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the Silence is Golden Issue Image: Kath Oâ€™Rourke
The idea for an image only issue of Empty has been floating around the ole brain cells for a while now. However, far from the lofty artistic ideals that we might have had in mind, the drive to actually make it turned out to be necessity. Fact is we were running out of time. We wanted to get the magazine out by a certain date and, as that date fast approached, we knew that we were screwed if we had to write up articles on each artist. So, the image only issue (yes we know there is some text) that your now holding was born. The issue is so full of amazing art that it will quite possibly make your eyes bleed. Or if not, it should definitely make you run screaming to the nearest pencil, paint brush, camera, or whatever your chosen creative implement of choice is, to get cracking on some new work. If you can look through this whole issue and not feel the urge to create then you may want to check your pulse as you might have passed away. Even the steely-eyed cynical art director had trouble sitting down long enough to finish putting the mag together. We eventually had to strap him to his chair. Sit back, relax, grab a snifter of port, and enjoy!
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Lost Control Author: Neasden Control Centre Publisher: Die Gestalten www.die-gestalten.de Pages: 192
The second book put together by UK based Neasden Control Centre, and published by Die Gestalten, is, if possible, even more random than their first book. It’s less a reflection of their work but more a visual scrapbook full of seemingly unrelated illustrations, typography and photos. There is no doubt that they make some interesting imagery, and they are obviously creative and original thinkers, but after about twenty or so pages the lack of any structure, or explanation, gets pretty tiring. The book seems to be more show-off than showcase. Fine if that’s what your after, but if not then you’ll lose interest pretty quickly. AJ
BLK/MRKT Two Publisher: Die Gestalten www.die-gestalten.de Pages: 208 The BLK/MRKT gallery is, in terms of the artists they show, arguably the most progressive gallery in the US today. This new publication, the second in the BLK/MRKT series, showcases the immensely talented artists who have exhibited at the gallery. Artists such as Tiffany Bozic, Ian Francis, Conor Harrington, Lucy McLauchlan, Andrew Pommier, Jeff Soto and Ben Tour, amongst others. Their work is beautifully displayed, showing the full piece with a minimum of fuss, letting the art stand out as it should. The studio, artist and gallery shots mixed in with the work are also nice touches, giving a context to the finished art. A nice publication for anyone interested in young progressive artists. HB
Street Art and the War On Terror Publisher: Rebellion www.rebellionbooks.co.uk Pages: 176 Whilst anti-war graffiti is nothing new, the US, UK and yes, our very own Australian governments dodgy practices after 9/11 and the eventual invasion of Iraq lead to a resurgence of politically motivated street art in cities all over the planet. Street Art and the War On Terror sets out to document the artwork created in opposition to the war. The book is well thought out and structured, showing each region (The Americas, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Far East) separately to give an idea of the different viewpoints that the invasion created world wide. There is also a good variety of ‘famous’ street artists, such as the ever-present Banksy and Shepard Fairey, alongside their not so well known compatriots. All in all a great book for anyone interested in street art and anti-war artwork. AJ
Grafuck 3 Publisher: Grafuck www.grafuck.com We could wax on about how artists have inquisitive creative souls and therefore are susceptible to exploring sexuality in their work. Which is probably true. But personally we just think they’re all pervs like the rest of us. Los Angeles based Grafuck have realised this and decided to put together a publication to showcase the latest erotic artwork from a diverse range of international artists. The work includes illustration, photography, fine art and graphics. The book is well put together in a compact format and features some very nice artwork. AJ
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