I run into some truly kind, rather brilliant artists constantly. I wanted to give a heads up to designer John Hubbard’s website. Here’s a bit more about his work:
A professional book designer since 1994,
my emphasis is on illustrated art catalogs,
photography books, and elevating music
packaging to book form…
along with designing record albums,
CDs, DVDs, film posters, children’s books,
cookbooks, and so on.
With my situational approach to design,
a great love and knowledge of typography, color,
and printing, I will translate your ideas
into a thought-provoking
Our collaboration will generate a new juxtaposition
of ideas, providing balanced and engaging form
to your content.
My personal interests extend beyond books
to photography, music making, and enjoying
the sights and sounds in between.
After a lifetime in Seattle,
I now reside in central Finland
with my wife and daughter.
Thank you for looking.
B O O K D E S I G N E R / C R E A T I V E D I R E C T O R
What is particularly pleasing to the eye is his music design, which you can peruse here. Consider supporting his work.
Whether it was discussing Caravaggio or nudes in paintings, Sister Wendy always did so with authority and a good laugh. She was a jovial presence in my younger days, when PBS really offered wonderful educational programming.
May the good Sister rest in the Bosom of Abraham now, and I, along with many others, thank her for proving that one could be devout and still have not only no fear, but a passionate love for art and culture.
PBS offers a short biography of her life here.
Roger Scruton discusses ugliness in art and how to, if not fix the problem, then strive, at least, for better-quality art.
Read more here thanks to Another City, A Journey Of Orthodox Culture.
Kazuho Imaoka has become one of my favorite painters. She was born in 1991, and has quite an amazing portfolio, which you can check out at her Tumblr page.
This looks thoroughly fascinating. Shadow puppeteer Hamid Rahmanian has a new project called “Feathers of Fire,” which is based on the Persian epic, the Shahnameh.
The Cabaret Voltaire, where Dada was launched 100 years ago to an unsuspecting public. Zürich, Switzerland, celebrates the centenary anniversary of Dada’s birth, and The Independent covers the event here.
The article dates from January 30, but for those of you who missed it, Matthew Finnie pens an article for Wired on the harsh reality of the advancement of technology. It favors nothing but the consumer and convenience.
We, who love vinyl, or cassettes, or even CDs, will continually go the way of the dodo.
The Wall Street Journal do justice to the legacy of Manfred Eicher and perhaps the most amazing and success label you may never have heard of, ECM. From Stuart Isacoff’s article, a quote which sums up my personal opinion of him quite nicely:
“But the most striking exception at the Grammys belongs to ECM (Editions of Contemporary Music), nominated this time around for works by the little-known Polish-Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg performed under the direction of Gidon Kremer. If anyone deserves an award for lifetime achievement, it is ECM’s founder, Manfred Eicher, a producer of over 1,600 albums—many of which have changed the course of recorded art
Here’s to Manfred and the crew at ECM, hoping they make another 1,600 wonderful albums.
Thanks to a regular poster over at Tumblr, I’ve been given the pleasure of being introduced to the writing of Roger Scruton over at Aeon Magazine, who pens an essay deconstructing the phoniness of today’s art. Both artist and buyer are complicit in allowing this contagion to spread.
I expect to link more to Scruton’s long-form essays in the future.