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  1. Chris-keegan-1

    Y’know those breezy summer days when you lie on the grass and cloudgaze, spotting dinosaurs, lampshades, oceans and strange faces with a variety of expressions? Well, Chris Keegan does a very long-distance version of this. We’re talking light years. Digitally manipulating images found by NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Keegan’s Celestial Artworks feature all sorts of creatures built of the stars, space-clouds and various naturally-occuring visuals found far, far away.

  2. Onionskin

    Japanese animation team ONIONSKIN have somehow harnessed the delicious satisfaction you feel in successfully launching a scrunched up piece of paper into a bin from a distance and converted it into animated form. In this very sweet and unassuming short, ONIONSKIN manage to sync the rhythm of the song to the movements of the Sim City-like scene to absolute perfection. It’s not often you see a track with a music video that so perfectly fits the tone, but this one does. Perhaps that’s also down to the track being a music video creators dream. Doit Science, the band responsible describe it as “repeatedly complete imperfect Texture and too much Chorus.” Um, okay!

  3. Domitille-collardey-list

    After reading her comic in the latest NoBrow compilation (No.7), I’ve got it bad for Domitille Collardey. In multifarious styles the French cartoonist and illustrator (based in Brooklyn) tells stories with a strange wit and little consolation for her characters. In one particular comicstrip series, Bureau of Indisputed Truths, Alfred Hitchcock sports a range of toupees, the unfortunate fate(s) of old-time cultural figures like Nicolas de Stael and Max Linder and Virginia Woolf are played out relatively close to their historical recordings and other four-five panel streams of consciousness cover such disparate and entertaining subjects as lesser known (unrealised) artworks from the greats. Many cartoonists adopt different styles to communicate a story in a different way – most recently Daniel Clowes’ Wilson stands out – and Domitille nails it by working holistically in brush-and-ink with spot on colour and brevity of text.

  4. Main

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that these were photographs taken in the depths of a very scary war-zone, I know I did. You can so easily become concerned with looking at the bloodied soldiers on sterile beds in what looks like a disused factory, that you don’t even see the enormous lights and film equipment scattered in the balcony above them. So, although you may believe yourself to be in some sort of Call of Duty parallel universe, Kalpesh Lathigra’s photographs in his Coriolanus series merely depict the set of one of the goriest films of 2012.

  5. Fred-tomaselli-list

    Caifornian born, Brooklyn-based artist Fred Tomaselli’s images are an utter explosion of detail; leaves, pills, images of eyes and mouths, and acrylic-painted forms drape, interlace, and overlap to reproduce incredible visuals that evoke fairy-tale illustration and freewheeling psychadelica alike. A graduate in painting and drawing, Tomaselli executes much of his massive work on wooden panels, bestowing the works with a bygone or otherworldly air. The forest scenes, birds, and landscapes are mesmerising enough, but keep zooming – and the image fragments into yet more discovery–- building-blocks of butterflies, herbs, photography. Woah.

  6. Ablist

    I’m going to level with you, everything I know about Lithuania you could fit on the back of a beer mat (A small beer mat. With “Capital=Vlinius” written on it). But turns out ignorance is not bliss, and that there;s some interesting creative talents the Baltic republic (thanks Wikipedia) is keeping to itself.

  7. At

    When it comes to compiling a list of the most significant figures of the 20th Century, Alan Turing should be one of the frontrunners. The man responsible for cracking the Nazi u-boat enigma code during World War Two went on to develop the ideas that have seen him hailed as the father of modern computing and a new show at London’s Science Museum marks the centenary of his birth. It is among a series of events planned for 2012 designed to rehabilitate somewhat his reputation which has often been overlooked due to his conviction for homosexuality – he was sentenced to chemical castration and took his own life by eating an arsenic-laced apple in 1954.

  8. Mona-choo-1

    Mona Choo’s work is a beautifully printed lucky dip filled with chiffon and seaweed, and carried through various landscapes filled with a diverse selection of characters. The Singapore-born artist studied graphic design and Illustration at Kingston, and in 2009 was awarded the international Print-in-Residence position at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

  9. Rodina-list

    Nothing says fun design like cartoon appendages being used as graphic devices, so that would make The Rodina (made up by Vit Musil, Radim Petruška and Tereza Rullerová) very fun indeed. Unapologetically aesthetic glitches and textures with a graphic vernacular that sounds/looks like – without taking itself too seriously – more art than design, but still equally as communicative.

  10. List

    Designers of all stripes can get fixated on their own trials and tribulations – when that font just won’t render properly or your Creative Suite keeps on freezing – so it’s salutory to be reminded about designers forced to work in very different circumstances.

