Posts for March, 2013

24/03/2013Alexandre Dubosc’s cakes on fire

Today I went to the Filmhouse to see a special presentation curated by the London International Animation Festival (LIAF).

Alimation is a brilliant short film by Alexandre Dubosc, who meticulously designed fabulous cakes to animate while on a turn-table…
Now who can resist that?
The photo captures are beautiful, but watch the film below to see the real magic unveiling…

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All images above by Alexandre Dubosc

Alimation from Alexandre DUBOSC on Vimeo.

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18/03/2013Magical Woodland Walk

I’m planning to go on a magical woodland walk next Saturday (although weather forecast doesn’t look promising), organized by Rowan Bank.
These e-flyers are so sweet they make me want to run away with the circus… created by Edinburgh based graphic designer and Illustrator Kate George.


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11/03/2013Mark Wallinger’s Underground Labyrinth

I saw a program about Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth in BBC’s The Culture Show (available to view until 15th March) so went online to read more about it.
I love how the individual artworks are assigned to the various underground stations, connecting them and archiving them within the Tube system, creating a large scale artwork, and how the labyrinth symbolizes so beautifully the simple straightforward route we all take when we go to the underground, in this vast and complex network.

From Art on the Underground website- they explain it so much better:

Mark Wallinger has created Labyrinth, a new artwork for London Underground to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Wishing to forge a poetic link with the Tube’s rich history of graphic language, he has made a work that sits comfortably alongside the two of its major design icons, the roundel and Harry Beck’s Tube map, and yet stands out as a new symbol marking the Tube’s 150th year.

Wallinger has created 270 individual artworks, one for each station on the network, each one bearing its own unique circular labyrinth, but with a graphic language common to all. Rendered in bold black, white and red graphics, the artworks are produced in vitreous enamel, a material used for signs throughout London Underground, including the Tube’s roundel logo, whose circular nature the labyrinth design also echoes. Positioned at the entrance of each labyrinth is a red X. This simple mark, drawing on the language of maps, is a cue to enter the pathway. The tactile quality of the artwork’s surface invites the viewer to trace the route with a finger, and to understand the labyrinth as a single meandering path into the centre and back out again – a route reminiscent of the Tube traveller’s journey.

At an early stage in its history, the labyrinth became associated with the Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. However, the fact that Theseus required the assistance of Ariadne’s skein of thread to navigate the complex passageways of the Minotaur’s lair would suggest that it was in fact a maze, which has numerous pathways instead of just one, and is essentially a puzzle. This myth is one of the many references drawn upon in this work by Wallinger. He comments: ‘Mostly we go about our business, journeying to work on the Tube and return home along a prescribed route. The seeming chaos of the rush hour is really just the mass of individuals following the thread of their lives home.’

Each of Wallinger’s Labyrinth artworks bears a different number, written in the artist’s hand. For the collector or the train-spotter in us, there’s something appealing in this cryptic element of the work. Although the numbers resonate with the tradition of editioned artworks, such as prints made in series, in fact they relate to the ordering system that allocates each artwork to its particular station. This numbering scheme brings an internal logic to this vast collection of artworks that is directly connected to a real, albeit highly unusual, Tube journey. They refer to the order of stations visited in the Guinness World Record ‘Tube Challenge’ 2009, the record for the fastest time taken to pass through every single station on the London Underground network.

As Wallinger’s artworks are gradually installed across the Underground over the first six months of 2013, Labyrinth will become integrated into the experience of travelling on the Tube. The location of the artworks will be different at each station, whether in the ticket hall or on the platform, encouraging people to seek them out. In one’s own station, the labyrinth will become a familiar symbol that marks the start and seals the end of the day.

All images above: Mark Wallinger, Labyrinth, 2013 © The Artist, Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photograph © Thierry Bal, 2013

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04/03/2013Illustrators #3: Alice Melvin / The High Street

I come across a lot of beautifully illustrated books for children, and thought this could be a recurring theme on my blog (as I have already posted about the mad Dr. Seuss and the talented Keren Taggar).
Although there are illustrated books for adults (and I do have a few brilliant ones at home), children books seem to offer more possibilities for illustrators – the market is certainly larger for kids books, and the marriage between children stories and illustrations is a perfect fit.
I can personally report that books that successfully combine clever text, steady rhythm and beautiful drawings help me keep an enthusiastic voice at bed time, even after reading the story out load for the 50th time…

We joined a Story Time for kids a couple of weeks ago, at Gallery Ten. The gallery currently holds an exhibition of 10 illustrators’ works, among them Alice Melvin and Catherine Rayner, who came in to read their stories to the kids and show them how they draw. It was a charming event (both the wee one and her parents enjoyed it).
We were seduced to purchase one of Alice Melvin’s books, titled The High Street, in which Sally goes in and out of shops with her shopping list, each shop front opens a page flap to reveal the shop interior, filled with wonderful things to discover…

Sally enters Mr Kumar’s china shop:

Sally skips into Mr Botton’s bakery:

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