I’ve really been enjoying the new Gorillaz album, The Fall, something that Philip posted about on Monday, so I thought I’d share a track that I’ve been enjoying. This song is called Revolving Doors and it’s the second track off the album. It reminds me more of Blur than Gorillaz but it’s a beautiful song nonetheless. The rest of the album doesn’t sound much like this but I still thought it was worth sharing.
If you like to listen to the rest of the album click here.
There is, unfortunately, very little online information available concerning Colombian artist and illustrator Hernan Marin. In fact, Marin has left behind practically no biographical details or personal traces to speak of, but I think this is actually in keeping with the atmosphere of his work. There is a tenuous and delicate mood to the subjects of his illustrations, who sometimes appear as quiet apparitions. Indeed, Marin would seem to be an observer of intangible moments of the “in between”, as he captures intimate gestures in painstakingly realistic detail. And it is the technical finesse of Marin’s imagery that is so evocative, whereby his illustrations display elements of realism that have been mediated through an unreal and almost vaporous filter. Much like his personal biography, Marin’s works are elusive and mysterious in the best possible way.
Above you can see the entry to the Tellus Nursery School by Tham and Videgård, and how the entry is squeezed into the mass of the building in a kind of programmatic phagocytosis. It is a lovely entrance for a children’s nursery– the building makes an urban-scaled gesture to embrace young Swedes as they come or go. The Nursery also features seemingly random, punched out windows that aren’t necessarily new (in fact, they’re quite trendy) but these windows at varying heights make perfect sense in a nursery. I also really enjoy the effect of some of the windows being partially screened behind wooden slats. While the project description (whick appears toward the end here) talks about screening the sun, this move also keeps kids from climbing out of operable windows while looking fantastic.
Dutch designer Hella Jongerius is yet again working with Royal Tichelaar Makkum, one of the oldest factories in the Netherlands, to create a special collection of 300 unique vases. Hella’s work traditionally eschews the polish and gloss that you normally associate with items opting for a more hand hewn, unfinished look. This is true for her 300 unique vases as well, which still have the seam of the mold they were poured from which is usually sanded down. After that it’s given a three step glazing process which gives them a beautiful range of colors.
I love how these turned out and I think it’s interesting that’s it’s an exploration of craft. It’s great how she chose not to hide the obvious production methods, that in her opinion it gives the vases character. I also think it’s neat how all the vases together look like a sort of giant color wheel. It would be cool to see all of them in a room together in an exhibit, to see how they look in relation to each other.
Although these images are the work of photographer Philipp Schaerer, none of them are actual photographs. Instead, these are renderings of fictional architecture to point out how very tricky photography can really be. In Philipp’s own words “[The series] deals with the effect and the claim to credibility of images of architecture that appear to be photographs. It further questions the medium ‘photograph’ as a documentary piece of evidence depicting reality.” Remind anyone else of Filip Dujardin?
But I wish these image were of something real because they look amazing: confinement and calm instead of being frantic or taken at overly-dramatic angles. Philipp is quite the rendering champ, having created numerous renderings for Herzog & DeMeuron.