Archive

  1. Hc_list

    Of course the loss of any life is deeply saddening, but the news that designer-cum-filmmaker Hillman Curtis lost his batte with cancer two days ago, aged just 51, seems particularly devastating. Curtis has been responsible most recently for countless, genuinely insightful behind-the-scenes films, featuring an array of artists and designers (including Paula Scher, Lawrence Weiner (above) and Stefan Sagmeister, with whom Curtis was working on a project titled The Happy Film), all of whom seemed more than happy to welcome the gracious filmmaker into their lives. A big, big loss – not only for Curtis’ family, but for the design world as a whole.

  2. Js_list

    Manchester-based creative Joe Stratton epitomises current graphic design trends. That is, his portfolio – which abounds with wavy lines, internet-sourced imagery and manipulated type – tends towards fine art (why are young designers so scared of designing sweetener packaging?). But Stratton instead displays compositional nous, a keen visual eye and technical finesse. And combine this with the fact he seems to be working mainly for clients in music – an industry dependent on its ability to reflect contemporary fashions – and you can conclude Stratton’s pretty much nailing it.

  3. Ch_list

    Devastating with a pencil – that’s what artist Clay Hickson is, although he’s equally talented with crayons it seems, and boy does he know his way around Adobe Illustrator. Hickson’s work is vibrant and commonly surreal (he features Calder-like mobiles within Dalí-inspired compositions, apparently just for the hell of it), and although his illustrations sometimes straddle the borders of overly-trendy, it’s often genuinely accomplished. All hail Hickson, you strange, wonderfully-talented man!

  4. Showdownmain3

    Is it just us or are music videos getting more and more epic by the week? If ever there was a video to get you pumped up for a dancey, maybe even semi-violent weekend then this is it. Leeds-based Crowns & Owls have just released this absolute grimy gem of a music video featuring some of the best casting I have ever witnessed. You can just imagine the insane mood board for this video; a grim smoothie concoction including slices of Flashdance, Billy Elliott and Teenwolf. Chuck in an excellent song by Toby Gale and you’ve got one heck of a music video.

  5. Dadlist

    With a big 50th anniversary bash coming in September (along with the dishing out of the coveted Black Pencils) the D&AD awards took on a slightly different format last night as creatives convened to find out who was going home with a Yellow Pencil.

  6. Wonderful-world

    This music video for Lost Lander’s track Wonderful World is like looking into the nicest, most colour-happy petri-dish. Stefan Nadelman’s beautiful, propagating visuals animate the “additive evolution of prime numbers,” pleasing us no end with his deft animation and synaesthetic timing. Wonderful indeed.

  7. Alex-prager-list

    A trio of exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and London by contemporary artist Alex Prager present her new series of photographs titled Compulsion. These images, that capture pregnant moments and play with high-melodrama using iconic, cinematic sight-lines, engage the viewer with an immediate emotional response. Compulsion, with its repeating image of an eye, is unmistakably voyeuristic; “the protagonists remain anonymous and distant” and we, the watchers, perpetually observe their tragedy but never take part in it.

  8. Khmain2

    Archie comics lose their charm once the late-teens kick in, but then there’s Kristian Hammerstad to coax you in to his world where the characters look like Archie and Betty and Veronica but are definitely not them. Wave goodbye to milkshakes and beach volleyball and say hello to discoloured skin, mutant ape men and throbbing eyeballs. The work of Kristian Hammerstad is simultaneously reminiscent of old garage metal gig posters and those Archie comics that it is all at once a charmingly nostalgic sight to behold.

  9. Sean-pecknold

    The apocalypse is here in Sean Pecknold’s latest animation and it falls on the (headless) shoulders of two shadows – literally, metaphorically – to represent the last of humankind. The male gets it into his head that they should procreate, something the female, and myself, find a confusing and prolonging act of pointlessness – queue relationship problems. It’s a charming and esoteric animation, made simply of paper and rice, a departure in style from the last we saw of Sean and his music video for Shrine, epically crafted for the band Fleet Foxes, but this is in no way a bad thing and the unelaborate animation devices compliment the narrative so that Sean’s distinctive ability to tell a great story is as vital in the work as ever.

  10. Rilist

    The obvious challenge in reviewing installation art is the inevitable “you had to be there” issue, relying as it does so much on real-time manipulation (in a non pejorative way). This is especially true of Ryoji Ikeda’s new data.anatomy (civic) piece which opened yesterday in Berlin, combining as it does a massively theatrical setting with a complex piece of video art.

