Monday, 23 August 2010

We Are Moving

Like many couples my age, my blogs Art Of The City and Hip Walk have been deathly quiet for a few months and can now be found shacked up together at a new address. From here on in, they will forever be known by a singular name - www.hipwalk.tumblr.com - but, provided the removal men don't drop anything en route, at least you should be seeing a fair bit more from them over the coming months.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Ricoh's Adventure



Please check out my latest fledgling project at Ricoh's Adventure.
Ideas and input would be really appreciated...

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Ed Ruscha: Gas Guzzling


"I secretly appreciated the architecture of these gas stations. I like that concept of a little building that has a great overhang, a respite from the sun where you could pull your car up underneath and then go inside your place. I dreamed of living in a gas station at one time."
- Ed Ruscha, 2009

Monday, 12 October 2009

Mark Rothko: Loosening Your Grip

Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon, Mural, Section 3, 1959
Tate © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko ARS, NY and DACS, London

Tate Liverpool have collected together Mark Rothko's Seagram Murals again, 21 years after they helped open the gallery. I spent years wanting to like Rothko more than I actually did and it took seeing some of these colossal works at Tate Modern to truly understand his appeal. When a large Rothko fills your field of vision, all sense of perspective is lost. Appreciating his work requires you to let go momentarily, to loosen your grip. Most of my photographs focus on life's little details and I love that there is something so overwhelming out there to counterbalance that.

And with Anish Kapoor's retrospective and Miroslaw Balka's How It Is both opening recently and featuring similar attempts to immerse the viewer in three-dimensional colour fields (Kapoor with an indented canary-yellow cone; Balka with a room filled with darkness), you can't help but think that the notoriously depressive artist might just have cracked a smile from his great studio in the sky.


Left: Alexander Liberman, Rothko in his Studio, New York, 1964. © J. Paul Getty Trust

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Image of the Day: Davide Monteleone

Davide Monteleone, from Dusha, Russian Soul, 2007

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Image of the Day: Arnold Newman


Arnold Newman, Jackson Pollock, Long Island, 1949

Monday, 5 October 2009

Image of the Day: Jeff Wall


Jeff Wall, After 'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue, 1999–2000
Transparency in lightbox, 174 x 250.5cm. © The Artist

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Image of the Day: Saul Leiter


Saul Leiter, Taxi, New York, 1957

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Classic Album Covers #2 - Ornette Coleman

This next cover isn't even one of Coleman's greatest records but both sides of the sleeve combine to sublime effect and the whole style marked a tipping point in jazz album design.

This sleeve was put together by Forlenza Venosa Associates - an ads, promo and music publishing company formed in 1966, when the former Columbia Records editor and art director Bob Venosa joined the fledgling Forlenza Associates. 

For the past decade, the style of the Blue Note label had been dictated by designer Reid Miles, who had interpreted a string of landmark titles literally with smart modernist designs and Francis Wolff's noir-ish, two-tone photography.

With Venosa on board, however, they began to introduce increasingly wild, Afro-psychedelic art to the label's album sleeves, no doubt encouraged by his time spent hanging out with Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix.

However, for a year or two in the late 1960s, they turned out a string of covers that bridged the gap between the monochrome mod classicism of the early Reid Miles sleeves and the crazier excesses of the post-1970 designs. 

Venosa worked on a number of classics, including Donald Byrd's Slow Drag, Lonnie Smith's Think!, Hank Mobley's Reach Out and Bobby Hutcherson's Total Eclipse, but for sheer atmosphere and timeless style, this wins it for me.

Image of the Day: Fred Herzog


Fred Herzog, Crossing Powell, 1984