Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Boys Are Back in Town

12 page art booklet by mushbuh, 2018.

An unexpected source of old-skool hauntological imagery.

mushbuh has done bits for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network (including an animator cameo in Clarence) but is probably best known online for his 3D renderings, usually of modern materials and objects.  His aesthetic could be described as "playroom floor" / "the draw where all the kids' bits and bobs end up" - Poundshop placcy toys, stray building bricks, ball bearings, stickers, characters and - especially - unidentifiable parts.  There's also a dollop of "kids' video game" (he's working on one) and a stack of "90s computer graphic demos" (think mirrored balls on chessboards). It's a world where Happy Meal toys and Kinder surprises get to live full and interesting lives.

I bloody love it.  Apparently he does all of this in Blender, the much under-rated shareware prog.

(Just to be clear, the three images above aren't in "The Boys..." booklet, which is filled with more of the sort of thing you see on the cover there).

Here's a video he did for Iglooghost: Solar Blade (non-strobing version)

and here's his Patreon: Monthly stickers

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Peel Tapes

I discovered Peel in 1985 and began taping him off the radio the following year.  And because I was an introverted weirdo with no social life, I had the time and the inclination to make covers for them, [and give them cringe-inducingly whacky titles - uh!]  These are the ones that survive.

I remember being incredibly excited by the idea of putting Letraset directly onto a cassette body.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Lebbeus Woods: War and Architecture

Princeton Architectural Press, 1993.

Woods died in 2012, but his blog is still available.  In 2011 he revisited the above work, and addressed accusations that he was "aestheticizing violence":

The Sarajevo Window
Three Principles

I wish I'd known about Woods as a student back in the late 80s / early 90s, he'd have been right up my street.