Also, avocados are likely to continue getting more and more expensive.
The drawings, sculptures and installations of Paris-based artist Mathilde Roussel investigate the nature of physical life. Apart from being visually striking, her wheatgrass sculptures in particular play with the sense of growth and decay of life. These sculptures are titles from her Lives of Grass series. They are made from soil, wheat seeds, recycled metal and fabric.
Dominic Lord was an early member of the A$AP mob (he was A$AP Dom), but is doing his own thing now. And it’s good. The 18-year old from Harlem has been in the studio with with Hudson Mohawke, Benny Blanco (Katy Perry), Stargate (Beyonce, Wiz Khalifa), and more. The sound is fresh. It’s a little Cudi, a little Kanye, and a whole lot cool. The video for his first release, “Pierce” is (as far as I’m concerned) the video of the year. Directed by Aram Bedrossian, it is less music video and more high art. Elegant and creative visuals are offset by electro dance hooks and distorted rap. Check it out below:
The internet is awesome for a myriad of reasons. This is but one of them. Vancouver-based photographer and artist Karin Bubaš used chalk pastels to render the cast of groundbreaking MTV reality show The Hills for a series of drawings titled With Friends Like These… It’s been almost two years since we’ve heard the lulling tones of Natasha Bedingfield accompanied by the drama and long-suffering looks of Lauren, Heidi and Spencer. Unlike the high gloss of the show, Bubaš’ drawings humanise the cast and make them seem like more sympathetic subjects. Watching The Hills was like a good workout: excruciating yet strangely pleasurable. This year Bubaš will release a book of her pastel drawings of The Hills cast called, To All the Haters. I wonder if they’ll do a reunion show? Like Justin-Bobby said, “truth and time tells all”.
The international jury of the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Samuel Aranda from Spain as the World Press Photo of the Year 2011. The picture shows a woman holding her wounded son in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011. Samuel Aranda was working in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times.
The contest draws entries by professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from across the world, with 5,247 photographers from 124 countries participating this year with 101,254 pictures submitted by the mid-January deadline. A group of 19 internationally recognised professionals in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography convened in Amsterdam from 28 January until 9 February 2012 to judge the entries.
Check out a selection of some of my favourites below:
A model poses in front of tailor stalls in the center of Dakar, Senegal. She wears the creation of a designer, Yolande Mancini, participating in the 9th edition of Dakar Fashion Week.
A girl fishes in the Congo River, just outside the city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She holds the fish in her mouth, a common practice among people there, because the chance of losing it is less than when holding it in her hands.
A scuba diver near Carloforte, Sardinia, shoots photos of tuna in the local Tonnara, a maze of nets traditionally set to channel tuna into an enclosed space where they are killed.
Action from a rugby match between Old Belvedere and Blackrock played in heavy rain in Dublin, Ireland.
One film that got some good buzz for its emotional honesty at the Sundance Film Festival is I Am Not a Hipster. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Dominic Bogart, it tells the story of a San Diego musician who has to deal with himself and his family during not entirely welcome visits from his father and sister. The teaser trailer doesn’t give much away, but the aesthetic looks and sounds pretty awesome. This may be one of those indie zeitgeist-y films that captures the hearts of auidences. Or, like, not. Watch this space.