Arctic Monkeys sell out arenas in the U.K. but as the opening band for The Black Keys North American tour they have been playing to half-filled auditoriums for the past two weeks. Arctic Monkeys have approached the tour with enthusiasm and on Feb 26, the band released a brand-new track, which was first played to a live audience on the tour’s Detroit stop. The surprise release of “R U Mine?” a ridiculously titled, but brilliantly arranged voyage into straightforward British rock music, is consistent with Arctic Monkeys’ fierce support of the indie-band darling, the B-side.
Andrew Telling makes films. He also makes music. He scores his films with his own soundtracks and manages the enviable feat of pulling both off really well. Oh, and he edits them himself too. His work mainly centres around artist profiles, following and documenting them while they do what they do, and presenting a unique window into their craft.
With his latest film ‘Black Herds Of The Rain’ released today (as of writing this), I asked Andrew a few questions about his work, his approach and his thoughts on the topic at hand. Here is how the conversation played out.
TJ Cowgill, founder and creative director of Actual Pain, has taken his interest in the Occult and mixed it with humor and unique artist abilities to conceive some of the coolest hats, t-shirts, and even Polos available on the Internet. While the brand may be an online only, word-of-mouth (that’s right, no advertising) streetwear clothing line, this niche company has become a cult favorite on both the West and East coasts since its 2006 inception.
I create these combinations of drawing and collage to produce a communication of my own perspective, while commenting on the idea of the modern family home and how sometimes it’s beautiful exterior doesn’t show the turmoil occurring within it’s walls. The drawings themselves, serving as a form of chaos, are produced as action drawings and reflect hidden emotions from my subconscious, working as a therapeutic method of process. These homes represent myself as I attempt to hide my pain within a false front of happiness.
American Suburbs is photographic series depicting the architectural characteristics of American suburbs as a signifier to domestic utopia and perfectness. The photographs are of contemporary, American suburbs as hyper-real environments. The term hyper-real is not an example of material artificiality, or a type of simulation, but as an example of commonplace and familiarity.
Photographed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado, California, and many other states throughout the US, the project is an illustration of an environment that is too real and too perfect. As form follows function, the fantasy of post-war suburban living alludes to misrepresented lifestyle ideals- cleanliness, consistency, structure, and safety. They bridge the definition of real and surreal, as they are examples of a falsely romanticized and idealized environment.
Juan Carlos Arroyo Callejas is a Mexican-born artist working in the areas of music, visual arts (as illustrator and vandal), and writing. His work is mostly experimental, but influence shows from his fine art formation at the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, where he is currently getting a B.F.A. in Flute Performance.
I’m one of the new additions to the Style section of Artist Advocacy previously posting “Wormhole” in Street View and am so ecstatic to be a part of the team. So I thought I’d introduce myself: I’m a 19 year old student from England studying Fashion Communication at Liverpool John Moores University, which is a wonderfully artistic and broad-cultured city helping me develop my creativity. But then I have the beautiful contrast of the farming town Nantwich plastered with breathtaking landscapes, where my family are living, giving me a taste of the country life as well as the city.
I’ve been experimenting a lot with improvisational acting in film. Rather than having a bunch of rehearsals with memorized dialogue and blocking, I am more interested in letting the actors be my creative collaborators which brings a spontaneity to each performance I capture. I would say that this process was born from my interest in photography and capturing a natural moment in a single image. Very little goes into my films in terms of planning and staging. I try to use natural light and let the camera roll until my card is full. It’s always fascinating to me to see what happens when I just let people perform on impulse and when I follow my own impulses with the camera.
Scouting the streets of Liverpool on the hunt for eye-catching, interesting and trending looks, I found a hand full of scouse citizens sporting heavily music influenced styles, with them mixing leather, denim, vintage, brands and band tee’s contributing to the varied music culture we have today.
James Penycate is not is a hard working and dedicated businessman who has an undying love for sound. A friend of mine for years, he has proven to be one of the most passionate humans I know, and absolutely lusts after the unique. After working with some of our favorites (i.e Best Coast, Gold Panda, Darwin Deez) his personal PR brand grew to be undeniable and unstoppable.