More about this soon.
I've been making paintings for the exhibition posters for my fictional 1970's art institution, The Thorold Gallery. Now, somewhat confusingly, I'll be showing the paintings that started out as the work of fictional artists. They will be part of Resource:Art's exhibition series at Hotel Henry in Buffalo.
The visual identity I designed for the Nuits Sonores music festival was unveiled today. The indie/edm festival in Lyon, France features 200 performing artists and 140,000 festival-goers at 40 urban locations. Some amazing European studios have done the identity in past years (Superscript2, Studio Feixen). As a designer I’m really excited about the big posters that are going to go up in the Paris subway. The full line-up will be announced tomorrow. I'll be posting more from this project as it takes shape.
Last week I reached 40k followers on Instagram. Thanks to everybody that follows (and please start following me if you don't already)!
Soon, I promise
I had a cultural mash-up idea recently that was too ridiculous not to follow. I made book covers for the Fast and the Furious film series in the style of Penguin's crime series from the early 60s, using the photography of Swiss policeman and art photographer Arnold Odermatt. Apologies to Romek Marber, Arnold Odermatt and Vin Diesel.
For the first time ever I'll be displaying my work from ten years of the Bird Photography (Attempts) project. More on the specifics of the installation soon. Below is the text we are using to describe the project:
Bird Captures is a photography and sound installation comprised of two related projects by artist/photographer Julian Montague and violinist/composer David Adamczyk.
Bird Photography (Attempts) 2004-2014 For a decade Julian Montague has been photographing birds without a telephoto lens or any other specialist equipment. Each of the 90 prints on display feature the species name and the number of attempts (shots) made in the effort to document the bird. In some of the photographs the artist is observing the birds from a great distance, in others, the bird is reacting to his presence. The series is an attempt to document the fleeting quality of wildlife encounters and an exploration of the persistent human desire to take possession of animals through documentation and species identification.
David Adamczyk’s interest in musical transcription from recordings of virtuosic playing styles of various world traditions and a fascination with exploring the full sonic potential of his instrument led him to begin transcribing real-world sounds for performance on the violin. In these exercises the difference between original sound-source and the musical result of performing the transcriptions serve as the compositional substance. Flying Mobiles consists of a number of short modular works for violin that attempt to capture the complexities of birdcalls, calling upon unconventional modes of sound production and extreme virtuosity to emulate the increasingly uncommon songs of nature. Recordings of Flying Mobiles will play as part of the installation, Adamczyk will perform live in the gallery on 1/3, 1/13, and 1/29.
I did an illustration for The Public (Buffalo New York’s new alternative weekly paper). The piece depicts the massive lake effect snowstorm that delivered 6 feet of snow south of the city. It was dubbed “The Knife” by the county executive because the snow cleaved the county in half.
PrintCollection is going to sell prints of the piece in a range of sizes, you can find those here.
There are still some details to be added but it’s mostly all here. I will be using this page as a place to announce upcoming shows and releases. And here is a picture of me looking like a jerk in Luxembourg.