One of our favourite contemporary artists, Paul Insect, has a new site-specific show, Poison, opening at a former bath house somewhere in the Kings Cross area of London on 12 September. The show will feature "twelve skeletal bunny girl sculptures" (that's Miss August pictured above), and a series of new paintings and prints. The exact location of the show will be announced on the Lazarides site on 11 September.
Insect's last show, Bullion, was bought up in its entirety when Damien Hirst pulled a Saatchi and nabbed the lot for his 'Murder Me' collection; so this should be one worth keeping an eye on.
If you're anything like us, you'll have too many books. Way too many books. Piles of books, shelves of books, stacks of books; heck, even a substantial number of books about books.
But, we reckon you could do with another one.
Our friend Iain Crockart, photographer and designer by trade, has just put together a wonderful new book, A motorbike adventure, documenting his journey on a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet across the Himachal Pradesh region of India last September. The area is also known as the Land of the Gods, and for good reason. It's breathtakingly beautiful, and the book is a sumptuous feast, documenting the journey Iain, 27 other bikers, 7 guides, 3 medics and 6 mechanics took across this incredibly remote part of India.
We're not just shamelessly plugging a book by a mate though - it's been produced to raise money for the Enduro Africa charity ride Iain is doing this coming October along the Wild Coast in South Africa. The ride will see 200 bikers raising money for three children's charities working in South Africa: Unicef, Sentebale and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. You can choose how much you want to donate for the book, and the money goes to the charities. Fantastic.
You can read all about it, and see sample pages from the book, just here.
The private view is tomorrow evening, and you can sign up for it over on the Cosh website. And on Sunday at noon, there's a treasure hunt, where you have to hunt down one of Slinkachu's original installations to win a signed limited edition print. Or you can also pick one up over at Black Rat Press…
One minute the trees and shrubs are just beginning to make with the shoots and buds, and then two seconds (and a billion gallons of rain) later, it's practically Autumn.
And one of the heralds of Autumn is almost upon us again - the wonderful Open House London takes place on 20 and 21 September.
Open House is an annual event where you get to wander about inside buildings old and new, and often get to meet the architects and/or owners too. There's a huge range of buildings that participate, from small residential homes to full-on skyscrapers. Though unfortunately 30 St Mary Axe (also known as the Gherkin), pictured above, isn't one of them this year, which is a damn shame.
You can get the full programme from the Open House online shop, either snailmailed to you or downloadable as a pdf.
You may need to book for some events; and if you do, be sure to cancel your booking if you can't make it, otherwise they're going to ban you from all future events. Scary!
We made our way up the road to Waterloo on Saturday to check out the new work on display at the fantastic Cans Festival.
The street-art show began back in May this year, set up by Blank Expression, turning a disused railway tunnel underneath the old Eurostar terminal into an open air exhibition space for stencil monkeys and spraycan kids. They've just had a 're-hang', with a whole new set of art dripping off the walls, while some of the old stuff is still there for you to check out.
Living in a city like London, where there's constantly another show opening to attend, another private view to check out, another must-see product launch to go see, it can be easy to find yourself never venturing outside of Zone 6. If the world is on your doorstep, why go for a walk?
But, heck, there's a wealth of incredible stuff outside the M25 if you just take a look.
So we were dead excited when the good folks at Design Event recently got in touch to invite us up to take a look at Newcastle's design scene. So, come with us as we take you on a journey up north…
If you've got an iPhone (and if you're a designer, there's a 74.3% probability that you do have one), you'll be wanting it to look super lovely at all times. So how about some tasty'n'free wallpaper for it?
We've been playing around creating a series of wallpapers of our own (that's a few of them shown above), and you can check out the full collection on our Flickr set.
You might also want to take a look at the lovely Poolga site, which collects wallpapers from designers and illustrators all over the world for your viewing and downloading pleasure.
Okay. Look. Sorry. We've been busy… the dog ate our homework… there was localised flooding… some kind of freak temporal paradox… OUR COMPUTERS WERE ABDUCTED AND PROBED BY ALIENS! And then returned.
Anyway, the long and the short is that we've not posted in a while, and we're deeply sorry, but promise it won't happen again. Much.
But let's not dwell on the recent past shall we?
Well, oh, hey, actually, let's dwell just a moment or two. Because while we were in what we now like to call our "Quiet Period of Deep Personal Reflection", Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog hit the wires.
It's the latest piece of genius broadcasting from the frankly disgustingly talented Joss Whedon. If you're even remotely geeky you'll already know that he's the godlike talent behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and the accompanying movie Serenity. (If you're not remotely geeky, you're probably in a 'whatever' frame of mind after reading that list, but trust us, this stuff is good.)
It's a three-part webshow (y'know, like a TV show, but on the web) that Whedon wrote, financed and directed as a way of having a bit of fun during the recent writers' strike in Hollywoodland. It's the tale of Dr Horrible's fight against his arch nemesis, all-round cheesy goody-guy Captain Hammer. And it's done as a musical. And it's really really good. So go watch.