Oh, what we’d give to visit the studio of Bianca Hester! Hester is an artist/handywoman/creator across all platforms living output is so varied and so unexpected that we can’t quite wrap our heads around the whole of it.
For starters, Hester makes and modifies instruments, orchestrates fruitful installations and collaborations, produces lovely art books, writes with great insight, creates video, turns leftover installation materials into light fixtures for her friends, and, need we say it…MUCH MORE.
Eastside Projects is an artist-run space and public gallery in Birmingham, UK. The group commissions experimental contemporary art and hosts rad exhibitions as part of a project to serve the public good. Cool, no? The current exhibition is a collection of work by the London-based artist group known as hobbypopMUSEUM, who specialize in site-specific installations that combine sound, performance, film, and painting.
Eastside Projects has also released a bunch of awesome publications (above is an excerpt from Keith Wilson’s “What is Industry?”) including beautiful exhibition catalogs. Drop by if you’re lucky enough to be in the hood, or explore the website if you’re not. Either way, a productive experience.
Danny Sangra’s FILM NUMBER 9 is an ode to woodsy rambles and sweet leather jackets. It combines a few of our most favorite things— tangly trees, pretty ladies, heavy percussion, and exploration—into a kooky pastoral odyssey.
More of the artist’s films can be spotted over on his Vimeo page, including the trailer for DOOMSDAY KIDS SAY HEY, which combines water towers, chalk drawings and greasy breakfasts into an irresistible set of clues for something we can’t wait to unravel.
Sometimes it’s not a bad thing for art to be inscrutable— provided that its inscrutability invites further attention rather than repelling it. Petra Cortright’s work is nothing if not a cypher, but it certainly makes for alluring objects of interpretation. Cortright’s animated gifs, videos and still image pieces take their aesthetic inspiration straight from the lore of the internet, drawing on misspellings and trailing cursors and emoticons to form genuinely stunning experiences.
Cortright has talked about her love of google image search, weirdo software effects and default settings. “I am a really impatient person,” she said in an interview last year. “Gifs and webcams are so fast, low file size, load fast, they are almost scraps. I like not having the commitment of working with hi-def vid/images.” Viewers need not be scholars in internet history to enjoy the work, however: “Even if the internet references pass over some heads all my work is so extremely visual and people can enjoy it on that level alone,” Cortright clarifies.
Bruno Dicolla’s video Sabotagem is a technicolor dreamscape of hopping bunnies, squirming organic forms (is that a butterfly or a millipede or a flying millipede?) and what look like migrating amoebae. See more of the work on Dicolla’s website and flickr page. In a world designed by us, this is what the iTunes visualizer would look like. Simply beauteous.
Norwegian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Espen Friberg is a wizard of various mediums. We like his collages and amazing collection of papercuts for the Helsinki Biennale, to start, but there’s also the captivatingly “primitive” animation piece, the tee-shirt designs, the incredible posters, the fanzines, the adorable children’s book published in collabration with Øystein Dolmen (too bad we can’t read it), and, last but not least, a tumblr called Pimple Zoo which collects various digital shots by Friberg, because why the heck not?
A nice selection of Friberg’s work is available here, and we especially love the limited-edition silkscreened tote bags. Perfect for toting your colored pencils around the city.