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Magpie Studios

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: BOB | Filed under: Design, Studios | Comments Off I haven't featured Magpie Studios since 2009, so seeing as there is a bunch of new work there, I'd say pop a long and have a look!

Eike König and Alexander Lis: After School Club

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Charlotte Simmonds | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Afterschool

We respect anyone who goes out of their way to nurture young talent, and Eike Konig has always put this philosophy at the heart of his studio Hort. Now he’s taking things one step further – teaming up with designer Alexander Lis and six students to turn empty classrooms at the HfG Offenbach University of Arts in Germany into After School Club; a week-long graphic design festival for budding creatives. Held during the semester break in April, it’s got camping, music, and most importantly design workshops where industry professionals will share their knowledge, for free! Best hols ever?! (Read more)

www.afterschoolclub.de


What’s On: Hisaji Hara

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Charlotte Simmonds | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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If you think these photographs look a bit studied, well, it’s because they are. Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara has carefully replicated scenes from the paintings of mid-century modernist Balthus. The French/Polish painter’s work has been called “both naive and slightly sinister” – but I’d go so far as to call it eerie, dark and erotically charged. His prolific ourvre focused most readily on semi-dressed adolescent girls lounging around luxurious apartment, often with an ever present sense of danger hanging in the air. All pretty ripe material, which Hara re-imagines in a new medium and a new, Japanese setting. (Read more)

www.michaelhoppengallery.com


Student of the Month: Nicolas Ménard

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Bryony Quinn | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Our animating, screen-printing, book-making Student of the Month is Nicolas Ménard. Currently studying a graphic design BA at the Université du Québec à Montréal, we loved his reduced yet characterful animations; with simple, happy spot colours that pull aesthetically from print-processes and are confidently re-interpreted into motion graphics. (Read more)

www.nicolasmenard.com


A liquid crystal display

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Mark Sinclair | Filed under: Digital | Comments Off

Prismatica is a new project by artist Kit Webster in which a series of pyramid-shaped crystals are fixed to an LCD screen and 'mapped' with a geometric animation...

Webster uploaded two minutes worth of footage from the new work to Vimeo (the excellent Triangulation blog picked up on it, the artist also uploaded it to the CR Feed) and it's a treat. In essence, an animated digital pattern is mapped to the vertices of the crystals, Webster explains, so that each one is illuminated individually and in formation.

"The animations are further refracted through the geometry of the crystals in accordance with the shifting perspective of the observer," says the Melbourne-born artist, "which in turn alters the way the illuminations appear and interact with reflections of surrounding lights within the space." Prismatica apparently carries on from his visual and perceptual experiments with "immersive installations".

There's an interview with Webster over at madmapper.com, including details of his projection mapping work (his Dataflux 0.1 piece from 2009, is shown below). More of his work is at kitwebster.com.


What’s On: Alighiero Boetti

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Charlotte Simmonds | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Opening on the same day of Alighiero Boetti’s retrospective at the Tate Modern, Sprüth Magers’ downsized showcase provides a respite from the maddening crowds. The gallery worked with the artist for over 20 years and their natural affinity is apparent in the exhibition’s quietly celebratory presentation. The Italian artist, famed member of Arte Povera who broke away to do his own thing, developed an understated and indosyncratic style throughout 1960s and 1970s. Best known for his hyper-bright embroidered maps, his work is joyful and meticulous, often hiding complex meaning behind a playful facade.
(Read more)

www.spruethmagers.com


Martin Creed at Sketch

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Creed

Turner Prize winner Martin Creed’s new pieces go on show today – in the restaurant at London’s famous Sketch gallery. Work No 1347 consists of 96 different types of marble zigzagging across the floor with a series of large-scale paintings on the wall. Work No. 1343 consists of every piece of furniture, every glass and every piece of cutlery being different, a madcap mish-mash of antique and contemporary, mass-market and hand-crafted. It’s ambitious, interesting and has an undeniable aesthetic impact. Table for two please…
(Read more)

www.martincreed.com


JF & Son

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Bryony Quinn | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Working closely with their hand-weavers in India, New York-based JF & Son’s make very nice clothes in fair textiles – the sorts of custom fabrics with a dreamy (yes) combination of pattern, beading and colour (in the best fades). They are conscientious designers, amalgamating modernism and the tradition, of “artists and artisans from New York to India” – I want all the clothes. These images appeared on their blog this month and are a real kind of cool; the tailoring is great and just look at how they’re photographed. Nothing to hate and that’s the only way it should be. (Read more)

www.jfandson.com


BBH: Three Little Pigs for The Guardian

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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The Guardian has been vocal about its transition from old-school print product to digital first open journalism platform, but up until now this discussion has largely been the preserve of media geeks. Now BBH has created this excellent video retelling the Three Little Pigs fairytale through a hypermodern lens, showing how The Guardian’s open journalism would combine traditional sources and the social media conversation to cover a tale that twists in ways you might not imagine. Brilliantly effective and rollicking good fun.

www.guardian.co.uk


BBH: Three Little Pigs for The Guardian

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: Rob Alderson | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Pigssss

The Guardian has been vocal about its transition from old-school print product to digital first open journalism platform, but up until now this discussion has largely been the preserve of media geeks. Now BBH has created this excellent video retelling the Three Little Pigs fairytale through a hypermodern lens, showing how The Guardian’s open journalism would combine traditional sources and the social media conversation to cover a tale that twists in ways you might not imagine. Brilliantly effective and rollicking good fun.

www.guardian.co.uk