It is predicted that today will be the busiest shopping day of the year with credit company Visa predicting a £1.2 billion spend by UK shoppers. So as is the tradition at this time of year, there have been a bucket load of new products unleashed on the consumer buying public, tempting you to part with your hard earned cash. Here’s a quick post containing three of the best books released this holiday season.
Dran – I Love My World
Here’s the new promo video for “I Love My World”, the 6th book by French artist Dran.
A great looking publication featuring satirical parody’s of everyday life in the form of beautiful illustrations. It’s no wonder why Pictures On Walls have giving the artist so much attention recently.
“Wild Animals” is the new book by Rop Van Mierlo. Featuring 14 water colour animals in 40 pages. Here’s how the artist describes his latest work:
“The Snake rattles, the Lion yawns and man makes a book. A wild book for civilized people. a sophisticated book for wild people. A beautiful book with wild animals for civilized people. a book with beautiful animals for wild people”
Wild Animals is available now through Rop’s Website, priced at € 30.
Phlegm – Issue 10
Phlegm latest comic has been available for a couple of weeks now and is arguably his best self-publication to date. Featuring a three colour screen printed cover and 20 litho printed pages, the book has been made in an edition of 1000 and is a steal at £3.
Also for a limited time you pick up issues 7-10 of phlegm for £10 with each issue hand wrapped in a screen print!
For more infomation check out his official web Here
Here’s a fantastic video from french artist Supakitch and graphic designer Koralie. The video shows the pair hard at work, creating a wall mural back in October at the VÄRLDSKULTUR MUSEET GÖTEBORG in Sweden.
The beautifully shot film features the artists using a variety of tools and techniques to create the large scale piece as well as some awesome music from D.L.I.D (Dick Laurent is Dead).
Sheffield City Scape, £60 – 35cm x 100cm. Edition of 60
If, like me, you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the very last minuet this year and are still wanting to buy a loved one something special, you’ll be pleased to know that Sheffield’s own art terrorist Kid Acne has released a set of very affordable prints this week with the A.P.G gallery. The four prints released feature two brand new designs and two re-issues made in a half scale format.
As you can see there is an evident northern influence in Acne’s latest body of work, depicting northern heritage, culture and landscape. Although we love all his work, our Current favorite is Acne’s depiction of the Sheffield city scape, featuring all the famous landmarks from the steal city in a beautiful panoramic print.
For more information on the work you can visit the Acne Blog HERE
Helsinki Girl (2nd Edition) £60 – 50cm x 70cm. Edition of 30.
Knife & Forkshire, £50 – 35cm x 50cm. Edition of 50
Strong & Northen (2nd edition) £45 – 35cm x 50cm. Edition of 100
With many of us having to deal with a mountain of deadlines due in before Christmas, temperatures falling below zero and money reserves being depleted, I though it would be appropriate to post a little something reminding us of warmer times.
Here’s a brilliant gif creation by renouned 3D photographer Joshua Heineman, beautifully capturing a lazy evening on one of the last days of summer. Here’s how Josh describes his latest work:
“When the last fading rays of summer finally fall to the autumn change, know you will always have this sun, this one, for the rest of your days.”
To see more work from Josh you can visit his website HERE
Metropolis 2 is the latest installation piece by Chris Burden. The genius large scale kenetic sculpture is currently being constructed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and will feature 1200 Hot Wheels cars.
Amazing to watch and what every little boy will be asking for this Christmas.
Following the success of their first event, Jackmode are back in London with a changed selection of artists. Here’s two top tracks in preparation; Rose’s remix of favourite Garden and orchestral swing sampled original from the two disco zombies.
Here is some absolutely stunning work from mix media artist Gabriel Dawe, taken from his latest site specific installation at the Dallas Contemporary. As you can see the large scale pieces shown are aesthetically beautiful featuring bold yet gentle colours with some interesting geometric patterns woven and twisted to stunning effect.
