Littlebow – Some May Transition

The third album release by cult instrumentalists, littlebow, signals the addition of folk/early music harpist/vocalist Brona McVittie into the band’s’ complex musical fold, joining mainstays Katie English (Isnaj Dui, The Sly and Unseen, The Doomed Birds of Providence) and Keiron Phelan (Smile Down Upon Us, State River Widening, Orla Wren) and their battery of flutes,…

In Bed with Contemporary Art

Kanye West is making headlines, again. His new music video for Famous depicts a row of nude celebrities, including Taylor Swift and Donald J. Trump, asleep in bed with the rapper and his wife, Kim Kardashian. And the references he’s making are direct ones to contemporary art. The video was inspired most notably by Vincent…

Illustrators React To The UK’s EU Referendum

On Thursday the 23rd of June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum to gauge public opinion on the country’s continued membership of the European Union. The intense atmosphere was captured by the illustration community, providing both commentary before the ballot and reactions to the result. Philip Dennis Lucille Clerc  lucilleclerc.com John Bond iamjohnbond.com Aart-Jan Venema aartjanvenema.com   Alice Stevenson alicestevenson.com Lauren Humphrey lauren-mh.tumblr.com  Alec…

Wedgwood White

Josiah Wedgwood, English potter extraordinaire, was born on this day in 1730. Perhaps dishware doesn’t seem super enthralling, but the pristine white porcelain which poured out of a humming Stoke-on-Trent factory and made Wedgwood’s fortune represents much more than one’s ability to host smashing dinner parties. The clean lines and smooth paleness of some of Wedgwood’s best-loved designs are in…

Writing: Cabin Fever

Launch Pad is pleased to announce a new commission, Cabin Fever, curated by Launch Pad founder, Sarah Elson and artist, Heman Chong. Cabin Fever begins next week on 14th July with an innovative 24-hour writing workshop. Five international artists will gather at 12 noon at Ms Elson’s London residence and spend exactly one full day and night together on site.…

Soft Power for Hard Times

Another week has slithered by in the wake of #Brexit, and the atmosphere is still rife with head scratching, spasms of anxiety and the crumbling of governing bodies. Frankly, I have no desire to get political, it’s not my place, but I do wish to write of a different sense of stability the British can always take pride in. The United Kingdom benefits subtly…

Finely-Tuned Pop

Collaborations between fine art and pop music are nothing new at this point in the early 21st century. It is a relationship that has stood the test of time and still continues, only with combinations of new artists, new music and a new generation of mass culture devotees. From the 1950’s pop music has been…

Red, White and Beuys

It’s May in New York City, the year is 1974. The first two days have come and gone, frantic at the beginning, but growing steadily quieter. Day Three dawns, the last of the ritual, and the wild coyote falls complacent; having ceased its aggressions and snapping, no longer so wary, it settles for a nap in the center of the gallery space…

Give Kitsch a Chance

Kitsch is an art movement that took root around the 1930s, a symbol of defiance against the Avant-Garde. It involves art pieces that take other iconic artworks as subjects, twisting and distorting them into new images with humorous qualities. Innocent enough, yet it is debated whether or not kitsch is a type of lowbrow or “bad” art. And…