Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Kanye West - Runaway

Premier of the Kanye West first movie that he produced on Saturday night and i was quite excited in what to expect from it. Obviously alot of people dislike Kanye because of what he speaks and the way he acts, i can admit that some of it is outrageous what he does but in terms of his creativeness, i think that he is a genius. The film is based on Kanye's perspective of last years incident at the VMA’s with Taylor Swift and his thoughts on the media. The film also features music off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy such as Lost In The World, Power, Lights, and Runaway..This video was truly inspiring and a vision in the way Kanye thinks. I have only got to this part of the film, i then stopped watching it because i don't think anything can top this part of the film. I watched it and became fixed throughout. Truly amazing piece of cinematography here:

London Trip & Free Range View

So we went on our first trip of the year down to London. Our main purpose of the trip was to have a look at the free range space that we could be using for next years show. But before we checked that out we went to Loud Flash, which is a unique exhibition of punk posters and collateral curated by the artist and designer Toby Mott. It was exhibited at the Haunch Of Venison which was a first for myself as well.

Really enjoyed this exhibition on many levels. Firstly because it gave a very open insight into what our society was back then and what my mom had to deal with, especially the national front and music culture. Secondly i have grown to like the composition and the letter forms been used for the posters & zines. The bold colors, the jagged edges and the sans serif fonts work very well, seems to be a key element within this era. Probably because this era was such a 'statement' era and a lot of people had many opinions among themselves and they wanted to voice them. Lastly, it gave me alot of ideas for my zine that i am producing. At first i wanted to keep it clean cut and elegant, but now im swaying more towards very punk driven fonts and layouts. Something to look more into maybe.

Then we headed over to brick lane to check out our space for free range. Quite happy that we have the same space as they did last year as i think the coverage that your getting is second to none and it would benefit us all. Looking at the space with no installations in gave me a few ideas on what i can go with. Looking forward to getting on with it now.

We then made our way over to the white cube and another gallery to get an understanding on how to present our work and maybe get a wider picture of looking at how we can go about doing this. Quite a nice little gallery and exhibition, which was quite eye opening to setting up installations.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Two more artists of our era.......

James Blake & Four Tet

Again pushing a very similar sound to mount kimbie, but BETTER! I just cant get enough of this sound and i still stand by it that these are our "underworld" "prodigy" "massive attack", this is our 'new' breaking sound of our era and i feel i have to support it. Just the whole ambient beats, vocal stabs and the 2 step beats just compliment each other so well.

True Original Craftsman at work here.

I kinda like the artwork as well. Have a listen to some of my favs.

CMYK - James Blake by funktional

James Blake - I Only Know (What I Know Now) by Strange Moss

The xx - VCR (Four Tet remix) by Four Tet

Four Tet - Angel Echoes by WeAreBlahBlahBlah

Printing Technique x Heat Press

Completed this little heat press today in class. Quite happy with the outcome when manipulated with in this way. Possible idea on how to complete a zine, along with addition of screen printing, or that might be abit too much.


A zine is pretty much a smaller version of a publication that is put into circulation, still contains the standard text and images, but never really commercial. Contains more self published work of an interest to the artist.

Zines can come in all different types of formats, from computer-printed text to comics to handwritten text. Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photo-copied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media.

Really looking forward to this brief as i have a handful of ideas that i have been thinking of for a long time. I love this way of expressing yourself in a 'free' editorial way. Just been looking on the web for a few that takes my fancy and the way they have completed their ideas. Here are some of my favs.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Mount Kimbie

Before the summer we was told to become a lot more culturally aware and understand true music & art. I looked at various artists such as Massive attack, Left field,Underworld, Orbital, Aphex Twin and so on (let me add i did know of these before by the way). Now all of these are excellent acts with a huge back catalog of amazing tunes which i kind of loose myself in them when i listen to them, especially the ambient selections of Aphex Twin. BUT, why am i listening to these bands that are a good 10 - 20 years old, surely this is not progressing my creative mind into a new wave of art direction. I can understand various people from around this era would be massively influenced by the music and it would probably show within their work, but i feel that it is time to move on and support good acts pushing excellent electronic music. Please don't look at this and think i am saying the above bands are rubbish because some of the songs from the above bands sit nicely in my favorite tunes of all time.

So, this leads me onto a duo who are pushing the boundaries with their sound and doing it superbly.

Mount Kimbie is a London duo that makes pretty, mid tempo, ambient beats with a little vocal thrown in for good measure. You could put them under the genre dubstep but i think that would be a insult to them both as they seem to want to move out of that 'underground/commercial' tripe that is coming out at the moment. I am all over this sound and its such a new and refreshing sound to here these days, i think the sound of the 2 step beats and small dose of indie rock stimulate the creative mind, and i just love what they are both doing for electronic music. Below are a few of my favorite tracks. Enjoy.

Foals - Spanish Sahara (Mount Kimbie Remix) by fabric

Mount Kimbie - Would Know (from Crooks & Lovers) by Hotflush

Mount Kimbie - Sketch on Glass [HF023] by Hotflush

Mount Kimbie - Before I Move Off by subraw

Monday, 4 October 2010

SHOWstudio - Gareth Pugh - Paris Womenswear S/S 11

Just come across SHOWstudio's video for Gareth Pugh's S/S 11 collection. I love this on so many levels, the music, the art direction. The whole video represents what Gareth Pugh is all about, being weird and wonderful. What i like as well is the movement made by the models co-inside with the design of the garment, you have a very elegant dress with soft and slow movements, then a gimp esque garment followed with sharp, quick dance moves. From 9.30 as well i just love the whole look used here, with the movement of the dress, the music, the overlapping of models set a different opacity's. Think it works really well.

Gareth Pugh S/S 2011 Collection - Director: Ruth Hogben from SHOWstudio on Vimeo.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Scott Eaton

Scott Eaton is an artist, technical director and anatomy consultant residing in London, UK. He received his master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab and subsequently studied traditional fine art at the Florence Academy of Art, Italy where he began to integrate the lessons of the old masters with modern computer graphics tools.

Scott has transferred many of the lessons from Florence and the knowledge of years of subsequent study into his Anatomy for Digital Artists Course. He believes that understanding the underlying form and function of the figure is critical to success as a character designer, modeler, rigger or animator. His course has evolved to combine classical anatomy training with modern digital tools and gives artists a strong foundation for mastering artistic anatomy.

What i am currently feeling at the moment is his amazing digital sculptures that he has produced. From looking at them, you would think they are from the Renaissance era produced by Michael Angelo himself which is incredible. I love how he is integrating history and modern times with this as well.