Conrad Ventur hangs rotating crystals in front of projectors. On their way to a wall, these images passing through the crystal pendants are refracted and multiplied, resulting in what I’d call a bee’s-eye-view of Shirley Bassey singing This is My Life. Clearly, I am not an art critic.
It’s easy to like Conrad Ventur’s work because it’s kitschy; I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy walking into a gallery and hearing Shirley Bassey? But behind the pastiche is a serious and well-considered construction of how to reprocess imagery. Conrad’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows all over the place (New York, London, Rome, et cetera) but the press for his exhibition Fragments of Fame at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is where I first heard about his work. Aside from being an installation artist, he also is a photographer and the founding editor of USELESS magazine.
For me, Belgian designer Veronique Branquinho epitomises everything that is stylish about the Antwerp fashion scene: a discreet sense of androgyny, minimalism, monochrome colour palettes and structured tailoring. Although her label collapsed last year in the midst of the global financial crisis, she has not completely disappeared from the fashion arena and her most recent project is a collaboration with Camper. Branquinho’s capsule collection for the Spanish footwear label’s Together project features three derby styles that showcase her simple and modern aesthetic. My first reaction upon viewing the neutral, two-toned lace-ups was the all too familiar sentiment of “I want them. I don’t care how much they cost”, but then I discovered that the shoes are, in fact, designed for men. Go figure.
Dapper gentlemen can find Branquinho’s collection online and in select boutiques.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a little note asking for some help with the blog. Like I said, I’ve got a full time job now plus a slew of side projects, so I needed another set of hands to keep up with the five posts a day that most of your are used to. Well, the amount of support I received was overwhelming and I ended up getting over 80 people apply to help out. From those 80 people though I’ve ended up choosing two to help me out, Danica van de Velde and Alex Dent.
First up is Danica, who was born in Hong Kong and currently lives in Perth, Australia where she’s finishing a doctoral thesis on the films of Wong Kar-wai. No big deal, right? She also runs her own blog called Oh, Hello There which was a big part of why I chose her. I think she has a great personal style, she’ll be able to breathe a female perspective into the blog and just seems like a really rad girl.
Then there’s Alex, whom I’ve actually known for a couple years now. I asked Alex to describe himself in a couple of lines and this was his answer, “Alex is an avid crafter with an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Although he has worked in New York, Copenhagen and Los Angeles, he now spends his days in Guntown, Mississippi working, taking night classes and plotting revenge. He is excited about the future.” I don’t think I could have said it better. Alex doesn’t have a blog but you can check out his great architecture photos on his Flickr.
I just want to say thank you to all of you who applied to help me out. I honestly couldn’t believe how many of you wrote me, it was immensely difficult to narrow it down. I hope you enjoy the inclusion of Danica and Alex as well, I think they’re going to bring new and different perspectives to the blog that will only make this place better. On a side note, I’ve added a ‘Posted by’ tag under the post titles, so you can now tell who’s posting what.
A few weekends back I said I was going to try and put up more games on the weekends for those of you in need of some mindless entertainment, but unfortunately finding rad games isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. But thanks to the tip of a reader named Taylor Carroll I was pointed in the direction of a game called Mogo Mogo.
Mogo Mogo is about a civilization of people called Mogos, who work all day and night doing manual labor to survive. You play as Bogo, an inventor who dreams of helping the Mogo’s lives better my making some tools to ease their burden. He has a Newtonian moment when a fruit falls on his head and he’s sent into a dream world to find the invention that will help his people.
The game is a series of puzzles which definitely start to get harder as you go. As I’m writing this I’m on Level 12 and I was ready to quit. But I haven’t yet because the production and design of this game is really great, and I think you’ll get sucked into it like I have. Simply click the little blue dot above to get started.
Well it’s another Friday and another Mixcast is here and ready for your listening pleasure. This week’s Mixcast features all electronic/DJ kinds of music which was influenced by my love of electronica in the late 90′s There’s some older stuff and some brand new stuff but overall I have to say this mix flows rather well. It’s also quite upbeat compared to my usual folk-y/emo style, so if you’re walking to work or need to get some work done, you might consider downloading this little guy.
I’d also like to note that yes, that is THE William Shatner halfway through the mix. Prepare to be startled and amazed.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: We Will become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear’s Not Scared Remix) By The Postal Service Electricity by The Avalanches Jamelia by Caribou Six Days by DJ Shadow Together (Ft. Lemon Jelly) by WIlliam Shatner Sweepstakes (Ft. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) by Gorillaz History Repeating (Ft. Shirley Bassey) by Propellerheads Pagina Dos by Prefuse 73 & The Books Echo’s Answer by Broadcast I Slept With Bonhomme at the CBC by Broken Social Scene Dream On by The Chemical Brothers Out My Window by Koushik