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    Eternal Source of Light Divine

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    Eternal Source of Light Divine

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    Eternal Source of Light Divine

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    Eternal Source of Light Divine

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    Eternal Source of Light Divine

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    Toska

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    Toska

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    Toska

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    Toska

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    Toska

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    Wild Weeds: Selected Lyrics 2000 – 2010

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    Wild Weeds: Selected Lyrics 2000 – 2010

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    Wild Weeds: Selected Lyrics 2000 – 2010

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    Wild Weeds: Selected Lyrics 2000 – 2010

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    Legacy

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    Legacy

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    Legacy

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    Legacy

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    Le Gun 1, 2, 3

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    Le Gun 1, 2, 3

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    Le Gun 1, 2, 3

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    Le Gun 1, 2, 3

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    Le Gun 1, 2, 3

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    Le Gun 1, 2, 3

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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Things this week includes an epic tome of illustration called Le Gun (one, two and three), and Toska – “a sen­sa­tion of great spir­i­tual anguish often with­out any spe­cific cause…” Also, the legacy of the Arden Projects has been documented, and some concreted lyrics/typographic conceptuals have been typeset. Lastly, Things includes an alternative way to contemplate “bright white cornish pasty” or “bright white snow drop” paper stocks, for those who order paper samples, which is perhaps a lot of you…

Eternal Source of Light Devine YCN, Nick Ballon, Nelly Ben Hayoun

A pleasing and original stock sample book from Fedrigoni. A brilliant, if not surreally conceived book by YCN together with the ace stylist Nelly Ben Hayoun and photographer Nick Ballon. Some of it gets a bit Blue Velvet – a man smelling stock, a sexy ink close up, a woman lying on chair wrapping herself in paper etc. – but that’s good, I love that film.
www.fedrigoni.co.uk
www.ycnonline.com

Toska Lizzy Stewart

From a quote by Vladimir Nabokov, the word “toska” translates from Russian to something like “melancholia”. Here, the word has been interpreted with a deft quality in tone and line, firstly land-bound and grey, and then with people who are beginning to take the forms of their own wistful evocations. I like the pace here, and in so few pages it has a genuine feeling that pulls you through even though there is no narrative to speak of.
www.abouttoday.co.uk

Wild Weeds Composed by J. Maizlish. Design by Emma Williams

A set of type that echoes the rhythm and structure of a songs lyrics, “set on the page according to how and where they fall in their original musical settings.” Bars of music are broken as lines in text, the beats per line cited in the left. It’s a wonderfully simple, temporally concrete book, written by J. Maizlish and designed by Emma Williams (overseen by Fraser Muggeridge).
www.pleasedonotbend.co.uk/wild-weeds
www.emma-williams.com

Legacy: The Arden Projects Zelda Malan, Jack Llewellyn, Doug Stewart and Scott Taylor

Legacy, a collection of loose images and a book – which we are informed contains a pig’s innards and a gun, plus an imaginable spectrum in-between – is a document and celebration of Paul Arden, Toni Arden, the Arden Gallery itself, and the mutable, talented and “something you’d never seen before” students of Kingston University. It is also, and we totally agree, full of “clever ideas, great poignant images and passion.”
www.ardenandanstruther.com

Le Gun 1, 2, 3 Le Gun

“Welcome to a planet created by tireless fantasists built with ink-stained hands and common ground,” so starts this epic book, a collection of the first three cult illustration publications, Le Gun. The artists who formed it, all ex-RCA students, have a pretty cool story as to its survival involving hangovers and a financier from Madness. But bigger than that of course is the content. A hefty dose of narrative, predominantly in shades of grey, iconic imagery and ideas, so many ideas it hurts. A very special object indeed.
www.legun.co.uk

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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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    Anyone in New York had better gallop over to Ed. Varie gallery to catch a new show by the ever-wonderful artist Ana Kraš. We’ve posted about Ana a few times, mainly about her beautiful lamps and designs to make your home/life better, and her fun collaborative photography projects. Her show at Ed. Varie entitled Mothers with Spoons and Relationships is an exploration into her more recent love of drawing, using predominantly back-to-basics art supplies such as wax, crayon and oil pastel.

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    When we last encountered Essex-based painter Simon Monk he was busy preserving toy superheroes in plastic bags and rendering them with hyper-real precision. Secret Identity explored the strange imbalance of the powers ascribed to superheroes and the powerless inertia of their model representations. Since then he’s focussed his attention on one plastic superhero in particular, treating Batman with torturous sadism and restricting him with any binding he finds to hand. He’s been netted, taped, cling-filmed and roped down, trapped forever in a compromised position thanks to Simon’s dangerously accurate brushwork.

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    I came across Graham Little when going through content from the site, he was one of the first people I ever put on the site about three years ago. To revisit his work reminded me just how much I loved him the first time around, particularly as he’s been very busy in the last few years and has created some absolutely stunning new work. There’s something about the poses, and the calm nature of his nymph-like female subjects that makes me slightly uneasy.