We only wish is that Gabriel could exhibits these pieces in the UK so that we may have the opportunity to experience the installation in person, but in the mean time you can keep informed of his works through his Website HERE
Here’s a little bit more background on the artist taken from his Biography:
“Gabriel Dawe was born in Mexico City where he grew up surrounded by the intensity and color of Mexican culture. After working as a graphic designer, he moved to Montreal, Canada in 2000 following a desire to explore foreign land. In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery—activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread and textiles, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature.”
Plexus no. 4
Plexus no. 3
To see more work from the exhibition please vist the artists website HERE
In his third book in as many months, Ian Stevenson aims to tackle large and often confusing subject of the art industry in the signature style we’ve all come to love. The book is a mature take on an intresting subject as the artist internally critiques an industry he currently operates in, with insightful opinions and messages that come across in way that can only make you smile.
Now That”s What I Call Art is Lithograph printed and features 48 pages of twisted Art goodness. Available now through Pictures On Walls for £5. Bargain!
I am pleased to present the second in the podcast series, mixed and compiled by Leighton Jones, author of the much loved Keytars & Violins blog. A flowing and dynamic deep mix.
01. Hardway Bros – Relaxer
02. Rah Band – Clouds Across The Moon (Kasper Bjorke Intergalactic Dub Version)
03. Matt O’Brien – The Gauntlet (KiNK Remix)
04. Hunee – Like That
05. JR Seaton – Azklementyne (JR Seaton’s Humdrum Dub)
06. Awanto 3 – I Am Cumming Baby
07. Soundstream – All Night
08. Mag & The Suspects – Erection
09. Dorisburg – Mima
10. Relict – Digital Curved Sky
11. Adam Marshall – North At Night
12. Recloose – Land Of The Lost Dance
13. Chicago Damn – Hold On
14. Cisco Cisco – If You Want Me (Jay Shepheard Remix)
15. Michael J Collins – Relaxtion Electric
16. Kelpe – Age Concerns
The R is the latest Twitter project from freelance illustrator Tom Casson (who we featured in our gaduate interview a few months back). The idea behind “The R” is simple, Tom and two of his creative friends review things they use in every day life and just like the majority of Toms work to date the execution is extremly sharp and witty.
“Basically we are reviewing anything and everything. From Bananas to Soft Drinks, From Frosties to Breed of Dogs. If we use something (in some way) during the day its up for a possible review.”
Head over to the Twitter page now for the full run down of reviews, here are a few of our favorites from the project so far:
X-FACTOR: Louis Walsh: Always has to start talking over the audience, because no one cares what he thinks. 4/10
FOOD: Reggae Reggae Relish: Levis Roots, what have you done? Theo Paphitis didn’t sign up for this. Just not very nice at all. 3/10
TRAIN: Virgin First Class: Apparently when you book a train on a sunday first class is cheaper. I’m having a lovely time. Free snacks. 8/10
CEREAL: Special K : Imagine frosties, without the sugar, you get cornflakes, imagine cornflakes with out the taste, you get special K. 3/10
ADVERT: Cravendale: Never before has an advert made me scrabble under the sofa for spare change to purchase some fancy milk. 7/10
Phlegms large scale and intricate street art has taken many forms over the years. From full colour wall murals to black and white illustrations, with his current pieces looking like they’ve jumped straight from the pages of his sketchbooks on to the walls of South Yorkshire.
But aside from being one of the most talked about street artists of this year, with work featuring on the Wooster Collective, Concrete Hermit and Vandalog to name a few, Phlegm holds a true passion for comic book publication and one could argue that he’s an illustrator, first and foremost.
Having recently declared that he’ll be turning his back on the exhibition circuit for good in order to focus on new projects, Pejhy decided to catch up with the artist for a rare interview in order to gain an insight into some of the themes behind his work, his current methods and his views on the art industry.
When speaking to artists and galleries in Sheffield I found that you had a reputation for being quite a private artist. Gaining the respect of the local artists by exhibiting only when it feels right to you and then only on your terms. What are your thoughts behind exhibiting? Are you against your art being used a source of entertainment?
I’ve done a few small shows in the past but last year I decided to I stop exhibiting altogether, even in group shows. I have a love hate relationship with what I do.
