Catherine Griffiths: SOLO IN [ ] SPACE is the first retrospective and survey exhibition in China curated by Pocca's co-founder and design principal, Duan Zhihua, for internationally renowned New Zealand artist and typographer Catherine Griffiths. As an exhibition that focuses on the designer's creative process rather than the outcome of her work, the rich archive of works, texts, and images are complemented by a contextualized or narrative space for visitors to read. It has also brought this famous designer, who is on the “edge of the world”, into the view of more Chinese audiences and brought a different reference perspective to the field of typography.
“Through the process of communicating back and forth with each other and putting together the exhibition, I have gained a more complete understanding of Griffiths' design practice. When I go through her work yet again, two sentences written by one of my favourite writers “Mu Xin” had come to mind: “I embrace splendor because I appreciate the simplicity in plainness” and “All that could be done was to return to nature after a long journey.” I want to borrow these words that, to me, best describes Griffiths' character and the tone of voice in her work. Most of her work may not have the immediate stimulating quality to directly catch people’s eyes.
In the process of curating this exhibition, so many expressions and words were circling in my mind and yet none of them can compare to this final space of the show itself and the excitement I had as I finally introduce Griffiths and her work to you. Just as what Griffiths said after creating her iconic work–Wellington Writers Walk, “Suddenly I’d leapt off the printed page and into the landscape–in front of everyone.” You are experiencing the “sense of presence” through this unconventional exhibition space, integrated exhibition design, unfiltered thoughts and creative process, along with the upcoming exhibition brochure which included archives. This “sense of presence” may be all the poetry that I want you to read about Griffiths.
SOLO IN [ ] SPACE. I hope it’s able to trigger your solo, or tutti. Pure, powerful, and poetic. ”
凯瑟琳·格里菲斯（Catherine Griffiths），是新西兰艺术家、文字排印师、设计师、教育家、策展人、作家、出版人、活动家和女权主义者。凯瑟琳在 80 年代中期于惠灵顿理工学院完成视觉传达设计的学习后，与另外两个毕业生建立了工作室，然后前往伦敦工作。于 1995 年再次回到新西兰成立了自己的工作室进行独立实践。即兴创作对她的艺术和设计实践至关重要，她的艺术和设计实践在平面设计和排版、自出版、设计写作、委托艺术作品以及公共和私人空间、建筑和景观中的装置之间游走。“Catherine Griffiths : SOLO IN [ ] SPACE”（2019年）是她在上海展出的第一个精选作品的调查展。2021 年出版了同名的展后书《A documentation》。
Catherine Griffiths, Pākehā, is an Aotearoa New Zealand artist, typographer, designer, educator, curator, writer, publisher, activist and feminist. Catherine studied Visual Communication Design at Wellington Polytechnic during the mid-80s, set up a studio space with two other graduates, then worked several years in London. She returned to Wellington as a senior designer, and later set up her own studio practice in 1995 which she runs independently, and has returned to after a two-year stint in a full-time teaching position in Wellington. Improvisation is critical to her art and design practice which moves between graphic design and typography, self-publishing, writing on design, and commissioned artworks and installations in public and private spaces, architectural and landscape. »catherine griffiths : SOLO IN [ ] SPACE« (2019), her first survey show of selected works, exhibited in Shanghai. A post-exhibition book of the same title, A documentation, was published in 2021. (Text from www.catherinegriffiths.co.nz)