Just scanning through Alexander Binder's blog is always mind-bogglingly amazing, but today I found this interview type thing he did a while ago where he is discussing one of his favourite artists Theodor Kittelsen that made me adore him a bit harder.
The reason it made me love him longer is that I had been meaning to do a post of this guy as well, having been totally ended by his work in the Norwegian National Gallery on a recent trip to Oslo. The paintings that I saw there were a series that he put together, which were set alongside each other and seemed to give a slide show of a dark fairy tale. If you haven't seen his work already then you should definitely check him out.
I really like the picture that Alexander chose, but I thought I would post a couple of others that are my particular favourites. The second one I bought a postcard of.
It’s cool when a band takes a bit more time about doing their thing. A bit more pride in their appearance.Like the old dog, who has learned some new tricks.
Art-infused Lo Light’s MySpace looks like someone smashed mid-90s Angelina Jolie all over a quadratic equation. It’s a total contrast from the, occasionally (wait for it), blissed-out synths, and adds an unexpected eeriness to their overall sound. There's a strong feeling that the visual is just as important as all the other elements that inform their glitchagram of noise. A damn site more interesting than looking at all those long exposure, warm-washed colour photograph-toting doppelgangers that seem to think that you have to have that shit on your page in order to get people to turn up to your gig. These are a couple of my favourite images that they have posted. Oh yeah, their music is also very good, and with upbeat catchy song titles such as “Piece By Piece Into The Ants Nest I Go”, they’ve got all the bases covered.
I have no idea what this project was meant to be when it started out (I mean, I could guess from the title that it might have something to do with when a lad meets a lass), but I am seriously into it. This blog was found when I was looking up Robert Frank's pictures. I'm not one for classic photography usually (I think I bought a poster of that Silver guys work in the fresher's week of University, but no one can be blamed for their convoluted choices in Uni, can they?), as I find it a bit too shiny, a bit too staged. This collection though looks a little more playful and a bit weird. Like this one below - half Hitchcock still, half parody of Paranormal Activity scene. So good. You should go check it out. If you want.
More blogtasticnessy! This blog will get your face smiling, your mouse scrolling, your taste buds tingling, and your travelling boots calling. Seriously interesting to see a talented couple of photographers take on life in Japan.
So much photography that you see at the moment adorning the pages of all of your favourite hipster rags is either straight out of LA / Lower east side or at a "amazingly fun party" in a cave below a secret warehouse in east london - nice to see something from a completely different region of the world. There's some really heartfelt stuff here, I'm sure you'll agree.
Say no to boring photographs! Giasco Bertolli goes on weird missions all over the place, snapping away like a over amourous alligator as he wanders. To be fair, I'm not bowled over by a lot of his other photos - they're the kind of photoraphs that would send a clipboard-toting-photography-teacher into box-ticking-overdrive, but leave you with kind of empty feeling (well, they do me anyway) - but both his tennis court and swimming pool projects are off the chain!
There's something about taking pictures of stuff that anyone who lives nearby would totally walk passed and not look twice at that gets me so stoked. Lots of clean lines, angular shapes and symmetry. Yum. These two are a couple of my favourites from the projects.
This site is great place to draw inspiration from. They post up a bunch of different artists, photographs and creatives to make the common man explode with jealousy on his way to Sainsbury's to buy a baked potato. Can't really think of too much else to say...look at it it's good?
p.s. I thought t h i s was a really interesting idea.
aGAiN WITH THE LATENESS! Morgan Blair has been setting the underground Brooklyn art scene alight for some time it would seem, yet my knowledge of her was only realised just recently - I had seen the standout front cover of Small Black's EP a while back, but a severe bout of malaise must have taken hold and I explored no further. Ashamedly I now make it known how much I love her work. I'm usually not so into anything that could possibly be mistaken for dayglo, and I am certainly not into that twee oriental graphic shit you see on t shirts being sold in Camden market, but this seems to hit the nail right on the head for some reason.
I particularly like the installation-y stuff that shit did at someone's house in NYC. Psychedelic murals in your house = YES! Anyways, she's a real hooked up lady and you can find a million interesting links from her site/blog that will send you cascading down the social media rabbit hole. So check it out.
I adore everything I have seen Peter Sutherland do. His style is so gritty, yet he seems to find beauty in the most unlikely of places. The shoot he did not long ago for Vice, where he went to some wasteland in bum-fucked-America to take shots of the communities that were still lasting it out there was incredible, and the portfolio of his work still blows my mind whenever I look at it.
This post was actually going to be a pretty slating review of the latest project that I had seen him put his name to, but on further inspection I reckon it's pretty goddamn rad! Perhaps it's the jealousy that I've not got to go on a trip like that, or that I can't take pictures that good...either way, I'm sorry. Check out the SMOKE BATH.