Design Butler

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Design Butler is a multidiscipline artist | illustrator who focuses on the intentional removal of informational excess through a minimal and relaxed tones. His work expressed clarity in content whilst working with personality and attitude towards achieving figurativism in minimalistic ways and art forms. 

This exhibition I visited today was titled N O S T A L G I A featuring a collection of art pieces & objects the artist exhibited to recreate his childhood influences and themes. The aim is to invoke a longing for the past. The artist himself was colour blind from birth and this is his first exhibition exploring & revealing this part of his life. He has recently been working and introducing colours into his art which he finds difficult to relate to due to always working in black and white. The end result will be a body of work that’ll look quite different to his usual design pieces and show you his emotionally connected journey whilst painting. All his current and new design pieces convey messages which evoke reactions from the audience. The video below is a trailer for the artists exhibition. 

 

 

First Part | Introducing us to his world.

The first part of his exhibition was filled with his signature styled art pieces. All black and white, mainly focusing on different body shapes and features, also including huge portraits created using paints and ink. Some images are designed using the dot technique. 

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The image below has to be one of my favourite pieces by Butler, the intricate, delicate detail created using the dot technique shows a lot patience and time was put into this one particular piece. The image was also drawn at a big scale which I have never ever been good at doing. Such an inspiring piece. 

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This is also another of my favourites, designed using different shapes creating an interesting puzzle look. This reminds me of balloons and bubble and gives me a sense of floating when viewing this art piece face on. 

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In the middle of the first part of the exhibition space stood a table where some of Butlers smaller art pieces sat in two neat piles. In the middle of the table were a pair of latex gloves which must be used to look through the art pieces.

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Second Part | Introducing colour.

The second part of the exhibition was a lighter larger room filled with his colourful pieces, taking us on a journey through his art experience showing us a collection of pieces taking us to back to Butlers past and the things he remembers. As I mentioned before Butler found it hard to include colour in his art due to being colourblind since birth, the art pieces shown express to his audience his journey through visuals.

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The celling was covered in balloons which gave me a floaty like feeling. A tranquil, peaceful feeling adding mood and emotion to the room. This is an amazing way of adding character to an exhibition space as well as adding feeling to the meaning of art and all that’s being displayed.

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Some of the character art pieces were completely covered by thick brushstrokes of colour. Some bright, others more subtle. If you look close enough you can see Disney characters illustrated underneath. This made me wondered if Butler wasn’t happy with his character paintings which sit on the base of the canvas or if this was another way of expressing his new eye for using colours. 

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Reflection

We all got to meet Design Butler as well as go on the beautiful journey engaging with his art pieces. I am very happy I got the chance to attend after not being able to visit on Friday due to university commitments. The exhibition finishes soon so if you are interested in going check for free tickets online I suggest this to all creatives. 

 

 

Wanstead Park ∞

An inspirational trip, experiencing the grounding process and freedom of the mind.

This evening the family, puppy and I took a trip to Wansted Park, not too far from where I live. A truly beautiful place filled with nature, aches of land, water and wildlife. The perfect escape for those who need a moment of silence or some peaceful time away. Doing a project based on spirituality, family and love has made me realise how important it is to take this step, venturing out into the forest where the beauty of our surroundings become our focus. This trip has been a huge help creatively and spiritually.

The first place we found was hidden, which reminded me of the back of my grandma’s garden. When me and my sister were younger we always used to spend hours there, we called it the forest. The atmosphere made me feel at home and happy. 

My puppy Nelly had been running in a figure of 8 around us, an infinity symbol on it’s side. This helped me to think about how the infinity symbol links very closely to family, love and togetherness. 

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Continuing through the park we found some beautiful buildings which had been standing here for many years. Each building surrounded by land and nature. 

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As the evening was coming to a close and the moon started to rise we decided to make our way back to where started. The moonlight had really made the park look stunning and sharing this evening with the ones I love had made this a very enjoyable experience.  

