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Simon James

Simon James is an artist based in London, England. You can see his work at Standard Designs.

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Scarfolk Council: a blog of nightmarish memories from the 70s

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By Simon James in Cool Websites on Tuesday 18 June 2013

Richard Littler’s take on the British Public Information Film culture of the 1970s is a nightmarish journey into collective half-memories. In his faded ephemera, lovingly conjured up in a dusty Photo-Shoppe, he wrings gruesome laughs from the twitching corpse of You Must Do What You Are Told. It’s a shudder and a giggle combined – […]

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Exploding modern art paintings by Katy Moran

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By Simon James in New Art on Friday 14 June 2013

I like art that collapses a lot of stuff together as subtly as possible. Katy Moran’s paintings do exactly that. Her recent show at Dublin’s Douglas Hyde Gallery was just stunning. These paintings are like watching the Museum of Modern Art implode in a tiny soundproof box. Heavy on the abstraction but whipped up light […]

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Oliver Woods: photography with an incredible story

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By Simon James in New Photography on Thursday 13 June 2013

Oliver Woods is a photographer with an eye for the story behind the story. From his portraits of the great and good in the Sunday Times Magazine, to his continent-hopping projects about the de-evolution of the carbon-burning world, he’s someone who clearly spends a lot of time observing his subjects before finding just the right […]

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Incredible recycled art installations by Leo Fitzmaurice

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By Simon James in New Art on Wednesday 12 June 2013

Leo Fitzmaurice recently won the UK’s Northern Art Prize for his always-witty art installations built painstakingly out of everyday crap. But he doesn’t just re-present crap as crap, in the way that a lot of artists in this field do. No, Fitzmaurice reconfigures his crap with intricate systems – you think you’re looking at and […]

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Funny dance compilation for Daft Punk’s Get Lucky

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By Simon James in Video on Wednesday 12 June 2013

The folks of the Huffington Post make funny and satirical web videos for people who want a little more meat on the bone of their comedy chicken than just finger-pointy-ha-ha. Eschewing knee-jerk snark, they often use a blizzard of cinema & pop culture references to make their laughs broader, warmer even. Check out their video […]

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Poster series: What if albums were actually Penguin books?

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By Simon James in New Art on Wednesday 12 June 2013

As an artist, I live in the realm of ‘what-if’ and ‘turn x into y’. In my most recent series of prints, I’ve switched some of my favourite bands from musicians to writers: what if the songs they’d written had come out as books instead of music?

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