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.
Recognize the name? Hisham Akira Bharoocha is known for his legendary status as founding member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice. But oh, he’s so much more: a photographer, an image-melter, a collaborator with Doug Aitken and Boredoms and Gang Gang Dance on sound pieces, and a creator of works “that show the absurdity and logic of how each mind works, what kind of relationships it creates between experiences and images that we absorb through our senses moment by moment.” (That’s from his artist’s statement.)
At the moment we’re particularly enthralled by Bharoocha’s photography. As the old cliché goes: every picture tells a story.
Occasionally you stumble upon a website that raises more questions than it provides answers. Sometimes this is a good thing. In the case of Special Reflection, it’s a great thing. The website collects drawings and posters and music by (we think) various people connected by some mechanism that we can’t quite divine.
Anyone out there have more information? If so, offer it up. If not, just enjoy the treasures of the site under the auspices of anonymity. After all: a good drawing is a good drawing, no matter who made it.
What’s this? The new video from the Barcelona based band Delorean?! Rad! “Stay Close” is the first single off the upcoming Subiza due out June 8th on True Panther Sounds (Girls, Tainlines) Delorean have been putting in work for quite some time now but on this record they’ve really come into their own with a nice mix of Spanish-influenced dance music and contemporary pop. It’s a memorizing release.
You can order it HERE and get an instant MP3 download of the entire album so you don’t have to wait till June.
Alex de Mora has an unerring eye for complicatedly beautiful scenarios, panoramas, and models in Metallica accessories. It’s important, these days, to be versatile, and de Mora fits that bill. He’s equally astute at photographing live music and adorable cats— a range to be envious of, for sure!
The artist’s blog is a running document of his adventures in picture-taking, and we highly recommend a visit. Not to mention the portfolio—which is truly a thing to behold.
MANYMONO is a London-based Risograph printing service that produces beautiful prints, books and zines (some of which are for sale at LANDFILL).
What exactly is Risograph printing technology? Well. Risograph Duplicators are machines that look like photocopiers but have a process more simillar to screen-printing. They allow only one color to print on each pass during the machine, and by overprinting various colors an artist can build up compositions as he would by screen printing. Hence the name: MANYMONO= single color runs. Risograph machines are speedy, reliable and heatless. And with the right hands, they produce gorgeous materials like the prints above.
Painter, filmmaker and sculptress Allison Schulnik has complex conceptions of doom and gloom. She’s a natural creator with a formidable intellect and a far-reaching curiosity— someone who can talk about art as well as she produces it. Schulnik’s oneiric paintings of long-haired hobos, Klaus Kinski, monkey heads, clowns, skeletons, black cats transmute the strange subjects into striking totems; the results are not what you’d expect.
“I seem to be drawn to sad characters,” the artist explains in a Fecal Face interview. “The forlorn reject. Something about being on the outside. The outcast… I’m not really interested in what’s accepted by people. I like the things, places and characters that have been forsaken. On both sides of the field. The happy genius fool and the pathetic misfit. I guess I like drama.”
Check out more of the interview here. We also love that Schulnik fills her non-art-making time with making music, eating cheeseburgers and dancing. Whatta life!
Issues of mechanical reproduction, unconscious art-making, and the beauty of chaos swirl about in Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s charming work. The themes are well-worn, but the approach is lighthearted and inviting. This French artist and composer has a knack for misusing everyday objects to create alarmingly organic music.
For instance: Boursiey-Mougenot once jerry-rigged a grand piano to play musical notes translated from the text being typed on a random laptop. He’s also attached harmonicas to the end of vacuum cleaners to create otherworldly, organ-like noises. In the video below, the artist placed an amplified guitar in the middle of a gallery and then allowed dozens of birds to perch upon its sensitive strings, resulting in some surprisingly listenable accidental drone!
This is the new video for “Phones Don’t Feud” from Holiday Shores‘ debut album Columbus’d The Whim which hits stores in August. I don’t know how they do it but Twosyllable Records keeps putting out great things one after the next -New Villager, Bell, and now this. Fantastic!