  11. Kylemain

    It’s hard to sum up things that are as good as Kyle Platt’s creations, but I suppose if I were to explain his work to someone who had recently gone blind, I’d probably say something along the lines of “Imagine what Bart Simpson would draw if he was real and incredibly good at illustration.” Yep, bogeys, sweat, sludge, teeth, spots, toes – this is the stuff that dreams are made of, especially in the comic and zine world, in which Kyle seems to be a pretty high-flier. Pick up his meticulously detailed, disgusting and beautiful prints at illustration fairs across the country, nay the world, but remember to get him to sign it – it’ll be worth a lot of money one day.

  12. Gneborg-list

    I’m not sure where to start. These might just be the most satisfying sets of images that I’ve had the pleasure of being out-witted by. Photo-duo Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset (collectively Gneborg) use no trickery to make these clever-clever and strange (brilliantly so) one-liner photos that betray something close to genius. There is real theatre and sculptural brio to the work that has convinced me that theirs is surely the funnest job ever. Why make a den out of studio furniture when you can make a damn fine camel?

  13. Calef-brown-1

    On the inside flap of Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks, its states that Calef Brown, its author and illustrator, “is a blue elephant.” I was about nine when I first became acquainted with this work, and struggled to understand how the elephant illustrated above the short bio could wield a paintbrush so effectively with its flat circular-soled elephant foot. But as there was no other explanation, I could do nothing but accept and move on to the hugely enjoyable array of bizarre rhymes and wonderful images on its pages. I can still recite any of them, and am still entertained by the glorious juxtaposition of creatures and beasts and contemporary North American culture.

  14. Main

    You may take some hilarious photos at work. Perhaps snaps of some amusing post-its, or someone larking about with a novelty hat – and there’s nothing wrong with any of that. If anything, keep it up. But please don’t be dismayed when you see that Don Pettit has been casually snapping what he sees every day out of his office window – the cosmos. In these spectacular long-exposure shots, Don conveys a snapshot not just of what it’s like to be a flight engineer on a spacecraft but the sheer amount of light Earth emits from the cities that cover it, and the huge amount of light that the stars and auroras feed back.

  15. List

    The best thing football provides is melodrama, an excuse in an increasingly cynical and coolly unimpressed world to revel in glory, failure, trump and disaster. It’s why the highlight of any major tournament is the England-knocked-out-montage a collection of heart rending clips set to something mournful by a band like Embrace.

  16. Inventory-lead

    Currently showing at the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery is an extraordinary group show of works of art that are, for all intents and purposes, invisible. Such art has raised the collective hackles of red-top papers with contentious cries of “can’t see what all the fuss is about modern art?” A sentiment echoed in some of the best comments I have ever had the pleasure of reading, i.e., direct quote: “Art it isn’t i hate that if a normal people does it its nothing but if an art critic says its art its art i say these art critics know nothing.”

  17. Main1

    “Behind the housing estates and bedroom windows of Scunthorpe hides a cyber-world in which I am insignificant…” What an opening line! This perfectly-crafted short film was actually produced for Random House to promote Misha Glenny’s book Dark Market (which, after seeing this, I’m definitely going to read.) So behold this animation from “We am the Kestrel”, a collaborative team made up of Stephen Middleton, Theo Nunn, Phoebe Halstead and Nuno Neves, featuring a man trudging through Scunthorpe in all its glory whilst tendril-like feelers and creatures emerge out of the gloomy corners. Short, sweet, and very powerful – this must be the best method of promoting a new novel.

  18. Post

    Take a closer look at Jill Sylvia’s work – it’s hard not to be impressed. She painstakingly hand-cuts out the negative spaces between grids on ledger paper to amazing effect (and scale). By systematically subtracting elements, the surface is transformed into a lattice; a material language that runs throughout her art.

  19. Dwlist

    It’s tough to take on the subject of endangered species without tipping into cliche, sentimentality and/or emotional blackmail but painter Dave White has brought a fresh, vibrant voice to this tricky topic with his new show in London.

  20. Gdlist

    Assertive and bright, Hats & Tales is the dynamic studio partnership between Rotterdam-based designers Hanneke Minten and Saskia Pouwels. Much of the confidence of the work arrives from a solution-based rethink of the initial question and shape of the projects. The collaborative outcomes include many worthy self-initiated projects like The Right to Answer which allows responses to a poster slogan to be worked directly onto the graphic or cultural designs for institutes and magazines, like the identity and print collateral for B-Side Festival. Strong work from a conscientious studio with a mind for education as well as execution of design.

