Mike Leavitt creates interactive sculptures of contemporary artists using polymer clay and mixed media, with hidden features built into some of the figures. We love his model of Lost At E Minor contributor Ron English, and his characterization of the ever mysterious Banksy.
We’ve been featuring some interesting guest contributors on Lost At E Minor over the past year, including Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Ben Lee, Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene, designer Deanne Cheuk, artist Sam Weber, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs, and Tegan from Tegan and Sara.
Previous Guest Editor of Lost At E Minor, Shepard Fairey, and Jennifer Gross have a fantastic new book out through Abrams entitled, Art For Obama. Featuring artwork from more than a hundred International artists, including fellow Lost At E Minor Guest Editor Ron English [illustration above], Lukas Ketner, Kwaku Alston, Maya Hayuk, and Lisa Anne Auerbach, many of the works were created before the election to raise money for the Obama campaign. Pieces range from fashion to installation, and most refer back to Obama’s likeness. This will be a great book to look back on many years from now. And it’s a guilt free purchase, as all of the authors’ proceeds will be donated to Americans for the Arts charity.
In the midst of a neo-contemporary art movement muddled with carbon copy exhibitions and copycat galleries from all over the globe, artists and musicians assemble in a space in East London’s Hoxton district to showcase art, make music, and create whatever the hell they want. This is the essence of multi-faceted artist Pure Evil, descendant of Utopia scribe Sir Thomas More and mastermind behind the gallery, the music, the clothing lines, and the message.
A religious experience tailor made for the soul hardened agnostic hipster scene would be a good way to describe a Polyphonic Spree concert. Tim Delaughter’s unabashed joy is infectious enough to cultivate a Dead Head-esque cult of Jesus-robe-wearing followers, who have, throughout the band’s history, been allowed to join in on the on-stage festivities.
Holy Holy is the musical collaboration between singer/songwriter Tim Carroll from Brisbane and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson from Melbourne. The duo have a story of serendipity and spontaneity. Meeting as English teachers in Asia, they later recorded their first Holy Holy songs in Europe. Their debut single, Impossible Without You, was soon on rotation on national broadcaster Triple J. Since their success, Holy Holy has now released another single, History. This is the Secret Playlist that influences the duo’s sound.
Kimchi is a little like Vegemite-you either love it or hate it, and those that hate it just need to keep eating it until they love it. And this fermented side dish is so popular in South Korea that there is a Kimchi Making and Sharing Festival held in Seoul every year.
Polish immigrant writes 2000-word essay about the most confusing things about London and Internet hits back
In a revealing post on Reddit, a Polish immigrant has laid out some of the most confusing things about London and Londoners from the point of view of an outsider. Entitled ‘Random stuff that baffles me as an immigrant’, the 2000-word essay covers such confusing topics as English people’s obsession with boilers, cowboy hairdressers and coming to work ill.
English photographer Martin Kimbell is well-practiced in the manipulation of light and image-capture technology to create startling pictures. Nowhere is this more evident than in his recent ‘light-paintings’, where wormholes of twisting lights seem to spring out from the ground or surge down to the earth.
How’s this for irony! On the south coast of Britain, near the Cornish town of Perranporth, a strange and unique phenomenon has been continuously occurring for the best of 20 years. So much so in fact that it has influenced the course of local culture.
England is reeling in the wake of Glastonbury Festival 2014, such a large congregation that it is temporarilly the third largest city in the south of the country. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Glastonbury to see their favourite musicians roll out the big hits in front of heaving crowds, the same thing happening at other festivals around the world over Summer each year.
The Sixties: a time of anything-goes experimentation, hedonism, musical revolution and dolphin-sex. That was no typing error. When a young Margaret Lovatt stumbled across a NASA-funded lab on her home island of St Thomas in the Caribbean, she immediately volunteered to help work with the dolphins that were the subject of the research going on there.
How to Use Fuck Correctly: 99 Phrases Using Fuck, Shit, Damn And Hell That Schools Won’t Teach You That Should Be Used With Care – surely the loooooongest translated book title ever? – is a diligently detailed guide for any self respecting Japanese linguistic lover who cares deeply about learning the subtle differences in various situations that call for the use of these traditional 4-letter English curse words.
How come no one thought of this sooner? Instead of ruining perfectly good cookbooks by splattering, staining, dripping, and accidentally burning them in the kitchen, why not just plaster them on your skin?