Tuesday, April 19, 2011

badges of colour

I love finding out about new artists, especially when they are local to me (writes Amy)...

On a chilly Sunday morning a few weeks ago I was having a wander around Muswell Hill with my boyf... I needed a quick retail fix so left Matt outside to entertain himself. When I met back up with him he was taking photos of the floor – I thought he’d gone slightly mad but when I looked down I saw a blanket of colour & pattern. On closer look there were loads of tiny little pictures that had all been created on top of discarded old chewing gum...

It sounds pretty disgusting but these little 'badges' of colour were amazing, packed with loads of detail! Thinking about it, I had often seen a guy lying on the floor with a paint brush in hand (as you do) and wondered what he was up to… well, now I know!

As soon as I'd spotted these pieces of art it was impossible to not keep looking down at the floor - there are hundreds around the streets of Muswell Hill, but apparently they appear all over London so keep your eyes peeled!

The artist is Ben Wilson and you can find out a little more about what he does by visiting this BBC report.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

bass notes

Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch was recently showing an exhibition of Saul Bass movie posters, and a few weeks ago we shut the studio early to go and take a look (writes Jess)...

Story board for the shower scene in Psycho which he is actually rumoured to have directed!

Anatomy of a Murder - my pick of the show.

His film titles are incredibly simple - which is the beauty of all Bass' work and why even now he is revered as one of the all time greats of graphic design. His work is very obviously the inspiration for modern day credits such as "Catch Me If You Can".

The exhibition is now closed, but it's worthwhile having a look on YouTube for more of his film titles, they're exactly like his posters, bought to life through really simple animation... beautiful.