Harper’s Bazaar published an interview with Takashi Murakami yesterday, one that involves some backstory into his new monster movie Jellyfish Eyes. The interview is fine, kind of short to be honest, but what’s really remarkable is the photo shoot that accompanies the story.
Entitled Murakami’s Monster Magic, the photos were shot by Jason Schmidt and feature model Angela Lindvall as well as Murakami’s cast of movie monsters. The series is pretty fantastic and surreal, a beautiful woman walking around with these bizarre creatures in a variety of random Los Angeles locations – wandering through In-N-Out, lounging at the pool at The Standard Hollywood, or walking through Beverly Hills.
The photos also remind me of Charlie White’s old photo series Understanding Joshua which did a nice job of mixing surreal monsters with idyllic, Hollywood-esque situations. If you’re into these photos you absolutely need to click that link.
The rise of ceramics is slowly happening again. Perhaps neglected for a period or marginalized by the crafty/DIY movement of the 90s, ceramics is beginning to be treated as the serious, storied medium it is, and that’s partially impart to folks like Adam Silverman.
Silverman has had a varied life, finding major success as the co-founder of X-Large and X-Girl clothing labels in the 90s, and then in 2008 becoming the LA Studio Director for Heath Ceramics, a 62 year old California maker of dinnerware and tile. These two fields are about as disparate as you can get, but it shows Silverman’s true character, which is that of a creative that can defy limitations.
In September, Skira Rizzoli released a new book which showcases the work of Silverman and his unique take on the medium, simply titled Ceramics.
Adam Silverman is the face of a new generation of artists focused on ceramics and pottery, a medium that has not had major presence in the contemporary art world for many years. Incorporating traditional pottery techniques with his own experimental approach, Silverman creates works that are sensual, gritty, and beautiful. He uses unique glazes to give his pieces abstract lacy or gestural surfaces. Silverman has exhibited extensively and has a large, growing audience in the United States as well as in Japan, where his work is collected by Tadao Ando and Takashi Murakami, among many others. A breathtaking and informative overview of his work, Adam Silverman Ceramics is a landmark volume for all who appreciate ceramics, design, and modern sculpture as well as contemporary art.
As a special treat, I’ve been given a discount code when you order from the Heath Ceramics website which will give you 30% off the book. Not bad right? Simply use the code below and you’re all set.
When I brought Michael Arnold as a writer for TFIB I was excited to have someone on the team who would interviewing creatives from around the world. Little did I know that his talented illustration skills would also be a benefit to the site. It was his illustration for his ‘Making Your Bones’ piece that made me realize he really should do a wallpaper, and now here we are.
What I love about this piece is that it feels like a little window into Mike’s head. This is all the ephemera and detritus that make up his world, if they’re all real or not (such as the Hirst casually sitting in a pile).
Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper.
Ted Feighan, who makes music under the name Monster Rally, is one of my favorite musicians these days. He’s been steadily releasing albums for the last few years and they keep getting better and better. His latest is titled Return to Paradise, which to me literally sounds like what paradise might sound like (you should imagine having a blue drink in your hand, which has a little paper umbrella inside of it). If that doesn’t sound like an amazing description to you then I’m not sure we can be friends.
Jean-Yves Lemoigne is a French photographer who’s pushing the boundaries of what photography. Using a Red EPIC Camera he’s created these intriguing photoloops which feel like an evolution of Andy Warhol’s screen tests.
Because of the expert styling and lighting these definitely feel like works of art, and the subtlety of each movement is just so that it takes a second to figure out that something is happening. It’ll be cool to see how Jean-Yves continues to evolve this sort of technique and what the practical applications would be for a technique like this.
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