 

My favourite photographs have to be the last photographs I’ve taken of my beautiful little cousin and her friend sitting by the lake. Seeing the young ones interacting with nature and the wildlife,  really reflects togetherness.

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JKR&Camden

JKR Global Studio | Jones Knowles Richie.

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Today’s early morning trip was with our studio leader Emily Penny visiting JKR Global Studios in Camden. The building was stunning, it had a very modern tone to it and a welcoming feel. The conference room we were in for our meeting was professionally lit and set out. We were introduced to the company and learnt a little about what they do before being introduced to individual designers project work.

“We’re an independent design agency with studios in London, New York, Singapore and Shanghai. We believe that great design helps brands grow, by abandoning the generic and relentlessly pursuing the unmistakable.”

We were introduced to one of JKR’s staff members, one of the main designers at the company who took us on a creative journey through their design processes and live projects. They have worked alongside some very well known companies such as; 

IRN BRU – TRADITIONAL PUBS – DOMINOS – HIPPEAS – BOOMA – MnM’s – WKD – TROPICANA – COURVOISIER – PG TIPS – BUDWEISER  – HAVANA CLUB.

The style used through out their design work is clean cut, using colour and modern style graphics.

Hippeas | A hippie style brand. Original Chickpea Puffs.

This design project straight away caught caught my eye. The colours compliment each other throughout the design as well as the illustration used on the packets and the brands merchandise. Creating a hippie style playing with the brand name is also a clever concept. I have to say this is definitely one of my favourites.
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Tour.

We soon moved onto touring the building. Getting an insight into what it would be like to work at JKR. The offices were spacious and sectioned into design qualities. Everybody seemed hard at work. They had a few comfortable corners filled with beanbags and sofas where they could relax which I thought was a nice idea. Also a book area, a bar and conference rooms. 

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Reflection.

All JKR stands for is a huge eye opener for me, I learnt a lot visiting a professional studio, the ways in which the teams work together and as well as independently, seeing how people work around the office, every one very much seemed at home and comfortable at work. I also learnt just how important a concept within branding stands strong, creating a personal audience. 

Exploring Camden Market

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The rest of our morning we had time to adventure around Camden Market looking for brand identities and signage. I am a lover of Camden Town and it’s artistic surroundings which has always inspired me. I enjoyed being out in the fresh air amongst the creativity. My favourite part of the market has to be the stable market which is undercover filled with boutique stores and pop up shops very different from the high street. Sticking to my brief I first focused on sweet stalls. Most sat outside the stable market where the smell of delicious food filled the air. Each stand had very different branding however all had personality and style.

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The next section of the market introduced visitors to more food both sweet and savoury. Individual independent brands most designs below are using typography and two tone colours for their logo designs. 

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Below are some images of Camden’s biggest bakeries. Their food is handmade, fresh ly made everyday. The displays are professionally laid out in colours. The room is very spacious and the interior kept minimal with a lot of use of brick work creating a warm homely feel.

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The third section of the market was surrounded by stalls, small tends holding clothing, fashion items, objects for the home, mostly handmade. This beautiful printed fabric caught my attention. The intricate patterns and use of repetition and minimal colours work well together. I was tempted to purchase however it would have been a impulse buy.

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Elephant Fabric print | Camden Market.

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Josiah Amari | Homemade products in store. 

Reflection.

Visiting Camden Market has helped me to see creative brands in action. How the brands values are expressed through all the handmade products sold. How the people selling the items are welcoming and are full of personality, people really do add to the experience. 

 

L.I.A.F

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London International Art Festival | 2 – 7 November 2016 | An event connecting the lovers of music, one room full of creative, cultural, music minds.

My studio peers | friends, Clelia, Malcom, Hayley & Jacob and I attended Rich Mix’s addition of the London International Art Festival last night after a full dedicated day at University. We had planned to attend this event to open our hearts, thoughts and minds to creativity and self expression through art and wanting to connect with music on a deeper level. A night full of many soul moving performances, a mix of genres and spiritual enlightenment. A varied selection of music from around the globe. Music is a huge part of the art industry, the ways in which it can move us emotionally and physically. The night featured many popular underground artists and musicians. 

