South London electro-pop band, The Chap, are unique and inventive. They are signed to Ghostly International, which issued their album Mega Breakfast in the US in July 2008 as their first official American release. These are the songs that have inspired them over the years.
‘I know it’s electronic music’, Brian Lindgren says, ‘but sometimes I feel like an old-timey traveling musician with an M-Audio Trigger Finger instead of a guitar’. As Mux Mool, Lindgren has been criss-crossing the country by himself for years, collecting records, loops, and samples, and rocking parties in towns both large and boondock-small. [from Ghostly]
Meg Cowell’s haunting dresses rise from the blackened void, revealing their ghostly feminine visage. Expanding on her previous series of photographic works which featured dark and sensuous interpretations of found women’s lingerie, Cowell’s latest series captures elaborate period dresses in their lavish glory.
What Marco Mazzoni can do with coloured pencils on a moleskine sketchbook is pretty amazing. The Modenese artist has a taste for delicate, very detailed renders and intricate compositions of small animals and mystical women. In his women portrait series, he chooses not to paint the eyes, which he sees as a distraction, thus infusing […]
Ana De Orbegoso is fascinated with the concept of walls. We build walls to create separation, to give privacy, and to protect things. We build personal walls for the same reasons. We want to build barriers between ourselves and the rest of the world. These invisible walls hide our deepest fears and greatest aspirations. Ana […]
Ed Eckstein’s latest series focuses on an unlikely and often overlooked subject: shrouded cars. His series was shot on the busy streets of Israel, which provide a contrasting background to the bleached tarps covering the cars. This collection of photographs is calming with an almost ghostly atmosphere.
Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi (aka the creator of the ghostly mountains floating in space) questions the term ‘invisible with the help of some basic materials, such as plastic sheeting and black hot glue.
I found myself unable to turn away from the ghostly images on the site People vs. Places. It’s interesting how haunting the images are as they are merely photos of seemingly average people and everyday places. What I find inspiring is the almost complete lack of control the artists have on the final image. This is a testament to NOT being a control freak.
The work of Zdzislaw Beksinski is certainly not new, but although it’s been around for several decades, it is still mesmerizing. Some of his paintings have a Francis Bacon meets William Turner feel to them. You often see blurry objects in the background disappearing behind a veil of light next to nightmarish creatures and dark gloomy atmospheres, all with unsaturated colors and ghostly brush strokes. I see it as a dark post-apocalyptic surrealism, which is no wonder taking into account he was a teenager during the Second World War.
French artists Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Pejus have transformed this outbuilding at the Synagogue de Delme, a French contemporary art centre, into a huge architectural sculpture. It’s called the Gue(ho)st House. A Guest + A Host = A Ghost, inspried by Marcel Duchamp’s playful aphorisms. ‘Duchamp’s wordplay ended up being the trigger, a base line for drawing up the project,’ said Berdaguer and Pejus.
After seeing some of the first pinhole photos I took around my workplace, I had this idea of starting a film photography project called “Ghost Employees.” More than just a play on the ghostly images of people blurred from long exposure, my goal is to document and illustrate the hustle and bustle of people’s everyday working life. Aside from the typical office setting, I plan to take this project in hotels, schools, cafes, and anywhere else there may be interesting busy scenes and people at work.
Beitou is bewitching – quite literally. The northern Taiwanese Ketagalan Aboriginal group historically referred to the region’s flurry of volcanic activity as ‘patauw,’ which translates to ‘witch.’ There are more than 30 hot springs in Beitou, which is located along two faultlines that meet at the dormant Datun Volcano Group.
Between replays of Bruce Springsteen and hipster-of-the-minute rock, I keep coming back to the Forest Swords album Dagger Path. Even with all the modern microgenres, I have no idea how to classify this album. At times stark and ghostly, other times melodic, the music is always hypnotic. Samples loop and evolve, slowly shifting styles mid […]
Two great artists coming together to make some great, dark, ambient electronica with garage-feel drum loops. As we know, the elusive Burial has been gathering more commercial acclaim after being nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2008. His style of tinny garage drums coupled with ghostly samples is a perfect fit alongside Four Tet’s often complex IDM or ambient straight electronica. The two have been combining a lot recently, producing great records, and even producing an EP with Thom Yorke of Radiohead which is also worth a listen.
This upcoming artists’ work never fails to interest me. Its ghostly figures and dreamlike (almost memorial) environments absolutely strike me. He also incorporates tremendously designed typography in some of his works, adding to a narrative of the piece. Bascara has an upcoming solo show, The Violet Hour, at Brooklyn College.