Oliver Comerford’s Large scale landscape paintings look impressively photo real from a distance but his painstakingly strict process of painting is more raw and basic than that. Oliver uses only very few colours in his paintings, in some cases only 3. His process of painting is based more around removing paint than applying. Paint is scraped, rubbed, scratched and sanded off to give an incredible variety of tone and colour from such a limited palette. All Oliver Comerford’s paintings are based on photographs he takes on his travels. Patrick T Murphy of the RHA described Comerford’s romantic realism as a ‘blue note of melancholy’ deriving from ‘the truck stops, bends, and airports of our itinerant lives’.
Animated short from the talented Irish man Conor Finnegan. Fluffy Mc Cloud was Conor’s graduate film from the IADT Film School in Dublin. Shot in his attic with any equipment he could get his hands on; this airy short is about ‘man’s misunderstanding and mixed relationship with mother nature’. If you like Conor’s style you should check out the trailer for his most recent animation ‘fear of flying’ which looks amazing and has already been scooping up the best animation awards at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012 and LA Shorts Fest 2012.
Photos from the Festival of Urban Arts in Sandyford, Dublin over the weekend. Artists from Ireland, Croatia, Denmark England and Australia took part including ADW, Beta, Crap, Dusto, Lovepusher, Lunar, Maser, Rask, Smug, Sofles, Solo, Soten, Sums, Psychonautes, Tiws and Tizer. Even Bono made an appearance. Photos from Demotix.com, a new space and various artist’s facebook pages.
Angry fragmented animal murals from Dublin based James Earley of Inputout.com. “The animals represent the anger of the Irish people due to the futility of their situation. A similar parallel exists with animals and humans. We exploit and destroy their environment, they can do nothing to break this cycle.”
Dizzy spinning video by Irish / Swedish design partnership M&E for Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band’s single Black Egg. M&E used an electric drill mounted camera to film the video giving the crazy spinning effect. All the background and drum skins bits that don’t move are actually spinning too but at the same speed as the camera so they trick you into thinking they’re motionless.
New nostalgia drenched print from the Dublin based communications and branding agency Workhouse influenced by Draplin Design. Currently the LeCool Dublin cover. It’s all there; the Clerys Clock, The Liffey, Arnotts, The old Screen Cinema Sign, Guinness, Why Go Bald, The Long Hall, Hapenny Bridge and even Gigs Place. There’s a limited run of 500 of these A1 two coloured Litho beauties available here for 30 yoyos so get em quick or ya’ll be Scarlet!
I went for coffee last week in a great little cafe Brother Hubbard on Capel street in Dublin. I was really impressed with the design of the place. The interior and identity was designed by Dublin based Design Goat; who have also done work for 3FE. Everything in Brother Hubbard seems to have been thought out to such detail. There’s a real contemporary feel to the place. Solid ash counters, tables and stools complimented by the custom green powder-coated steel brackets supporting the seating, shelving and lighting gives a strong continuity. The Belfast sink embedded into the counter to hold cold drinks and the custom lamp shades show real ingenuity from the lads at Design Goat. Check out their other projects on the site below and if you’re in the area pop in for a coffee. Photography by Al Higgins.