Nick White makes some really fun work. Based in London, he describes himself as an artist, illustrator, animator and filmmaker. His website is definitely worth checking out. It’s filled with great work and lots of humor, operating like an old book filled with pages of great images.
I particularly love his crazy ‘Man or Monkey’ illustration. It was made for the excellent kids magazine Anorak and appears in volume two of their Happy Activity Book. Why not take a look at the puzzle above and see if you can guess wether or not you’re looking at a picture of a man or monkey… and no cheating!
‘Domestication of Pyramids’ is a stunning piece of installation art by the Czech artist and architect Magdalena Jetelova. Installed in a number of locations between 1992 and 1994, the work deals strongly with dislocation. Here a large fragment of a pyramid stands inside a gallery. It appears to rip through the walls of the space and the viewer can easily imagine that the structure continues past these restraints and spans to the scale of an actual pyramid.
The images above show a pyramid that could have easily been lifted directly from Egypt and dropped rather haphazardly into the museum. Jetelova’s work comments on this dislocation; the Western mentality of taking important parts of our history and placing them inside museums. This is the ‘domestication’ that the works title refers to. It’s a powerful visual metaphor and one which I’d have loved to have seen in real life.
The piece ran in a number of art spaces during the 90′s including Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts (top image), Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau (second image), Warsaw’s National Museum of Contemporary Art and Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art. More art and information on Jetelova’s work can be found on her website here.
I think we know by now that Romain Gavras is not a director who likes to hold back. Last week his video for Jay-Z & Kanye West’s ‘No Church In The Wild’ arrived and it is filled with the style, panache and controversy that you would expect from the Greek/French director.
Filmed on the streets of Prague, the video depicts a violent riot between protestors and police. It’s a visually stunning and hard-hitting piece of work which showcases Gavras as a skilled visual filmmaker. Yet despite these things ‘No Church In The Wild’ is a misjudged affair. Vacant of any political message, the video shows a riot purely for the sake of a riot. This is nothing more then an exercise in style – dig deeper and you won’t find anything of substance here.
Rather distastefully Gavras has decided to shoot this video in and around the same streets of Prague that once held the Velvet Revolution – a non-violent revolution in 1989 that protested against the one-party government of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Unlike this video, the protestors didn’t hold molotov cocktails, instead they held flowers and candles and successfully brought about the dismantling of the single-party state.
Gavras’ video feels disingenuous, superficial, irresponsible and perhaps even misogynistic. This is nothing more then an attempt to capitalize on the ‘revolution dollar’. It exploites legitimate protests and revolution simply because revolution is the current cool. Lets not forget – Jay-Z and Kanye West are the 1%. Despite the impressive visuals on display, this video feels as though Gavras has cashed-in on the causes of others and churned out something hollow and vacant. Check out the video above and make up your own mind.
Dutch publishers’ Roularta recently launched a great looking news and lifestyle magazine called The Good Life which seems to be working strongly with a number of really talented illustrators. Above are three illustrations created by the Belgiun based studio KHUAN+KTRON. I love how fun these images are and I really like how brightly colored they are too.
KHUAN+KTRON is a three piece studio made up of one Belgian, one Russian and one Japanese guy. On their site they list ‘invisible people’, ‘ZSNES’ and ‘waiting for public transportation’ as some of their main sources of inspirations (as well as plenty of other things). Make sure to check out the rest of their work in their portfolio here.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” says Ferris Bueller in the opening scene of the 1986 movie. If you ask me, everyone should live by Ferris’ advice and take a little time off now-and-again to just look around and appreciate everything life has to offer.
This is certainly a train of thought which runs through the work of the Paris-based photographer Alex Cretey. His ongoing series ‘Let Us Slowdown’ is a project all about appreciating the little moments in life. In his words it’s about “slowing, stopping, standing still, prostration and being stranded”. It’s a beautiful collection of images and a reminder to appreciate the simpler moments of life. Check out the full set of images here.