Beau Daniels makes complex drawings, highlighting concealed structures and assemblies. While I’m not always crazy about the embellishments and styling of the drawings, I’m amazed by the technical execution. The above illustration was created for Scientific American, and while it is clearly inspired by the Apollo Space Suit, I’m less sure of how accurate a representation it is. Something looks funny about that glove… maybe I’m just distracted by the astronauts hand looking like a rooster… or his eyeball.
The work of Perth-based artist Creepy can be seen on the architectural facades of cityscapes from Perth and Melbourne to Berlin and New York. I have been known to run down alleys with childish glee in search of a glimpse of his distinctive street murals and have had the pleasure of seeing his art in various nooks and crannies, as well as gallery spaces, in Perth. In fact, I have witnessed Creepy in the midst of painting on two separate occasions, but was too shy to approach him.
Yet again making a smooth transition from the street to the gallery, Creepy is currently preparing a series of acrylic paintings on canvas and wooden surfaces for an upcoming exhibition. His unique paintwork, which incorporates an earthy palette and dreamy figures with spindly arms and legs and heavy hearts, is thematically interested in “life, death and survival”, while exploring “the melancholy folk ‘new world’.”
He possesses a style that appears to be at home in the urban surroundings where it appears, while also being strangely detached. There is certainly a sense of magic and otherworldliness that infuses Creepy’s art that I really love…maybe, if I ever see him on the street again, I’ll be brave enough to tell him so.
The pictured artworks are entitled The fear of getting caught and Everyone knows dreams evaporate. For a further sneak peek at Creepy’s latest work, check out his blog.
A couple months ago the folks at Incase released this video of Evan Hecox working, shedding a little light on his process. It was made because of the collaboration Evan did with Incase and Arkitip on MacBook sleeves and iPhone cases. As I’ve said many times before it’s always so interesting to me to see an artists process, especially one that I’m such a huge fan of. I always knew that he used photos for reference, but it was really interesting to see that he blos up his photos and then almost traces over them. There’s something really precise and mechanical about it that I never realized. I kind of wish they would have shown the whole process but I’m guessing the video would have been three times as long. Nonetheless, it’s a nice peek.
Vampire WeekendHoliday. Trying to one up their last video for Giving Up The Gun, this time around they’ve ditched the celebrities and gone for some retro goodness that reminds of something Falco may have done in the 80′s. Dressed up in baroque outfits the boys run around drinking and partying with hot chicks, y’know, the things you do when you’re on holiday. For those of you with a 3 or 4 day weekend, take note.
Ofr. is a bookstore and cultural hub located in the third arrondisement of Paris. The Ofr. community, which has been described as a “modern gang”, publish books, as well as host art exhibitions, musical happenings and special pop-up events. For those of us who are sadly unable to just stroll along Paris’ cobbled streets to the Ofr. bookstore on rue Dupetit-Thouars, they have kindly recorded and collated some Ofr. moments in a small video series entitled “Film Portraits.”
Their latest clip features Parisian folk pop duo Charly Sun, performing their song “Season of Lies.” Musicians such as Bob Dylan and Belle and Sebastian inspire Adrien Tronquart and Manuel Etienne’s songs, and their music is a melange of softly strummed guitars, melodic whistles and hand claps. Not to mention that their lyrics are delivered in that faintly accented English that makes many a girl weak at the knees. If this sounds like something that might tickle your fancy, they are definitely worth a listen.
I also highly recommend that you have a browse through the other films portraits from Ofr., as their short films showcase really interesting work from local artists and musicians. In my book, this kind of platform encapsulates the true beauty of utilising the Internet to transcend geographical borders.