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My favourite performer of the night had to be Enne. Singer | Songwriter | Poet from Luton, based in London. She was the first to perform warming the audience with her personality and charm. Her cultural background has her connected with both Reggae and Soul. Enne plays an instrument called the Ukulele which produces melodies which helps to express her unique sound, attracting the audience to the subtle Caribbean beats which flow through her music. She is very much in touch with her audience creating a warm connection and a true ambience, starting the evening right, bringing good vibes. 

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The second performance of the night was David X, Vocal Artist | Performer & Professional Beat Boxer from France, based in London. He has been mastered the art of beatboxing after practicing and performing for the past 20 years. The sounds of the violin, guitar, flute and other instruments he creates naturally is incredible only using his voice. He filled the room with magic, surprising the audience with his talents.

David X introduced us to the final act J’yotsna Srikanth the creator and founder of the London International Art Festival and her group Bangalore Dreams. The world fusion music group including Jazz, Indian, Electronic and Folk music using violins, keys and vocals. Their sound reminded me of famous soundtracks from films. Below are some picture I have taken from their performance. 

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I feel it was a very eventful, inspiring evening. This has inspired me to look into more cultural aspects of music connected to my dissertation topics. Most of the music performed is not to my taste however, it was an experience to hear new unique music outside of my interests. I am honestly so happy I could enjoy my evening along with my group the beautiful people who surround my creative world, this ones for you. 

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Triple M

Medium Median & More

Whitechapel Gallery

Exploring different artists worlds & their minds through installations and quotations.

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After a busy full day at University, me & three of my fellow studio partners went to visit the Whitechapel Gallery to gain some inspiration after starting our first full week back after the summer break. It was a pretty quick visit due to the gallery closing at 6.30 however we took in as much information as we could in that time along with some photographs. 

The first part of the exhibition was created by a well known Berlin based Artist named Alicja Kwade. Medium Median expresseing and exploring thee human races relationship with space & time. Entering the dark room held the majority of the visitors interests. A huge room with a mobile of mobiles and a big screen, no music played, just a recorded voice echoed around the exhibition space. 

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The next room was filled with interesting wall quotations from different artist and books for visitors to interact with. The covers were beautifully designed. Each book was filled with inspiring quotes helping us to understand art and how many artists minds work.

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My favourite section was a movie by artist; Zeyno Pekuntu. The Institute for New Feelings. This part of the exhibition focuses on the technology and politics of the image. Below are some still images of the video installation. The video was really beautifully made, intricate details, colours and movement added individuality.

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William Eggleston

National Portrait Gallery   |   21 July – 23 October 2016

PORTRAITS 

A huge collection of photographs taken by the man himself from different place around the globe. Mainly taken in his home town in Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi and Delta. This exhibition organised by the National Portrait Gallery, in Central London sponsored by the William and the Eggleston Artistic Trust.

Nothing is more interesting than what’s around us.”  

Visiting the William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition with my auntie Alison and my studio partner Clelia at 11am on the 30th September. 

A lot of Eggleston’s images are based on Spontaneous and unconventional shots, some being of family members and friends others of strangers. I love his way of working without focusing too long on an individual, he keeps his photography natural, living in the here and now, focusing on people in movement.

The gallery space was set out beautifully, tall white walls which helped the colours and details in every photograph stand out, large floor spaces and bright lighting. The majority of the descriptions on the walls which stood next to the visuals were titled Untitled making every piece a mystery, making those visiting want to learn more about his works of art and their hidden stories.

