Archive for March, 2010
New York artist Matt Mignanelli is in Glasgow for the first time, getting ready for his latest exhibition, at the Recoat Gallery. We Can Never Stop contributor, Alex Martin, headed down to take some photos of him preparing for Friday’s launch and to find out if he’s loving this fine spring weather we are blessed with.
Matt’s work is pulling a lot of inspiration from energy, pattern, light, and emotion. He is exploring the relationship between nature and structure, which is relayed through his use of geometric shapes juxtaposed against organic forms. The vivid palette in which he is working from, is influenced by the neon nightscapes that populate his home town urban environment.
Be sure to swing round on Friday the 2nd for the launch at 7pm (here’s the map). Seeing these paintings in the flesh and his large scale installation, is highly recommended. Myself and Alex will be there documenting the launch, and sniffing around the free bar. If you want some chat or would like to say hello, then don’t hesitate to join us!
Just heard this really nice mix by Washed Out over at the ISO50 site. The music Washed Out produces, relies heavily on the synths and often has a dislodged, old time quality to the sound. A lot like chillwave (I posted some examples here). If this is your bag, then this won’t fail in pleasing you. It’s free to download, so get over there and swoop up a copy.
Arch M – Bedrm Band at Caf NVA (edit)
The Samps – Magnetic Thys
Samiyam – Wrap Up
Toro Y Moi – Brubek
Koushik – Homage
Osborne – Afrika (Bullion Remix)
Iasos – Inter-Dimentional Music
Jack Nitzsche – Untitled (edit)
The Khalsa String Band – Song of Bliss
Tommy Ga-Ken Wan is a photographer based in Glasgow. At the age of fourteen, his parents gave him a camera and, three years later – despite no formal training in art or photography – his work had been published and exhibited internationally.
At the age of nineteen, following a trip to Pakistan funded by the British Council, Tommy spoke about his photographs in a talk given to the University of Glasgow, and was subsequently invited by the High Commissioner of Pakistan to present and speak about his work to an invited audience at the High Commission in London.
Since this time, Tommy has worked as a freelance photographer, and has undertaken a diverse range of projects, from working on a big budget film set in Hong Kong to assisting local schoolchildren, in a commission from the National Theatre of Scotland, to produce an exhibition of their work. He has worked internationally with people from all walks of life, ranging from Ambassadors and CEOs to students and artists including actors, musicians and writers.
His priority in photography is suggesting or questioning what lies beneath the surface based on how it appears: what the reality of a situation is if it looks the way it does. With an academic background in literature, Tommy’s interest is in stories, and the texture of lived experience. However, in photography, he is more interested in reality than fiction, observation than direction. As a result, he works with available and natural light, and does not work in studios, but in the world: that is where stories are, where life is.
I met up with the good people over at Indicate Magazine to have a wee chat and learn more about how and why they started. Indicate is a quarterly magazine from Glasgow focussing on the surrounding areas. It covers fashion, culture and talent and has been in production for the past year. Within that time they have amassed an impressing following of readers and helped to support and raise the profile of many talented, young creatives. So without further ado, let’s chew some fat.
Snaps by Alex Martin.
Nicole Gastonguay is a fiber artist and graphic designer based in New York City. These comical takes on everyday objects, through the medium of wool, are a real smile generator. They are also for sale on her online store. I would love that polaroid one!
Stirling band, The Hype, got in touch to share some nice new tracks off their debut album, Leave It All Behind. Here’s what they had to say:
“In the mid-noughties, 4 teenagers from Stirling came together and formed a band. Bucking the trends of the day for alternative rock and the scores of Snow Patrol and Green Day wannabes. They built their sound upon influences such as Public Image, The Smiths, Interpol, The Stone Roses and the funk and groove of House and Disco Music.
The sound of The Hype is tailor made for the Dancefloor with pounding drums and basslines coupled with chiming melodic guitar and catchy vocals.
The band have toured a lot of the UK and have played in prestigious venues such as London’s Dublin Castle, Liverpool’s Zanzibar, Sheffield’s Frog and Parrot and Glasgow’s King Tuts.
They have supported acts as diverse as the Maccabees, Regina Spektor, The Law, Humanzi, The Vortex and Test Icicles. They have now finished recording their debut album Leave It All Behind, which will be released in April and are planning another UK tour to support its release.”
For more tracks, swing by their Myspace page.
Wes Kingston has been a photographer for over 15 years. He started studying in Glasgow with an already diverse portfolio containing shots of extreme sports in South Africa, pro snowboarders in British Columbia, urban landscapes and street scenes from Toronto. While Wes studied he experimented with all kinds of cameras, films and styles finding he preferred medium format cameras, which he still uses today.
Wes is inspired by the changing and challenging environments of this industrial city, his travels and the diverse range of artists contained within SWG3 from graffiti artists to screen printers, musicians and sculptors. He say’s that it is this colective group which inspires him to continually challenge himself and his profession.
Recently Wes’s professional body of work contains documentary pieces for charitable organizations in South Africa and across Scotland with contrasting involvement in the world of high-end international fashion. This collaboration between Wes and top fashion designer Deryck Walker has seen Wes create and shoot in Glasgow and Paris, putting these cutting edge specialist fabric designs into context.
He continues to exhibit around the UK and is currently working on a project showcasing Scotland’s up and coming athletes, as well as continuing Fashion work in Scotland. He is also set to head out to Cape Town to do a post World cup documentary story.
Viviane Sassen is a photographer based in Amsterdam. She has exhibited throughout Europe for the past ten years and has produced work for Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Adidas Originals and many more. Be sure to check out the rest of her folio. Her unconventional portraits from Africa are a real treat.
I remember reading about this little beauty a year ago and drooling at the mouth over it. This is the Operator 1 (OP1) from Teenage Engineering, a hybrid digital synthesizer and MIDI controller which has truly raised the bar for aesthetic standards in synthetics. The clean minimalist design, grid like structure, colour choice and typography used throughout, really is beautiful. No idea on price yet or a confirmed release date, but it’s tipped to be soon.
Taken from their site:
“OP-1 is the all-in-one portable Synthesizer, Sampler and Controller. With additional features like the FM Radio and a G-Force sensor for pitch and bend effects. Beside a fresh and creative approach to sequencing with multiple choice of sequencers, you just have to love the OP-1’s built-in Tape feature.
Connect it to your computer and control your DAW with the common play, stop, rec, forward and rewind. Use the 4 rotary encoders and 8 x 2 dedicated quick keys for fast selections. Just use them with your software synthesizers. All in a portable package that fits next to the laptop in your bag.
When plugged in to the mini USB port the OP-1 shows up as a mass storage device. Ready for you to drag and drop audio files between your computer and the OP-1. The 4 tape tracks are available as well as sampled waveforms for you to manipulate. No additional software or drivers required!”
You can see more on their youtube channel.
Sub Club got in contact to let all you good, good people know of a very unique night, that’s on it’s way to Glasgow. In The Company Of Wolves is a one off multi-media, fashion and art event showcasing the best in Scottish fashion design, and it’s being held on the 14th April.
It has been inspired by the dark fairytale themes of fashion week and the release of Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. They promise to make this a night to remember and all profits are donated to Glasgow Women’s Aid – so get involved!
The fashion front will be kicking off at 8:30pm and will be showcasing work from: Rebecca Torres; Che Camille; Obscure Couture; Anna Whyte; Rowan Joy; Raw Vintage; Velvet Tigers and Dazed Dorothy Accessories.
The £10 entry gets you a luxury goodie bag, drinks, canapes, catwalk show, art and music.