  11. List

    It’s difficult to know what prison is really like until we actually decide to commit a crime and get in big trouble for it. Luckily for us photographer Patrick Simpson has saved us from that by giving a rare glimpse into Angola Prison in Louisiana. Different to other insights into prison life, his series focuses on the model inmates of the prison called ‘trustees’ and the arts program ‘Hobby Craft’ that involves painting, wood and leather working, taxidermy and furniture building, set up as part of their rehabilitation.

  12. Jpmain

    It’s fair to say we don’t know much about Jaret Penner apart from the brief nuggets of information provided by two very reputable sources – Nieves and Tiny Vices – who are also fans of his work. Naive and delirious, Jaret’s paintings and drawings are right up your street if you’re into the likes of Shrigley, or any other artist that manages to evoke the weirdness out of the mundane or even more out of the already weird.

  13. Sa_list

    Word on the street is our favourite photographic duo Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes have made a book. But the Amsterdam-based pair (who fellow Dutch creatives Lernert and Sander highlighted during their spell as guest posters) haven’t made just any publication, because Unfolded also acts as an exhibition.

  14. Atlist

    Filmmaker and composer Andrew Telling is a master of creating rich, immersive atmospheres. It’s no surprise that he’s trained in sound as well as visuals as his films marry both to create a compelling sensual experience. His just-released piece following the Rapha Condor Sharp cycling team on their Spanish training camp typifies this multi-layered brilliance and is as fine a three minutes as I have seen in a long time. He’s also just unveiled his good-looking new website giving us the perfect excuse to soak up his work in its entirety, and to ask him a few questions.

  15. Ron-list

    There are times when art makes you feel unsettled, confused or just plain weird. Don’t be afraid though, it’s probably what you’re supposed to feel – so just embrace it man!

  16. Olo

    OLO is an html5 game developed by digital design studio Sennep and, like all the best, most productivity threatening ways to use your iPad/Pod/Phone, it has easy rules, a simple, engaging design and induces compulsive behaiviour. We love it when a studio pursues personal projects and, as a new version is set to be released, the fun continues with this great little animation.

  17. Rayyy-list

    When a collection of furniture reminds you of the hit 1980s game show, Blockbusters, you know you’re onto a winner. But the Rayuela stools from Spanish furniture designers Alvaro Catalan de Ocon, are of course so much more than that.

  18. Br_list

    Artist Ben Rivers’ work has most recently focussed on hermetic individuals living beyond the reaches of ‘normal’ life (see Origin of the Species, 2008). But the Somerset-born artist’s new exhibition, which opens this Friday at the Kate MacGarry Gallery, revisits his earlier investigations into deserted space. Featuring a new 10 minute, 16mm film, as well as a series of black and white photographs, the artist explores the life of one man (a friend of Rivers’), via the “animistic artefacts” left in his empty flat a year after his death.

  19. Sdlist

    Figurative sculpture treads a fine line between gallery and garden centre sometimes, but Sophie Dickens gets it bang on. She was commissioned to make a judo sculpture for the Olympic Judo Centre ahead of this summer’s games, and has gone on to create a bronze sporting series to go on show at the Sladmore Contemporary in May. Sophie has a real pedigree as a sculptor having won the V&A Sculpture Prize in 2007, but it’s her attention to detail that seems to raise her work above the norm. She took an anatomy course to better understand how the human body works and when she was commissioned for the Olympic piece she spent hours studying judo moves so as to better recreate them. The results are extraordinarily dynamic pieces that appear frozen in time, as though the White Witch had gotten furious in a 2012 training camp (she turned people to stone, it’s not that tenuous a reference!)

  20. Pp

    If horse racing is indeed the sport of kings then ping-pong must be the sport of youth clubs, but maybe its reputation is set for an overdue rehabilitation. Ping Pong follows the fortunes of eight pensioners as they prepare for the World Table Tennis Championships in Mongolia. There’s Inge (89) who uses the sport to help battle her dementia, Australian centurion Dorothy, the oldest ever competitor, and a host of other elderly eccentrics just potty about ping-pong. But it’s also a film about growing old, about looking back and about making sense of things. Released in July, it promises to be an early antidote to the slick, coporatism likely to engulf much of this summer’s sport.

