Monday, 16 November 2009

Rakes album cover project by Work Associates

Rakes recent album release: Klang

Album cover back experimenting further with the light/projection theory

Inlay - group shot super-imposed on projected light

Work applied the same graphic approach to the singles 1989 and Reason.

Work Associates looked to some of the Germanic influences on The Rakes' third album, Klang, to create their entrancing typographic sleeve for the release and the supporting singles. Here's how they did it...

Recorded in a former radio studio in east Berlin (and titled after the German word for "sound") Work based their imagery partly on Bauhaus principles and on colour theorist Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack's 1920s experiments with various apparatus that could generate moving projections of coloured light. His processes were later explained in his booklet, Farben Licht-Spiele.

"Hirschfeld-Mack's idea seemed to convey the appropriate movement to suggest sound in a single image," explains Work's Rob Crane.

This is a nice project based on a great artistic principle, remastered using the technology of today.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

So, there are still some Banksy rats around...

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Was wondering around the other day and came across a Banksy rat in a very unexpected place. It was in pretty good condition, apart from some cock tagging over it (see my rant from about 2 months ago on this point) in a fairly un-trafficed area. Check it out if you're going down White Church Lane in E1.

Gorellaume on the streets around Europe

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Got a heads up from a mate who'd come across a body of interesting work and fed me the link. It's hard to tell exactly who is behind the work as the bio page has a 404 error, but I'll check back in a few days. I'm guessing it's a French guy or collective, but what ever - there's some great work that spans the spectrum of murals to stickers, environmental to sculpture. Mostly it has a slightly dark undertone, but we like that...

Senor X new body of work and new website

Helter skelter (click on image to enlarge)

Hedonism 3 (click on image to enlarge)

Hot & Raw, Kate (click on image to enlarge)

Wake yp your taste (click on image to enlarge)

Sr.X from Spain has just released some new works on his spanking new website. Nice simple gallery site where the work is split into outdoor/indoor/more/contact, and in Spanish and English (for those of us who've been to Spain a number of times but who's Spanish is, well, shite!)

This is a nice bit on his contact page -

Born in the Interzone, now in Gijón, Spain.
You can mail him or post a comment in his Flickr or Blog,
then he can save your soul... if you want.

and his flickr on:

Spanish artist Senor X - some great works

Sr.X is a Spanish [street] artist I've been following since about '07.

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Escape (click on image to enlarge)

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Noodles (click on image to enlarge)

Alf y Bukowski (click on image to enlarge)

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Wake up your taste (click on image to enlarge)

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Most of his work is concentrated in Spain, and this year he has done some really nice gallery pieces that I'll feature in coming posts. in the mean time check these out, and check out more of his street stuff on:

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Want respect - use a condom campaign by Pirate

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Disco Teck (click to enlarge)

Jimi Crayon (click to enlarge)

A wicked campaign from the Pirate boys in London. This was done in August, and is running now. Pirates use spraypaint to cut teen pregnancies...

Want Respect? Use a Pirate.
The artwork was commissioned by Daydream Network!

The iDeck: Album art lives on...

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We all miss album cover art work, and the tiny digital cover art on your iPod just isn't the same. English designer, Michael Kennedy, has the answer that makes retro meet modern in a funked up way. iDeck is a touch screen music player that revitalizes album art and user interaction which has been lost in current mp3 format.

You simply dock your mp3 player into the base and use the touch screen to cycle through and select your tracks, flick it to skip, spin it to fast-forward and turn it to play. Then sit back and watch the album art play. From the Nirvana baby floating through to Gorillaz artwork of Jamie Hewlett, album art is back.

Thanks to Andy G of The Cool Hunter for the story.

Pirates & CIA timelapse graffiti mural in London

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'We Like Colour' (We Are Pirates) is a film created by the PIRATES for CIA (Central illustration Agency) - Alfa, Jamie Brown, Jiggery Pokery, Jimi Crayon, Mr P and Stika of the PIRATES, coming together to create this colourful masterpiece.

Concept by Jimi Crayon, Ben Cox and Alicja McCarthy.
Creative Direction by Jimi Crayon
Filmed and produced by Stereofarms Dave Graham at SPRING 69
Filmed at The Village Underground

PIRATES will be coming up with mind melting creations all over the world, so keep your eyes peeled:

Spanish street art prankster SpY in Madrid

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Although Madrid based artist SpY's roots are in graffiti, his ability to communicate his message through the street has evolved well beyond the original artform. Using an arsenal of trade skills and applications, there is no limit to SpY's reach, and his productions so aptly called interventions. Whether it be modifying billboards or signs, fences or markings on the road, sculptures or traffic lights, the sense of humour and irony in his work screams of his name and have been seen across the globe.

For more information about SpY, visit the artist's site: