During a phone call with Korean-born, California-based photographer Jim Jocoy, he tells me about a night he spent with Mick Jagger and Patti Smith after a stranger invited him to a party on New York’s subway. In light of this, it comes as no surprise that Jim’s latest book, Order of Appearance, chronicles his youthful years during San Francisco’s booming music scene in the late 1970s. Filled with snapshots of musicians applying final layers of make-up before going on stage and photos of drunken teens struggling to find their way home, Order of Appearance is a celebration of the vibrancy and dynamism of youth.
Hailing from a small town in Washington State called Puyallup, illustrator Taylor Benson spends her time hiding from “a lot of white, truck-driving, pro-gun” Trump supporters. “I guess it’s good I grew up in a town that makes me never want to leave my house, because it forces me to stay inside and draw,” Taylor laughs.
It’s pretty rare that a piece of work really makes you laugh out loud, however, our first (and every subsequent) viewing of illustrator and animator Laura Jayne Hodkin’s Haley and Joanna had us in stitches. Although depicting an essentially mundane conversation between friends, Laura’s ability to comedically spotlight moments creates a weird but altogether relatable short that pokes fun at and celebrates female friendship.
London Design Festival held a press conference this morning to launch its 2018 identity and major projects to take place across the city in September. Dominic Lippa showed glimpses of Pentagram’s graphic identity, which changes for each year’s iteration, and the festival’s director Ben Evans revealed details of installations and events.
London-based design duo Studio Swine has created a large-scale ceramic sculpture for the Eden Project, inspired by a tiny photosynthesising microorganism called cyanobacteria. Weighing in at 20 tonnes and towering at 9m-tall, the curvaceous sculpture is thought to be the world’s largest ceramic artwork.
To bring in the new year, the desert oasis of Douz in Tunisia transforms into an anarchic and event-packed four-day-long festival celebrating northern African Berber traditions. Featuring horse and camel racing, falconry, dancing and parades, it’s a visual feast as well as an important part of Tunisian heritage – a wonderland for a photographer keen to capture the heightened emotions of two worlds meeting.
Whether it’s Paul Cezanne’s The Basket of Apples or Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit, we’re sure you’ve seen more still life paintings than you can name. But we’re also certain that you haven’t seen a still life quite like Rade Petrasevic’s interpretation of the genre. Rade, who lives and works in Vienna, decided to pursue art after leaving school at 14 as “there was no opportunity to study anything else”. The Austrian artist now spends his time reimagining and revising the traditional still life through his delicate and deceptively simple large-scale drawings of chairs, vases, flowers and sculptures.
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