Mark Summers is a Canadian illustrator who’s work you’ve probably seen before (well, it looks familiar to me). He works primarily in scratchboard, which is “a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools for etching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black India ink”. Obviously there’s a little bit more going on in these pieces, a bit of Photoshop coloring perhaps, but man are they astounding. The details, the color, the lighting, the moods… everything is so perfect and beautiful. I love that their features are mutated as well, gives it a really unique character to each of these wicked individuals.
I’m too busy to buy a bookshelf, so all my books live in sad stacks on the floor. But I’m not as busy as Mason White and Lola Shepard who exhibited the clever book storage above way back in 2007 as part of an exhibition “THICK2D”. Together, Mason and Lola founded Lateral Architecture, based in Toronto. “The prototypes,” like the one above, they explain “capitalize on the idea of material thickness through nesting, stacking, stitching, and excavating.” Lola and Mason also make up part of the research collective InfraNet Lab and individually teach. Mason is a senior editor of Archinect, and juror for the first edition of Bracket, a forthcoming collaboration between InfraNet and Archinect in the form of an almanac. When the almanac (complete with “astronomical and meteorological data”?) hits bookstores in October, you’ll have to take it home to your inferior book storage. On the bright side, you have over a month to try and make a bookshelf, yourself.
As soon as I saw Moe Furuya’s Hand Fork and Hand Spoon I giggled to myself because of what a clever and well done idea they are. My guess is that these would be marketed to children, but screw them, my 28 year old self wants these badly. I really like that there was no usability sacrificed in order to make them more hand like. I’m also glad that there are four tines on the fork, having any less is just wrong.
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Spanish artist Pepa Prieto creates artworks that instantly bring a smile to my face. Although the subtext of her works can sometimes reveal a hint of menace and unease, her bright blocks of colour and intricate patterns display an almost child-like imagination – for the world that is visualised in her work is surely not part of our external reality. To this end, kaleidoscopic pyramids send whispered messages to the sky, adventurous archers traverse dreamscapes and strange old mountain-figures fill her compositions. She has designed various pieces for commercial clients and has exhibited her work internationally – no doubt spreading a magical sense of enchantment wherever she goes.
I’ve really been enjoying the new Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs, though it took a bit of getting used to. It’s not that it’s bad it’s that it’s so damn catchy, where they’re previous albums were more… artsy, I guess. Anyhow, since I like the posters so much it makes these 2010 tour posters that much more amazing.
The posters were designed in collaboration between Ben LaFond of Burlesque Design and Dan Black of Landland and they couldn’t me any more epic. The poster at top is by far one of the raddest show posters I’ve ever see. All those colors and mayhem and bits, it’s just too cool for words. I guess you wouldn’t really have to worry much about registration with a poster like that, right? The other posters (there are more than you see above) are pretty nice as well, but that top poster? Man it’s amazing. Great work guys.