As someone who spent all of their formative years in the city of Oxford, I feel that Radiohead are much more than just a band. They’re part of my history, my childhood and the childhood of pretty much everyone I grew up with. They are my band. Back off! As a result I’ve always been pretty keen on the artistic products of their honorary sixth member, Stanley Donwood, who, from his Somerset studio has produced the artwork for almost every Radiohead release, developing his own visual language as the band developed their sound.
That was particularly true for the band’s latest release The King of Limbs which saw a marked departure in style from the graphic woodblock prints that had formed the basis of his work on Thom Yorke’s The Eraser in favour of thick, detailed pencil drawings and paintings of the holloways of Dorset; dense corridors formed by the overlapping branches of trees.
Now the works are on display in an exhibition called Far Away Is Close At Hand In Images Of Elsewhere at The Outsiders gallery in Soho – the original pieces framed in ash, a tree that’s in danger of extinction from a disease called ash die-back – presenting an image of rural Britain that’s haunting and eerie, riddled with the embers of ancient mythology.
Far Away Is Close At Hand In Images Of Elsewhere is on show at the Outsiders Gallery until October 19.
- Living for the weekend, it's Best of the Web!
- The photographer archiving South Africa’s black lesbian community
- Kirsten Lepore’s creepy clay character is oddly soothing in this brilliant animation
- Friday Mixtape: Grammy award-winning Tinariwen curates a genre-crossing mix
- Designer Kara Zichittella talks about her typographically-led projects
- “Where’s my community?”: Skin Deep and POC on the need for diversity in the film industry
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label