Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ok, so to the point it is, I know nothing of type. I like Ariel, It’s my typeface of choice. It’s what my web site and my business cards use. It’s what I write my emails in. It’s selected here as my typeface of choice, I even have my web browser set so Ariel is the default.
So imagine my glee when someone comes up with an app for the iPhone, I Shot the Serif (but I did not shoot the sans-serif). Shooting Serif type faces has never been such fun, plus you can do it online on their site too here

Oh and there’s some nice work by these folks too, I hope they get some good traffic to their site from this. Not just people in the business like me who will idly spend an hour shooting miscreant typefaces for no more reason than the sound of a gun and its juvenile pleasure. (would have been nice if their was a sound for dying serifs and not just a thumbs up, however a nice retro thumbs up is always appreciated!)


Well it had to happen, it just couldn’t be.
The Untitled name for our group at Salford University – Untitled is a new artists’ group set up in September 2010 by the Salford University Visual Arts faculty. The initiative has been set up to increase opportunities for students, emerging and established artists to collaborate on a series of monthly exhibitions and happenings. – But you knew that didn’t you.
Anyway, Untitled Happenings is in no way linked to Untitled Gallery
But I’m going to have to go have a look at this place, their blurb says……. “Open since May 2010, Untitled Gallery is an exhibition space that occupies a white, intimate room of exposed-brick walls in the basement of the Friends’ Meeting House, a Grade II listed building dating from 1828. Located on Mount Street, Untitled Gallery is Manchester’s newest commercial gallery specialising in contemporary art, with forthcoming exhibitions by Lee Machell and Marc Provins.”
Now it’s Lee Machell that intrigues me, he of Salford University!
Their blurb says ……”Drawings & Matches is a series of drawn studies by Manchester-based artist Lee Machell. Synthesizing elements from a practice that incorporates sculpture, installation, and performative elements in a series of works on paper, Drawings & Matches presents Machell’s experiments with matches as a drawing media, as well as pencil studies of the artist’s sculptural work.

Works such as Bag and Kerbstone (2010) are delicate pencil drawings of Machell’s sculptural works. Stripped of their three-dimensional context, Machell depicts the essential formal characteristics of the original works in a two-dimensional space.

In Bag, a brown paper bag leans against a wall, balancing precariously atop a thin wooden pole. Rendered as a drawing on paper, Bag appears to float without a wall for support, defying gravity as it stands alone surrounded by a white mass of paper.

Kerbstone is a sculpture divided by a charred suture of marks, a horizontal line left by the ignition of adjoining matches. As a pencil drawing on paper, Kerbstone is removed from its context as a floor-based sculpture.

Divested of texture and shadow, only an economical use of line captures the subjects. In this sense the drawings relate not to the material aspect of objects, but rather to their spatial and topographical characteristics.

Machell’s use of matches to delineate various found objects is a process developed in site-specific works in which the residuum of a line of matches set ablaze creates an ephemeral vestige to a process conditioned by its impermanence. In Drawings & Matches, Machell arranges matches around quotidian, mass-produced objects such as an audio cassette and scales, and construction waste such as a piece of tarmac and eroded concrete. A thunderous riot of sparks on paper results in corpse-like traces, an asymmetric negative space framed by scorched shadows:

This unusual process lends a spectral quality to the images, a sharp perimeter created where charred smoke trails meet a void. The object’s presence is paradoxically defined by its absence.

Lee Machell studied at the University of Salford, where he received his BA (Hons) Visual Arts in 2005. After graduating, Machell’s first solo exhibition, Workings (2006) took place at the Chapman Gallery, Salford. Machell has exhibited in group exhibitions in France, Italy, and the UK. Scheduled for November 2011 is a residency at 501 Artspace in Chongqing, China.”

Now you can’t help but be interested after reading that lot. Love the look of the pic too….

There is more to be found about this guy of course, his own website , which is as barebones as you can get and still appear stylish. It oozes confidence. Seeing more and more sites styled like this at the moment. real bite backs against the Flash and After Effects party that has been going on for all these years. Although I still think a hotmail address is just shite. But more about the guy, “Lee Machell’s work is founded in sculpture and is dominated by performance.”, this intrigues me even more, Mother & Child will have to be performed so I’d like to see if he does anything on opening night! Anyway, google the name, I’ll not get into a whole listing thing going on.

I’ll be there on Friday night for sure!!!

This is on the BBC web site amongst a whole host of others, and you just gotta love an award like this, I’d like this award one day!
Surfing the Void, Klaxons
Surfing the Void is the Klaxons’ second album
The Klaxons’ second album, Surfing the Void, has won an award for 2010’s best record cover.

In a public vote, the sleeve – which depicts a cat in an astronaut suit – beat 49 other shortlisted covers to take the Best Art Vinyl prize.
(Find about it here)

Caribou album Swim was voted second, while an EP from relatively unknown German dance label Cadenza came third.
(Nominees here)

Artists including Goldfrapp, Arcade Fire, the Chemical Brothers and Scissor Sisters were among the nominees.

Art Vinyl – a company that promotes record covers as art – said this year’s winners were a diverse mix of art and design.

The winning sleeve, it said, showed “the power a bit of humour can have when added to the music design mix”.

“The Art Vinyl award is about celebrating the emotional resonance of the best sleeve designs from 2010,” said awards director Andrew Heeps.

The prize, he continued, honours “some of those unsung heroes of art and design who provide the visual identity for so many bands and artists”.

The top three sleeves will be featured at exhibitions at the British Music experience in the O2 Arena in London, Georges House Gallery in Folkestone, and the Art’s Complex in Edinburgh from 4 January.

There will also be shows in Paris, Brussels and Gothenburg.

US indie rockers Fleet Foxes won the prize last year for their self-titled debut album.

Muse, Thom Yorke and Hard Fi are among the other previous winners.

I of course have my own YouTube Channel, who doesn’t?

I’ve just uploaded a Clown Interview, this load of film has sat in the back closet for a while and I’m not sure why. I just need to play with it and it will come together I’m sure. So here is the first muck about so to speak.This is an improvised test piece of work.
Clown Face is Laura, you can find her and her work here;
Clown voice is Luke, you can find him and his work here;
Clown make-up by Sarah and you can find her work here;
Our clown mimed to the rants and raves of clown voice, not knowing what would be said, what would be used. Bruce Nauman I guess is an influence here, although I’ve long had a fascination with clowns. I wouldn’t have spent so long on the fourth plinth dressed as one, had I not.
Part of a series.