• Article-sa10

    Lovely stuff!

Studio Audience Podcast

Studio Audience – Series Two, Episode 10 with computer games, cookbooks and pin-ups

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Fancy some art and design chat in a pod-tastic way to round off your week? Course you do and good job too because here comes Studio Audience with some illustration, art and graphic design plus a discussion about whether computer games are art, design or nothing of the sort. Oh and look out for a long-awaited return for Siddall’s Similes – it’s a cracker. Enjoy!

Download the new episode via iTunes

Section One – Content from the site

  • 1

    Frau Franz: Pin-ups

Frau Franz: Pin-ups

You’re probably used to seeing pin-up girls tattooed all over people’s arms, or emblazoned across over-priced, traffic-stained t shirts at Camden market. Nice, then, to see them being portrayed in a different, and much more aesthetically pleasing way. Frau Franz, who we’ve been a fan of since August this year has managed to depict pin-ups in an unexpected and charming deadpan manner. Lolling about on what look like rocks with really nice fades, these expressionless yet impeccably dressed ladies are having a great time, and they don’t care what you think.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/sexy-mamas-were-big-fans-of-frau-franzs-deadpan-pin-ups

  • Palladino-2

    Matthew Palladino: Test Print (Nozzle Check)

Matthew Palladino

If you think of watercolours as a weekend pastime for geriatric dandies or the novelty pursuit of wealthy ladies that lunch then think again. Californian artist Matthew Palladino is breathing much-needed life into this long overlooked medium. Where once there were subdued colour palettes and picturesque landscapes, Matthew has created luminous abstracts of gradient colour and richly detailed representations of strange and exotic fabrics. The scale at which he produces these works is also a far cry from the miniature watercolours of old, each one created on an enormous sheet of paper.

Based in New York by way of Philadelphia and San Francisco, Matthew has been producing work professionally for the past six years while he’s migrated cross-country. In that time he’s also been experimenting with a variety of 3D media, including plaster casts and moulds. Finished with highly saturated enamel paint, these pieces are equally striking, forming strange dioramas of often surreal and always humorous ideas and character-free narratives.
Read the full interview here

  • Pp1

    Praline: Polpo

Praline: Polpo

For all the incessant heralding of the rise of the foodies and the Instagram-fuelled fetishisation of everything and anything that ends up on a plate, it’s still surprisingly rare to come across a real well-designed cook book. Bucking that disappointing trend however is Praline’s beautiful creation for Russell Norman’s Polpo empire which has been at the forefront of London’s recent restaurant revival.

The combination of deconstructed, spineless format (practical for real-life kitchen use), old Venetian typefaces and beautiful photography come together to create not only an intoxicating hymn to Russell’s stripped-back foodie philosophy but a gorgeous and unfussy object in its own right. In fact so special is it as an object that the tome has just been named Book of the Year by Waterstones, whose judges praised the fact that in the age of the Kindle, “(Polpo) can only be properly appreciated in its printed form.” Other cookbooks take note, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
www.itsnicethat.com/articles/praline-polpo

Section Two

  • 1_pac-man-larger-size.sm_-414x532

    Pac-Man is one of teh games purchased by MOMA

First up in Section Two we looked at MOMA’s decision to begin a collection of video games and looked at the museum’s explanation, the backlash and the retort to the backlash to ask whether Tetris and Pac-Man have a place in our cultural institutions.

  • Chi_2406790b

    The house in Wenling, China

And we talked about this picture of "the house in Wenling, China, which had a motorway built round it after its occupants refused a compensation offer to move. Specifically we asked what this tale told us about the way images are co-opted online, after it was destroyed.

Ra

Posted by Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

Most Recent: Studio Audience Podcast View Archive

  1. Unnamed-1

    Gather round, charge your glasses and pin back those ears, the pod is back with an elongated episode in which we touch on all manner of art and design extravagance. In the first section we talk about the sumptuous new Seymour Chwast archive, the success of this kind of Photoshop project and i-D’s 18-cover 35th anniversary issue.

  2. Unnamed-1

    Certain things signal that we’ve broken the back of the week – the intensification of social plans, the sing-song siren call of the weekend and the arrival of our Studio Audience podcast. This week we’re taking on all the big issues (in a specific art and design context) – including Grayson Perry’s Dream House project, Airbnb floating a 70-tonne house down the Thames (plus backlash!) and this year’s Designs of the Year category winners.

  3. Unnamed-1

    Ready your ears, engage your brains and assume the brace position – the new episode of Studio Audience is right here. In it we discuss Tate Modern turning 15, Assemble’s inclusion on the Turner Prize shortlist, Jeremy Deller’s Venice jukebox and a new show for the world’s best art forger. We also discuss Cass Bird shooting in the Met Gala toilets and the Design Museum’s Camper show.

