Art Comes First
London based artists collective. Unique work and perspective. A tip from KDU brother, Liam Maher of Denham Denim.
Created for BJ The Chicago Kid’s album ‘Pineapple Now-Laters’. Invited by Levi Maestro of http://www.maestroknows.com to create artwork inspired by BJ’s music rather than a literal reference to the candy ‘Now-Laters’. I was given creative freedom to construct a type-based album cover drawing reference to BJ’s classical influences yet modern interpretation. There is also an allusion to the notion of time drawn from the phrase ‘Now-Laters’.
As a new arts journal, Liquid Quarterly wanted WILLOW to develop their brand and art direct their magazine to firmly establish it in this specialist marketplace. The project has included art direction and graphic design throughout this issue. Inspiration has been taken from the work of Josef Albers, the renowned Bauhaus artist and teacher who developed his love of geometry within design.
Feature in issue 183 of the French magazine étapes.
Last year, in December I traveled to Hong Kong on an extended business trip. I had the opportunity to link with Brian from Knowledge, who was a great host. We also had a chance to meet up with Kevin Poon and Edison Chen from Clot. We also met with Chris from IDN magazine, Jimmy Au from the Red Agency – and randomly synced with Emil and Robert from Crooks and Castles. This set of pics is only a small taste of this trip – I will be posting more later this week.
Please view the whole set on flickr
A friend of mine recently told me about New Paltz, New York and the Mohonk Mountain House.
This past weekend, I traveled there to celebrate Jamie’s birthday with a few days of seclusion.
The house is more of a castle. Old school Blue Blood splendor to the extreme.
The experience begins at the private entrance and continues up a 2 mile drive up the mountain road to the main house.
There is a deep mountain lake surrounded on one side with steep cliffs that are dotted with wooden gazebos, bearing the marks of decades of
visitors carved initials and names. The hallways are wide and quiet. There is a creepy feeling you only get in building of this scale and age.
Acres of manicured gardens roll up from the house and climb the mountain hills and from the valley side you can see for miles across the Catskill Mountains.
The entire property is a national landmark. Founded 141 years ago,
this place is truly grand and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to escape.
For several years, (2005 – 2007) I heavily documented summers at Coney Island. From my loft in Williamsburg, it is an easy ride to the end of the Q line and Coney Island sits waiting.
I have not been back since they closed much of the old section. I must confess it is not the same and I miss the layers of personalities and characters that carved out a living there.
Stay tuned for a recap of my previous work documenting Coney Island.
Brighton Beach is just north of Coney Island. A deeply rooted Russian Community, I find the beach, boardwalk and connecting streets much more interesting than Coney Island.
There are always several groups of old Russian men baking the sun sitting on aluminum fold out chairs – I want to photograph them, but they throw this advanced “get the fuck away”
look which I gladly honor.
Edgar gave me an original piece of work he drew. The piece is a tribute to my favorite architect, Santiago Calatrava.
I spent July 4th with Jamie exploring the the beaches of Brooklyn and Queens. These are some pics of Fort Tilden Park at Far Rockaway Beach. The old Army base is littered with abandoned buildings, scattered throughout acres of wild dunes and park lands. The old buildings are constantly being consumed by both graffiti and foliage.
An original ghost town from the late 1800’s. Bodie stands today in a state of “arrested decay”.There’s a story about a little girl whose family moved from San Francisco to Bodie. Depending on who tells you, or where you read it, she wrote either: “Good, by God, I’m going to Bodie” or “Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie”. Once you get through this site, you’ll have to decide for yourself.
Camera: Canon 5d Mark2 / Lens: 16-35mm 2.8