Picture the scene – It’s early afternoon in an LA film producer’s office, all glass tabletops and modern art prints. A struggling screenwriter, dressed shabbily, is casting about for any ideas to engage the bored executive with. “So, err, everyone says print is dead but what about a film set in the near-future where magazines get their revenge on the human race, taking over the world Day of the Triffids style. Revenge for all the recycling and iPad love?” The executive stubs out his cigar slowly. “Name your price.”
That is an imagined scene I’ve just described (I know) but tell me you wouldn’t watch the movie? I like to think the reason David Mach’s extraordinary magazine installations are doing the rounds again has some tenuous link to the ongoing debate about the future of print, but I fear it may just be because they;re so flipping wonderful. Created between the late 1980s and the early 2000s, his work is a triumph of ambition, vision and skilful realisation.
If these are new to you then enjoy, but even if they’re familiar it’s worth reminding yourself of their sheer brilliance.
- 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