Mica Warren’s fun illustrations use bloated forms and chunky outlines to create each hectic scene

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 17 Nov 2017

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With a stylised, almost Morph-like human form, Mica Warren‘s illustrations combine block colours and thick linework. Originally from Wicklow in Ireland but now based in London, there’s a sense of joy and energy in Mica’s work, creating almost cluttered scenes with so much absorb and take in. Show the rest of this post…

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Rodrigo Bravo’s Monolith Series showcases the extraordinary materials and production methods taken from Chilean geography

Posted in Art
By Sam Bathe on 3 Nov 2017

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All carved from single chunks of combarbalita, a stone native to northern Chile, Rodrigo Bravo‘s Monolith Series wanted to find a way to highlight the “production methods, technologies, and materials taken from Chilean geography.” Working with a local stone-turning craftsman, Bravo sketched countless designs for vessels, ultimately collaborating to create a collection of 80 pieces. Show the rest of this post…

From small bowls and vases, to lidded boxes and cups, no two objects in the series are the same, in no small part thanks to the remarkable combarbalita Made from volcanic processes, the material integrates diverse compositions of kaolinite, natroalunite, silica, and hemanite, plus some of the minerals represented in copper and silver oxides.

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Graduate artist Morgan Ward shows a talent for colour, space and form that belies his relative youth

Posted in Art, Illustration
By Sam Bathe on 1 Nov 2017

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Graduating this year from the University of Chichester, artist Morgan Ward has an eye well beyond his years. Inspired by a phrase from one of his lecturers that always stuck; ‘Don’t create work that gives answers, create work that asks questions,’ Ward’s work is the product of a continual battle into his personal development. Mixing hard lines with rough brush strokes, Morgan’s pieces are collision of bright, neon colour that pulls your eye back and forth. Show the rest of this post…

“My work has seen drastic change over the three years at university but I have always kept to a constant theme of research into how a canvas can be filled as an object of illusion, as after all a painting is a 2 dimensional plane depicting a tree dimensional space,” Morgan explains, to see where he could go over the next three years will be a very exciting wait.

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Check out more of Morgan’s work on his site: www.morganwardartist.com

The London List: teamLab take over the Pace London gallery with interactive exhibition, ‘Transcending Boundaries’The London List

Posted in Art, London, London List
By Sam Bathe on 3 Feb 2017

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Reminiscent of the iconic Rain Room in Barbican’s The Curve gallery, Transcending Boundaries is a collection of remarkable interactive, digital artworks from Tokyo-based, teamLab. Including eight installations across three rooms in London’s Pace Gallery, the artworks surround visitors, transforming and changing shape as guests move through the space. From a virtual waterfall that flows around your feet, to flowers that bloom across visitors’ clothing, pieces are created in real time depending on how you interact with the gallery space. Exploring the role of digital technology in transcending physical and virtual boundaries, Transcending Boundaries runs until March 11th at Pace Gallery.

Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET
www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/12840/transcending-boundaries

Photographer Sean Lemoine captures California’s rocketry enthusiasts at the Lucerne Dry Lake

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 2 Nov 2016

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After studying crime scene photography at the University of California Riverside, LA-based photographer, Sean Lemoine, used his investigative eye to capture California’s rocketry enthusiasts. Getting together at the Lucerne Dry Lake for an event last June, Lemoine offsets the colourful rockets and larger-than-life crowd against the washed-out, pastel landscapes. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out more of Sean’s work on his site: www.seanlemoine.com

The London List: Artist Liz West creates a stunning rainbow installation for the 2016 Bristol Biennial festival of designThe London List

Posted in Art, London List
By Sam Bathe on 3 Sep 2016

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Part of an on-going series titled Your Colour Perception, visual artist Liz West has created a remarkable immersive light installation for the 2016 Bristol Biennial. Taking over almost an entire floor of The Pithay building, Our Colour is a glorious rainbow tunnel, drenching visitors in colour and light. So vividly recreating the full spectrum of a rainbow, West hopes to question guests; does colour change the way you feel? “I observe that after moving through the space, people often go back to the colour they find most comfortable,” West explains. “They will then stand, sit or lay there for some time to reflect.” Our Colour is part of the 2016 Bristol Biennial and runs until September 10th.

Our Colour at The Pithay, All Saints’ Street, Bristol, BS1 2LZ

Henrik von der Lieth’s video for Mass & Fieber track ‘James Bomb’ is the perfect secret agent title sequence

By Sam Bathe on 30 Aug 2016

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A preview to their play which will open next summer in Zurich, Henrik von der Lieth has created a sumptuous video for Mass & Fieber’s sultry track, James Bomb. Inspired by the James Bond franchise’s iconic title sequences, the music video blends an electric colour palette with course texture and detailing as a secret agent sleuth tracks down a mysterious villain. Releasing an album and performing the music in concert this summer, expect updates about Mass & Fieber’s play, also titled James Bomb, later this year.

Photographer Thom Pierce captures the majestic Lesotho townsfolk in series ‘The Horsemen of Semonkong’

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 19 Aug 2016

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Nestled high up in the Drakensberg mountains, the region of Semonkong, Lesotho, is made up of many small villages, almost entirely inaccessible by car. With villages up to four hours apart, the local population take the routes by horse, to herd, to trade and just go about their daily life. Spending eight days in the region in May 2016, photographer Thom Pierce captures the majestic horsemen and women against the even more astounding Lesotho landscapes. Show the rest of this post…

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Photographers Isabelle Chapuis and Alexis Pichot let off colourful clouds of smoke where you least expect them for series ‘The Blossom Project’

Posted in Art, Photography
By Sam Bathe on 18 Jul 2016

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Shot around the globe from Norway to Morocco, photographers Isabelle Chapuis and Alexis Pichot‘s The Blossom Project is a celebration of the earth and its creative potential. Examining the juxtaposition of natural landscapes and an alien presence, The Blossom Project questions the presence of humans in our world, and what the planet would be like without us. Show the rest of this post…

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Photographer Kasper Nyman celebrates his love of shooting hoops with series ‘Cities of Basketball’

Posted in Art, Photography, Sport
By Sam Bathe on 23 Jun 2016

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Shooting basketball courts from around the world, Danish photographer Kasper Nyman juxtaposes the sacred hoop against backdrops from the project blocks to the beach. Finding a commonality instead in the game on-court, his series Cities of Basketball celebrates the sport going back to its routes, and classic pick-up games against friends and fellow locals players. Show the rest of this post…

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Check out the rest of the series on the Cities of Basketball site: www.citiesofbasketball.com

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