It’s always nice when a musician can find an artist to collaborate with, creating a music video that can visually represent what a song is trying to say. That’s the case with the partnership of Darren Hayman and Daryl Waller, musician and artist, who’ve worked together on the music video for a song called “Henrietta Maria”.
It’s easy, at least for me, to fall into the trap of thinking that all newly constructed Scandinavian architecture is better than the majority of the freshly built buildings here in the States. Of course there are exceptions, so many that it’s not even a real rule, but instead of introducing an exceptional stateside project, here’s a Scandinavian project that reinforces my position in the trap – a school in a Norway designed by Link Arkitektur.
Last week, I had the opportunity of attending the opening of Gary Baseman’s new show at the Skirball Cultural Center called The Door Is Always Open, an amazing look into what makes the artist who he is. The amount of detail that went into the show is incredible. Every corner and every nook and cranny are covered in something that Gary created. Wallpaper, pillows, bedding, paintings, it’s all him. It’s certainly one of those shows where feel like you’re truly getting a look into the mind of an artist.
The show is a series of seven rooms that are made to look like his house. This sounds absurd but it isn’t: it truly looks like his house. Although we never saw his childhood home, we are certain it is a combination of where he grew up, where he lives now, and a dream home where the walls are covered with Chou Chou wallpaper. Each room has a theme too and is dedicated to an aspect that makes Gary. From the celebratory dining room to his playful den, they all represent key roles in his life. For example, the study: this room stands as a metaphor for Gary’s researching and literal study he had to dedicate to climbing his family (Birch) tree and trying to piece together his family history. From visiting his parents’ home town in Europe (which they left in order to escape from the Nazis) to studying a book of stories the survivors of the town penned, the room explains his personal history and points to how this informs his work. This all comes together in the room through a large painting of his characters and portraits of his family wandering through the Birch tree forest that Gary’s father sought cover in from the Nazis.
This series of colorful abstract works by Brazilian artist Joelson Bugila is full of fun energy. Part of a recent solo exhibition, Bugila’s compositions are a saturated scrapbook of object-oriented details swimming in form, color, and texture.
Wild Nothing is an astonishing band. Created and recorded solely by Jack Tatum in 2010 (though he now tours with a full line-up of musicians), the debut album, Gemini, riveted the indie music scene with its infectious dream pop sound. Gaining notoriety via the internet, the band’s second album, Nocturne, released last year, only extended the band’s adulation and even included the added bonus of a music video starring actress Michelle Williams.