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KATJA SPITZER

QUODLIBET by KATJA SPITZER and NOBROW 

The Book Club exhibited unique illustrations from Katja Spitzer (Gold Medal Winner, 3×3 magazine 2010). Her  QUODLIBET exhibition featured art from two projects- one concentrating on subject matters around the letter ‘Q’ and the other, a project consisting of portraits of women created everyday for a whole year

Katja Spitzer is well renowned on the illustration scene in her home country of Germany and is definitely one to watch in London. With countless exhibitions already under her belt in her home country, Katja’s art is a cerebral delight. Inspired by everything from gossip columns and bizarre newspaper articles, to the Queens of England and continental emperors from European history, she has an amazing eye for finding the interesting and unusual amongst obscure subject matter. A limited but clever use of colour is another endearing element to her work. The exhibition features original illustrations including drawings from 365 Mädchen (365 Women) – portraits of women she made every day for a year.

Quodlibet, her final major project at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, won a prestigious Gold Medal from 3 x 3 magazine (2010), the New York based illustration journal. She has since worked on a translation published by Nobrow Press which was released in tandem with The Book Club exhibition. A witty, unconventional illustrated alphabet book for adults, Quodlibet focuses solely on that most quandarous of letters: Q. Inspired by the late, great Georges Perec (who is famous for writing a book whose sole subject was the letter ‘E’), Katja tackled the letter ‘Q’. When asked about her motivations for Quodlibet, Katja explains that in the German language (as in English) Q is a rather peculiar letter. One of the rarest in the German language, Q is only given a fleeting position in the German encyclopedia. Quodlibet covers everything from famous grindhouse movie directors, obscure 18th century dances, extinct animals and ancient Chinese mythological beasts, each illustrated in Katja’s idiosyncratic style.