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Things Part I

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Just so you’re not impressed into paralytic submission, Things this week is split into two. This, part I, is a making up for a temporary tool predicament (I found the camera!) and will be featuring Wills and Kates (every week until the big day?), missing dogs, Norwegian landscapes, smutty type, and a literary review about advertising with a catchy name.

Missing Pets Vol. One Grimsrud & Showalter

“There is a dog that may be wandering around lost on the common” half sounds like a the open to a Yeats poem but actually is a rather eloquent example of some lost dog signage. Grimsrud & Showalter are the ‘Curators of collections’ and have put together a nice, maybe sad but best of found posters that will tug on the metaphorical dog leads of your heart.
www.grimsrudandshowalter.co.uk

Wills and Kate are getting hitched! Alice Pattullo

Alice has kindly reminded us it’s not all about vomit and scones (mutually exclusive) on the forthcoming marriage of Wills and Kate “People’s Princess” Middleton with a celebratory crown and poster. Both screen printed with typical excellence that we can now associate Alice with. Great likeness too (it’s in the teeth).
www.alicepattullo.com

Gratuitous Type Elana Schlenker

A lovely printed, honest publication, Gratuitous Type is a “pamphlet of typographic smut” and as such, features some great, fan-like musings on people and projects that play with form and context for type and its many faces. Lovely centrefold featuring covers from Cuba’s golden era.
www.gratuitoustype.com

Strom: Drawings and Paintings Nigel Peake

These repetitively marked and coloured landscapes are what Nigel Peake remembers whilst in an attic in Ballytrustan or on the floor of an apartement in Brooklyn, from his week in a cabin in Norway. If his memories are as richly textured and beautiful as these I either want to visit this cabin, or sit in his brain. Havn’t decided which.
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Adliterate Review Richard Huntington

Adliterate Review is that rare beast, a demi-broadsheet chock a block of unapologetic text (some justified “unparralled narcissism”) that you can happily read without your brain falling out your ears. It is generally good when someone bothers to put a provocation or hypothesis about something as huge as advertising into words so that the rest of us can limpet our disagreement or grow our own opinions off it. Shows he (Richard) gives a damn, and he sustains that caring with the original blog. (Also great).
www.adliterate.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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    Head down to Southwark Street just south of the River Thames, and you’ll find Alex Chinneck’s large-scale project, A pound of flesh for 50p. Starting as a life-size two-storey house made out of 8,000 wax bricks, the sculpture will eventually be a mess of rooftop and melted wax come mid-November.

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    Several artists have attempted to respond to the nude photo scandal, in which private photographs of a number of celebrities were hacked from Apple’s iCloud software and leaked on sites like 4chan and Reddit earlier this year, but few have had any success in harnessing the sense of shock and the eery echo of “have you seen them?” which rippled through the internet in the aftermath.

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    Writing is rarely a chore. However, sometimes you find yourself working on a piece that reaffirms why internships spent schlepping round Covent Garden in the pissing rain on breakfast compote runs, and hours practising writing “multi-storey carpark” in shorthand are more than worth the irritation.

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    I don’t care how nice the wallpaper or the lampshades may be, there’s something creepy about the stereotypical American motel featured in films, novels and plays. As if expressly to prove my point, artist Airco Caravan created a series called Crime Scene in which she paints the rooms that have previously played host to murders, suicides and accidental deaths.

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    Swedish creative Henrik Franklin is a designer, illustrator and animator with two of the world’s leading design schools (Konstfack in Sweden and Rhode Island School of Design) sparkling on his CV. Invited to showcase his considerable talents in Anna Lidberg’s Gallery 1:10 – “the miniature gallery for contemporary art” – Henrik produced a table of tiny tomes and the attention-to-detail on each cover design is really impressive.

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    Victoria Siddall has worked at Frieze for just over a decade and two years ago was made Director of Frieze Masters. Excitingly, just a few weeks ago she was appointed Director of Frieze Masters, Frieze New York and Frieze London. As well as being one of the most powerful women in the art world, Victoria is also my sister, so I was curious to find out how she’s feeling on the dawn of her new career.

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    The Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern has an incredible presence when it’s void of installations, which is what’s so wonderful about the huge enclosed space. As much as I admire the vast emptiness though, it’s even more exciting when a piece of work is placed in the hall and interrupts the vacuum. Opening today, American sculptor Richard Tuttle is the latest commissioned artist to show his work in the space and his 24ft sculpture certainly makes an impact.

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    I came across the work of Matthias Geisler over on Booooooom the other day and was reminded that we hadn’t posted something like this in a while. Matthias’ work is a swirling blend of spirits and creatures that are created with meticulous use of pencil crayons and water-colours. Is it me or are watercolours real in at the moment? All the cool kids seem to be using them.

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    A kind of magic happens when Seth Armstrong puts brush to canvas. Having only been familiar with his work for the Mr Porter Journal, I became instantly bewitched by his paintings when clicking through his website.

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    Whatever the some naysayers may claim there is an art to collage and not everyone can do it, despite how good you think your teenage collages of cut-out red lips, Leonardo DiCaprio and puppies were. Anthony Zinonos is the perfect example of this, having featured on the site previously he’s updated his portfolio with some really cool bits and bobs.

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    There’s something very fun and raw about Jessica Hans’ vases and her approach to ceramics in general. Based in Philadelphia, she’s had a longstanding interest in foraging and raw materials since university; this has carried over into her ceramics work, which in the past has seen her driving to clay sites, digging her materials out of the ground and then firing them in their original state to see what would happen.

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    “To be an artist and for anyone to care vaguely about what you do is a great thing,” says street artist Moose in this fascinating new Nissan campaign, but his work is more important than most. As the inventor of reverse graffiti – whereby he uses a high-powered pressure washer to stencil imagery in the dirt that accumulates in our cities – Moose’s work asks questions about our attitudes to pollution in a very creative way.

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    To stare into a Danny Fox painting is like waking up in a world written by Charles Bukowski on a particularly heavy bender. There’s sex and drinking and guns, plus boxers and strippers and cowboys; here a horse, there a tiger. It’s intense and unnerving and exciting, but although there’s something very contemporary about Danny’s paintings, his rise to prominence owes a great deal to the support of a more well-established artist (an age-old route for up-and-coming artistic stars).