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    Mono. Kultur #27 – Ryan McGinley : Daydreaming

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    Moronic, Brendan Baker and Daniel Evans

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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Shout out to John the postman – a great man we have come to know at the new studio because the postbox is at the bottom of the door and he either can’t see it or he’s got a bad back, but probably it’s just because we get epic amounts of post. Some of which are this weeks featured few, that is to say, Shoppinghour Magazine, A Touch of Code from Gestalten, Ryan McGinley’s issue of Mono.Kultur, Future Folk at Goldsmiths uni and the guys behind the zine Moronic.

Shoppinghour Magazine Issue 7 edited by Peter Eramian and Yasushi Tanaka-Gutiez. Design by Think Work Observe

Shoppinghour Magazine is a combination of critical theory, philosophy, poetry and art A really interesting and rich selection of photographers feature as does illustration but it’s the writing (and the contemporary design) that talks loudest. Though “tackling” seems a heavy handed word when you consider how deftly they handle social and political issues. Particularly enjoying the bold statement chapters that seem appropriate for the occasionally political and always opinionated editorial that they proceed.
www.shoppinghourmagazine.com
www.t-wo.it

Daydreaming: Ryan McGinley Mono.Kultur #27

“I love the idea of the unexpected.” reads the cover. Me too. Rather less easy to handle is the (at first) gushing editorial about the “photographer of the now”, “never seen before” Ryan McGinley. You quickly concede to the dark (or rather brightly coloured, light, free, mostly naked) side of things as you make your way through image after quite brilliant image, and read a sort of lusty/painful account of life as he knows it. Meanwhile you just, sort of, want to be him by the end of it. Published by the ever good Mono.Kultur.
www.mono-kultur.com

Moronic Brendan Baker and Daniel Evans

A collaborative photographic study of all things curious by Brendan Baker and Daniel Evans. This includes several bums (actual derrieres), a fish with arms, flags and some men clothed in foliage. Each image is accompanied by an abstract, fractured sentence – like for the bush-men, the quote reads “You can just be yourself today . Act natural”, which I really like. Lovely zine, can’t quite grasp the title but it looks good on the marble cover.
www.cargocollective.com/danielevans
www.cargocollective.com/brendanbaker

Future Folk Goldsmiths Design students

The season is upon us and undoubtedly every graduate up and down the country is suffering from the big A and experiencing the palpitations of 73-year-old smoker. We received a rather lovely looking catalog of exhibiters for Goldsmiths design course team-up. Printed at Ditto press, with a constant (and good) format that both equalises each person within the design and gives them individual posters. Interesting bit of writing on their site about the whole affair that ends evocatively on the statement that “questions in a time of contradiction are perhaps the only thing that won’t cause any harm.”
www.futurefolkdesign.co.uk

A Touch of Code Gestalten

In full, A Touch of Code: Interactive, Installations and Experiences is a reference-heavy, stop-at-every-page-and-say-“cool” sort of book that can briefly be defined by the themes: look; touch; explore; engage; intervene. Showcased are the vast technical, community lead installations and art pieces plus incidental interventions between all of the above. The preface by Prof. Joachim Sauter does it justice and the people featured include many of our favourites, including Troika and UVA.
www.gestalten.com/touch-of-code

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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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    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.

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    Opening tomorrow, the Cob Gallery’s new exhibition explores Pastiche, Parody and Piracy in British artwork, exploring the age-old practice of appropriation as a means to explore new ideas. The exhibition has been put together by curator Camilla Ellingsen Webster, satirical cartoonist Jeremy Banx and artist Miriam Elia, partly in response to threats of legal action against Miriam following the realease of her most recent work We Go to the Gallery.

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    From what I can gather, these abstract paintings were made by placing the nibs of inky marker pens on top of a stack of paper. The result is an amazing blotted fusion of kaleidoscopic patterns and rainbow colours, which kind of looks like the psychedelic shapes butterfly wing’s make when seen through a microscope.

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    Who needs stupid real flags when fictional ones are this beautiful? Mariana Abasolo (cool name) has created these magnificent, bright images that are somewhere in-between celebratory bunting and the backs of playing cards, and make her Flickr account look like some sort of culty party. We don’t know much about Mariana, but we do know that her work hasn’t always been like this – a quick scan through the rest of her portfolio shows that she’s been making some truly curious drawings for a while now – browser windows drawn in coloured pencil and strange, surreal living room scenes to name but a few. Very impressive, Mariana. More please!