  4. Unnamed-1

    The It’s Nice That podcast spins around each week with alarming regularity but lo and behold it’s back again with a special twist. With two Studio Audience stalwarts Liv Siddall and James Cartwright leaving us this week we took the chance to look back at some of the creative highlights of their time here. We also take a quick spin through the art and design news, touching on The Onion’s recent redesign and its brilliant explanatory essay, plus the new-look Esquire, David Hockney’s take on Twitter, the brilliant new Christoph Niemann show of pencil drawings and our Graduates scheme 2015!

  5. Unnamed-1

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words but where the It’s Nice That podcast is concerned, it’s the words that are doing all the leg work. Come with us into the thicket of this week’s offering and see what art and design treats we have in store. We look at JR’s cover for The New York Times Magazine plus Anorak’s new venture and an interesting project from Vangardist Magazine to tackle HIV stigma.

  6. Unnamed-1

    Greetings pod fans! A little later than usual this week but fear not, we’re here with your regular dose of top-notch* art and design chat. So kick back, open your ears and let 23 minutes of It’s Nice That flavoured discussion wash over you like a sparkly (yet intelligent) wave. This week we touch on the passing of the designer behind the Las Vegas sign, look at the GraphicDesign& survey and the newly-released Creative Review Annual. We also look at the new Smile Suggest web app and Elana Schlenker’s clever project highlighting the gender pay gap.. Finally it’s all about the Star Wars and Jurassic Park trailers…

  7. Studio-audience-lemon_top

    This week Liv Siddall, Anna Kinneir of INT Works and Maisie Skidmore chat Salone del Mobile, the stripy house in Kensington, a magazine for redheads and Secret 7" 2015. Thanks to Bendik Kaltenborn for a fantastic opening question and to all of you who got in touch for shout outs.

  8. Studio-audience-lemon_top

    This week we chat Snowden’s bust, the Cortana ad, Frank Ocean’s magazine, and a viral campaign in response to Apple’s Shot on an iPhone 6 ads. In section two we discuss the cringeworthy brilliance of band merchandise, and whether or not musical memorabilia can be referred to as artworks. My guests today are art director of INT Works Rob Peart, and Printed Pages editor James Cartwright. What lovely men. As ever get in touch if you hate it or love it, or just think it’s alright. See you next week!

  9. Studio-audience-lemon_list

    This episode of the podcast finds me, Liv Siddall, having a good old chinwag with assistant editor Maisie Skidmore and art director Ali Hanson about all things news-related. Here we chat the new episode of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, Tracey Emin’s My Bed, and whether or not celebrity-backed projects such as Lauren Laverne’s The Pool or Jay-Z and co’s Tidal Wave should be immediately classed as any good.

  10. Unnamed-1

    Sometimes on the podcast we have enlightening discussions about pertinent art and design issues, and sometimes we make silly puns. Well this week dear listener we tick both of those boxes with some terrific chat about magazines, Designs of The Year and ELCAF but we also take a few minutes for canine-based tomfoolery. Take that expectations!

  11. Studio-audience-lemon_list

    Fantastic podcast this week in which we discuss some art and design news including the new Alexander McQueen show at the V&A, a Tinder bot sensation sweeping over SXSW Festival, and how you can delve into the creative culture of a city when you are only there for a short while. Thanks to everyone who got in touch this week and for your kind words and a BIG thank you to designer David Pearson who submitted our opening question. Any other feedback much appreciated, just tweet in or leave comments in the box below. See ya next week!

  12. Studio-audience-lemon_list

    WELCOME my little podlings to this week’s episode of the It’s Nice That podcast Studio Audience. Join me, Liv Siddall and my guests Rob Alderson and Maisie Skidmore in talking about this week’s most pressing art and design news Including Bjork at MoMA, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel designer Annie Atkins, Apple watches opening garage doors, Zoolander sequel and Women of the World. Then we move on to discussing Dublin’s Offset festival and what makes an event worth going to. We also chat about the sheer brilliance of seeing or reading about a sage older creative speak about their career gone-by. Thanks to Nelly Ben Hayoun for her bizarre opening question, and thanks to Perrin over at AIGA’s blog for their gush-worthy post about this very podcast.

  13. Studio-audience-lemon_list

    Welcome, podders! Fantastic episode this week featuring me, Liv Siddall, and Billie Muraben and James Cartwright from the It’s Nice That team. After a great question submitted by Hattie Stewart we chewed the fat over the latest art and design news, including the new identity for the Royal Albert Hall and the much talked-about cover for The Gentlewoman. In section two we discuss London Fashion Week, the sartorial habits of creatives, our new Workwear feature and the effect social media has on the the world around fashion week. Any comments, complaints, compliments – just get in touch via Twitter, email, or the comments box below.