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Katja Spitzer: Quodlibet - The Book Club

Quodlibet by Katja Spitzer

Exhibition preview

THIS autumn, Quodlibet, an exhibition of unique illustrations from Katja Spitzer, will be on display at The Book Club from October 27 to November 27, 2011.

With countless exhibitions already under her belt in Germany, her home country, Spitzer’s art is described as 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 × 3 magazine (2010), the New York based illustration journal. She has since worked on a translation published by Nobrow Press which will be 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’), Spitzer tackled the letter ‘Q’.

When asked about her motivations for Quodlibet, Spitzer 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 Spitzer’s idiosyncratic style.

Katja Spitzer was born in 1979 in a small town in east Germany. Having completed an undergraduate degree in Art History and History, she moved on to study Illustration and Graphic Design in the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Today, she works as a freelance illustrator in Berlin.

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