Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Haunch of Provost

Went to see the opening of Nicolas Provost's Stardust exhibit at Haunch of Venison last night with my friend Harry.

It consists of three main videos:
Long Live the New Flesh (see below), a wonderfully hallucinatory and coagulating horror-show mish-mash which we watched in disgusted wonder.

Storyteller - a mesmerising tracking view of Vegas which mirrors the footage horizontally - giving it a beautiful bejewelled sci-fi look.

Stardust - a 20 minute video again set in Vegas which feeds you a stream of people and situations which you create your own story for - Jack Nicholson crops up in it looking and behaving exactly as you'd expect. That was Harry's favourite - but I think that's because he was daydreaming about being Jack's Vegas wing man.

All in all deliciously enjoyable - it's on till 29th Jan 2011. Go check out Provost's site for a taster.

Long Live the New Flesh. Excerpt One. Nicolas Provost

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Monday, 29 November 2010

Where DID you get that hat / tie / axe?

What do Patrick Bateman and Shaun (of the dead) Riley have in common with Raoul Duke and G. Gekko? A knack for memorable accessorising, that's what.

These are a few of Moxy Creative House's posters for some cult movies, pared back but ever recognisable.

Via Cool Material

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Undercutting Hirst in the home

Dwell - a lifestyle shoppe, is churning out diamanté skulls for £179 available in black, silver and red. Top pic is one of the skulls in action, styling the life of an actual home, it looks less brash than the catalogue shots below it.

Not sold. But amused.

If I'm going to go for any skulls in my life apart from the one lurking beneath my luxuriant hair, it will be one of the Theo Fennell Yorrick rings from his more affordable Alias range. Skull rings may have become ubiquitous but I haven't seen anyone else doing a barrister skull complete with wig or Maharaja with turban - £295 each.

Theo Fennell Link

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

A different sort of Fantasia

Never thought I'd see Goofy doing that to Minnie, or Tinkerbell doing a striptease for Peter Pan and Cap'n Hook - harlot. But here they are partaking in the Disneyland Memorial Orgy:

Originally published in The Realist magazine in 1967 it was dreamed up by Wally Wood, a Mad Magazine illustrator.

Head over to the Visual News link for the same images but larger (all the better to perv with my dear) and some more interesting info on this rather excellent Dirty Disney scene.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Showing off a bit

Flamingos in flamingo formation? I think something important in my brain just exploded.
Nice work nature.

Photograph: Robert Haas/National Geographic/Caters News Agency

For Tibbs


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Meteoric Life Class

Fallen is a video by Wolfram Kampffmeyer and Sasha Geddert - found via Kuriositas who said of this lovely piece "self-realisation has never been so precipitously achieved".

Kuriositas link

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Ssspontaneity eh?

Well it's generally held to be a good thing - I think I mainly find it alarming - and with good reason. My long term love interest brought a pet snake back home the Sunday before last after a weekend we'd spent apart.

I had no warning for this as he'd previously expressed an interest in getting a Maine Coon (aka the coolest cat in the world) but no, he pitched up with a large, flat cardboard box topped with a much smaller cardboard box with air holes punched in. Was it a hamster? A budgie? Perhaps a hermit crab as per my first ever pet. No, it was a Mexican King Snake - docile, low maintenance and in my house. We've named him Edmund, after a certain Blackadder and he's a squeezer not a biter which is a relief.

So here, dedicated to Edmund, is Serpens by Guido Mocafido.

Via Melissa Dixon

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Monday, 22 November 2010

Willy Rojas

Along with Charlotte Cory's hybrid Victoriana, these pics by Willy Rojas also tickled my fancy at Art London back in October:

Pretty sweet.

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Friday, 19 November 2010

Dolphins are naff?

You're naff. This is amazing:

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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Bun. Bun bun bun.

Bun. Bun... bun bun bunbunbunbunbun bun.

Hokusai's Great Wave off Kanagawa as re-imagined by LA based artists Kozyndan:

They do all manner of really weird and wonderful illustrations - shoals of bunnyfish, schoolmen (Japanese men dressed as schoolgirls), a woman with duck-billed platypus breasts, Victorian Terminator, Party in my Pants guy and so on.

