Friday, 21 January 2011

people in space(s)*

i've been utterly distracted by 'freunde von freunden' for the past few days - sort of 'the selby'-esque (which i'm also prone to spending hours on, coveting other peoples' homes/ brooklyn rooftop gardens/ pets/ trampolines/ lives) but more understated, more focused on the creativity running like electricity in its subjects which also flows through the objects and spaces they create for themselves to live in.

at least that's what i'm choosing to believe is going on. most of the interviews are written in german.

the one i most want to live in is illustrator sarah illenberger's. it's so full of light and ease. i've become obsessed by this curtain for reasons i don't think have words:

but the rest of the shots are probably more comprehensibly lovely.

*i have also been drifting in space these past two months. i apologise; i'm trying to work out what i'm going to do with this, and with myself. bear with me, wouldja?

Monday, 15 November 2010

life recorded by nine eyes

since google streetview launched, accidental images of absurd, beautiful and shocking moments have been immortalised by this roving, nine-eyed machine - and then, inevitably, isolated and forwarded around by internet memesters.

but for 9eyes curator and artist jon rafman, it's opened a pandora's box of questions about photography, privacy, art and basic humanity.

he's penned a much more articulate explanation of his project than i possibly could right now, so i heartily suggest heading thataway for a proper background.

it reminds me of that robert rauschenberg quote i love so much:

“I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly, because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.”

beauty in the ordinary. wonder in the ugly. yes, please.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

a labour of (typographic) love

really loving bianca chang's simple, stunning paper sculptures. made from everyday photocopy paper using just a ruler, scalpel and compass point, they're real labours of love.

see how she does it here:

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

the awesome book of thanks

not much to say at the moment besides no, thank YOU, dallas clayton. infectious and happy-making.

An Awesome Book of Thanks! from Dallas Clayton on Vimeo.

Friday, 15 October 2010

make it beautiful

it's everywhere at the moment, but troika's 'shoal' installation is really very lovely.

TROIKA_SHOAL from Troika on Vimeo.

o perfection, thy name is schwartzman.

it's ridiculous, it's over-the-top, it's hammy and it's contrived. and it's jason schwartzman, and there is nothing he could do that wouldn't make my dimples deepen.

Monday, 20 September 2010

uh oh

lock up your bookish daughters - DBC Pierre is reading at the ever wonderful book slam this month. if it's anything like the last time i saw him read there, expect a swarm of girls crawling over him like angry bees, fighting for the dubious privilege of buying his many whiskies, while DBC takes it like a premiership league footballer at a strip club. odd. but kind of hard not to be riveted.

listen to him on his best behaviour being interviewed by my brilliant (in all senses that word may be taken) friend martin makenzie-murrayhere.