Os Gemeos have brought their magical realistic high art street art to Los Angeles, in a show that opened this past weekend at Prism. The artist duo have completely transformed the space from any other white-walled gallery space to a bright red, orange, and yellow world of disembodied heads floating around, rising from the floors, glittery sparkles popping out of paintings, drum based music pumping from various mysterious locations, and even a face that sits above the building, watching traffic.
The show sees new paintings, sculptures, and even a few knitted pieces by the artists, which they have sewn into the space, somehow opening a wormhole from our world into theirs. It’s a phenomenal show. If you are in the Los Angeles area or traveling through here in the next month, you have to stop by to see it since it is just batshit insane. Check out more photos from the show here.
Yesterday I posted about the Triforce Tribute, an upcoming art show put together by Always With Honor and Jolby. Today we’ve got a very special wallpaper from them titled Trouble in Lost Woods, which is pretty bad ass. They’ve combined their lofty talents to create this image, which will eventually be a print, I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available.
This is exactly what I think of when I think of Legend of Zelda. There’s the endless woods with scary characters lurking around every corner. All you can think of is getting more of those damn gems. Brilliant work, gang. You can learn more about the Tribute Triforce show by clicking here.
There’s a simplicity to good design, which I think Daigo Dakoku has embodied with these guide booklets for Musashino Art University. When I first saw these I kind of gasped. There’s something so mystical and ethereal about these pieces, like there’s a vibration to them. The colors he chose for the “dots” are so bright and vibrant, slowly fading out to a muted, opposite color that surrounds it. What’s funny to me is that these are just the covers, there’s more information inside, but the covers seem so perfect and flawless. I would love to have all of these image as large prints, they’d look amazing.
I hadn’t heard of France’s Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale until discovering the work of Paris-based photographer Shane Lynam. Originally opened in 1907, the gardens were once home to a colonial exhibition, an international event which hoped to boost trade with France’s colonial empires.
It was here that six distinct villages were built – one from Madagascar, one from Congo, one from Sudan, and others from Tunisia, Morocco and Indochine. These villiages were horrifically populated with inhabitants, monuments and product all taken from these territories. In another words, the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale was a ‘human zoo’.
It seems shocking to think that this sort of thing existed, but colonial exhibits were a big part of early 20th Century European history. Indeed, it’s said that one million people attended the 1907 exhibition in Paris, and French historian Pascal Blanchard estimates that one and a half billion people visited universal or colonial exhibits throughout the world from 1870 to 1930.
Today, the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale is a different place. Over time, parts have become vandalized and burned. The French authorities simply neglect it. Buildings remain abandoned and the exotic plantations have disappeared altogether.
Despite what you might feel should be done to a place like this, it’s understandable that France has it’s hands tied. If they restore it, many would say that they were paying service to a part of their history that doesn’t deserve to be commemorated. Yet destroying it would feel like they were attempting to cover up their past. And so, for now, it remains. Standing as a ghost town, haunted by the spirits of it’s past.
More photos from Shane’s series can be viewed here.
I saw this excerpt of Banksy’s thoughts on advertising earlier today posted by a well-known YouTube video marketing company, so I thought I’d share.
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
Yesterday I inquired about who took the beautiful photo on the cover of the new Fanfarlo album. Helpful TFIB reader Shane informed that it was the work of Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata. What inspired me to post about his work was the fact that he was able to make unnatural, concrete structures look so natural and beautiful. For example, the concrete bricks in the image at top look almost like an extreme close-up of salt crystals. The second photo looks like it could have been taken from space. It’s all so abstract and beautiful.
Matt W. Moore is an unstoppable force of brightly colored geometric patterns. I love posting about Matt’s work because of how bright and vibrant it always is, his style is kind of how I think my soul would look like. He’s back with a new project for the Vincci Bit Hotel in Barcelona, specifically the 4th floor corridor. The mural is 50 meters long, he used 14 gallons of paint and it took him 2 weeks of painting.
His effort has totally paid off though, as he’s created such a beautiful experience to walk through. Matt was awesome and decided to take some video of the corridor, so be sure to check that out below. You can also see lots more photos of the corridor by clicking here.
Designer Trevor Tarczynski may just be the visual “voice” of all the cool kids in Los Angeles. Located out in Echo Park and working with some of the biggest concert venues, party people, and even dodgeball teams in town, Trevor has carved his own niche of visuals through design: if you live in this city and consider yourself to be hip and with it, you have seen his handiwork, the work of his Studio Destro. We spoke with him a few months back about his work and thoughts on design in the area, which was great considering we haven’t really gotten a chance to sit down with that many graphic designers in and from Southern California. You can read the interview here.