At first view, it looks like a normal marble sculpture. However, Long-Bin Chen uses books, newspapers, magazines, and other material that have been discarded as the medium for creating his sculptures. This act of recycling paper-based material informs Chen’s work and the figures he creates are of an odd and extraordinary beauty. Buddha faces, Aztec and Chinese warriors, the human figure, land maps, and entire rooms are magically created out of discards from our ‘paper society’. One of the most interesting sights during Art Basel Week.
Fifty Shades of Grey? Yawn. 99 Shades of Grey? Now we’re talking. Purporting to be ‘a book for people who like the color grey’, 99 Shades of Grey is a real book — following some rather overwhelming support on Kickstarter that had it bagging close to $10,000, well ahead of its $600 goal — with 99 pages of grey shades in progressive intensity. What a brilliant idea.
Remember those quiet books your mom made you as a child? What better way to keep a child silently busy, right? Harry Potter And The Quiet Book is my latest in a series of nerdy quiet books for kids. Open Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter, drive/fly Harry and Ron to school, dress up Hermione for the ball, and more with this interactive educational 11 page felt book.
If you thought you’re local library was a pretty cool place, we bet you it’s not as cool as this. That is, of course, unless you live in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands, and this is your local library. The huge library dubbed Book Mountain is part of a project that covers an impressive 9,300 square meters. […]
The Boy with Eyes the Size of Miami Football Stadium is a weird take on the children’s picture book. Andrew Gilmore is a British writer and artist. His art has been used by bands and featured in magazines such as Bizarre and Terrorizor.
I picked up Too Many Nitrous at a local comic shop in WiIliamsburg, Brooklyn. This self-published zine comic by Billy Burkert and Samuel Rhodes clocks in right at thirty six pages. It’s as if someone rewrote the movie Too Fast Too Furious to make it not obnoxious. If you’re like me and enjoy racing, fighting […]
Mad Deep Thoughts by Riley Payne is the inaugural book from Perimeter Editions. It incorporates the weird yet wonderful with the formal and classic. Payne likes to think of them as collages; drawings and Google image searches. Using foliage, fruit and the human figure, the works range from smoking carrots, to neon signs, and include […]
For her graduate degree in illustration at the San Francisco Art Institute, Lydia Ortiz decided to draw from her experience as a Filipino immigrant in the US in a book she designed. “Fresh off the Boeing” is how she describes herself in this book titled Imigrante, filled with beautiful illustrations depicting her experience using the alphabet as a point of reference.
It’s been just four weeks after feminist icons, the members of Pussy Riot, were arrested. Now, there’s an ebook being released containing letters from prison, closing courtroom statements by the defense attorneys, poems, the punk prayer, and new translations of courtroom statements. The ebook, PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom, will feature tributes by […]
By chance, we stumbled upon the Facebook page of Idrawalot, Karl Addison’s gallery and showroom, where we then stumbled upon some lovely snapshots of Mischief, the whimsical zine of drawings by Berlin-based illustrator Katrin Hagen’s (a.k.a. Mischief Champion) that Idrawalot now stocks. I especially like the one of two foxes looking disapprovingly at a fox wearing another fox as a shrug.
The next book I want to spend money on is Erwin Wurms’s One Minute Sculpture. It contains pictures of Erwin Wurm and other people who pose with everyday objects close at hand. He seeks to use the shortest ‘path’ in creating a sculpture: a clear, firm, and sometimes humorous form of expression.
Already six years old, this book is a must for any Beatles addict or music sound maker. Geoff Emerick opens the door onto the Beatles world through the most interesting angle possible: as an insider. He was responsible for the sound recording for several Beatles albums, including the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, definitely my favourite. Learn everything about every track, and what it historically and technically represents.
Menagerie is an ongoing series of compilations with books of illustrations. Issue three is an LP and full colour book, in a limited edition of 500 copies. Side A of the vinyl sees illustrators react to music and side B sees musicians reacting to artwork. The illustrators are Jim Stoten, Jake Blanchard, Simon Fowler and Adrianne Neal. The musicians are Ben Nash, Twinsistermoon, Isengrind and C Joynes.
The Sketchbook Project collects thousands of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe and exhibits them in cities all over the world. The crew just posted a sneak peek at some of the finished sketchbooks that have just arrived at Project HQ in Brooklyn.