It’s time to Jack this Friday! Great line-up including Farley Jackmaster Funk, Jackmaster (Numbers), Jack the Tab (‘88 set) and Just Jack (Bristol club night, and NOT one hit wonder), get your tickets HERE, many thanks to FACT for it being an event feature!
Swiss photographer Robert Frank has been one of the most notable outside observers of American identity. With his book ‘The Americans’ published in 1958 with an introduction by Jack Kerouac, he cast a critical eye on the glossy surface of 1950’s pop culture and the underlying inequality that it disguised. Viscerally shot, with an intimate quality they act as a visual counterpart to the beat generation’s disaffection with the post war miracle they act as fascinating document, beautifully shot. Frank would later move into films (notably the notorious Rolling Stones documentary ‘cocksucker blues’ never released) and fine art photography but it is his early arresting images of a new America that have cemented his reputation as a premiere artist of his time.
Belgrade native Ana Kraš is one of those insanely multi-faceted renaissance people who come along and leave everyone in their wake in dumbstruck awe, aside from being a talented and oft. published illustrator and photographer (with clients like Nike & Vice magazine) she has designed a small collection of unique and practical furniture that looks amazing.
In the age of post expressionist radicalism Fairfield Porter’s considered, domestic and la belle èpoque influenced potraiture was going to stand outside of the pack. A respected critic and poet whose work was influenced far more by the day to day realism of the French turn of the century and the vibrant color of De Kooning (whom he was a friend of) than the abstract and conceptual work of the mid-century. Porter often created in his Maine area summer house, his portraits capture his friends, family and fellow artists and writers in relaxed settings and are a valuable body of work and representation of its time. Highly critical of the monolithic nature of art criticism he explained his work simply ” When I paint, I think that what would satisfy me is to express what Bonnard said Renoir told him: make everything more beautiful.”
If you know your post-punk, synth pop heroes then you should know John Foxx, former lead singer of Ultravox and the man behind some legendary solo albums, cited by as an major influence by the likes of Junior boys. In anticipation of John’s upcoming gig’s at XOYO (Oct. 25th & 27th) we’ve got the debut remix of Brighton based Gazelle Twin of ’ A Falling Star’ and it’s a cracker, adding a spooky autumnal feel to the track. Enjoi.