Nobody’s Home

John Maher, former drummer with Manchester punk band Buzzcocks, moved to the Isle of Harris in 2002. For the past six years he’s been photographing abandoned croft houses. Maher’s work has led to a joint venture between the Carnegie Trust and the local housing body to renovate some of the derelict properties scattered across the Outer Hebrides, securing a donation of £50,000 from the William Grant foundation to launch the project. Maher uses a mix of digital and film cameras such as a 1960s large format film camera to make his photographs, he likes to get underneath the skin of a building and marvel at the brightly coloured interiors compared to the stark exteriors of these lonesome dwellings. Part of Maher’s collection of photographs is taken in six minute exposures under the light of a full moon, he says it’s the lack of light pollution that plays a major factor in his many night photos. There is an exhibition of Maher’s work at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. ‘Nobody’s Home’ runs until August 31, 2016.

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nobody's home

Oh Baby, Baby

This is the greatest gift of life right now. Someone in Hollywood has finally stepped up and is making a highly-detailed and accurate historical biography about an extremely important American figure. That someone is ‘Lifetime’. That historical figure? Britney Spears bitches. ‘Lifetime’ is following up their biopics of Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Nicole Smith, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, Donatella Versace and Aaliyah with a television masterpiece on the life and times of Spears. According to The Hollywood Reporter “the two-hour movie will follow Spears’ early career as a young girl from Louisiana, relationship and breakup with Justin Timberlake as well as her personal struggles following her parents’ divorce. Also set to be examined are her marriages to Jason Alexander, Kevin Federline and her downfall that saw her lose custody of her sons before she rebuilt her career and proved herself to be a force in the world of entertainment.” Shooting starts next month in Vancouver and the biopic will air on ‘Lifetime’ at some point in 2017. Spears will be play by Natasha Bassett (‘Hail, Ceasar!’) Bust out those Cheetos y’all, you’ll need something to snack on whilst hate watching. Chapeau! are literally too excited for this thing to happen.

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Miss Outta This World

“I wanted to start a band called ‘Miss World’ but instead it became a world-music party with a set of written values.” – Lotte Andersen. There ain’t no party like a Miss World party. Yes, you read that right. Twenty-six year old nightlife impresario Lotte Andersen, she of riotous west London party night ‘Maxilla Social Club’, has joined forces with journalist Lynette Nylander and model/activist Naomi Shimada to create a new, more feminine version of the now defunct, aforementioned, ‘Maxilla’. The first night from ‘Miss World’ is Raeggaeton themed and will run out of the back room of a restaurant. Others will follow in community centres and church halls. As Anderson tells it, “It will be hard to track down, but worth it, that’s one of our founding values: don’t be easily discoverable, take celebrating seriously and let the dance floor be the gateway to somewhere else in the world.” Here, here! Damon Albarn will be unamused, he finds the term ‘world music’ abhorrent.

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Nhô Tim

The Inhotim Center of Contemporary Art is located in Brumadinho in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. ‘Inhotim’ is not only one of the most impressive cultural attractions in Brazil but also a world-famous experiment that binds society to art and nature in perfect harmony. This is because ‘Inhotim’ gives its visitors a rare chance to explore large-scale contemporary art whilst reconnecting with Mother Nature. The centre was founded by former mining magnate Bernardo Paz. In the 1980’s Paz began buying the land surrounding his modest farmhouse as developers threatened to destroy the natural landscape. Paz’s farm had been named by locals after a former owner, a British engineer known as ‘Senhor Tim’ or ‘Nhô Tim’ in Minas Gerais’s dialect. Paz soon converted the then 3,000-acre ranch into a sprawling, 5,000-acre botanical garden designed by his friend, the late landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The project began when Brazilian contemporary artist Tunga persuaded Paz to start collecting contemporary art. Eventually, Paz allowed artists all the space and resources they needed to create larger-than-life works. The garden, which boasts two dozen art ‘pavilions’, opened to the public in 2006. These pavilions include more than 500 works by noted Brazilian and international artists, such as Hélio Oiticica, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, Thomas Hirschhorn, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Steve McQueen, Cildo Meireles and Vik Muniz. One pavilion is devoted to one of Paz′s ex-wives, the Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão. In 2011, ‘Inhotim’ joined the Brazilian government’s official botanical garden association, and the staff has begun an inventory of its 4,500 plant species, including 1,300 types of palm alone. There are greenhouses for unusually rare plants.

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Helen Frankenthaler

“What concerns me when I work, is not whether the picture is a landscape, or whether it’s pastoral, or whether somebody will see a sunset in it. What concerns me is – did I make a beautiful picture?” Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was among the most influential Abstract Expressionist artists of the mid-twentieth century. Early in her career Frankenthaler was introduced to major artists such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell (who she later married). Frankenthaler developed her own distinct approach to the Abstract Expressionist style by inventing the ‘soak-stain’ technique. This involved Frankenthaler pouring turpentine-thinned paint onto canvas to produce luminous colour washes that appeared to merge with the canvas denying any hint of three-dimensional illusionism. Frankenthaler’s breakthrough gave rise to the “next big thing” in American art: ‘Colour Field’ a movement promoted by the influential art critic Clement Greenberg. Colour field painting comprised airy compositions celebrating the joys of pure colour which gave an entirely new look and feel to the surface of the canvas. Later in her career Frankenthaler turned her attention to other artistic media, most notably woodcuts, in which she achieved the quality of her painting, in some cases replicating the effects of her soak-stain process. ‘Line into Color, Color into Line: Helen Frankenthaler, Paintings 1962–1987’ opens at Gagosian Beverly Hills on Friday, September 16th. The exhibition comprises eighteen canvases by Frankenthaler from a twenty-five year time span, selected to reveal how the renowned abstract painter articulated the relationship between drawing and colour during this period.

