Experts have hand pick exciting new projects from their respective fields to share with readers. David Downton offers up his choice of fashion illustration; Martin Colyer selects the best of cartoon illustration, and John Lowe finds some inspiration for his pick of graphic novels at Comic-con, San Diego; Derek Brazell’s choice of reportage includes George Butler’s drawing trip to India for a wildlife charity and illustrator Richard Johnson’s’ sobering work with the International Society of War Artists. Martin Salisbury looks at children’s picture books, Jeremy Leslie finds innovation in magazine illustration and Nat Hunter of Airside shows us a selection of illustration being used within a digital framework.
Illustrator Mimi Leung’s work as a Sexual Assault Worker for an Aboriginal-owned NGO in central Australia makes her current life a far cry from her days as a London/ Hong Kong based illustrator. She discusses the ways her creative skills have helped with the many challenges of the unusual new role, and finding ways to keep her illustration career going when working in remote areas.
THE ART OF THE SPEECH BALLOON
Often overlooked as a visual convention, in talented hands the humble speech balloon can be a thought provoking and even shocking device that changes the way the reader interacts with characters on a page. Lizzie Ridout looks at the history of the speech balloon and the illustrators who have used it to challenge our ideas. DIGITAL ANIMATION Liz Farrelly investigates the appeal of the “drawn imagination” in animation, and why it has the potential to succeed on any budget. With common usage growing from the traditional arena of children’s films to modern advertising and info graphics, she reflects on why so many clients are waking up to the advantages of digital media.
Beyond design and illustration aficionados, 1980s design group The Cloth are little known. Yet they featured on some of the best-selling record sleeves and fashions of all time. Using their success as a platform for their creative practices, The Cloth’s ethos of artistic integrity and hard networking in studios and nightclubs built a design group who produced a prolific amount of work despite disbanding after only four years. Ian Massey and Andrew Dineley get the inside story on the band that improvised a way of working across fashion, textiles, painting, illustration and graphic design.
At a moment when the creative industries are undergoing rapid change, Varoom Editor John O’Reilly explores the meaning and function of illustration, and the critical language surrounding it: “What is Illustration?” is a very abstract and general question, and not really an aid to understanding – too open-ended. We need to ask what does illustration do? Saul Steinberg’s The Line drawing helps him along.
COLUMNISTS – DAVIS & BANTJES
Our regular columnists respond to the question “What’s Next?”. Paul Davis makes the best of a bad situation, turning an unwanted guest into an unusual promotional opportunity. Meanwhile, Marion Bantjes muses on her retreat into analogue in the digital era with a beautifully intriguing multi media image.
COVER ARTIST GEORGE HARDIE
‘I’ve always been interested in games, rules, puzzles and possible rewards…’ says issue 16’s cover artist, George Hardie, known for his iconic work on Pink Floyd album covers. And his superb artwork carries this theme, rewarding concentrated viewing.
Lynsey Addario: At War By Elizabeth Rubin
A photojournalist looks at war up close, most recently focusing on women soldiers in Afghanistan.
Cameras for a Dark Time By Ariella Azoulay
Custom-built cameras reflect upon the medium and the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Lucia Nimcova: On Sleeping and Waking By Clare Butcher
Nimcova investigates the role of the image in private and official life in Socialist Czechoslovakia.
Interview with Carole Naggar
The famed Parisian photographer discusses his life and career.
Fastnacht By Magdalene Keaney
An age-old Lenten tradition continues—in full regalia—in Germany’s southern villages.
Jake Blanchard’s third volume of Menagerie finally shows up just over a year after #2…
The concept this time is slightly different, not only do the artists create imagery based on the musicians music, but this time the musicians also create a track based on an image created by the artist.
Two exclusive new tracks from each of these artists: Ben Nash, Isengrind, C Joynes and Twinsistermoon. And exclusive new artwork by Jim Stoten, Simon Fowler, Adrianne Neil and Jake Blanchard. The sleeve is a collaboration between Jake and Jim and it is incredible!
The LP is pressed on heavyweight black virgin vinyl, packaged with a A5 12 page litho printed full colour booklet. Limited to 500 copies.
A Prior Magazine #21 investigates performance practices, the unique experience, the active positions of the artist and the audience in relation to current techniques of assemblage, association, reproduction, sharing, collage and, specifically, linking.
Danai Anesiadou, Gabriel Lester in collaboration with Raimundas Malasauskas, and Luis Jacob
Cover image: Happy To Serve You by Danai Anesiadou
Back cover: Image from Gabriel Lester’s personal collection
Essays by Lou Forster on The Other Tradition (Wiels, Brussels), Natasa Petresin on Les Promesses du Passé (Centre Pompidou, Paris) and Defne Ayas on Performa (New York). And a contribution by Ruth Hege Halstensen on Tino Sehgal
Insert: Album IX: special 16-page booklet in full color by Luis Jacob
And more essays by Anselm Franke, Donatien Grau, John Menick, Vivian Rehberg, Dieter Roelstraete, Michael Van den Abeele, Jan Verwoert and Andros Zins-Browne
280 pages full color
CD release with a limited edition, 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel. The book also encompasses an audio cookbook with recipes for you to create your own experimental audio loops and soups.
The culmination of a year’s worth of sound experiments with machines of a bygone era, The Otolith Sessions sees Elsie Martins ‘Atom Eye’ project realise it’s most ambitious and complete work to date.
A meticulously programmed full length as opposed to a collection of tracks the album develops and unfolds with a palpable sense of purpose and adventure over the albums six storied compositions. The visceral nature of the beautiful but abstruse music is no fluke but a deliberate result of the unhurried nature of the albums writing and production process.
The Otolith Sessions was mixed & co-produced by James Aparicio (Liars, Spiritualized) and features guest appearances from regular collaborators; award-winning percussionist Pete Lockett (Björk, David Holmes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream) and Mute Artist, Composer and Producer Simon Fisher Turner (whose work includes soundtracks for Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio, The Last of England, The Garden and David Lynch-produced Nadja).