Test Press Books

Exhibition, book events and booksale organized by Henk Groenendijk

KO-OP : Sofia

22*- 30 oct. 2022

 

RADICAL PLAY |poster show

Exhibition:
12*-19.05.2022 | at: Espace PORT A, Sofia . . . . part of FIG.2 Festival and the European Art Night Sofia

With RADICAL PLAY |poster show we present a selection of radical posters –in concept and in print– from the collection of Henk Groenendijk [NL].
Snatched from the walls of the Amsterdam based Rietveld Academie and collected over the years they represent a dynamic and playful design attitude of student in the batchelors and master program.

Pop-Up Books at KO-OP

Test Press | Pop-Up Books 1 . . . 23*-28 Nov. 2021 |
at: KO-OP | Yanko Sakazov bul. 17, Sofia . . . . . . . . . .
Test Press Pop-Up Books is an exhibition & booksale of independent publications. Special attention will be given to publications of Experimental Jetset [NL] and the books of Snejanka Mihaylova [BG].
A wide spectrum of other publications will be available in small numbers to create insight in the scope of independent books. Most of them are highly contemporary and contain an element of manifest- and critical research.

Photobooks at Synthesis

November 18th Test Press organized an informal talk at the exhibition space of Synthesis. Henk Groenendijk talked shortly about the selection of contemporary photo-books that he brought with him. Some unique books were on the table for viewing. All photo-books were ‘independent’ publications initiated by photographers or designers as authors in close cooperation.
Intrigued about the free and experimental nature of the books, a lot of questions focused on the obvious collaborative working method of presented photographers and designers. Answers pointed to education which played a crucial role in the establishment of that collaboration.
Henk also shed some light on books that he brought and donated to the library of Synthesis among which an original copy of the catalogue of the Famous exhibition ‘The Family of Man’

Test Press • PUNKT

Oktober 14th was a rainy day when we arrived at PUNKT an independent design studio based in Plovdiv. The word was out about the upcoming Test Press Book Event and eager to find out what it was all about, they invited us to give a books preview presentation. Everybody gathered in their cozy studio situated… Continue reading Test Press • PUNKT

Test Press in Sofia 2020

In November 2020, TEST PRESS came to Sofia. The exhibition Test Press 20 Years of Student publications 1999 – 2019 was made possible by Goethe Institute and as part of Melba Design Festival. Many people including a lot of students braved the covid restrictions to visit the show to enjoy and debated the phenomena of… Continue reading Test Press in Sofia 2020

Test Press -Zine

TEST PRESS is a display of student publications from the archive of designer, collector and teacher Henk Groenendijk. These publications have been produced by students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam over a period of 20 years and were collected as a byproduct to many years of teaching and balance on the fine line between… Continue reading Test Press -Zine

Upfront |1.20 x 5m

For more than twenty years, the billboard in front of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam is a stage for printed art, design and (school)announcements. Throughout the years it also functioned as a showcase of what is possible at the school’s screenprinting shop, seducing students to come down and try this versatile technique for themselves.… Continue reading Upfront |1.20 x 5m

Corpogate

©2021, In a near future of a distant universe, the system decided to run away. Business people are trying to save corporations for their own interest. A robot is caught up in their mess… This 4 hands comic depicts a (not so serious) sci-fi story inspired by Guy Debord and Britney Spears. Victoria is a… Continue reading Corpogate

Dear Clay

Dear S, I have been thinking about my last visit to your studio lately. The one in which you revealed the collection of black sketchbooks you had been keeping for the past decade. I have always been pretty bad at keeping sketchbooks myself despite my love for drawing. This is maybe why I got attracted… Continue reading Dear Clay

Bill, a textless magazine

BILL 3 is a yearly magazine of photographic stories, edited and designed by graphic designer Julie Peeters. In this experimental photography magazine Julie plays with the notion of the image as a material object prioritizing visual reading without distraction. The magazine is also a visual reader, presenting new or previously unpublished work but most obvious… Continue reading Bill, a textless magazine

The Athens Recorder

What do people do, if they are out in the street? Reading? Waiting? Can we recognize the inhabitant, the stranger, the traveler by his actions and deeds in an urban setting? This is the premise of Johannes Schwartz’s exploration, which was set in Athens in the fall of 2015. Places of culture and consumption, streets,… Continue reading The Athens Recorder

thisiswarehouse.com

Warehouse is an Amsterdam [NL] based fashion platform that aims to create an open, inclusive and engaging environment that facilitates critical dialogue and the creation of a discourse that goes beyond treating fashion as a commodity. It was founded by Elisa van Joolen, Femke de Vries and Hank van der VoetIn the last 2 years… Continue reading thisiswarehouse.com

One-to-One Reader

One-to-One refers to a working method in which items of clothing became large-sized printing tools, covered in black and blue ink. Each clothing item served as a stamp, and was simultaneously being stamped on, thus creating a chain reaction and making each clothing item an original and a copy. As such the project One-to-One offers… Continue reading One-to-One Reader

 

RADICAL PLAY |poster show

Exhibition:
12*-19.05.2022 | at: Espace PORT A, Sofia . . . . part of FIG.2 Festival and the European Art Night Sofia

With RADICAL PLAY |poster show we present a selection of radical posters –in concept and in print– from the collection of Henk Groenendijk [NL].
Snatched from the walls of the Amsterdam based Rietveld Academie and collected over the years they represent a dynamic and playful design attitude of student in the batchelors and master program.

Rapid Eye Movement

Light Sleep, the creation of a typeface This typeface is inspired by some dreams and the different steps of the sleep are represented: 1. Light Sleep 2. Rapid Eye Movement 3. Deep Sleep.The reading of the typeface is following these different steps, in the last step, Deep Sleep, the letter are not readable at all.… Continue reading Rapid Eye Movement

Superstructure

The relationship between language and the city is the main themes of Superstructure – a retrospective on the small Amsterdam based graphic design studio Experimental Jetset
By focusing on four (sub-)cultural movements that have greatly informed the practice of Experimental Jetset (Constructivism, the Situationist International, the Provo movement, and the Post-Punk continuum), various ways in which the languages of these movements manifested themselves in the city are explored, just as the city manifested itself in the languages of these movements.
It results an abstract representation of a fragmented metropolis, in which these different movements exist at the same time, not unlike overlapping districts or zones.

Full Scale False Scale

‘Full Scale False Scale’ focuses on a single project: the large, site-specific installation that the studio recently created for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Part reader, part collage, the book forms a subjective archive of research material, just as constructed as the installation itself. and reads like an exciting novel.
The many (insight) details testify to Jetset’s research, which clearly manifests how cultural baggage, political commitment and curiosity about contextual backgrounds play an important role in their work.

Test Press -Zine

TEST PRESS is a display of student publications from the archive of designer, collector and teacher Henk Groenendijk. These publications have been produced by students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam over a period of 20 years and were collected as a byproduct to many years of teaching and balance on the fine line between… Continue reading Test Press -Zine