  21. Chris-pell

    In 2009, we featured Chris Pell in our Graduate feature, and since then, he has continued to produce very impressive work. Literally drawing on a strong interest in early human civilisation and fantasy worlds, the Brighton graduate creates visually compelling compositions and landscapes filled with all sorts of strange beings and goings-on. There is a sense of the mythological in his work, with beasts, hybrids, and monstrous-looking individuals cropping up time and again – along with allusions to tribal ritual.

  22. Bfmain

    It doesn’t take much time to bosh out trendy graphic design these days, and what with the overwhelming abundance of internet-exclusive artworks, it’s easy to feel like the territory is saturated, and must remain in the digital domain. This is the reason Bea Fremderman caught our eye – not content with restricting her artwork to the screen alone, Bea began to bring what should be onscreen (smooth, cold immaculate objects hovering around one another as if floating in another dimension) and actually build them in the real world. Or did she? A lot of the time spent looking at her work can easily be taken up with deciding whether this is in fact real at all, but let’s just say it is. And it’s excellent.

  23. This-is-not-real

    After a year of worldwide screenings and festivals, Gergely Wootsch’s delightful This is Not Real, his graduating animation from the Royal College of Art, is now available to watch online in full. The story follows a small boy on his “chimerical journey” from despondent reality to something altogether brighter and dreamily disconnected, depicted with devices unique to the high quality of digital craft Gergely employs.

  24. Mia-pearlman-1

    Take those scraps of paper lying around your desk, draw on them, cut pieces from them, tack them up somewhere… and BAM, supersculptures! Well, not quite – far more detail, hard work and concentration occurs in the production of Mia Pearlman’s work, which utilises the layering, sculpting, and light-admitting capabilities of paper to wondrous effect.

  25. Julian-germain-list

    Now showing at Nederlands Fotomuseum is the ongoing series Classroom Portraits, 2004-2012 from social recorder Julian Germain. In each oddly familiar environment, your perspective is that of the teacher but at “child height”; you have the class’ full (largely uninterested, expressionless) attention and it is a strange, almost disconcerting thing to be looked at in such a way.

  26. Sechairslist

    One of the most encouraging things about the Occupy movement which swept through parts of the Western world last year was that it re-engaged many artists with socio-political themes and re-energised themes and ideas that had fallen out of fashion a bit. One of my favourite responses came from Chielan-born New York-based Sebastian Errazuriz whose Occupy Chairs took were inspired by real slogans which appeared on protesters’ placards. Ranging from the considered “To big to fail is to big to allow” to the, um, more straightforward “Sh*t is f**ked up and bull sh*t” it’s a nice way of capturing the anger and the frustration that erupted but also perhaps a slightly subversive reaction, plastering these comments onto the most prosaic commercial design fair staple – the chair.

  27. Creature-comfort-fred-rowson

    A curator at a natural history museum stumbles upon a lost and unidentifiable animal, and searches for somewhere to put him. Smooth direction from Fred Rowson and clever stop-motion animation from Susie Jones – check out the beautifully drawn primate illustrations, as well as the atmospheric lighting, for some decent creature comfort.

  28. Uelist

    For all the intensity, the stress, the late-nights and the agonising decisions that go into any creative process the end result can sometimes feel a little low-key, barely hinting at the endeavour that has been poured into it.

  29. Crawford_list

    There’s any number of sites on the internet where you can see more than your fair share of naked human flesh, but I’ll wager that you’ve never seen the classic nude depicted from the angle chosen by New Zealand photographer John Crawford. The compositions range from the acutely subtle camouflage of a train track to the more in-your-face airport runway, but regardless of context the series has an instant impact that the photographer deserves nothing but credit for. More please JC.

  30. Main

    “Some radioactive fish, a dinosaur burger and a loaf of house, please.” Certainly. Jasper Rietman where have you been all my life?! Totally comfortable with inventing whole stories and then explaining them succinctly in just three panels of a comic strip, often with no text, Jasper is a humble hero of the comic world. Look at the strip with the grizzly blue fish swimming through a black sea, watch him crawl out of the murky water and destroy all human civilisation in three panels, Amazing. Move on to one of Jasper’s other stories which will no doubt be completely far-removed with regards to the storyline, but nonetheless absolutely genius.

