Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Now

Everyday of my life feels like this right now. Scenery and events speeding past at a million miles an hour. Holiday please!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

DIE ZEIT Studienführer

I was recently commissioned by DIE ZEIT Studienführer in Hamburg to produce several drawings of objects for their annual magazine aimed at students planning to go to university. They were keen for them to be produced in a similar style to my work for the New York Times Lives column, but using a limited colour palette, which they selected.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bertien van Manen - Let’s Sit Down Before We Go


In Amsterdam we visited FOAM the photographers gallery to see an exhibition of pictures by Bertien van Manen - Let’s Sit Down Before We Go. It was a great show and made me want to get back onto trains and faraway. It reminded me of childhood in a nowhere-village, the willingness of naivety and the honesty of un-interiors. Functionality refined to it's most personal and poetic form.

Before leaving for a long journey, Russian people sit down for a moment and think about where they will be going and why. The atmosphere in the pictures of Bertien van Manen is like this. Together with photographer Stephen Gill she made a selection of pictures she took in Russia between 1991-2009 and which have never been on show before.

All pictures above are by Bertien van Manen.

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

A cover illustration proposal I have just finished for The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

Sometimes the house of the future is better built, lighter and larger than all the houses of the past, so that the image of the dream house is opposed to that of the childhood home... Maybe it is a good thing for us to keep a few dreams of a house that we shall live in later, always later, so much later, in fact, that we shall not have time to achieve it. For a house that was final, one that stood in symmetrical relation to the house we were born in, would lead to thoughts—serious, sad thoughts—and not to dreams. It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality. Gaston Bachelard

Bas Jan Ader - Fall II

via NCC

Agent PEKKA opens in Amsterdam at Guns & Butter

Friday evening in Amsterdam saw my new agent, Agent Pekka, launch their new office in the Netherlands. I had a great time and was honoured to be showing work amongst some really great people. I was showing the artists proof from my Motel edition produced for the Dont Panic show at Stolen Space Gallery in London - I'm looking forward to working on a new print series this Summer - it's been way too long! It was great to hang with Lotta Nieminen, Rami Niemi, Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi and after many years of emailing, I finally met Pietari Posti. Thanks so much to Pekka for organising the show! Some of the photos are by Kay.