While wandering around Behance this weekend, I came across these symmetrical photos from Diego Guevara. The photo series is a personal project of Diego’s that combines his love of photography, architecture and design. I don’t think we can really call them abstract (because they’re literally concrete) but they aren’t entirely real, either. Cut, copied, corrected and cropped into pristine and light mirror images, the reality of concrete and brick becomes obscured. Most of the photos (if not all) in the series originated with buildings in Miami, although I don’t recognize any specific building.
Do you have any idea what these buildings are from?
Inspiration comes in many forms, and for UK designer/illustrator Chris Labrooy his came quite literally. Drawing from the works of some of the most famous architects out there, Chris has created these beautiful, 3D typefaces which spell out the architects name using some of their most famous creations as the foundations. What you see above are Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Oscar Niemeyer and Toyo Ito, all of which I thought were quite impressive. Some pieces, like the Zaha Hadid one, were based more on her formal language, rather than a particular building, whereas the Tadao Ando one is very much created from the visual language of his structures.
If you dig these imagers I’d suggest visiting each of the projects on his site where you can see a bunch of behind-the-scenes pre vis stuff as well as some sketches that helped him figure out these pieces. He has also a bunch of other great work in his portfolio, I’d highly suggest taking some time to check it out.
Last week, pretty much out of nowhere, James Blake dropped a brand new track called Fall Creek Boys Choir, which is a collaboration between himself and Bon Iver. The song is beautiful blend of their unique styles, the vocals handled by Justin Vernon and I’m guessing James Blake handled the production side of things. It definitely has some of that cheesy 80′s vibe that Justin Vernon is all about, but then there’s the spooky electronic side which is mostly James Blake, though Justin did dabble in that stuff with Volcano Choir.
It’s also interesting to note that at the bottom of the video info on YouTube (where the track was posted to) it says “Enough Thunder – Oct 2011″, which could potentially mean there’s a new EP or album coming out. Looking forward to hearing more from Blake or more collaborations between the two of them.
Last March I wrote a post about the musician Daniel James and his musical project Canon Blue. A few years ago I had stumbled upon his debut album Colonies and it has slowly became one of my favorite albums of the last few years. Since its release nearly four years ago James has been keeping busy by spending much of his time playing with bands such as Efterklang and Foster The People and it was during his off-hour times on tour with Efterklang that he wrote his follow-up album Rumspringa.
Released today through Efterklang’s own label Rumraket, this will regrettably be the labels final release but as swan songs go Rumspringa has all the makings of being a tremendous curtain call for the small Danish label. Above you can listen to the album’s first single Indian Summer which is a truly infectious track full of fun and playfulness. The label describes the album as a “tour de force” and pitches it as something that fans of Sufjan Stevens, Efterklang, Jeff Buckley & Steve Reich will enjoy. I know for sure that I’ll be buying my copy today and I’ll be making the extra effort to get a hardcopy solely for the beautiful artwork created by the Danish-duo Hvass & Hannibal that adorns the cover. You probably should too – if it’s even slightly as good as Colonies is then I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!
Funny enough, Alex has started moving away from the Spacesuit of the Week a bit and then I run into a funny little spacesuit related gem. It’s a book from Andrew Kolb, which is basically a children’s books adaptation of David Bowie’s song, Space Oddity. It’s a great song filled with wild imagery, and Andrew’s interpretation is spot on. The story has sort of a 2001 kind of vibe, but mixed with something you may have seen a in a Golden Book story from long ago. I think it’s a real crime that this isn’t published yet, what parent wouldn’t buy this for their kid?