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    I’m the third person to take a turn waxing lyrical about the art of Bryan Olson (he was discussed here and here in the past), but I don’t mind, I’m just happy to have the opportunity. The North Carolina-based artist is arguably the master of his medium; a creator of collages so delicately crafted it’s often impossible to tell they’ve been made from hand-cut paper. Though it’s by no means his only concern Bryan focusses a great deal on the cosmos in his work, leaving strange portals into the unknown at the centre of his images or placing earthly objects within inter-planetary scenes. It’s a heady combination that lures viewers in, making them feel like children gazing at a dense night sky or an adult on one hell of a trip.

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    The phrase “artistic intervention” has a chequered past, but we’re struggling to think of a more impressive example than Frank and Patrik Riklin’s BIGNIK. The ongoing project aims to build a huge picnic cloth by 2040, made up of 252,144 panels – one for every person in the Appenzell region of Switzerland.

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    Sure, here at It’s Nice That we love fine art. You may even walk past us on the weekend ambling around in galleries, or poring over art books in libraries. We champion some of the most exquisite architecture, sculpture and filmmaking along with some of the most groundbreaking works of art made in modern times. What you define as “art” is a personal thing, but I can tell you now that when it came to voting on content for the site (we decide on content via a voting process around a table FYI) this Presidents with Boob Faces was a unanimous “YES” from each knowledgeable, art-loving member of the It’s Nice That team. When you can see hard, skilled craftsmanship and evidence of a brave artist taking one small idea and running really, really far with it, how can you resist loving it? These are amazing, and artist Emily Deutchman should be very, very proud of herself.

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    When something is well-designed, be it a magazine, building, fashion collection or car – it should be well-celebrated. To honour the spectacular and cutting-edge design of the brand new Lexus NX, a new digital art exhibition entitled NX-Perspectives has been launched. Gathering together some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, makers and doers, Lexus have assigned them to create a special piece of performance art inspired by the Lexus NX to exhibit in the digital show.

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    London-based artist Aleksandra Mir has been busy over the past month investigating the process of drawing in a collaborative experiment that invites participants to contribute to a giant collage of the London skyline, rendered entirely with Sharpies. The process of creating the work was part of the exhibition itself, with Aleksandra and her team engaged in drawing everything by hand during the first days of the show. But for those that missed it there’s also a beautiful time-lapse film of the process, providing context and insight to this giant piece of collaborative draughtsmanship.

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    I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking; “How on earth did that priest train a dolphin to carry him like that?” Or maybe you’re thinking; “Where did the photographer have to stand to capture that image?” Or perhaps, in fact, you’re thinking; “This HAS to be fake.” But all of these lines of inquiry are valid in the world of Joan Fontcuberta, the Spanish artist and photographer who’s latest exhibition has just landed at The Science Museum’s Media Space.

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    You’re on the internet, so you probably like cats, right? Well, these woodblock prints by Tadashige Nishida capture all of those cat qualities that we love to love: his creepy but cute kittens are unafraid and alert, always listening and sensing, and very delicately, playfully poised. Tadashige renders the subtle lines of a cat’s body against brilliantly bold backgrounds, and it is very difficult to work out just what it is that makes his prints so hypnotically intriguing. Doris Lessing, one of literature’s best cat lovers, describes the curious creatures in the following way: “If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.” Tadashige captures these dexterous and whimsical cat attributes beautifully in his surprising, minimalist prints.

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    The only real auction action we get exposed to regularly is top programmes like Bargain Hunt or Flog It! but recently the whole auction concept has started to be used in a way that removes our cliched expectations of a collection of people (eccentric oddballs) bidding on antiques (old stuff).

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    As artist mediums go, paper cutting has its limits, right? Fine spindly branches supporting layers of luscious foliage for example might be a challenging one to recreate with scalpel and paper, for example, as might the rippling shadows that fall across swimming pools. Not so if you’re Lucy Williams. The London-based artist is redefining the nature of mixed media artwork with her absurdly detailed paper cuts. No line is too fine, no detail too small for her to recreate, and it’s precisely this unstoppable eye for detail that’s basically crowned her the queen of the method. Her penchant for mid-20th Century architecture and landscapes has taken her work across the world in exhibitions, and her awe-inspiring portfolio spanning no small number of years functions as a fantastic heap of evidence to explain why. Rub your eyes and gaze on in wonderment at these beauties.

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    You don’t get many portfolios as rich and as varied as Urs Fischer’s – his somewhat prolific sculptural work ranges from enormous rooms full of objects imprisoned in steel cubes, John Stezaker-esque collages and gargoyle-like characters that look straight out of Labyrinth. But you know, we’re It’s Nice That, so obviously we’re really into the paintings he did of people through history with hard boiled eggs masking their faces. Really though, these are incredibly beautiful pieces of work. Depending on how much you like eggs, they may or may not make you feel a bit nauseous. For me though, this is the best thing ever.