Visual artist Lena Bush (aka Portfoliopdf) is originally from Murmansk, Russia but lives in London where she graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2013. Lena recently created the imagery to accompany a review of six perfumes on russian Interview magazine. Read more to discover her thoughts about creativity and her eclectic use of different media.
Wonderplants is the new amazing print series by Sarah Illenberger. Created on a six-week trip to Portugal together with fellow creative and friend Lisa Cepeda, it was made using only the resources that were available, so just the plants , stickers and tape found in local stationery and DIY stores. “Over time I gathered more leaves from the Botanical Gardens in Porto and Lisbon and applied geometric shapes. They were inspired by Portuguese tiles and african fabrics,” Sarah says. The combination of these visual references forms a series that feels both graphic and tribal, have a look at the complete series after the jump!
You Could Sunbathe in This Storm it’s Alice Dunseath’s graduation film from the Royal College of Art, it’s a mixed media animation “where space, forms, colours and sounds symbolise a recognisable world,” she says. “New beginnings put an end to familiar patterns and the viewer is left to wonder whether they shape as much as they are shaped.” Unsurprisingly, it’s been doing the rounds at film festivals and gallery screenings this summer. Watch it below and listen to the soundtrack here.
Heather Woods Broderick is a musician living in Portland. She released her first solo record in 2009 and the new one, Glider, came out on July 10th via Western Vinyl. Most people know her for singing with Sharon Van Etten, whose band she has been a part of for three years. For her new solo album, she played nearly everything herself (a multi-instrumentalist since childhood, she plays piano, cello, guitar, among others) but also enlisted her brother, Peter Broderick, with whom she’s made music in the indie bands Efterklang and Horse Feathers. Hit Read More and have a closer look at Heather’s world!
Björk is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide, back in March, MoMA in New York opened up a major mid-career retrospective. Thames & Hudson released a tome detailing Björk’s boundary pushing body of work. Seven distinct booklets came together to create “Bjork: Archives” with one publishing the intimate correspondence with philosopher Timothy Morton in which they search for “a definition of me and my friends’ stance in this world, which I felt his writing came very close to already. Of course I’m still searching but this email chat of ours got pretty close and we shared a couple of coordinates trying to define what “ism” a pop musician from iceland would be [...]“. “Björk: Archives” features contributions from Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben, Timothy Morton and Sjón and is designed by M/M (Paris) is out now. Click here for more and see some spreads after the break.
Torino’s Guido Costa Projects Gallery is hosting a show displaying work created when the photographer was little more than a teenager making her foray into the New York art scene. Uncovering the images last year when Goldin herself stumbled across an old box of images taken in Boston during the 1970s, the photos document the city’s queer and club scenes, with many images unseen until now. Tracing her workings with colour and her first attempts at creating visual narratives, these rarely seen images document the fledgling beginnings that would lead to the creation of the controversial 1986 book The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, building her into the visionary we know today.
Domino Kirke is a mother, musician, doula (someone who assists in childbirth) and co-founder of Carriage House Birth in Williamsburg. Growing up in a musical family, the daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke took on to her own musical journey first as a solo artist and then with the band Domino. After putting on hold her career, focusing solely on her son Cassius and working as a doula for some years, Kirke teamed up with Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple to piece together a four-track EP entitled Independent Channel, the first single of the new work “Ordinary World” has a video directed by Zia Anger and features her sister Jemima. Read our interview after the jump, and make sure to see her performing at the Half Moon in Hudson NY on August 19th.
Nowness presents the third installment of MINI’s The Cultural series. This time New York-based creative Ana Kraš travels to Belgrade to explore the cultural traditions that influence her work. This Aaron Rose-directed short is an architectural tour of the Serbian capital and playfully captures Kraš’s magpie spirit. “Most things happen to me because I wasn’t making a plan,” she says. “Rather, I was going with the flow.” Watch the video below and follow Ana through the streets of her hometown!
Agnes Martin was a key figure in the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction. She is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great work. “Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness” Martin wrote “one cannot make works of art”. This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994, you have time until next October to see this exhibition, tie a knot in your handkerchief!
French electronic acoustic multi-instrumentalist Colleen, aka Cecile Schott, during her recent U.S. tour, performed a fully dynamic set of songs from her new record “Captain of None” live on KEXP Radio in Seattle. Watch her perform her latest single “I’m kin” below and stream the full set here.