Eggleston expressed his love for pop art and how Andy Warhol has always been a huge inspiration to him. William had met Andy Warhol in the early 1960’s, he has expressed at the exhibition how Warhol’s Photo Booth shots had inspired him to create his own. Eggleston’s collect is titled Untitled, 1974 – taken at Trader Dick’s Bar which stood next door to Ardent Records, Folk Band Record. Every photograph taken in black and white

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Moving on with the exhibition I came across two very beautiful photographs of woman which stood very close together. Both portraying two different types of beauty. Beautiful memories. The first being a huge photograph on the back wall of the main gallery space titled Untitled 1970. The detail within this image is mesmerising and the large printed image helped to bring the image to life. Whilst analysing this image I overheard a group of middle aged woman who stood just behind me discussing their views on this particular piece. The use of pattern and colours within this image clashed, however worked well and was seen to be fashionable for the era it was taken. The woman seated in this image was one of Eggleston’s family members. 

“That’s exactly the same print my mother-in-law owns, if not the same, very similar. The pattern and textured print and the colours. It’s funny how trends come back around after being outdated for such a long time.” – Unknown

This made me look back to the times I used to visit my grandparents house in essex my mothers side of the family. Focusing on the memories I still have and seeing a clear picture in my mind of exactly how the 70’s styled theme ran through the interior of their house. The eccentric patterns were the craze for those growing up within this era. 

The second image was of an image also titled, Untitled 1975 so taken around the same time as the previous image. A young woman named Marcia Hare from Memphis, Tennessee lays in the grass. From reading her facial expressing she seems completely free, relaxed, peaceful and tranquil. She could even be sleeping, her eyes are closed and her figure shaped similarly to a bird with open wings. The photograph is captured beautifully, the colours also bring a lot to the image, the greens, oranges & her skin complexion work together to create a real in the moment visual. Below is a smaller printed version of this piece along with my ticket to the galleries exhibition.

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Moving forward to the next part of the exhibition my mind was in a whirl, excited to see more of Eggleston’s collection. The second room was set out similar to the first with more stories visually shown in frames. The wall on the left was filled with photographs of William’s history, from his childhood up until his mid 20’s. The photographs worked as a timeline, my eyes followed from beginning to end focusing on every aspect, detail and the stories told. Following this timeline I was intrigued by of William’s historical pieces, some of young children in the neighbourhood, to working class individuals on their day to day travels. In the centre of the room stood an eye catching image of two men standing next to an old fashioned car.

Metal & nature are an interesting contrast, one we do not see much of in every day life especially around London, they work well together creating an interesting scene, an indepth story.” – Auntie Alison 

Their surroundings seemed remotely quiet, near a river in a countryside setting. Autumn leaves cover the ground creating a stunning nature scene. This was another image taken close to home with two of William’s family members. The gentleman on the left is William’s Uncle and on the right Jasper Staples The Eggleston families housekeeper. Eggleston’s parents were known to be absent quite a lot throughout William’s life and Jasper had taken on many responsibilities within the families home including looking after William throughout his childhood. 

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Visiting the National Portrait Gallery has opened my mind creatively in many ways. Taking a look into the world of William Eggleston, his life and the many different ways he uses his history and his memories to inspire his visuals. I have never really been the biggest fan of photography however the past two years have made me see exactly what a perfect photograph holds, the meanings behind them, the emotions portrayed, the treasured moments. My auntie had also surprised me after buying a edition of the artists book and handing me the book just before leaving the gallery. I will be researching more about William Eggleston and his photography. I am looking to experiment more with photography this year.

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Studio Culture

Joining Inventivity

10am I joined the rest of my studio peers in room CM-11 where Sara welcomed each individual. The room was filled with excited smiling faces. Most of us were overwhelmed after receiving our first choice of studio. Sara handed out the task sheets which introduced us to the tasks set for the day. Independently we made our way to Hackney Wick to visit a small studio, home to Illustrator and Designer Lewis Heriz. The studio stood opposite No.90 Bar & kitchen a beautifully painted building, I was fascinated by the design which had been hand painted onto the detailed brick work. 

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Number 90 Bar & Kitchen, Hackney Wick

Lewis Heriz

The story behind the designer.

