 an honorary doctorate from CCS in Detroit.
His work is in the collections of the National Design Museum, New York
and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fella is the recipient of the
2007 AIGA Medal.
Originally from Canada, Geoff McFetridge came to California to earn his MFA in Graphic Design at CalArts. His thesis project Chinatown
won a distinctive merit award from ID magazine. While working as art
director for Grand Royal Magazine (1995-1997), McFetridge founded his
own design studio, Champion Graphics. He has had solo shows at
galleries around the world including Parco Gallery, Tokyo and Colette,
Paris. His work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art.
This exhibition is conceived and organized by Michael
Worthington, an award-winning graphic designer, faculty member of
CalArts’ School of Art, and alumnus of the CalArts Program in Graphic
Design. The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalogue designed by
Conceived and organized by Michael
Worthington. Accompanied by a color catalogue with texts by
Worthington, James Hunt and the artists. This exhibition is made
possible in part by Everloving and Feal Mor and 2K by Gingham.