At the beginning of terwenty-ten, Things was a different beast. Like a manageable if not demanding infant it has grown (and grown and grown) and could now analogously resemble an ankle-biter on uppers as the quality of work is undeniably distracting. If you don’t know/forgot this weekly feature is just five picks of (many many) things that happened across the studio threshold and this is the last of 2010. A nonsenseical mish-malgamation of content goes like this – Unpublished British Folk send Postcards to ’Sup magazine and Adrian Forrow (on the 7th Floor)…
Unpublished Magazine Andrea Mineo, Editor
Every image feels like a front cover. Perhaps that is why there is a colophon on every page… well they all very cover worthy for sure. Personal highlight of this large format, excellently printed magazine of the best unseen photography is a small dog hung on a wall with a real fire burning in it’s tiny eyes (photographer Levi Mandel).
Print Promo Adrian Forrow
Just ‘cause it’s greyscale does not make the imagery in this broadsheet of a promo any less colourful. Iventory style spreads show this guy to be a collector of texture, tone and shape and his consequential piecings together begin to read like a journal of “what Adrian saw” plus “what he remembered” plus/minus “could this actually happen?” (see dog with objects balanced on it’s head).
Various zines ’Sup Magazine and Diesel Music
The ever good An Art Service have utilised some sparing but ultimately cool design for a series of 10 zines celebrating the musical artists that ’Sup and Diesel have come to know and love. A real fans fanzine.
British Folk: Part One James Pearson-Howes
Brilliant series of photos of folk from this here strange land of Eng. Thank goodness for giant burning barrels of tar being carried by flammable Devonians, and noble Morris Men without who our culture would be nothing. But most of all, thanks James for putting his exceptional talents to good, patriotic use then binding it so nicely.
Postcards from the 7th floor Iain Sinclair and Oona Grimes. Designed by Aneel Kalsi
Read this book one way and it’s experimental poetry versed around a queer concrete building that overlooks St Leonards-on-Sea. Read it the other and it’s an artist book of drawings by Oona Grimes under the (inexplicable) statement “Tex Avery chases Hitchcock through the corridors of the Overlook Hotel. Terence Fisher directs.” All design is to Aneel Kalsi’s credit, very nice “type-set as image” and suitable space to sit it all in.
- Cleon Peterson's works continue to investigate the evil side of humanity
- Winsor & Newton lifts the lid on the secret tricks of every artist's trade
- Calypso Mahieu’s photography makes the simplest things sexy (some NSFW)
- Foster Huntington’s stop-motion short of an 80s Californian skate off
- Dax Norman’s weird and wobbly animations with “cigarettes and eyeballs a plenty”
- Photographer Evija Laivina explores the ridiculous reality of the beauty industry
- Hate the iPhone X notch? There’s an app for that
- Lisa Simpson’s bookshelf: from the curator of Instagram’s Simpsons Library
- Biplab Hazra’s photo of elephants being attacked by mob wins Sanctuary prize
- Michael Bierut: 13 ways of looking at a typeface
- Uncle Ginger uses hypnotic shapes to animate the facts and feelings of bipolar disorder
- Michel Gondry’s John Lewis Christmas advert – Moz the Monster – is unveiled