Ryan Duffin is a young photo student currently attending Parsons who’s work recently caught my eye and I needed to share. It’s hard to pinpoint what his style is, I mean, the word that comes to my mind is “surreal”, but I don’t think that’s quite right.
His photos capture abstract still lifes that feature these interesting pairing that usually have super intense colors which really make you stop and take notice. There’s also a mundanity to the pieces, like the dirty Evian bottle above, but they’re lit like fine art, like something of a really high value. This contrast exists in a lot of his newest work and the juxtaposition is definitely something to take note of.
Out of Bristol, KOAN Sound seemed like they were going to be another member of the dub-step scene that took over the past five years. The duo of Will Weeks and Jim Bastow were signed to Skrillex’s label OWSLA in 2011, releasing two EPs at that time, and toured with both Skrillex in and Diplo in 2012. This year they teamed up with fellow Bristol producer Asa and hit the studio. Hard.
This years Sanctuary EP seems to culminate their numerous sounds and influences. A ‘Koan,’ of course, being a Zen Buddhist phrase to denote a lesson or concept for meditation. The title track seems to exemplify their name the best, a ‘new age’ spiritual meditation that pulls pulling influences from Air, Sigur Ros and Brian Eno all at once. As the EP evolves it’s clear that they are not just focused on midtempo breaks for your zen moment at work. ‘This Time Around’ is delicate pop, Koo lending her voice to placate the space between wobbly synths and fragile strings. But the final tracks ‘Fuego’ and ‘Tetsuo’s Redemption’ reveal their other half – the heavy, devastating UK garage sound that has emerged from England in the past fifteen years. Definitely a record worth listening to from beginning to end, over and over again.
I was cruising around Behance yesterday and spotted this really great autumn gourd piece by Christopher Dina. Seasonal prints can often come off as being kinda hokey or overly targeted at a specific time of year, but Chris has given these gourds a playfulness that would be good any time of the year. The color palette is particularly nice, a nice mix of warm and cool colors, and the mix of prints are funny but definitely feel gourd-like.
You can find Chris’ shop here where you can buy this and many of his other prints.
Illustrator, Artist and doodler Scott Campbell has just released the follow up to the successful Great Showdowns book – The Return. It builds upon it’s prequel and again is filled with classic defining Pop Culture moments. It takes on the same competitiveness as a Where’s Wally (or Waldo for you guys across the sea) book where you’re instantly trying to guess the scene as quickly as possible. With no verbal clues you’d have to be a real film buff to get them all correct but even if you don’t the book reads like a more playful version of a coffee table book.
I spoke to Scott recently on the origins of this series and his background in design below.
Normally when I post work I like to feature a few examples of what that person does but there’s so much great texture and spark in this new piece by Natasha Durley that I really think it deserves to be viewed all on its own. Called ‘That’s It, I’m Leafing You’, the print is filled with vibrant colors and a great use of varies media. On her website, Natasha says that she’s particularly interested in rough line work, smudge marks and crudely cut paper. I think this piece displays those raw elements just perfectly.
Interested in Street Art? How about art in general? Maybe politics is more your thing? Or perhaps you’re just curious about Brazil? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Grey City (Cidade Cinza) is a documentary you should go out of your way to see. Weaving together an entertaining storyline, through the voices of famed artists (Os Gêmeos, Nina, and Nunca, just to name a few), the film uses street art as a platform to portray a variety of interesting topics: art philosophy, political corruptness, and how a behemoth city can be full of peculiar charm.
Alan Taylor runs In Focus, a special section of The Atlantic which looks at topics and events through large, beautiful photos. Last week he had a special feature on modernist architect Eero Saarinen, who helped bring a sense of futurism to a world of cookie cutter buildings. The feature is a series of 44 images which shows the range and talent of Saarinen, from his work on the Saint Louis Gateway Arch to the Trans World Airlines Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport.
Anamorphic type and imagery is a pretty popular thing these days but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive. Thomas Quinn, a Chicago based designer, created this rather inspiring anamorphic type piece with the simple yet profound message, “Face Reality As It Is”.
(fos) is a young multi-disciplinary design team out of Madrid and Barcelona who are already turning heads with their first project. Using only tape and paint, this trio has managed to created a rather vibrant installation that tricks the eye in a very pleasing manner. I love the way they were able to incorporate the effect by painting over top the tables, chair and paintings, making it feel like the light is starting to take over the world.
Stephen Chan is an illustrator and graphic designer based in the UK. He’s currently a freelancer who does all kinds of design work for a number of big clients. This past May he organized and curated his first exhibition as part of the Hong Kong Art Fair. It was, by visual and structural standards, a stand out success for a first-timer pulling together a large group show.