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Helen Frankenthaler

Harlem Shuffle

Time to move out of Brooklyn NY hipsters, those in the know are saying that it’s all about West Harlem. That’s right, those streets north of Central Park are New York’s newly sought-after neighbourhood. Regeneration here has been mercifully slow, Harlem’s prized Ethiopian restaurants are still in residence as are old-school live jazz bars. Architecture wise we’re talking imposing brownstones with Convent Avenue being were the well-informed are dropping their cash. Dine out on Malcolm X Boulevard at Marcus Samuelsson’s ‘Red Rooster’ (Kayne’s favourite local haunt no less!) pay homage at ‘Minton’s‘ one of New York City’s most famous music venues and dance the night away at ‘Neutral Territory’ in Washington Heights. Hip-hop, you don’t stop.

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harlem shuffle

Taylor Made

This is a rather pretty way to start the week, ‘Desert Flowers’ by Taylor Cox | Gouache on linen. Cox is an abstract painter a letter press designer and book artist. It all started in high school for Cox, unable to swap out an art class, she gave it a shot and became obsessed. High school class led to art school and graduating led to abstract painting. Cox currently has a full-time job and finds creative ways to get “art done.” Her lunch break is used for Instagram and sketching out plans. Cox thinks outside the box, quite literally, as she often has ideas when she’s nowhere near her studio. This way of working works in the artists favour as Cox admits that by the “time I get home I’m excited to start painting again.” Which is jolly good news for us.

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Taylor Cox desert flowers

Tattoo You Too

It’s safe to say that hand-poked tattoos are no longer under-the-radar, eclipsing their jail cell origins and longstanding punk tradition. It seems the rise in popularity of stick and poke tattoo can be attributed to to the fact that the punk ethos is back in fashion and this is the ultimate punk statement. Stick and poke tattoos are just as they sound: a needle, some ink, and your flesh. There’s no machinery involved, just the slow and calculated piercing of the skin by the artist (also known as ‘hand-poked’). The result is a tattoo with character: a series of lines and dots with more negative space than filled-in areas, typically small and delicate, often with charming imperfections because, surprise, it’s hard to tattoo by hand. Now let’s meet Tati Compton (Tatiana Kartomten) who specialises in the technique. Compton is an artist and illustrator originally from San Francisco who started tattooing professionally after spending years embellishing her friends with ‘home-made’ stick and poke art. Compton began her career at London’s infamous Sang Blue tattoo studio, she describes her work as “organic, like it’s meant to be there”. Compton’s work includes delicate renderings of human forms like hands, nude bodies and skeletons, she interprets classic tattoo iconography like crescent moons, scorpions and roses, with graceful curvature and consistent, steady line work. Compton is now based back in L.A. Details on how to book with her are on her Instagram.

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Tattoo You

“My purpose is a borderline aesthetic between scarification and branding, but cleaner. This gives to the tattoos a more ethereal, fascinating and magical look. I don’t care about collective thinking, I like to experiment and evolve.” So says Milan-based tattooist Mirko Sata who has set about reviving white ink for his cult-like following. Sata focuses on serpentine designs, snakes that twist around his clients’ arms, hands and legs. The snakes he creates are typically done in just two shades — stark white and deep black, layering and curling these creatures around each other, Sata produces a sort of yin and yang, placing opposite colours together with a force that seems to transcend traditional black and white tattoos. Sata tattoos at Satatttvision in Milan. You can see more of his designs on Instagram and Satatttvision’s Tumblr.

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Mirko Sata tattoist

McGinnis Women

Robert McGinnis (born February 3, 1926) is an American artist and illustrator. McGinnis is known for his illustrations of more than 1,200 paperback book covers and over 40 movie posters. McGinnis’ first film poster assignment? ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’, not too shabby, followed by ‘Barbarella’ and several James Bond and Matt Helm films. In fact McGinnis was the originator of the famous James Bond stance with Bond holding a .22 marksman’s pistol (not McGinnis’ fault) which was co-painted with Frank McCarthy. McGinnis’ solo poster work for Bond films include ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. In fact McGinnis was responsible for a wide range of movie art from blaxploitation to westerns to comedies to Bond knock-offs. McGinnis started as an apprentice at Walt Disney studios, he studied fine art at Ohio State University and after wartime service as a Merchant Marine, entered advertising. In 1958 he was introduced to Dell publishing and a career drawing paperback covers for books was born. At this point McGinnis has no intention of retiring because drawing and painting are what he loves to do best. McGinnis works practically every weekday and sometimes on the weekend too. More recent work includes a movie poster for the Japanese film ‘K-20’, cover illustrations for ‘Hard Case Crime’ paperback books, a four-painting series for Italian fashion sportswear company ‘Ellesse’ and six paintings for ‘Stella Artois’ beer advertisements. McGinnis also created the artwork for the special edition version of Stephen King’s novel ‘Joyland’. McGinnis is a member of the ‘Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame’ and the subject of a documentary film, ‘Robert McGinnis: Painting the Last Rose of Summer’, by Paul Jilbert and a book. Fun fact time. When McGinnis was assigned to do the artwork for ‘Arabesque’ he requested Sophia Loren’s tiger stripe dress be sent to him for a model to wear so he could get the right appearance. Fact deux. In the early 1960s McGinnis produced a series of purposely unsigned nudes for ‘Cavalier’ magazine.

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