These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.
Gone Christmas Fishing 2021
Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse have been inviting viewers along on their fishing outings for four seasons now, cementing their status as national treasures in the process. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is television we didn’t know we needed. The recent Christmas special was an unmitigated festive pleasure.
Alex Chinneck in Brighton
Just before Christmas, artist Alex Chinneck unravelled a giant spiral staircase up the side of a building in Brighton’s Circus Street district. A Spring in Your Step is an arresting, ambitious and downright gorgeous piece of architectural art three years in the making. Chinneck’s website has photographs of all angles, each more awe-inspiring than the last.
Turnstile x NPR
Fresh from releasing the best album of 2021, Baltimore hardcore(ish) band Turnstile showed off the easy, seamless versatility that makes Glow On so special in their short set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Despite having enough songs to fill twenty minutes without whipping out the big riffs, it just wouldn’t have been Turnstile without them.
Images for Winter
Aesthetica selected five artists from its archives for a seasonal snapshot as temperatures dropped in midwinter. Featuring works from Alessio Albi, Uwe Langmann, Kevin Cooley, Joël Tettamanti and Evgenia Arbugaeva, this striking look at the most wonderful time of the year is sure to give anyone a chill.
Dennis Wojtkiewicz’s luminous fruits
I’m a sucker for photography and other artworks that manipulate light and bring unfamiliar energy to everyday objects, so Dennis Wojtkiewicz’s glowing fruit slices, created using pastels, immediately grabbed my attention. I don’t know what it is in the detail that is so appealing, but it sure ain’t the devil.
Richard Huntington’s strategy journey
As a marketing person with a strong bias towards strategy and writing over all other parts of my work, I like to read the writing of successful strategists. Richard Huntington of Saatchi & Saatchi’s recent adliterate post was a fascinating stroll through not only the journey he told us he’d recount, but the very essence of strategic thinking in advertising.