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    Gorilla Film Magazine(s)

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    Gorilla Film Magazine(s)

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    Better than a Punch to the Skull

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    Better than a Punch to the Skull

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    Better than a Punch to the Skull

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    Better than a Punch to the Skull

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    Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary

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    Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary

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    Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary

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    Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary

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    Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary

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    Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary

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    Fonts in Focus 8: Typing for Eternity

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    Fonts in Focus 8: Typing for Eternity

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    Fonts in Focus 8: Typing for Eternity

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Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Things this week include a brilliant photojournalistic trip around South African township barbers, some typographic thoughtfullness and insight, a striking calligraphic zine, some guerilla-ish Gorilla film magazines and the vicenarian Sonic the Hedgehog…

Gorilla Film Magazine #1 & #2

This magazine brilliantly highlights independent film that in this-day-and-age can just as easily find itself on the big screen, butted between Hollywood dross and auteur works. There is a pleasing running commentary, non-condescending educative elements and wry look at “stuff about narrative and clichés”. Also in issue #1, a great piece about Gareth Edwards and what looks to be a continuing essay on the “Rise of the Movie Monster”. It is good.
www.gorillafilmmagazine.com

South African Townships, Barbershops & Salons Simon Weller

The title is the short answer to the what? question. The rest is this is a photographic book, interspersed with subliminally edifying interviews about the nature of the work, the community and the social importance of these places. The paintings themselves are incredible, some of the featured artists have exhibited their work outside of the townships, and the lens Weller casts on them are palpably friendly and honest, a joy in fact. Best quote after complimenting a barber on their artwork – ""This is not Will Smith," he protests. “It is Martin Lawrence!”"
www.simonweller.com
www.markbattypublishing.com

Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary % Sully Sullivan & Elliott Barker%

Firstly, since when is Sonic 20? That’s mental. A statement that will no doubt resound with the rest of you who suddenly feel very long in the tooth… Anyway, Elliott and Sully have created this lovely homage to the inexplicably blue hedgehog and the 16-bit graphics that propelled Sega to coolness and now, classicness. The mechani-crabs from Emerald Hill Zone, Act 2 feature, so do the irritating, non grateful woodland critters that disperse after you spend hours getting to them. Sonic is great. And so is the screen print cover the book comes wrapped in.
www.cargocollective.com/elliottbarker
www.cargocollective.com/sullysullivan

Better than a Punch in the Skull the Oxygen Time Bomb

The list of things that are better then being punched is potentially quite long. But we’re confident when we say that taking the time to devise and create a nice zine, fill it with an obvious calligraphic ability, snapshots and an eye for striking aesthetics, is pretty high up on the list for creative productivity and against mindless violence.
behance.net/oxygen_timebomb

Fonts in Focus 8: Typing for Eternity Akira Kobayashi

true reflection and exploration of Typography today. Typefaces exposed in a way that is both informative and easily digestible for the reader. Legends such as Jan Tschichold are mentioned throughout, alongside some great features such as “Typography For Young Readers”. A well rounded publication for type enthusiasts.

www.issuu.com/fontsinfocus8
www.lintotype.com

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    The bright, woozy haze of Wojciech Fangor’s psychedelic paintings is mesmerising. It’s even more so having learnt that the Polish artist, who worked during the 1960s, created these Op art masterpieces entirely in isolation, working in Eastern Europe having not seen the similar works being created in America and Europe by the likes of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. As such, while the images feel familiar; there’s also something exotic about them, pulsing with light created using intensely coloured oil paint applied in thin layers. A new show named Colour-Light-Space opens next month at London’s 3 Grafton Street gallery, and will display a number of works by Wojciech from the 1960s and 1970s that demonstrate his mastery of all three words in the title. It’s fascinating to think of the artist working on these beautiful optical illusions and explorations of the power of painting well before similar works were created elsewhere in the world, and it’s great to have his work celebrated in the way it deserves.

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    Time and again Amy Woodside gets in touch to let us know about new projects she’s cooked up and time and again we’re powerless to resist them. The New York-based artist is focussed to a fault on her fine art practice where iconic letterforms emerge from meticulously registered screen printing and frantic flourishes of spray paint. Where first she caught our eye with multicoloured wordplay, the constant reduction and refinement of her process has resulted in a new series’ of totemic words like ‘Hero’, ‘Cash’, ‘Hoax’ and ‘Like’, pre-loaded with cultural context and double meaning, writ large on the canvas. What’s the meaning behind them? The interpretation is up to you, but Amy always seems to be critiquing pop culture with its own visual vernacular and playing fast and loose with our ambiguous use of language.

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    The Dutch/Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal is best known for his digital artworks that often take the form of webpages but as he told us at our 2013 creative symposium Here he is increasingly interested in exploring his fascination with light and colour in real-world scenarios. Most recently this has taken the form of his hyper-colourful abstract lenticular paintings, which are made up of layers of different frames and so appear to move when viewed from different angles.

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    There’s a wonderful, undulating beauty to Alain Delorme’s series that initially tricks the viewer into thinking they’re seeing flocks of starlings choreographing themselves against iridescent skies. On closer inspection though, rather than capturing mass avian movements the Parisian photographer has replaced them with a myriad of plastic bags.

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    Way back in 2011 when we first posted the work of Frank Magnotta It’s Nice That was a very different beast – we’d only give you one image to check out and the rest was up to you. So when I stumbled across Frank’s work again this week it seemed essential that we show you a whole lot more. To be honest there have been few updates to his site in the past three years but the work is breathtaking, pulling together pop culture references, architectural precision and some serious Americana and combining it into stark surrealist landscapes. At times grotesque but always engaging, Frank’s graphite artworks are still some of the finest around.

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    It’s been a whole two years since we last posted about the marvellous work of Lynnie Zulu and we’re happy to have the illustrator’s vibrant world colouring our dull Monday once again. Her latest body of work is on show now at No Walls Gallery in Brighton and is a fantastically lively exploration of the female in all her glorious forms.

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    We’re no ballet aficionados, but we wouldn’t usually associate drunkards, typists and factory workers with the grace and poise of the discipline. However, as these beautiful gouache painting by Tatiana Bruni show, there’s much more to ballet than tutus and swan lake, with her angular figures, bold colours and sometimes grotesquely postured characters. The paintings show costume designs for Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1931 ballet The Bolt, and are going on show at London’s Gallery for Russian Arts and Design alongside a series of period photographs. The ballet itself was bold and striking in its use of real hammers, machine-inspired choreography, aerobics and acrobatics, and the costume images are equally as dynamic, inspired by “the aesthetics of agit-theatre and artist-designed propaganda posters”, according to the gallery. The sense of movement is palpable, whether in the graceful billowing dresses or the staggering legs of our brightly-coloured drunkard, working against the geometric rigidity of the style to beautiful effect.