Earlier this week, a sold out capacity crowd saw Chet Faker aka Nicholas Murphy take the stage for his first US performance at the Echo in Los Angeles. He released his debut EP, “Thinking In Textures” early last year and has been working non stop ever since. Fellow Aussie Flume had him sing, “Left Alone” on his debut and the Swedish/Australian group Say Lou Lou featured him on their b-side, “Fool of Me“, but it was his cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” that he released a couple of years ago that started it all.
“This songs about sex”, quipped Nick as they played my personal favorite, “Love & Feeling” midway through his short, but very sweet set. Other stand out songs included the opener, “Archangel”, “Terms & Conditions”, “I’m into You”, and of course ending the set with “No Diggity”. The crowd while talkative, sang along to every word. Taking a break from his keyboard for the encore, Chet played his new single, “Melt” sans singer Kilo Kish, but still a very nice ending to a fantastic first show.
Chet Faker is currently on a North American tour that will take him across the country including an upcoming show at New York’s Webster Hall with recent collaborator Flume on September 11th. He’ll also be joining Bonobo on their tour starting October 31st at the Complex in Salt Lake City. Check him out now before he moves on to bigger venues like I know he will.
Seattle based band, Minus The Bear, continues to turn out lively and inventive music. Their recent music video for the song “Listing” on their latest album “Infinity Overload” is no exception. LA studio Six Point Harness and past renown B/D apparel artist Jesse LeDoux teamed up to create a transforming scenic walk about. When I saw this for the first time I knew that Jesse had to of worked on it. The shape shifter walks through a long stream of LeDoux’s signature quaint landscapes. I think this video has fun with the popular illustration style, ordinary objects adorning legs, but it takes that idea one step further adding the collage photography element. It reminds me of an exquisite corpse drawing brought to life.
In her latest series of ceramic and underglaze sculptures entitled Habitats Collide, artist Crystal Morey underlines the role and impact of human beings on nature in the most melancholic sense. Her work represents human beings with stern looks on their faces “encased” in the bodies of animals. Morey states that the animals she has chosen for this series are either endangered or extinct, which adds to the thoughtful aspect of her project.
She states that her work is inspired by the Byzantine, Renaissance and Ancient Egyptian eras. It also bears a strong resemblance to Native American totem art, due to the visible ridges in the pieces which are designed to look like fur as well as the merging of human and animal forms. Her work, being inherently totem like is thought provoking on many levels beyond its aesthetic composition.
Her representation of human beings as both a part of nature and a problem for nature is in line with many current debates concerning the role of humans as linked to the impact we have had and continue to have on our environmental surroundings. She states that her work seeks to address “current psychological, environmental, and cultural feelings”, which she does perfectly through the facial expressions of the human components in her work. She hopes to create a dialogue centered on technology, progress, and, on a greater scale our relationship with nature.
While teaching at the Ansel Adams Workshops in Yosemite National Park in the 1970s Roger Minick began photographing sightseers. Interested in this American activity Minick wanted to capture the “cacophony of clicking shutters” and waves of tourists seeking photographic proof that they had made it to a famous vista.
Minick’s photographs portray unique narratives of what is mainly America’s middle-class. Poignant and humorous all at once, the images show varied individuals with intriguing and sometimes seemingly strange stories. What is interesting is that, so far as a viewer can tell, all the subjects have only one thing in common: their desire to be in famous places in nature. Sometimes stereotyped Minick’s images successfully portray the American tourist as being wholly distinct.
Moreover, set against iconic backdrops the images become more than just portraits. They demonstrate a juxtaposition of nature and culture. As David Pagel wrote in the LA Times in 1997, “these supple works use the discomfort most people feel when confronted by nature’s inhuman scale as a metaphor for the precariousness of culture in a democratic society. Awkward and uncertain, sometimes fun and at other times frightening, this quiet anxiety is a big part of these pictures’ power.”
Missouri native Kelly Louise Judd‘s illustrations are lovely, sure, but they’re also just a little bit creepy. They are the sketched equivalent of having all the lights cut out as you read aloud an old ghost story or dark fairy tale from your childhood. You may be all grown up now, but, still, something in the back of your mind suggests that you don’t turn around… The artist interjects a bit of humor just when it’s needed, though. The Big Bad Wolf snickers, carrying Little Red Riding Hood in his fat, furry belly as he strolls away from grandmother’s house. A fox sneaks a peek at his very own foxglove shoes, and a pair of Victorian ladies step out for a smoke, filling the sky with phlegmy constellations. The influences of Victorian illustration, Renaissance art, fairy tales, and abnormal psychology are evident in all her pieces, as you can see here. Check them out below.
We’ve put it off for as long as possible but you can now follow me and see all the awesome, random, and random stuff I photograph all day long. I can’t promise a few occasional shots of the adorable B/D mascot Mr.Baxter but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum. What you can expect is lots of art, design, street art, studio visits and more. So jump on your phone, ipad, and any other Instagram compatible device and follow your favorite art publication at @beautifuldecayofficial !
Chicago based Kay Rosen manipulates text and typography to change, alter, and redefine the meaning of various words and phrases. Her manipulations transform not only the meaning of the texts but also act as typographic illustrations on a grand scale. (via)