Beauty in minimilisim – ‘Gray Keys’ by Carlo Vega

Screenshot from Gray Keys

Screenshot from Gray Keys

I stumbled across Carlo Vega’s work on Vimeo the other night and was properly impressed. The New York based artist seems to work predominately as a painter but when he mixes his personal work with his commercial work as a motion-graphics artist things get really interesting.

Originally from Lima in Peru, Vega grew up during a time of political turmoil and domestic terrorism. For the artist this time played an important role in his cognitive foundations. During his early years he learned about geometry and the perfection of logic from his mathematician grandfather, and from his Catholic surroundings he absorbed the importance of iconography and spiritual mystery.

Watching his video “Gray Keys” with this knowledge makes everything fit into place. It’s a beautiful little video which finds beauty and mystery through geometry and iconography. The music is of course by the wonderful Chilly Gonzales. Check out more of Carlo’s work here.

Philip Kennedy

February 14, 2013 / By

The Incredible Paintings of Josh Keyes

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Josh Keyes - Tangled II

It wasn’t until this week that I discovered the artist Josh Keyes. The Washington native works in a variety of media including sculpture, drawing and installation but it’s his paintings that impress me the most. Brash, bold and confident, his pictures are filled with drama and surreal beauty. Keyes describes his work as “a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future’.

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Philip Kennedy

February 13, 2013 / By

An Amazing Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez

The Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez

The Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez

“The Thread Wrapping Machine” is a weird and wonderful invention by Anton Alvarez. It’s the sort of surreal lo-fi machine that you wouldn’t be surprised seeing in a Michel Gondry or Spike Jonez film. Designed to join different types of material together, the machine uses a glue-coated thread as bond. There’s no screws or nails holding its resulting furniture in place, simply a Spiderman-like webbing made of thread.

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Philip Kennedy

February 12, 2013 / By

‘Monochrome’ – the Wonderful Debut Album from I Am The Cosmos

I Am The Cosmos

I’ve been waiting for an album release from the Dublin duo I Am The Cosmos ever since hearing their brilliant track “Remembering You” all the way back in 2010. When I heard a few weeks ago that their debut album had finally arrived (and as a free download no less) I was really surprised and happy.

Monochrome is a wonderful debut. Drenched in plenty of 80’s synth pop, the album feels like a fantastic mix of influences ranging from the likes of The Chromatics to Eno to Talk Talk. The duo like to describe their sound as “tears on the dancefloor”, and with it’s unique blend of electronica and melancholy its a description which sounds just about right. Above is a stream of the album’s wonderful closer, “Leaving/The Shift”. It’s a great mix of ambiance and funk and it demonstrates exactly what the band does so well.

You can grab a free download of Monochrome over on Noisey now.

Philip Kennedy

February 11, 2013 / By

Hypnotic fun in Hibou Blaster’s video for ‘A Very Unusual Map’

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Screen Shot from Hibou Blaster : A Very Unusual Map 3

“A Very Unusual Map” is a new music video from the French producer Hibou Blaster. The video is a lot of fun, featuring a bunch of cool looking characters dancing around and mixing with Hibou Blaster’s lush sounds and the songs aforementioned map.

The video is animated by BBBlaster, a Vjing, illustration and animation duo composed of Loup Blaster and Dalkhafine. Their aim is to promote animation and electronic music from the North of France and from the looks of this video they’re going a pretty great job! I love the rhythm, bright colors and movement in this video. It’s a wonderfully hypnotic watch!

Philip Kennedy

February 7, 2013 / By

Beautiful images of Paris in Marion Berrin’s ‘Back to the square’

Marion Berrin - Chaise

Marion Berrin - fleurs

More than anything else I love to travel. New cities, new sights and new sounds are the things that I live for and if you ask me, there’s probably nothing better for you then getting a change of scene and perhaps even gaining some new perspective. While we can’t always be on the move, a good alternative is to catch a glimpse of somewhere new through the eyes of someone else. That’s what I love most about this series of photographs by the Paris-based photographer Marion Berrin; they offer a perfect glimpse into her life in the city.

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Philip Kennedy

February 6, 2013 / By

Beautiful wooden products and furniture by Hugo Passos


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I love the products that London-based designer Hugo Passos makes. I discovered him recently while browsing the Monocle website and saw that the magazine had teamed up with the designer to produce a beautifully crafted magazine rack (below).

What I like best about Passos’s work is just how simple, neat and elegant it all is. The form and the materials stand on their own without the need for gimmicks or distraction. They’re just simple, beautiful pieces. I particularly love Obon, his oak coffee table (above). It’s a split-level table with an inset tray. What I love best is how the tray has two surfaces, inviting you to use each one for a different task. Ideal for enjoying a book and a cup of coffee at the same time!

You can check out more of Hugo Passos’s work online here.



Philip Kennedy

February 5, 2013 / By

Great Quirky Wooden Sculptures by Merijn Hos

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Wood Sculptures at Beginnings NYC - Merijn Hos2

I’ve been following Merijn Hos’s Wooden Sculptures project on Tumblr for the last few weeks and really love the stuff he’s been making. Originally created for a group exhibiton at Stedelijk Museum Kampen, the Dutch artist and illustrators sculptures recently made their way to the States for a solo show at New York’s Beginnings Gallery (pictured above).

Comprising of 109 wooden sculptures, the pieces range in height from 5 to 14 inches and each one is painted in Hos’s unique and vibrant style. Hos says that the work was inspired by the Art Brut and Folk Art movements, and each one was painted with a rather abstract form in a na├»ve way using roughly 24 colors and a uniform brush size. The resulting work is fun and playful and his collection of characters becomes even more impressive when viewed as a set. We’re big fans of Merijn Hos work here on The Fox Is Black so make sure to check out more of what he does by giving his site a little visit!

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Wood Sculptures at Beginnings NYC - Merijn Hos

Philip Kennedy

February 4, 2013 / By