“I came to this topic as a long time admirer of Surrrealism and felt there was something to say to designers” Poyner said.
In the talk he showcased work from within the history of graphics that very powerfully drew on Surrealism and possessed what he described as a ‘psychological charge’.
In 2009 Poyner was invited to curate an exhibition for the Moravian Gallery in Brno, in the Czech Republic. The exhibition, “Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design was to commemorate the International Biennial of Graphic Design in 2010.
|The Polymorphous Image: sculpture by Jan Švankmajer (foreground)|
|The Surreal Body: Laboratoires CCCP and Stefan Sagmeister (main wall)|
|Cabinets of Wonder|
Exhibition images from http://observersroom.designobserver.com/rickpoynor/uncanny.html
“The Czech Republic is a good place to explore this connection because surrealism’s influence in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s was second only to its impact in France, the movement’s birthplace. To this day, there is a formal Czech and Slovak surrealist group of artists and theorists, who organize meetings, exhibitions, and publications.”