04 Sep 7 Course Buffet – Volume 1
Volume 1 includes the glass sculptures of K. William LeQuier, the amazing insects of Edouard Martinet, the Helsinki maps of Lotta Nieminen, John le Carré on John le Carré, the singing sitar of Anoushka Shankar, a look at where the comic book font came from and the light sculptures of Sydney Cash.
1. The Glass Sculptures of K. William LeQuier
Glass artist, K. William LeQuier uniquely conveys the raw emotion of a single moment in time with each of his sculptures. The power of his work is in the quality and expression of three-dimensional sketches carved from glass. The fluid movement of the glass and the complexity of layered intersecting lines are evocative of both the harmony and the random forces found in nature.
For more of K. William LeQuier’s stunning work, visit his website.
2. The Amazing Insects of Edouard Martinet
Edouard Martinet transforms everyday objects found in flea-markets and car boot sales into works of art. Working with a variety of refuse materials such as rusted kitchen pans, typewriter keys, car lights and other scrap metals, Edouard Martinet sculpts several types of animals and insects. His sculptures are made without the use of solder. He fits each component into place as if putting together a puzzle of random pieces and parts. Each masterpiece is carefully assembled after having drafted several detailed sketches.
3. The Helsinki Maps of Lotta Nieminen
Finnish born, New York based illustrator, graphic designer and art director, Lotta Nieminen created 21 Helsinki maps for the welcome brochures of the Parish Union of Helsinki in 2011.
4. John le Carré on John le Carré
If you're ever lucky enough to score an early success as a writer, as happened to me with The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, for the rest of your life there's a before-the-fall and an after-the-fall. You look back at the books you wrote before the searchlight picked you out and they read like the books of your innocence; and the books after it, in your low moments, like the strivings of a man on trial. 'Trying too hard' the critics cry. I never thought I was trying too hard. I reckoned I owed it to my success to get the best out of myself, and by and large, however good or bad the best was, that was what I did.
This extract is from John le Carré’s new memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel. The full extract is available at The Guardian.
5. The Singing Sitar of Anoushka Shankar
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music she studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the legendary Ravi Shankar. In her twenties, after establishing herself as one of the foremost classical sitarists on the world's stage, she began thriving as a composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music.
For more on Anoushka’s music visit Deutsche Grammophon.
6. Where the “Comic Book Font” Came From
Comic book culture is mass culture — even lacrosse moms and field hockey dads who've never been in a comic book store can recognize the 'comic book font.' But calling it a font is a misnomer — as the above video shows, this distinctive style of handwriting is an aesthetic shaped by culture, technology, and really cheap paper.
Get the full story from Vox.
7. The Light Sculptures of Sydney Cash
Sydney Cash is a sculptor, painter and jeweler. With his light sculptures, Sydney manipulates light as if it were a solid, using mirrored panels to create radiant designs of illumination and shadow. These panels can transform an ordinary beam of light and a blank wall into a composite of design.
For more of Sydney’s illuminating work, check out his website.