Canadian composer/singer Lydia Ainsworth attended McGill University in Montreal and New York University, where she finished graduate school in 2012. At McGill, she once composed a Philip Glass-inspired score for a 50-piece orchestra; at NYU, she studied with Joan La Barbara, a pioneer of extended vocal technique who sung for John Cage, Steve Reich, and Judy Chicago. It was La Barbara who encouraged Ainsworth to sing on the film scores she was making, which she did for the first time in 2011. Over the past three years she has been secretly writing and recording songs from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs which gave life to her recent debut album Right From Real.
Just signed to Division in Paris, artist Valentine Reinhardt has made a wonderful debut video for Sebastien Tellier’s Love. The artist painted the cover to Tellier’s most recent album L’Aventura, and now she’s hand-painted over forty scenes with acrylic paint on paper, with her tropical, almost Rousseau-style visuals being animated, which colour the track wondrously. Watch it below!
“Living With” is the new project by Italian design brand Discipline telling the story of inspiring individuals and their incredible lives, through the eyes of Paul Barbera, renowned interiors photographer. Take a look at the third episode featuring Ana Kraš and Devendra Banhart.
“hi you are beautiful how are you” is Valerie Phillips’ seventh book, and her fourth collaboration with Swedish artist and model Arvida Byström. This book is the result of the time Phillips and Byström spent in London: fans of her work know that Phillips is not interested in the gloss and glamour, but in real lives, and Byström brings her own girly wonderland made of plastic bracelets, Polly Pocket necklaces, and colourful garments like Barbie shirts into a grim and gritty reality, drawing rainbows in otherwise urban and shabby surroundings. See more pictures after the jump!
The Ravestijn gallery in Amsterdam presents “New Arrangements”, an exhibition of Ruth van Beek’s kinetic photographic collages. Van Beek combines everyday, found photographs with paint, cutting or folding to inspire a unique dialogue between image and object. This is van Beek’s first solo exhibition at The Ravestijn Gallery. Hit the link below to know more.
Young Hungarian photographer and visual artist Noell S. Oszvald has produced a portfolio beyond her years, a collection of striking black and white self-portraits focused on form, composition and content. High contrast shadows and ghostly landscapes create the dark and emotional ambiance portrayed in the young artist’s self portraits. Viewers are given only an image and title to then interpret the personal meaning of each piece. Meticulous digital modifications and editing add depth and thought provoking elements. After becoming a Flickr sensation almost overnight, it came as a viral shock when this artist revealed that she has been taking photographs for just 3 years! Read more after the jump.
Women in clothes is a new book authored by Canadian writer Sheila Heti and brought to fruition with the help of artist Leanne Shapton and co-editor of The Believer Heidi Julavits. Through original interviews, conversations, surveys, projects, diagrams and drawings from over six hundred contributors – including Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Elif Batuman, Mac McClelland, Lena Dunham, Molly Ringwald, Tavi Gevinson, Rachel Kushner, Roxane Gay and Sarah Nicole Prickett – Women in Clothes explores the wide range of motives that inform how women present themselves through clothes, and what style really means.