Posts Tagged ‘art’

Russ Mills – Recent Excursions

September 13, 2010

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Truly beautiful work. via Behance.

James

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Murakami Versailles

September 13, 2010

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“For a Japanese like me, the Château de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of.
Of course, we are aware that the spark that set fire to the powder of the Revolution came directly from the centre of the building.

But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom. Just as French people can find it hard to recreate in their minds an accurate image of the Samurai period, the history of this palace has become diminished for us in reality.

So it is probable that the Versailles of my imagination corresponds to an exaggeration and a transformation in my mind so that it has become a kind of completely separate and unreal world. That is what I have tried to depict in this exhibition.

I am the Cheshire cat that welcomes Alice in Wonderland with its diabolic smile, and chatters away as she wanders around the Château.

With a broad smile I invite you all to discover the wonderland of Versailles.”

Takashi Murakami

From 14th September – 12th December 2010.

James

Le Laboratoire – Une Architecture des Humeurs

March 8, 2010

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Le Laboratoire is one of the design industry’s most pioneering thinkers. Created by David Edwards and located in Paris’ first arrondissement, Le Laboratoire brings together art and science in a collaborative sense to explore the possibilities of design to create revolutionary products or concepts. The end product is generally eschewed in favour of the creative process itself – the journey of discovery and exploration is often, according to Edwards, more important than the result it fabricates.

With this in mind, Le Laboratoire is currently undergoing a research project/exhibition entitled ‘Une Architecture des Humeurs’, or ‘An Architecture of Moods’, that runs inhouse until 26th April , 2010. In the exhibit, a collaboration between the R&Sie(n) architectural practice and a group of mathematicians, programmers, architects and robotics designers has produced a model by which biological and physiological data, obtained from visitors, is used to conceive designs for housing units and urban plans.

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The participants enter through a signal collection station that monitors levels of mood-altering hormones within the brain. This informs the station about the individuals’ ‘animal reactions’ as well as any signs of stress, pleasure, disinterest or repulsion, which will have an effect on the ensuing design that is produced.

By doing this, Le Laboratoire aim to compose designs based around pure emotional desires, rather than the ideas that can be expressed through potentially limiting methods of conventional communication. Radical concepts such as this have obvious implications within other creative worlds, such as fashion – particularly bespoke tailoring – as what we see in our mind’s eye regarding an ‘ideal’ garment may be difficult to contextualise through language or illustration. Le Laboratoire’s approach would circumvent that problem entirely by tapping straight into our mind processes and letting them do the designing. Now, it seems, anyone can be a designer.

James

What’s Hot in 2010 by Sarah Leigh

January 16, 2010

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After a brief hiatus, Sarah returns with her third contribution to the Fold, offering some insider tips on what’s hot for the coming year in fashion, music, art and style.

A little late in the day, and vastly covered by the glossies, but I thought I’d put in my two cents on who (and what) will be unmissable in 2010. From the new set of rock and pop stars to inspirational TV dramas and the latest fashion trends, read on for an essential guide to ‘what’s hot’ for the coming year.

Marina and the Diamonds

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Half Welsh, half Greek Marina Diamandis gained a lot of press last year for her catchy rock-tinged pop and retro pinup persona. 2010 will see big things for this 24 year-old songstress, her latest single Hollywood, from her eagerly awaited debut album The Family Jewels, is possibly the most memorable song of the New Year. Her love of combining 50’s style bodysuits with opaque tights and 80’s shoulder-padded jackets (with a good measure of fringing and sequins) has and will earn her some serious fashion stripes in the months to come too.

The return of Big Love

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Many of you know, and indeed understand my unwavering style-admiration for Chloe Sevigny, and not only does this woman know how to dress herself (or employ a rather talented person who does), but she can act too. Over here in the UK we only got the first season of Big Love, but on the other side of the pond season 4 has just begun on HBO. If Sevigny’s prairie chic attire and polygamous credit card wielding, serial shopping alter ego isn’t reason enough to tune in, then news that original indie queen Sissy Spacek features in this run should be! I’m predicting big things for a prairie inspired look this summer, and Sevigny could just provide the inspiration you need!

I suggest you get on the WWW and download (legally please children) the back catalogue immediately, or buy the boxset on DVD (region 1), or for those of you lucky enough to receive HBO – tune in damn it!

Michael Van Der Ham

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The Dutch Central Saint Martin’s graduate has appropriately taken the fashion and celebrity dressing world by storm, and to be honest I can hardly wait to see what 2010 will see from Mr V D Ham. Autumn/winter 09/10 saw his black and gold asymmetric brocade creations, while spring/summer 10 bought about beautiful silk, satin and tulle lop-sided rusched mini-dresses and candy hued, metallic tinged separates…. Mmm mmm.

Sports Luxe

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For womenswear this year, it’s all about a luxury approach to sportswear. With designer du jour Alexander Wang headlining the trend, 2010 will see jersey applied to just about garment, cycling shorts, knee high soccer socks, tennis skirts and wedge-heeled sneakers taking centre stage. For ultimate stylista points add a 90s grungy twist with laddered tights and don’t ditch those Ray-ban Wayfarers just yet.

The Temper Trap

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It was Temper Trap’s latest single Fader that really made me sit up and take notice of the band. On a bigger scale, the Australian band attribute their new status to their recording sessions with UK producer Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys). Last year members Dougy, Jonathan, Lorenzo and Toby moved from their native Melbourne to London, and immersed themselves in to the UK music scene, they have since embarked on a headline tour, played festivals up and down the country and been signed to US label Glassnote Recoreds; cue another appearance at the acclaimed South by Southwest festival.

