These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.
Flood is a new series by painter Andreas Claussen. It’s a little bit funny and a lot bit strange, featuring as it does an astronaut exploring the soaked debris of a flooded earth. Whether you’re enthused by inflatable children’s toys, something slightly more adult, or the basic appeal of the raised middle finger, there’s something here for you.
Saatchi & Saatchi
The Head of Design at an agency of Saatchi & Saatchi’s standing is bound to be brilliant, so there’s no surprise that the new brand book video by Kerry Roper is impressive. But seriously – it’s really really really really really really fucking impressive. Come for the text design and collage treatment; stay for the astounding animation craft.
Living With Dogs
Dyland Collard is a photographer and dog trainer. You already know where this is going. Collard’s new book, Living With Dogs, is full of pictures of dogs and their owners. Although the shots are posed, humanity and caninity ooze through the shots. Did I mention they are pictures of dogs? Awesome.
The new album from Dälek is one I’ve been anticipating for a while. Dälek are an experimental hip hop duo from New Jersey and Precipice doesn’t disappoint. I reviewed it on my Silent In Flames album recommendations page on Instagram and you can hear the whole thing on Dälek’s Bandcamp.
Jake Daniels, a teenage footballer for Blackpool, is the first active professional footballer in England to come out since Justin Fashanu three decades ago. It is a mighty and important watershed moment for the game, and there’s nobody whose opinion on it I value more than Thomas Hitzlsperger, an Aston Villa favourite who came out on retirement.
The everyday in acrylic
California-based artist Michael Ward’s work was featured on Creative Boom recently and I’m glad it was, because it’s wonderful. His paintings are bright and bold but their subject matter is not. In capturing the magic of old storefronts and kiosks, Ward celebrates an everyday America that’s probably more enchanting than the real thing.