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Diddo’s Cocaine Skull

ImageCheck out this new piece by Diddo, who I previously featured because of his beautifully extravagant piece ‘The Cure For Greed’. This latest commission was for a private client, who I’m willing to bet is some kind of professional gangster, or at least likes to think they are. The skull is made of cocaine, held together by just a small amount of gelatin! Diddo Cocaine SkullChances are that you can’t afford to have an artist create a conversation piece for you out of something like cocaine, which is both illegal and expensive, but how about having your skull with a different kind of Colombian export?Skull Coffee You can easily get hold of some sugar skulls on Etsy, but these ones by Snowviolent are the best I’ve seen.Sugar CrossbonesSugar skullActually, I think I kind of prefer these because of the scale. I’m always impressed by tiny, intricately-crafted things.

God’s Own Junkyard

ImageToday I headed up to Walthamstow to visit Chris Bracey’s huge studio on Vallentin Road – God’s Own Junkyard. Peeking through the locked iron gates, it really does look just like a junkyard, but once inside it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of neon treasures.Chris Bracey studioI don’t know whether it’s because of the junkyard’s location, or if it’s because not that many people know about it, but when my friend and I showed up at around 2pm on a Saturday – a peak time for visitors in most places – we were lucky enough to be the only people there.The man who works there, John, is really friendly and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pretty much everything stored in the studio. He was happy to show us round, pointing out props and signs that had been in various films, like Tombraider, Eyes Wide Shut, and the newest installment of the Iron Man films – a huge ‘STARK’ sign. I really can’t recommend this place enough; I’ve never been anywhere else like it!Neon art

Kim Kardashian Street Art in Los Angeles

ImageImageHilarious pastings of Kim Kardashian by the LA street artist BumBoy WC.

Evan Hecox’s Paintings on Newspaper

Ideal HosieryI’m totally in love with these Evan Hecox pieces and his overall artistic style. Not only do these paintings make me want to own some of Hecox’s work, but they make me want to start making art of my own again. The fusion of painting and collage works so well – the use of gouache paint is so precise and skilled, but the vintage newspaper adds in a Dadaist influence which offsets what might otherwise be bland, figurative perfection. However, to my mind these compositions are perfect. I want them all!Bethnal GreenEvan Hecox Garry JewelersJJS Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge Evan Hecox

Pat Falco’s Craigslist Portraits

Pat Falco is a hilarious illustrator whose imaginative drawings portray the sort of people who post some of the more bizarre Craigslist adverts. The great thing about them is that most of the time, they’re spot on – the short caption that has been attributed to the character appears to match them perfectly. Stylistically, the series resembles some of Michael Landy’s drawings, but because of how silly and genuinely funny the subject matter is, I can’t help but be reminded of the work of Chris (Simpsons artist) and Andrew Rae as well.

The Alchemy of Light

‘The Alchemy of Light’ is a fantastical one-man spectacular by A Dandypunk. This Cirque du Soleil performer also happens to be a dab hand at projection mapping, illustration, animation and a whole other host of talents! The coordination in this video is so impressive, and must have taken so much planning and practice. I bet it felt great to finally nail all the moves in line with the projections.

Forever 27 Club

Michael Gillette‘s ‘Little Angels’ series portrays dead musicians when they were children. The ones I’ve chosen above are all members of the infamous ‘Forever 27 Club’, but his portraits also include 2pac, Biggie Smalls, Whitney Houston and Jeff Buckley, to name a few. Because of Gillette’s subject matter and technique, I can’t help but be reminded of Annie Kevans’ paintings. I worked on her FAS solo exhibition in 2009, which was brilliant because I really love all of her pieces and the inspiration behind that particular set.

The Cure For Greed

‘The Cure for Greed’ by Dutch artist Diddo is an iconic art object which consists of a 24-karat gold plated syringe, two 24-karat gold needles and a 5ml crimp-sealed serum vial, containing one dose of stabilised pure dollar ink. It comes packaged in a monogrammed custom-made mahogany or walnut box, and the whole thing took about four months to make.