Working on walls instead of canvass and making books instead of doing shows cuts out all the crap. It puts my work in the world for people to take it or leave it, with no brands or gallery reputations attached. Too many artists these days just don’t seem driven by ideas and a burning desire to follow a body of work. It’s just constant spamming, networking and hype. For me the work is way more important than getting somewhere with it.
One aspect of your work I really admire is your mock advertisements, highlighting the naivety of consumers and the way businesses manipulate us into believing we need there products to be happy. How do you feel as a consumer yourself?
I try and just keep away from it all; apart from buying paint and ink I really don’t need anything. Most of the time I find it funny like I’m walking around in a Douglas Adams novel.
I love the fact that you can advertise a shoe with a special heel that tones your arse and that people will buy that rather than exercise properly. That you can buy face creams that cost huge sums of money because they have some extract from a herb that flowers once a year on a full moon or some shit…like we can force back the ageing process with this 0.00001% extract.
Your recent time lapse video has been well received around the web, featuring on many blogs (including this one). Why do you think more and more artists, street artists in particular, are using the medium of film to show their work?
I think for artists that work in an ephemeral and spontaneous way video has become a great outlet these days. It shows the speed and freedom that makes this kind of art what it is.
You regularly blog you work in progress and keep your site updated with recent work and show previews of up and coming comics. As an artist working today do you think it’s important to have an online presence?
My blog is for me really, I see it as a diary. I update every week and it keeps me on my toes, helping keep lulls and burnouts at bay…helps me keep my pace. I’m not sure if I can say it’s important for all artists, I can only speak for myself really. It seems that having an online presence is important whether you’re an artist or not these days so I guess it must be important.I don’t mind updating one thing every week for anyone out there interested.
Some people have Myspace, Facebook, twitter, a blog, a website, a flickr account… I think at some point you must have to take a day off to do some artwork… so yeah it’s important but I think it can easily be detrimental as an artist or just as a person too.
Your last comic publication, issue 9: the sketchbook issue was unique in that it showed the reader how one of your works would evolve over time. It seemed like quite a personal issue. What made you want to publish a comic of your work in progress?
To honest it was just knocked together because I didn’t really have time to do another issue at the time. I was working on a bigger long term book project.
I produce huge amounts of sketchbooks; I have shelves full of them. I think I’m always looking for ways to use them in some way. The old issues of my comic from one to five had sections of sketchy Shrigley style drawings all of which I used to scan from my notebooks.
I recently purchased a comic on your recommendation, “Funeral” by Barnaby Richards which was absolutely beautiful. What other comics can you recommend?
I love Chris ware and Tom Gauld. Lesser known artists like Mark Beyer too. I like a lot of outsider art like Henry Dargers mad journals or the books of insane flying machines drawn by Charles Dellschau.
I don’t read a great deal of stuff because I don’t like being influenced. Every now and then I’ll treat myself though.
Is it true you’re currently working on your first book? What other projects do you have lined up for the future?
Yes I figured that if I’m rejecting gallery work I need to look at taking my self publishing to another level. I’m working on a long story set at sea called ‘in brine’ Its going to be a few hundred pages long, a4 and with a hard spine.
I’m currently about half way through drawing it. The next issue of phlegm will be out mid to late November and then I’m going to take a long break from the comic while I get in brine wrapped up.
Unfortunately I’m unable to post all of my favorite images from Phlegm’s huge portfolio of sketches and street art, so to see more from the artist please visit his website HERE
Phaeleh (Fella) is new to my ears, and is very welcome. Like a gentle dub massage to lift your soul. His sounds are joyfull with interesting basslines and soaring vybes. Here are two tracks from his new album ‘Fallen Light’; a euphoric, eyes closed number and a slightly more skanky selection.
Above is the fantastic new print from Anthony Burrill entitled “Oil and Water Do Not Mix”, printed with oil taken from the contaminated beaches of Louisiana on the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s oil spill disaster.
The prints comes in an addition of 200 and is priced at 150 euros with all proceeds going to the CRCL, a non-profit organisation dedicated to restoring the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal wetlands. For more information please vist their website HERE