English ceramist Beccy Ridsdel has worked as ceramics technician at York College for nearly 10 years and recently discovered her love of bone china and porcelain. Her latest work is an installation set up as an interrupted laboratory experiment – ceramics being dissected, like an autopsy, to find out what lays beneath the surface. This dinnerware cruelty/beautification was inspired by her mother, who is also a ceramist!
Dutch artist Michiel Schuurman creates designs in which typography fully replaces the need for imagery with his high-contrast, intricately patterned pieces. Schuurman’s mind-bending work might be straining my little eyeballs, but in the best sort of way. Like, whatever is wrong with my vision is not something I want to get fixed, which, is great because I don’t exactly have insurance anyway. Schuurman’s vision is a fantastic, technicolor trip down the rabbit hole. With an amazing attention to detail, he designs down to the pixel.
Bob Staake, the author and illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, has reimagined the covers of kid-friendly classics from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, giving each one a twist that is often more PG-13 than G and always darkly comical. With a simple off-beat quip and a slightly adjusted illustration, those once comforting, sweet tales of little trains that could and hungry little catepillars morph into something a little more sinister and a bit disconcerting. You know what? You can take a look at more of Staake’s “Bad Little Children’s Books” after the jump, while I go find a stuffed animal to hug.
Taylor Rice of Local Natives. Photo by Barry Belkin
Nick Ewing of Local Natives. Photo by Barry Belkin
Friday the 13th was nothing but lucky for LA’s Local Natives as they headlined the Greek Theatre a couple of weeks ago. The band gave their hometown fans a hard hitting, emotional show full of heartfelt thanks and crushing songs. Not that long ago you could have seen them at any number of clubs in Echo Park or Silverlake, but to see them perform at one of their largest headlining hometown shows to date was something I could not miss. With their latest album, “Hummingbird” released at the beginning of the year on Frenchkiss Records, the band played their hearts out to the enthusiastic crowd of well wishers.
Opening with, “Breakers” from their new record, the band jammed through songs both new and old including, “Wide Eyes“, “You & I, “Camera Talk”, and “Airplanes” and continued to thank the audience of fans, family, and friends up until their final song of the night. With that familiar thumping drum beat and the band bathed in red light, the crowd clapped and jumped along to one of the most intense versions of, “Sun Hands” I’ve ever seen them perform.
Local Natives will be appearing both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4th and 11th as well some shows in between so check out there tour dates here to see if they’re playing in or around your area before they head off to Europe. Also, check out their new video for their song, “Ceilings” which was directed by their bass player, Nick Ewing.
Gruesome take on portraiture and the still life from Chicago-based artist Gregory Jacobsen.
I paint figures, focusing on the little bits that obsess me…a little flab hanging over a waistband, ill-fitting shoes, underbites and exciting flags held in dainty orifices. Over the years this work has developed into piles…meat, junk and fruit constructed into heroic yet pathetic towers spattered with gloppy sauce. The work is absurd, grotesque and a bit brutal but I try to bring the viewer in with lush and glowing surfaces. Essentially the work is about human failure and weakness groomed and developed to be an asset.
Jacobsen is currently showing a large number of new paintings at Zg Gallery in Chicago. Definitely worth a look if you’re out that way. Click through to see more. So good.
British artist Charlotte Mann is known for her elaborate wall drawings and drawn room installations. These densely detailed 1:1 scale drawings of rooms in rooms are invariably made with thick black marker pen on a white ground. The medium may be simple but Mann’s obsessive attention to detail pushes her work into a new realm creating dizzying installations that make you take a second look at your surroundings.(via)
The series Hipster in Stone was captured by photographer Léo Caillard and retouched by Alexis Persani. The series’ premise is simple: classical statues don a hipster wardrobe. The effect, though, is amusing. A simple change or addition of clothing seems to transform each figure’s timeless grace to a modern boredom. Subtle expression becomes cool aloofness. However, the photographs do draw a strange similarity between ancient figures and modern models. A preoccupation with appearance and appreciation for (or obsession with) physical beauty seems to never have left us entirely.