‘Kolchoz & Sovchoz’ – The incredibly insane work of Sam Vanallemeersch

Sam Vanallemeersch

Sam Vanallemeersch

Sam Vanallemeersch

Sam Vanallemeersch

The work of Belgian artist and illustrator Sam Vanallemeersch is just incredible. Each of his images are filled with a crazy amount of energy and spontaneity. His work often leaves you dazed as you attempt to take in everything you’re looking at. After browsing through his portfolio(s) I was left feeling both overwhelmed and in awe.

The Antwerp-based artist also has an interesting approach to how he works – creating illustrations in two very different ways. Sometimes he works under the name of Kolchoz – working digitally and with gouache to create graphic-based illustrations with sharp lines and beautiful colors. Other times, he can be found working as Sovchoz – a looser and wilder version of himself, like an illustrator trapped in some coffee-soaked acid-trip. Both approaches to his work are amazing and envy-inducing. I’d thoroughly recommended you take the next half-hour off and simply gorge yourself on this mans incredible work.

Philip Kennedy

January 27, 2012 / By

‘Music Boxes’ by Luis Díaz Díaz

'Music Boxes' by Luis Díaz Díaz

'Music Boxes' by Luis Díaz Díaz

'Music Boxes' by Luis Díaz Díaz

'Music Boxes' by Luis Díaz Díaz

Luis Díaz Díaz is a Spanish photographer based in Madrid and the North-Western coast of the country. He does a lot of commissioned projects, but it was his personal project ‘Music Boxes’ which really caught my attention. The series of photographs looks at the open air stages used by orchestras and concerts during the yearly local festivals in Galicia in Northern Spain.

These ‘music boxes’ stand now as forgotten monuments to times past. Where once this structures were places of festivities and celebration, they have now been replaced by modern mobile stages. Luis Díaz Díaz rigidly documents them with a minimalist style that reminds me of the photographs of industrial buildings taken by the influential German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. These empty, abandoned spaces, now seem to haunt rural Galica; leaving only a hollow space where the viewer is left to imagine what celebrations may have once taken place in this part of the country.

Philip Kennedy

January 25, 2012 / By

Bats, Goblins and Creatures by Matthew Bromley

Pink Creature by Matthew Bromley

Green Goblin by Matthew Bromley

Orange Bat by Matthew Bromley

Last weekend I visited some friends in London and managed to catch the excellent Cut & Run show at Shoreditch’s Kemistry Gallery. The exhibition features work by British illustrators Jack Teagle, Ryan Chapman, Matthew Dent and Matthew Bromley. I’m a big fan of all their work so it was great to see the exhibition.

I thought I’d share these great paintings by Matthew Bromley that feature in the show. I love how fun and playful Bromley’s crude and quirky style is – and his portfolio is filled with weird looking illustrations of strange creatures, goblins and bat-like creatures. They’re just plain fun to look at.

Folk in London should definitely try and catch Cut & Run before it closes this Saturday.

Philip Kennedy

January 24, 2012 / By

‘Do What You Will’ by Papercuts

Papercuts

Jason Robert Quever’s indie-pop band Papercuts are a group with whom I haven’t spent much time with, but their track Do What You Will has creeped its way under my skin and I’ve been humming along to it all day. There’s something charming about Quever’s voice, and the whole thing trots along on a sweet drumbeat which could have been lifted straight from the hazy days of The Velvet Underground. This is dream-pop at it’s sweetest.

The song comes from the bands fourth album Fading Parade which was released last March through Sub Pop Records. It was also accompanied by a neat music video which might be worth checking out. The album is available to purchase through Sub Pop Records.

Philip Kennedy

January 23, 2012 / By

‘Foreclosed Homes’ by Todd Hido

1956 by Todd Hido

1934 by Todd Hido

1968 by Todd Hido

These photos come from a larger series of images taken by the San Francisco based artist Todd Hido. Shot in LA during the mid-90s, each photo shows the vacant space of a foreclosed home, which seem haunted by untold stories. They are filled with the tragic silences of broken lives and by the challenges of troubled economic situations. What draws me to these images is Hido’s ability to capture poetic and powerful imagery with restriant and delicacy. He shows, but never tells. It’s a great series of photographs and the complete set can be viewed online at Hido’s website.

Philip Kennedy

January 20, 2012 / By

‘Address is Approximate’ – A Great Animation by Tom Jenkins

'Address is Approximate' - A Great Animation by Tom Jenkins

'Address is Approximate' - A Great Animation by Tom Jenkins

Address is Approximate is a really nice stop-motion film by the British director Tom Jenkins. It’s a charming piece of filmmaking which tells the story of a lonely desk toy who longs to escape his surroundings and head on a cross-country road trip to the Pacific.

Jenkins’ is really inventive with his use of objects and there’s a real fun and playful way in which he uses his surroundings… not to mention his terrific use of Google Street View. Musically, the Cinematic Orchestra‘s track ‘Arrival of the Birds’ also brings something special to this animation, turning this lonely toy’s journey into a surprisingly moving trip.

Philip Kennedy

January 19, 2012 / By

‘I Could Eat A Horse’ by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

I Could Eat A Horse by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

I Could Eat A Horse by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

I thought it would be fun to post about this little cute spaghetti measuring tool today. It’s called Ég gæti borðað heilan hest which is Icelandic for ‘I could eat a horse’, and it’s designed by the product designer Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson.

Every time I cook spaghetti I always remember that I need to buy a measurer and I think Stefán’s is really neat. It measures out spaghetti in serving-sizes for kids and adults as well as it’s horse measurement -enough to feed four adults, or presumably, one very very hungry person. It’s available for sale online at the Reykjavik Corner Store.

Philip Kennedy

January 18, 2012 / By

New illustrations from Owen Gatley

New Illustrations from Owen Gatley

New Illustrations from Owen Gatley

New Illustrations from Owen Gatley

Owen Gatley recently updated his portfolio and it’s filled with some really awesome illustrations. Owen is a UK illustrator who is currently living in Berlin and he’s producing some really fine work over there. I came across him roughly three years ago when he produced a great Arnold Schwarzenegger-themed wallpaper for this very site. Since then he’s worked for clients such as It’s Nice That, Urban Outfitters and The Quarterly magazine.

It has been great to see the direction his work has taken over the last few years and I also really love the look of his studio in Berlin. The images above only give a hint of what he does, so go check out the rest of his portfolio and make sure to take a look at the variety of really excellent maps he’s produced for a number of different publications.

Philip Kennedy

January 17, 2012 / By

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