The serum is probably the most interesting and ludicrous item in the box – this is because the reconstituted ink comes from around $10,000 worth of US banknotes. The incredible manufacturing process is shown in the short video below, which some viewers may find disturbing. No, seriously. I haven’t been shopping in months, and Diddo’s video contains scenes of cold hard cash being whipped up in a blender. Proceed with caution if your rent’s overdue or if you’ve never had a trust fund.

Fashion Illustrated

I always really enjoy editorials where the boundaries have been pushed beyond fashion photography, which is ubiquitous and – in the worst cases – entirely forgettable.Indonesian artist Roby Dwi Antono has applied his drawings to photo shoots in both Free! Magazine and Womagz. His surreal, gothic illustration adds a fantastical ‘Alice In Wonderland’ touch to what would otherwise be a fairly nondescript feature.

In 2010, ‘FACE/project’ saw German painter and illustrator Tina Berning join forces with prolific Italian fashion photographer Michelangelo di Battista for a show in Berlin that exhibited some inspiring collaborative work. Berning’s delicate illustrative art served to highlight and complement the sculpted features of models captured by di Battista’s lens.

Dazed & Confused‘s June 2012 issue featured an editorial inspired by the works of fashion illustrator René Gruau. But unlike other editorials, there wasn’t much post-production involved, as the models were actually ‘illustrated’ on with makeup! Models Ava Smith, Codie Young and Madison Headrick were made to look like rough sketches by makeup artist Yadim.Gruau was one of the best known artists in the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s. Famous for his fashion illustration from the age of 14, by 18, Gruau had been published all over the world. He was a favourite of designers like Pierre Balmain, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Hubert de Givenchy. Undoubtedly though, he was best known for the illustrations in the Miss Dior and Rouge Baiser print ads while he was artistic director for advertising at Dior. Together, René Gruau and Christian Dior formed the ‘New Look’ of the time.

The Bruce Lacey Experience

The weather turned out to be beautiful on Saturday, so I headed up to Hampstead for a wander, and to see the Bruce Lacey Experience at Camden Arts Centre.

“No artist should live in an Ivory Tower of aesthetics. The Artist should be at grips with his life, with the essence of life, not it’s superficial visual manifestations. He shouldn’t just be stimulating man intellectually, or emotionally, like a love potion or a panacea, for purely aesthetic motives. It should instead be awakening his conscience and his awareness of life as it is and what it is going to be, as we move forward to a very frightening future, where man’s very individuality and personality may be lost. It is the artist who must have his finger on the pulse to safeguard us all. For if he doesn’t, no one else will.” - Bruce Lacey, 1964.

The comprehensive retrospective documents Lacey’s career – which spans five decades – and features many of his characteristic robots, such as ‘Boy, oh boy, am I living!’ (above), and Rosa Bosom, Lacey’s flirtatious femme bot who won Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World competition in 1985.Fragments of Bruce Lacey’s life are also on display, from photographs and clothes, to anecdotes and notes. A hand-written notice invites passersby into the Lacey family home to join them for tea and watch Tarzan, and when Lacey recalls his childhood, it sounds so quintessentially British and fun, with trips to the seaside and fancy dress parties being a regular occurrence. I loved the post box dress! It’s such a frivolous piece of clothing, and looks like it could come straight out of a collection by The Rodnik Band or Jeremy Scott. Anyone who knows me personally, or regularly reads this blog, probably realises how much I’m into psychedelia and gig posters from the sixties. Naturally, I loved this collection of archival posters advertising Bruce Lacey’s past shows and exhibitions.

The current exhibition finishes on September 16th, but that means you still have just under a week left to catch it, and Camden Arts Centre is open until 9pm on Wednesdays. Go, go, go!