Back in 2010 the London based studio HelloVon collaborated with Nike Stadium to create a huge 17 window installation at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London. Designed to celebrate the World Cup, the installation featured 17 portraits of the world’s best footballers with each image measuring a whopping 5m x 3m.
HelloVon is the studio name of Von, a London based illustrator and artist. Von’s mixture of traditional and digital mark-making techniques creates images which combine old fashioned craftsmanship with a skill for creating very clever and contemporary images. His installation at Selfridges was a fantastic display of his talent, and I think his style of image-making is the perfect way to honor these sporting greats. Make sure to check out more of Von’s wonderful drawings on his site HelloVon.
English illustrator and designer Mike Lemanski has created a wonderful t-shirt which is bound to get you in the Olympic spirt! His design is filled with great colors and energy, combining a number of sporting events together including diving, swimming, rowing and sprinting.
Created for Nike USA and released late last year, Lemanski’s style of illustration seems perfect for this type of project. Here Lemanski finds the patterns amid the arms, legs and sporting-equipment of the athletes and turns them into fantastic looking image. It’s certainly a t-shirt I’d like to wear! Go see more of Mike Lemanski’s work online here.
As we’re going to be featuring sports-related posts all this week on The Fox Is Black I thought it would be nice to share some sports-related music with you this morning. Obviously there’s plenty of places where you can find music for something like this. With a little thought it’s easy to find plenty of songs that cross the sports/music divide: there’s the brashness of the football anthem, the adrenaline-fueled tracks designed for running, the inspirational music heard during cinema’s fine musical montages – all fine examples! Personally though, none of them come close to the greatness that is The Duckworth Lewis Method.
Back in 2009 the duo created an entire album inspired by cricket! Made up of The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Pugwash’s Thomas Walsh, the pair have described the album as being “a kaleidoscopic musical adventure through the beautiful and rather silly world of cricket”. It’s a fantastic collection of songs and it’s an album which relishes in the oddities and traditions of the sport – featuring tracks with names such as The Coin Toss, Mason On The Boundary and Meeting Mr Miandad.
The track above is called The Age of Revolution; a song about the English spreading cricket throughout the world. I particularly love how it samples Bix Beiderbecke & His Gang’s excellent Rhythm King. If you’re a cricket fan and haven’t checked out The Duckworth Lewis Method before make sure to grab a copy of their album!
English illustrator Emma Block creates some really sweet and charming illustrations. Looking through her portfolio I found I had lots of fun trying to figure out exactly how each of her pieces were made. Certainly it looks like there seems to be a lot of really nice delicate collage work in them – in some images it seems like trees and other details are literally popping off the page. Whatever the technique is that she uses I think it works really well and it adds a wonderful texture to her illustrations.
I particularly love the look of the mattresses in her drawing of the famous fairy tale ‘The Princess and the Pea’. Go check out more of her wonderful illustration online here.
It would seem that I’ve got a bit of a thing for strange hovering polyhedral shapes so I guess it’s no surprise that I’m really fond of this new work by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Called ‘Your Sound Galaxy’, Eliasson’s piece is an installation of geometric forms made from black metal that hang from the ceiling like lanterns.
In an interview with Thinking in Practice Eliasson talked about the importance of geometry in his work and he explained how mathematical form played it’s role in the creation of ‘Your Sound Galaxy’:
It consists of a group of twenty-seven polyhedra suspended from the ceiling and arranged in two horizontally concentric circles. The polyhedra are arranged in a clockwise sequence in which each form has more faces than the last. These are organisable into nine ‘families’ of three related forms. Two of the three are dual polyhedra – meaning that the number of vertices on the one polyhedron is equal to the number of faces on the other – and the third, hanging in the inner circle, is a combination of the two.
Again, it is very much about movement and time, because each polyhedron has an LED light at its centre, and when you walk around beneath the artwork, light sparkles through the cracks in the frames above, so that the viewer is instrumental in making a composition of light in transformation.
It’s a beautiful piece and I feel that Eliasson’s description of how it’s pieced together really demonstrates the thought and process which the artist puts into his work. If the old saying that ‘God is in the details’ is true then I reckon there really must be an awful lot of something special in this installation.