  21. Noman-6

    Once you know that NOMAN is the collective efforts of a fashion designer, Selina Parr, and a product designer, Lara Tolman, it becomes wonderfully, obviously clear that the design sensibilities of one is clearly affecting the other; be it material, how a form just hangs or the careful assortment of colour and texture. For this reason, they tell us, we could discuss whether their work as “designed art of useless design.” But, of course, fashion is never just limited to garments that are worn and NOMAN’s vital directive is to “carry out an atomsphere.” which they do with installations and a deliberate and aesthetic extroversion of standard inanimate forms; lengthening, colouring, iterating and carefully composing – not totally un-like dressing a model for couture – their end goal being that to afford the concept of ‘fashion’ a “broader interpretation.”

  22. Daniel-clowes-list

    Considering how much I enjoy and respect comic artist Daniel Clowes’ work, how frequently I recommend his graphic novels (of late, the morally flawed tale of modern defeatist Wilson) or comics (find a semi-recent compendium of The Death Ray and eat it), or point with embarrassing, potentially threatening, enthusiasm towards his illustrative commissions for the likes of the New Yorker (and to all of the above, most commonly, to pester people to do the same) – I find it difficult to talk about his work in any aesthetic detail.

  23. Craneclerk

    We already got a bit excited about some of the highlights of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week when they were announced a few weeks back and that sense of anticipation has been cranked up a notch thanks to our friends at Crane.tv. They’ve produced this short, high energy promo film featuring a few of the sights and sounds we’ll be treated to next month and all signs point that it’s gearing up to be a cracker.

  24. Clublist

    It’s the kind of brief you might get set at art school – re-design a ubiquitous, well-known product from scratch, enhancing its design and ironing out issues. But Heineken’s Open Design Explorations Project has made that pie-in-the-sky idea a reality, bringing the expertise and resources of a major, multinational, design-obsessed brand to the party.

  25. Clmain

    A lot of people are making scarves at the moment, but that’s totally valid. What better place to put a piece of eye-popping print than on yourself so you can blow everyone’s minds on the bus? Charlotte Linton’s scarves are not just some sweet print whacked on a 100% silk scarf: oh no. Charlotte is inspired by the geographical wonders of the world, and relies on her muse ‘Ermantrude’ to trek across distant lands to bring back inspiration.

  26. Thibaud-herem-list

    Thibaud Herem is one bleeding-edge draftsman with such attention for hand-rendered detail that he makes forensics look like a game of eye-spy. For his latest update, his architectural fascination has turned homewards with two depictions of extraordinary buildings on French soil: The Staint-George swimming pool in Rennes, one of the first public pools in France, and the villa Les Rhumbs, childhood home and museum of Christian Dior.

  27. Nk_list

    In a couple of months, the judges behind the Prix Pictet – a young but already well-respected photography prize – will announce a high profile shortlist of environmentally-conscious photographers reacting to the theme of Power. The winner – someone who, in the jury’s opinion, “has produced a series of work that speaks most powerfully to the theme of the award,” and which serves to raise public consciousness of worldwide sustainability issues – will claim a CHF 100,000 prize, and a whole lot of praise.

  28. Eamain

    Something very special is happening if a girl can make contemporary football look as if it’s channelling vibes from 1980s apres-ski wear. Ellie Andrews, the girl responsible for introducing tea-and-kitten saturated illustrators all over the country to the off-side rule with her prints at Handmade & Bound and Beach London, has a portfolio bursting with fluoro-pastel sports imagery from water bottles to tight shorts and comedy haircuts. Marvel at her risographs and diagrams, feel jealous, then get back to whatever it was you were doing.

  29. Lb_list

    Swiss artist Linus Bill has updated his website. Is this news? Well, yes, sort of. Bill seems to rarely update, so when he does it warrants attention. Filled with the weird and the wonderful, Bill’s work is refreshingly irreverent and, at times, downright funny. See more in Topmotiviert, Bill’s Rollo Press-published book, released on the occasion of the exhibition Was nun? at the Photoforum Pasquart Biel.

  30. Grant-orcahrd

    To celebrate their 15th birthday onedotzero – luminaries of the digital moving image realm – have commissioned a number of their filmmakers from over the years to create wallpaper making Granimator™ packs with app interface designers ustwo™.

