Name: Ben Aslett
Degree/College: University Of Plymouth BA Hons Design: Ilustration
About Your Wallpaper:
Recently I’ve been trying to create insanely cluttered images that suggest repetitiveness similar to that of a patterned wallpaper or fabric but without the reticulation. To create these images I use a library of pre-created and purposely created images to suggest this repetitiveness. When creating this wall paper for the desktop project I realized that computer icons would disappear amongst the mass of iconography in my images, although I thought that this could be kind of fun I realized that most people would probably just want to punch the screen out of frustration so I included an area of blank space for your icons. I hope you enjoy it.
This wallpaper reminds me of a crazy Flash game that you play online. This one would involve riding around on a skateboard shooting skeletons who try to rob your brain… or something like that. Wouldn’t you play a game like that?
I came across this interesting discussion on Flickr about the fact that Banksy had been creating pieces throughout Africa. While he had one well publicized trip to the West Bank, I don’t think anyone had realized that he did pieces in parts of Africa until his recent exhibition at the Bristol Museum showed a bulletin board in his recreated studio with photos of his trip. The photos are also on his site currently, which is where I snagged the ones above and under the cut.
Flickr user Olly C. states about the top photo,
“I’ve seen this one in the flesh. Its in the suburbs of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. Banksy was there about 4-5 months ago. Sadly this has been partially painted over, Peaches Geldoff is no more and somebody has added a flower to the collection tin. There’s also a few local tags scribbled on the same wall.
There are a handful in Mali, stretching from Bamako to Timbuktu. Their locations are still unpublicised as far as I can tell.”
For some reason I’m reminded of the phrase, “If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?”
Does anyone know anymore about this trip? Did I totally miss out on this somehow? If you have any more information or any other photos shoot me en email.
More photos under the cut.
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Arms by Seabear
Hands Remember by Seabear
I tend to listen to a lot of new music a lot and then never really post about it, so as of lately I’ve been trying to be better about sharing. Today’s musical find is a band called Seabear, which I stole from my ex-boyfriend Jeff. The band was a one-man project of Icelandic fella Sindri Sigfússon in 2000, but since then the band has grown and features 7 members.
Their most recent album, The Ghost That Carried Us Away, is a delightfully poppy album that instantly made me happy. Sindri’s voice is extremely mellow and has one of those voices that sneaks into your head. The music itself is really layered and the band plays a ton of different instruments on the album. To me this album feels similar in tone to Fanfarlo, it’s a well put together album that makes you happy that it’s summer.
Their Wikipedia page also says that they’re working on a new album that’s supposed to come out in 2009. Let’s all cross our fingers for some more Icelandic goodies.
I’m a bit behind on this one, but last month the amazing Jim Mahfood and Scott Campbell teamed up for a gallery show called Supreme Broship. While their both amazing artists in their own right, their styles are basically the absolute opposites of each other. Jim Mahfood is very much over the top, with influences from comic books and graffiti, while Scott is very simplistic and uses water color and your mom thinks his art is cute.
As it turns out they work together really well, their two styles coming together to make some really fun and even beautiful pieces. Scott has a ton of the pieces up on his Flickr, I highly recommend taking 10 minutes to browse through all of the insanity. I’ve also posted some more of my favorites under the cut.
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Whenever I see something new by Os Gêmeos I have to post about it. Their art is always so beautiful and amazing and never fails to make me happy. Just recently they finished a mural in New York on the corner of Houston and Bowery. The whole thing is being put on by Deitch Projects, so big thanks to them for bringing such a wonderful project to life.
Head on over to Animal NY for more close up photos!