I thought a good way to start out Wednesday would be some wonderful music by a guy you’ve probably never heard about, Spacemonster, who might also go by the name Kenny Hamilton. He recently released a new 5 song EP called Gills on Bandcamp and I’ve really been enjoying it lately. It’s a really lo-fi album filled with some slow, kinda’ melancholy songs that remind me of Elliot Smith, Sparklehorse and the vocals of Animal Collective. It’s a really nice mix, actually, which works out well either early in the morning as you’re getting ready or maybe as you’re trying to go to sleep. If you like what you hear please visit Kenny’s Bandcamp and by his album, it’s only $1.
On a side note, I asked Kenny for some facts about himself, so he made me a nice list which I wanted to share:
1. I should be majoring in international studies in by next year but i might have to end up doing a victory lap.
2. really jazzed about my new living space. since moving into my new apt ive gotten rid of my bed and made a nest in the corner with quilts, fart sacks(sleeping bags), head pillows and some bullshit yoga mat thing. it’s something that i recommend for everyone.
3. ive been recording my bedroom since high school but now i’m starting to make an legitamate effort. (ie going into a studio, contacting pressing and distribution companies, etc.)
4. the last thing i recorded can be downloaded for free at http://www.mediafire.com/?gyxjonyjzzt
5. the last thing i recorded was complete fucking nonsense. (i believed i was the reincarnation of jesus christ. lulzzz)
6. Spacemonster comes from an old middle school cover band with two friends (originally “American Spacemonster Gill”) We all forgot about the name and moved to our individual music projects. Recently I started using my contribution to the name, spacemonster.
I’ve found as I get older that the details in life have become more important and more interesting. Little things that I may have wondered about as a child that I can fully grasp now as an adult. Such as, what does a snowflake really look like? Sure, I bet most people can imagine what the idea of a snowflake looks like. A tiny, perfect crystal with a shape so intricate it looks like it was shaped by hand. Funny enough, that’s exactly what they look like. I don’t think many people stop to think about how banks of snow are made up fo these tiny, amazing little structures. To see more of these great microscopic images click here.
It seems like the cool thing these days is to shit on infographics, despite how useful they are to really convey information easily to a broad audience. I don’t see what the problem is, especially when they’re done as well as these by Peter Orntoft. He calls them Infographics In Context and they’re exactly that. The top image for example, shows gang related crime and whether the Danes have changed behaviour because of it. So he literally wrapped people in caution tape to get the point across. In the second image he visualizes whether or not the Danes thinks its ethical to wear religious symbols in public professions. Context is important when it comes to graphics like these and I love that these get the point across at a glance. Not to mention how well done these are, the photography looks great and the punch of colors help illustrate the point even more clearly. We need more infographics like these everywhere.
Thanks to the contrast between the Yardmasters Building (designed by architects McBride Charles Ryan) and its surroundings, the Yardmasters Building reads a bit more tedious and fragile than it might otherwise. It’s not lacy, but describing the exterior as “jewel-like” agrees with the faceted geometries and the subtle sheen of the brighter bits, but disagrees with the darker palette of the exterior. The color is dirty and gives some grit the jewelbox sitting alongside the tracks in Melbourne.
When a building’s skin has a pattern this intricate, it is hard to understand the scale without some kind of reference. Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Jean Nouvell’s L’Institut Du Monde Arabe may have been as shocked as I was at the scale of the mechanical aperatures that cover the south face of the building. They’re huge. Back in Melbourne, you can see from the interior photo that the windows are larger than they appear from the exterior. The rich geometries that wrap the building are somewhere between optical illusion and disguise: a mechanism for creating mystery. The designers liken the project to a “jewel in a junk-heap” which seems like fitting place to begin a mystery.
Although the work of Canadian artist Brad Phillips traverses a number of genres – including watercolour, drawing and photography – it is his oil paintings that leave the biggest impression. Dark and shadowy with Gothic undertones, his paintings gesture towards hidden secrets and psychological complexity. Quiet and abandoned spaces, unnerving portraits and still life images that juxtapose knives with flowers all feature in his diverse portfolio.