If I had a third thumb, I’d give Kumi Yamashita three thumbs up. The Japanese artist creates stunning visual effects with lighting and simple forms, like letters of the alphabet, children’s blocks, and shoeprints. Yamashita finds the rare balance between beauty and brains.
Matt Stuart’s photography makes big city life look so much more ironic and interesting than it is. It would take the average Joe a lifetime to capture the moments that reel off his website. He’d be the ideal wedding photographer for a marriage to oneself.
Start your art collection with Start Mobile wallpapers. A myriad of gorgeous work is available to download to your cell phone thanks to this San Francisco gallery of emerging artists initiative. My favorite of the international artists is Hellovon, a frighteningly talented Brit with a passion for music greats. Hellovon is exhibiting in Brooklyn, New York, this Fall.
Synaesthesia, anyone? The glorious sounds of Sigur Ros are visualised in their debut film Heima (meaning ‘at home’ or ‘hometown’). The documentary-style film intimately chronicles the band’s tour of their native Iceland, and in doing so gives a voice to their magical and hauntingly isolated home. Performances from all four of their albums are featured, [...]
Youarebeautiful is beautiful too. The London graphics and illustration studio is responsible for some stunning and deeply dystopic work. Clients include Snickers, Nike, and the big bad world. [see also Sleevage]
Japanese artist Toshiya Tsunoda’s field recordings will blow your mind without blowing your eardrums. By placing sensitive microphones inside empty objects, such as bottles and hollow logs, he captures vibrations inaudible to the human ear. Layers of these sounds are artfully cut and composed to produce brute, mesmerising work that challenges our perception of music.
For years farmers in the Aomori fields of Japan have been creating art from their rice paddies as part of an annual celebration. This year sees the most complex creation yet, with two of Hokusai’s famous woodblock prints from 36 Views of Mount Fuji set in yellow and purple rice. [see also Flavours of Lakhoum] [...]
Dust off your digicams and start roaming the streets for plastic bags, folks. The Photographer’s Gallery is collecting images of plastic bags around London and elsewhere to illustrate the impact of our disposable culture on the environment. This passive, aesthetic approach to green is somehow more pervasive than many hard-hitting campaigns we’re served these days. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like a good American Beauty reference?
I’m sorry to gush, but the Japanese are so cool. And they’re even cooler now they’ve developed a USB-powered necktie fan. This silicone number isn’t only a sight for sore eyes, it’s the answer to environmental concerns about air-conditioning. To be proudly sported by businessmen and Harajuku girls alike. [see also Mimoco]