And while we're on the buns, take this - from Bunnylicious, a site which also has a serious case of the weird and wonderfuls. 

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Feeling threatened yet?

The galling rhetoric of a telecom's billing amendment inspired this malevolent observation of our self-imposed engagement with corporate culture – David Bailey, Kiosk 

Enjoyably satisfying website too: http://letskiosk.com/

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Shed a tear for the death of the candlelit bath

There's a new tub in town and it has photoluminescent mosaic tiles. Yeah.

Created by Lucendentro who make photoluminescent everything including bricks, stairs, gravel, paper etc ("etc" means that's it).

LUCENDENTRO sounds like a magical command - I would bellow it when I turned the bath on, possibly (definitely) with a flourish of a loofah on a stick which would double as a wand.

Via 1DesignPerDay

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The devil on your shoulder...

...versus your inner goodie two shoes captured in dance to Ariel a track by Stateless with a truly captivating video created by Field. Watch away:

Via Visual News

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

What's the time Mister Wolf?

Fuck knows. Seriously - with this watch below by Japanese artist Ryohei Yoshiyuki you tell the time by the colour of the watch which corresponds to the colour of the sky at that time of day or night.


These ones are by Nooka designer Matthew Waldman who questioned why there are only two ways of telling the time - digital and analogue - and came up with these linear watches. Shouldn't have questioned Matthew, shouldn't have questioned.


Whaaaa? Actually the following two are "witty re-imaginings" of watches to wear as jewellery. I can barely conceal my rage at the idea of wearing a watch and repeatedly consulting my wrist only to find it's blank.


These are more like it - luddite wooden watches from WeWood. Actually that middle one looks a bit suspicious.

Cool Hunting Link

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Monday, 15 November 2010

Any Human Heart

Getting very excited about 4 part drama series Any Human Heart starting on Channel 4 this weekend. Not only was it a fantastic book to read - written by Will Boyd telling the story of a man's life from beginning to end, not only does it have an all-star cast - hello Jim Broadbean and Gillian Anderson! But it also stars Emerald Fennell who happens to have been my bff since I was five - Em is playing main character Logan Mountstewart (who is played by Sam Clafflyn, Matthew McFadyn and Broadbean)'s first wife Lottie - so I am fit to burst with excitement.

It's a truly wonderful, sprawling and heartbreaking tale and C4 look set to do it justice. Starts Sunday 21st November at 9pm on Channel 4 - nice try Downton Abbey, THIS is how you do epically excellent period drama.

See preview here:

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Staggering stuff (ish)

We had a stag fern or platycerium in our old garden in Melbourne. We used to feed it banana skins and I always imagined it was more fauna than flora.

Read more at the wonderful Kuriositas:

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Friday, 12 November 2010

Unspeakerably KOOL.

Jawbone's Jambox speakers; wireless, compact and excellent looking with enough well executed science behind them to belt out some serious woofing and tweeting:

 "We weren't expecting this bedside speaker-box to muster decent, let alone kick-ass sound...We can't help but reiterate just how thrilling it can be when a device, quite literally, out-performs expectation." - Steve Leckart, Wired

So, your iPhone connects wirelessly, there's an inbuilt microphone  for those ever important conference calls, the rechargeable battery lasts about 10 hours and Jambox can pump out 85 decibels of Dolly Parton from the palm of your hand. 
£159 available from 28th Nov - SOLD.

Via Harry Gayner on Posterous

UPDATE - Got them for Christmas and they are fugging fantastic.

Jambox link

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What IS that?

It looks like a still from some intergalactic porn film - not so. The spikey bits are actually streaks of sand left by evaporating carbon dioxide ice - ON MARS! I was half-way there.

Gawker Link

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Say what you see

That pretty much sums up my feelings about illustrator Claire Scully's work. Although I might go a bit further and say I think her drawings are rather wonderful, mostly of a naturalistic bent and a lovely variety - her Bejewelled tiger (see below) featured on the cover of Form magazine in glow in the dark paint. She's also got great typographical skills (see above and her website for more).

and her excellent blog http://www.thequietrevolutionblog.blogspot.com/

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