At the heart of Kaori Mitsushima’s illustrations is the conviction that cats are people. Fashionably dressed and elegantly posed, they look straight ahead with expressions that are impossible to read. I see traces of ennui and indifference, yet also keen alertness. Her cat people are complicated and elude interpretation. They are also beautiful, boldly silhouetted […]
I’ve long wanted to get a back tattoo and have been looking for just the right artist. It’s important to me that he/she has a signature technique and sensibility. That’s how I discovered David Hale. I had never seen such preciseness in a tattooist.
I was listening to one of the excellent mix tapes that MS MR puts out periodically (see below) when I first heard UK producer Theo Bass’s music. The track was Mr. Stellakis and I instantly fell in love. Bass layers a fast and clattering drum beat on top of the soothing melody of a piano […]
Light comes from a bewildering range of sources: a tungsten bulb here, a fluorescent lamp there, an overcast sky above. Its warmth or coolness is relative. This can make a photographer, who is keen on finding the perfect white balance, go absolutely mad. Not so with Dale Rothenberg. He embraces the inherent dilemma. The resulting […]
Lucy Taylor has a way of taking sorrow and turning it into something sweetly addictive. With her distinctive high voice and dejected lyrics, the classically-trained pop singer is setting out to woo us all. Time to Say Goodbye and Slow Love are the first two tracks to be released by her solo band, PAWWS. For […]
In Amy Casey’s imaginative world, cities are creatures, constantly shifting and growing. Inspired by the post-industrial landscape of Cleveland, which is beset by decay and vacancy, she has made it her task as an artist to imagine a new empire that will rise out of the rubble. Her paintings combine nature and cities in amazing […]