Here and there
Enter the wonderful world of Sam Smith
, on display at Pollock's Toy Museum
in London for the next fortnight. Smith existed on the fringes of many art movements, surrealism, modernism, primitivism, creating work that has a hint of the bold yet naive nautical imagery
of Alfred Wallis
(Smith was the son of a steamship captain), but is also imbued with a passionate love of folk art and toys. The latter two tend to be snootily dismissed by the aesthetic movement, perhaps deemed not serious enough for consideration as vital elements of twentieth century visual culture.
Elsewhere. Atomic Magazine
is a retro-culture themed publication. Is it just us, or does all this retro culture stuff seem infused with an element of cheesecake, a world where the pin-up was the height of visual elegance? (admittedly, we're slightly guilty
of this ourselves).
More beauty news. "It isn't Miss Moon's fault she can't see your inner beauty," Mommy gently tells Norah. "Miss Moon may be very special, but she isn't all-powerful." Bless the Onion and Norah's New Nose
. Norah wouldn't have got very far with Guy Bourdin
, the ultra-influential French fashion photographer who pioneered the unsettling fashion portrait. Bourdin had a great eye, regardless of the sinister undercurrent present in his pictures, but his legacy - fashion shoots in the style of Weegee
- seems less convincing. From Boudin's era, we also like Melvin Sokolosky
, especially his bubble fetish
The weird world of the Children's Evangelist
. This teaching aid
probably sums up their approach. "We want to train people who can evangelise children and who can train others to evangelise chidren (multiplication
shows us old and new, as yet another classic logo
bites the dust. Some great big crystals
. A downloadable album
of what some people call 'click rock'. MFdistilled
takes the essence of metafilter
, strips out the trolls, rants and endless ping-ponging threads to nowhere. As a result, it's not as fun.
The public enquiry into the London Bridge Tower
, a structure that will have a big visual impact on things's
world, got underway yesterday. Good or bad? We're strangely ambivalent. Milk Bottle of the Week
is self-explanatory, except perhaps to cultures where bottles have been replaced by cartons
(huge diversion: visit New House
, concrete-award winning mansion of the Tetrapak king).