Aliens, pirates, vikings, castles, dinosaurs, even the wild west! Over the years, the folk at LEGO have brought kids (and grown-ups) to all manner of great places, yet for some reason they’ve never had a LEGO Haunted House. That is until now! Coming this September LEGO will release their first official Haunted House.
Home to Lord Vampyre and his bride, the three-story house is served by a monster butler and a zombie chef, as well as being haunted by two glow-in-the-dark ghosts! It’s a fantastic looking set and the designers have really done an excellent job with it. Retailing at a hefty $180 the set is still incredible and with a release date of early September, it means that you’re just in time to have the perfect accompaniment for your house at Halloween.
The LEGO Haunted House is released September 1st 2012
It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Jens Lekman. Last year his An Argument With Myself EP seemed to float by unnoticed by many, and it’s been a whooping five years since the release of his incredible album, Night Falls Over Kortedala. The good news is that the Swedish troubadour has returned, and he’s bringing a whole new album with him. Entitled I Know What Love Isn’t, the LP is due out on September 4th.
The first song from the album comes in the form of Erica America; a beautiful and finely orchestrated track filled with the warmth and charm that we’ve come to expect from the singer. Rich in Spanish guitar flourishes and backed by soaring vocals by the Melbourne singer Sophie Brous, the song is hopefully a promising taster of what to expect from the new album.
I Know What Love Isn’t comes out September 4th via Secretly Canadian. Make sure to check if Jens is coming to your town by taking a look at the show dates on his site.
On the front page of Martin John Callanan website he describes himself as “an artist researching an individual’s place within systems”. For his project I Wanted to See All of the News From Today Callana examines the systems of news-reporting. To do this, he has taken the front page of hundreds of newspapers from around the world and then displays them as thumbnail-images on a single webpage. Everyday new news happens and everyday the webpage changes. It’s a staggering portrait of world-events and you can view it right here.
Organized in a massive grid, Callana’s project aims to subvert the headlines. While a single newspaper front-page may grab your eye, a mass as large as Callana’s overpowers the tactics of attention-grabbing headlines. The artwork neutralizes the newspaper and Callana transforms it into what he describes as “a regimented gestalt”. In other words, an organized system that is larger then the sum of its parts.
Launched in 2007, the project has amassed over 88,000 viewers and collects the front-pages over 960 newspapers everyday. As well as a website, Callana has also produced prints of the work (pictured above). These images really give you a sense of the scale of the project. Make sure you view ‘all of the news from today’ on the website here.
These paintings are by the Dutch artist Bloeme van Bon. Her combination of strong colors and the childlike simplicity of how she paints leads to work which is really appealing and has a very playful element to it too.
Personally I find that her work has quite an endearing sense of humor. Her figures look cumbersome. At times it feels as though Bloeme takes a certain pleasure in purposely placing them in awkward situations. Take the large man sitting at the table for example – it feels as though he can barely reach the pudding placed in front of him. Her marathon runners too, for some reason they must make their way through the tightest of tunnels. Even the women waiting to get water by the river look as though they may fall over before they get to it. They’re all wonderful images and looking through her portfolio you’re bound to find plenty more that you’ll love!
New York-based illustrators Kaye Blegvad and Leah Goren have recently worked together on a wonderful collaboration and produced some really beautful textiles and jewelry.
The two combined their drawings and created a fab looking bouquet grapic and a floral pattern. They then printed them onto these cool tote bags as well as a great looking clutch purse. Each item also came accompanied by a lovely brass pin. Unfortunately it seems that these items are currently sold out, but both illustrators still have plenty more amazing things for sale in their shops’. You can check out Kaye’s Etsy shop here and Leah’s here. Also make sure to check out the rest of their work in their portfolios – they’re filled with so many beautiful things!