Controlled Burns is a series of imposing images by the American photographer Kevin Cooley. Consisting of large, swirling clouds of smoke, these photographs are as beautiful as they are dramatic.
For Cooley, these images serve as a metaphor for opposition. “Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good” he says, “it is the only Classical element that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction”. At the heart of this series lies a simple duality – we can create fire and yet fire brings destruction.
There’s something almost shocking about the work of Sarah Coote. All teeth, tan and hand-on-hip poses, her paintings take aim at the clubs, societies and balls frequented by the upper classes. As a painter, Coote is interested in providing a psychological look into the American class structure and the spectacle that it has become.
Her brush strokes are bold, brash and expressive; forming a picture of society which feels warped and aggressive. Take for example her painting ‘Ladies Hat Day I’ (above). Here we see a row of youthful socialites all melded into one large blur of artificial smiles and summer dresses. It’s like haute couture meets Chris Cunningham by way of Elizabeth Peyton. I think it looks great!
Last November Nowness asked Moby to curate a playlist which twined music with buildings. The resulting piece was accompanied by some beautiful illustrations by the London-based illustrator Adam Simpson and I feel he really did an excellent job of combining Moby’s musical selections with his architectural choices.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a new music video from Michel Gondry. In fact, the French directors last dabble in the world of music promos was for Björk’s track “Crystalline” all the way back in 2011. Fortunately Gondry has returned, this time teaming-up with English four-piece Metronomy to bring his own distinctive vision to their new single “Love Letters”.
Two of my favourite things are architecture and illustration so it’s no wonder that I love these illustrated buildings by the Italian illustrator Giordano Poloni. Giordano currently lives and works in Milan where he creates both illustrations and motion-graphics for clients such as WIRED, Random House, Vice Magazine and Smith Journal. These images come from an ongoing series called “Climbing in Love” which Giordano describes as “a personal series about architecture and love stories”.