The surreal self-portraits of Kyle Thompson are rather mystifying and alluring works of art that pivot between life and death, angelic beauty, and muted violence. Thompson locates jarring juxtapositions of urban subjects with eerie forests and abandoned houses that evoke terrifying, dislocated realities and within them the absurdities of our everyday existence.
I have recently developed a rather unsavory addiction to Trap music, a hybrid genre of music that fuses aggressive hip-hop with dub-step and electronic elements. Characterised by hypnotic droning bass-lines, skittering hi-hats and sinister hooks, the Trap movement is being fronted by emerging contemporary electronic producers such as Baauer and Flosstradamus, who have acquired their […]
Kanye West’s recent alliance with Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy has triggered a new trend of street menswear aesthetics combined with high-end fashion that oozes luxurious, Americanised urban style. Labels such as En Noir, SkinGraft and Sons of Heroes typically feature collections heavy in leather mixed with unconventional fabrics – leather vests/trousers/skirts that articulate fresh, mildly […]
I recently visited The Wellington Club in the heart of Knightsbridge, London, for a magazine launch in which my artwork was featured. Decorated with original works by Damien Hirst and Banksy, hosted by a DJ who must surely have hijacked my iPod playlist, and designed on themes of decadence, promiscuity and urban rebellion, treading into […]
Inside Death Row, with Trevor McDonald, is a documentary about America’s most notorious maximum security prison – Indiana State – where McDonald comes face-to-face with 12 condemned men awaiting execution. What was so disconcerting about this was the unexpected likeability of the convicts: frequently I found myself empathizing with these alleged ‘monsters’ to the degree […]