Upon my first listen to their Fader track, I must say it immediately evoked a sense of nostalgia – reminding me of the soft 80’s rock that I love. Indeed, Temper Track are known for their atmospheric sound and pulsating drums. They’ve got a little something going on style wise too, with a nice collection of geek-chic specs, Campagnolo cycling caps and lead singer Dougie’s anarchic school boy charm.

Thom Kerr

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Thom Kerr is my new favourite photographer (let’s face it, I need one since David LaChapelle semi-retired to some lake-side retreat). He combines a mixture of super-glossy fashion imagery with a little surrealism and ever-changing ethereal lighting, not to mention the fact that the accompanying track to his website is Mama Cass’ It’s Getting Better – what’s not to like.

Hailing from Australia, Kerr originally studied fine art film before stepping behind the lens in 2005. There are few image makers to take the industry by such force in such a small amount of time, and with clients already including O’Zine magazine, Christian Audigier and Warner Music, the only way is up.

Saoirse Ronan

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Atonement’s little Briony Tallis is now nearly 15 and an Academy Award, Bafta and Golden Globe nominated actress. Her 2010-released effort, Irena in ‘The Way Back’, looks set to gain in further praise and acclaim.

The beautiful young Irish actress will swiftly take the reins from Emma Watson et all as Europe’s most interesting, talented and dynamic icon.

Letterman Jackets

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Guys, if you purchase one thing this year make it a 1960s style American high school letterman jacket. We’re talking when Danny Zuko turns jock, preppy HSM types but with a teddy boy edge. The key is to mix it up, make it edgy, make it cool – combine it with different styles, granddad-chic, geek-chic, urban, city slicker – the choice is yours.

Sarah

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 9

December 9, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

S’easy.

Day #9: Pin Art Thingy

Image courtesy of Hawkins Bazaar.

When I was younger, I was fascinated by my older cousin’s pin art box. For some reason, it was cool, in an unattractive, weird kind of way. Like smoking, or fancying Simon Cowell. Repeatedly imprinting your face in a box of needles held somekind of special power over me. Had I had one of these, I doubt I’d be the kind of go-getting self-facilitating media node I am today.

Just don’t share one. Those pins are prone to sinking into a snotty nostril or two. Instead, why not buy it for a loved one, cue up the tune below and insist they leave some seriously brilliant facial impressions whilst attempting to mime along.

System Of A Down – Needles

Kristian

Chris Piascik – Noodle Doodles

November 19, 2009

I thought people might be interested in the work of this talented illustrator with a distinctive style. Chris Piascik essentially starts with a doodle and works within the lines to create some wonderful characters. Heres a video of Piascik at work.

Dré

Norman Rockwell – Original King of the Photoshop

October 27, 2009

Over at Gizmodo, Wilson Rothman has a fascinating article on a new book of photography, highlighting the creative process of Norman Rockwell, edited and compiled by Ron Schtick. Rothman was a sublime artist with the uncanny ability to reimagine countless images with his kitsch signature style

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Wilson calls Rockwell “the original king of Photoshop,” despite the fact that Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers were being gawped at long before Adobe (or indeed any image software) had been conceived. Heres a little snippet,

The book is not about painting. Rockwell’s oil-on-canvas work feels like an afterthought for Schick, who mostly documents Rockwell’s photography and art direction. Throughout the book, you see a painting, then you see the photographs he took to make that painting. In most cases, many shots comprise the different elements, and are joined together only in paint. It’s almost sad: Vivid interactions between people, remembered jointly in the country’s collective consciousness, may never have taken place. Even people facing each other at point blank range were photographed separately, and might never have even met.

Here’s the link for the book, other suppliers are available.

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Dré

Damien Hirst – ‘The Dead’

October 9, 2009


Image courtesy of BNTL

Damien Hirst launched his new exhibition ‘The Dead’ at Other Criteria last night. The show consisted of thirty new works, each a colourful extrapolation of his indulgent 2007 ode to bling, ‘For The Love Of God

To art outsiders like me, ‘The Dead’ to all intents and purposes, is the ‘iPod Nanofication’ of one of Hirst’s most controversial works.

How Hirst can even claim there is any kind of artistic notion or message behind these prints is beyond me. They are egotistical; the self-satisfied splatterings of a blagger. There is no exploration, analysis or interpretation – only trendy colour and a stark reference to death.


Image courtesy of BNTL

On the flipside the absence of meaning – which will undoubtedly be sited by art critics as to why this work is so great – isn’t in my opinion strong enough to justify it’s inclusion in a gallery, let alone the price tag. Hirst’s fascination with death has become a parody. A T4 special.

For a proper, detailed write-up of Hirst’s shortcomings, read Robert Hughes’ excellent article here

Kristian

Shark Major Album Shoot

September 28, 2009

I was approached by Sharky to take some photos for his upcoming album ‘Major League’. Here are a sample of the shots taken that day. Watch out for the CD which is being released soon, and features big guestspots from Ghetts, Griminal, Jammer and Little Nasty amongst others.

For more info twitter me @threefoldmedia.

Big up Shark Major – he’s bound to make moves with this release.

Check the lead single ‘Shark Attack’ here:

Kristian

Culturelab 2009

September 17, 2009

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For those of you currently in the Big Apple, Culturelab 2009 is being held next Tuesday (22nd September) at the Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place. Lined up to deliver speeches is an impressive array of fashion and design luminaries, such as Paul Budnitz, founder and president of toy/clothing manufacturer Kidrobot and Marc Ecko, founder of the Ecko clothing line.

Full details can be found here, and customers can get 50% off the list price for tickets by quoting ‘psfk’ at the checkout.

Don’t say we don’t look out for you.

James