  31. Pp

    Think of all the really great music videos you’ve seen in the past few years, and I guarantee one of them will have been made by David Wilson. With that in mind, here’s his newest venture – a very impressive, and technologically sound video, documenting a few minutes in the life of a very bouncy ball. It kind of spoils it to reveal that this bit of camera trickery is created using a heli-cam, but who cares, flying through the sky as if you were a ball to the sounds of Passion Pit is really quite pleasant, regardless of how it’s happening. In a quote on The Creators Project, the lead singer of the band said: “From now on I want every music video to be like its own small short film" – hear, hear! Can’t wait to see what they do next.

  32. Theo_int_bookshelf-list

    To extend the pithy “God damn it that’s a good idea” with untold superlatives as to James Théophane’s mode for work – forward thinking, intelligently digital with a stake in the “real world” – would only divert you from his excellent selection for this weeks Bookshelf.

  33. Things-list

    The weather this week has been a frenzy of unpredictability; now and then it looks like summer’s going to make a reappearance, and then the rain comes pouring down, slamming on the glass windows at the top of our studio and leaving a mountain of soaked umbrellas by the door. But at least – thanks to our wonderful contributors – we can always rely on Things to brighten up our day! Today, we’re looking at all sorts of publications showcasing beautiful illustrations, rom-com stills, the cool kids of Los Angeles, supercool layouts, aaaaaaand lessons on how to make our own beer and soap!

  34. Weekender-list

    Aside from serving you fine folk up with regular artsy-weird-whimsy, The Weekender is a big fan of jogging and can often be found pootling up down the Thames path drinking in the views and staving off a heart attack. Almost without fail while out running, someone will shout “Run Forest Run!” at me, it could be a tramp, some yobs or even a street entertainer angling for a cheap laugh (which they usually get). Now The Weekender can take a joke (kind of) but this just seems baffling. All this “joke” does is reference an old film where someone also does some running. If you pass an off duty soldier you don’t shout Apocalypse Now! because they’re also wearing camouflage. If you see a potentially lost child you wouldn’t scream Home Alone and then high five a passer-by. Actually maybe some of you would. To business!

  35. Elcaf-list

    Perhaps it’s easier to explain what not to expect at the first East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF) hosted by NoBrow this weekend. Most importantly, it is definitely not exclusive to the comic and cartoon hangouts; if you know what is good and good for you then you’ll know that a room full of independent publishers and image-makers with original work, limited editions and small-run presses going for mere, mere moneys is worth your while.

  36. Zgmain

    You could argue that half the work of a photographer is already done when the subject matter is so beautiful, but something about the photographs of Zoe Ghertner – whose subjects are exclusively female or still life – seem to turn these models into creatures. As well as an absolute money shot of an anonymous babe applying perfume, Zoe likes to sit her intelligent-looking ladies in spots where the sun casts shadows over their bodies and highlights their intimidating cheekbones. Also, being a very talented still-life photographer as well, Zoe has a knack of being able to make these models appear almost object-like, which is an art in itself.

  37. Jenny-griggs-1-

    Take a peek at these striking illustrations from Australian illustrator and graphic designer Jenny Grigg. Exploiting the layering and sculptural capabilities of paper, she succeeds in producing work that is bold, silhouetted, and rather beautiful. Check out in particular her process work for a portrait of the main character in Peter Carey’s novel, My Life as a Fake – Chubb, an unhappy, second-rate poet, is a cubist-style portrait compiled of discarded sheets of paper. Nice.

  38. List

    Here in London graduate season is in full swing and it’s easy to forget in the maelstrom of private views (hip young things swigging tepid beer) that the annual migration from arts and designs schools is a global phenomenon. Luna Seo is one of those emerging from the highly-respected Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden and her final project That Piece of Time re-imagines the everyday and wants to sprinkle a liitle bit of magic onto the mundane, aiming to " grasp time from the sunlight and shed unexpected, unrepeatable moments for you to cherish."

  39. Lorenze-klingebiel-list

    There’s great appeal to the contemporary-nod-at-those-before design portfolio of Lorenz Klingebiel – it’s inclusive and full of social graphics projects that range from an in-college Copy Shop with a trusty black and white copier to a rather great poster series that uses Zukunft a typeface of Lorenz’s making (a combination of opposing faces Garabond and Grotesque in a contemporary “re-interpretation of the typographic view on the future in the tradition of Futura”!) which was then applied by 11 designers of various standing onto a classic poster work. Lorenz’s portfolio is full of curatorial endeavours that react directly with current affairs and yes, trends, but all the better for it.

  40. Bmlist

    Sometimes a combination is so darn perfect that you weep for the sheer perfection of cosmic coming togethers – salt and vinegar, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Friday and beers. So I could feel the old tear ducts starting to throb when the brilliant folk over at Bellykids told me about their new project – ladies and gentleman, all hail The Bill Murray colouring book.