English illustrator and artist Robert Nicol is responsible for these strange paintings which I absolutely love! Painted in acrylics with washed out and dreamlike colors, his palette is in stark contrast to the oddities that lie within his work.
Looking at the images above you can see bizarre triangles rip from the ground of a quite landscape or witness a hatted man spring from a hole and hold a group of people at gun point. It’s a strange world which he creates with his brush but it really is quite wonderful and beautiful in its own unique way. Go see more of what he does online here.
Many of you may remember Iron – Yoann Lemoine’s excellent video for his Woodkid music project which we posted about last year. For my money it was easily one of the best videos of last year; filled with stylized action, stunning costumes and lush cinematography. Fortunately Woodkid is back with a new EP and Lemoine has really outdone himself with the new video.
The track is called Run Boy Run and Lemoine’s video show the titular boy of the song running valiantly through a dark landscape. Here he escapes beasts, birds and nature as he hurls himself towards his destination. The art direction is pretty flawless and it’s hard to imagine that we’ll see a more stylish video this year. Makers of music videos take note – more like this please!
A Brief History Of John Baldessari is a fantastic short documentary that looks at the life and works of the American conceptual artist John Baldessari. Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala”, the film is narrated by Tom Waits and directed by Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Despite having a running time of just a little under six minutes, the film still manages to capture so much of Baldessari’s life, work and personality. It’s a documentary which is filled with quick edits, a frenzied pace and a wonderful dry sense of humour which bounces back and forth between Waits’ narration and Baldessari in his studio. It reminds me a lot of the snappy pictorial montages seen in Mike Mills’s ‘Beginners’ and I think it’s a storytelling technique which works really well in this context. Hopefully the LACMA’s Art + Film Gala goes on to be an annual event and we get to see many more great films like this in the future.
Sachliches is the title of a series of photographs taken between 2001 and 2008 by the German-based photographer Josef Schulz. The series explores the formal aspects of pre-fabricated buildings and the resulting work feels more like graphic compositions then actual photographs.
Schulz’s intention is to exaggerate these qualities and with the help of his computer, these images become striking counterpoints of their actual architectural selves. Stripping away the finer details of each building means that Schulz leaves us with no hint of their age, size, location or place. Instead what remains is pure anonymity. While pre-fabricated factories and warehouse attempt so often to stand inconspicuously, Schulz takes these qualities and brings them to their final conclusion. The finished work is wonderful – modern buildings reduced to pure form.
You can view the complete series of images from Josef Schulz’s Sachliches online here.
Maricor/Maricar are Maricor and Maricar Manalo. A Sydney-based studio that create wonderful hand crafted illustrations and type using embroidery and paper cut outs. Their embroidered type is particularly impressive and the way in which they translate their fresh use of color and pattern through needle and thread is really wonderful.
Over the years they have produced work for album covers, animations, music videos, posters and exhibitions and currently it seems that their work in type is in hot demand after working with the likes of Wired, UNICEF and Esquire over the last few months. Check out more of their work here and make sure to take a look at my personal favourite of theirs – work for the Jim Henson tribute show ‘The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me’ here.