A few years back a load of stuff got left outside our house from a house clearance. I managed to rescue a Sydenham familie’s photo albums from the 70s. Mostly the pictures are crap photographically but together there’s a certain Britishness to them. After watching the Mariner’s Children video ‘It Carved Your Name Into The Ground’ by Betsy Dadd, I thought I’d do this with all of them and eventually put them to music I suppose. For now here is a gif.
I went to the opening (and only!) night of a show my friend Tomomi Sayuda was involved with called Nixon Art Mosh. Only really one guys worked jumped out at me, this was the illustration work of Andrew Hem. He exhibited landscapes from moleskin sketchbooks. I particularly liked the way that the actual sketchbooks were framed rather than just the pages, and also the way the images where framed on the page was great. When you were looking at the work the fact that the sketchbook was there in front of you was very apparent and you got a real feeling of effort and worth form them- I was very aware a person had spent time making these images.
Came across a brilliant set of videos from Offset which is a 3 day creative conference. These videos are from 2009- expect the 2010 one shortly. But the line up is brilliant and it’s a great resource- all are good but I am a massive fan of the Oliver Jeffers, David Shrigley, Chip Kidd, Harry Pearce and Anthony Burrill talks. All excellent. Offset link: here.
Don’t normally gratuitously post graphics (there’s too much pretty stuff in the world). But here are a couple of particularly amazing bits of work- one from Artist and Illustrator Anne Harild who made these collages about the modernist housing estate Bryant Court in Hackney from photos of the area. I think it’s the jeuxtposition of modernist building against the irregular shed-like quality of the ‘dwellings’ that gets me. So much lovely texture.
I can’t get enough of Kate Beaton’s comics. Often short, often brilliant. Check them out here: harkavagrant.com Here a few of my favourites that I discovered recently.