  31. Ps_list

    Ponystep, now three issues old, is unapologetically glossy. We’re talking high-fashion, see-your-own-reflection shiny. It consists of a brilliantly colourful melange of profiles and fashion stories – some sexy, others less so – and features the great and the good of the photography world – Martin Parr (who, perhaps predictably, publishes a story set in an English seaside town), the provocative Byron Newman, and fashion industry great Miles Aldridge (who brilliantly photographs cover star Amir Khan, amongst others). Imagine seeing that printed on anything but a gloss stock knee deep in varnish? We can’t…

  32. Werner-aisslingers-list

    We’ve all had a fondness for a cane furniture set at some point in our lives, so we already know the wonders nature and it’s plants can provide us. Challenging the extent to which it can be used though is designer Werner Aisslinger whose newest concept project, Chair Farm, sees him actually growing furniture.

  33. Talbot-type-list

    One of the best things about hearing from professional creatives is learning what they focus on when they’re not at work. Adrian Talbot, design director at London-based creative studio, Intro, has just launched his own site to showcase his fonts called Talbot Type. As you’d expect from a designer with his professional experience, the site is an all-things-considered portfolio presenting the functional fruits of his lettering labour since his college days and his early time at Intro in the early 1990s. It also offers those who love type context by way of Specimen Handbooks and postcards, “typographic curiosities which display them [the faces] to their best advantage” in a straight-up, tangiably qualitative format.

  34. Db_list

    “A situation, invented or documented, that can be read in different ways” – that’s what prompts photographer Devin Blair into taking pictures. Vancouver-born but Glasgow-trained, Blair takes cinematic, voyeuristic stills infused with hazy narratives, sometimes for himself, mostly for well-respected magazines like PIN-UP, Fantastic Man, and tattoo specialists Sang Bleu.

  35. Aflist

    The name of amost any country conjures up an immediate mental image usually rooted in stereotype, stale or otherwise. Mention any African country and whatever comes to mind is almost certainly set against a sun-scorched backdrop, and it’s this automatic associations that photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg enjoys unpicking.

  36. Steakmain

    I can’t think of a better way to publicise an exhibition than with an insulting scarf, can you? Let this brilliant novelty item get you excited about Steak Mtn’s (aka Christopher Norris’s) current show at Beach London. Expect evil imagery, scratchy typography and lots of lurid colours that he doesn’t care if you don’t like. If you’re a fan, head to t-shirt barons Blood is the New Black where you’ll find his artwork and some fantastic collaborations on soft, well fitting garments.

  37. Prometheus

    I thought the term “gripping” was only used by badger-like film critics born in the 1950s. I was wrong, just you try blinking while you watch this viral, directed by Johnny Hardstaff, for Ridley Scott’s much, much, much anticipated new film Prometheus. It’s a fine and brilliantly gauged two and a half minutes, shot in an aesthetic from an undefined era of science fiction, with a simple script delivered with total emotive brevity by an android called David (Michael “Should’ve won an Oscar for Shame” Fassbender). If this is the effect of a single viral (i.e. unutterably sinister – “I can carry out directives that my human counterparts might find distressing or unethical” shudder, shudder) then the full feature is likely to blind us all. Can’t wait!

  38. Big-list

    We sit down a lot, and complain when we’re not – so it’s definitely become a priority to have a sturdy base for our caboose. Luckily for us, designers make sure that our good-taste eye doesn’t become blinded by our desperation for any surface to sit on. Now, even luckier for us is clothing label Marni making a foray into furniture design at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair.

  39. Noijelll-list

    Jelly is probably one of the most fun foods there is. Regardless of whether you like the taste, you can’t deny the wobbling, translucent bundles of joy will always bring a smile to your face. For Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard though, they wanted more from jelly, so have cranked up the fun factor to 11 (and the weird factor to about 7) and created the game Noisy Jelly in which players can make sweet melodies from the gelatinous dessert.

  40. Pllist

    Time and place can be fickle mistresses, what with their adherence to the laws of physics. Regarding the latter, luckily La Gaite Lyrique recently held a show entitled 2062 which purported to give gallery-goers a glimpse into what the future of art might hold. Only issue was that it was in Paris, so I couldn’t physically go, but never fear, creative collective Pleix who worked on the show have ridden to the rescue by posting some fun, intriguing images from the show on their site. Take that time AND space!