The area of Hackney Wick is pretty industrial, full of old buildings, some refurbished and decorated beautifully. We arrived late & to make matters worse we were lost. We finally found our destination with the help of the man himself Lewis Heriz who shouted down to us from the top floor of the building. Lewis’s studio stood out from the rest with a dull sign using three different fonts, I wasn’t impressed by the sign, a wave of uncertainty come over me before entering. The building was cold and echoed as we walked up the stairwell to the top floor. Finally we reached the room, a cosy, intimate space filled with designers work.

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The studio space consisted of 6 different designers from different areas of the creative industry only costing them in total £680 PM. I feel the space is a pretty relevant size for those who work here, every designer has their own design space and being an open studio helps them to collaborate easily as well and communicate on a daily basis. Every studio space differs, some larger than other. Every designer has the right space for them for example, Lewis is right by the windows, the natural lighting is best for a designer/artist, where as the animators are placed in the centre of the room with just their books and computer screens, natural lighting would not work well with their style of work as they are constantly using screens. The space is decorated in their own styles yet very busy, every designer has their work or work in progress pinned up on the walls. There is a lot of inspiration dotted around the room and is organised each to their own. 

I couldn’t imagine working within this studio space only because I like my area to be clean cut, all white walls, pretty neutral. I would be tempted to redecorate the space. There is nothing wrong with this studio space it is just simply not for me. The studio stands with no identity as all designers living here are still finding their true brand identities. I feel the studio is successfully run however needs a few tweaks to make everything perfect. The studio doe not have a website, they each have their own websites and social media pages, keeping all contact separate which works quiet well. Lewis’s website is designed nicely and is easy to navigate. 

Fashion – Animation – Editing –  Illustration – Graphic Design

Lewis quotes “working this way is much better than having a collective as everyone has their own style. Every designer and artist within this studio space has a lot of individual client work still using their free time to interact with one another.”

Lewis introduced himself to us humbly, he quoted “I call myself an Illustrator but really and truly I don’t know if that is the right word…” His down to earth character had everyone feeling relaxed and ready to learn about his journey of becoming a successful Designer and Illustrator.

He had studied English at University and after graduating had a change of heart after doodling every once in a while. Deciding to take a completely different route Lewis became a freelance Illustrator. He had created his own basic Wordpress page where he posted his drawings. His first client approached him expressing the love he had for his artwork. The majority of his work is based around branding and enterprise, mainly poster design, and album cover art for existing record labels.

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Lewis Heriz’s Creative Messy Haven – Photographers by Author

Most recent projects

Nightjar

Lewis was asked by a successful coffee roastry business in Dubai to re-design their entire brand identity. A beautiful new build, a trendy warehouse space with it’s own in house record store and cafe where Lewis’s record sleeve designs along with the music are being sold. He has also designed a beautiful 3d installation; an inventive light box creating silhouettes through out different times of the day. The cafe is not open just yet but is soon to be. 

Taking us step by step through the stages for his design work for this new project inspired me to start working a lot more outside my comfort zone. The nightjar is a type of bird with suspicious looking eyes. It’s feathers having very similar details to autumn leaves. His simple first step sketches and second step edited sketches were interesting… following this system helps him to work to the best of his abilities. Expressing to us that digitally you can do anything and understanding why some artists follow this path Lewis likes to have some kind of constraints and feels working in an analog way can give you more opportunities, helping to push each project further. The nightjar is a surreal design with strong intricate details. The birds included in the design are cutting out the letter N using their wings, an inventive professional design idea shaping a new brand identity.

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“I am currently working with many start up businesses and individuals, I don’t earn a lot of money however, I’m enjoying the type of work I’m doing and have learnt a lot. I know there is definitely room for improvement within my design work and you may say I’m know as too nice but I enjoying helping others, having a good heart can get you places” – Lewis Heriz

Musically Involved

50+ Record Sleeves

Lewis has worked on over 50+ record cover and sleeve designs over the years of becoming a freelance designer, he has chosen to use a different technique for every cover he’s produced boosting his portfolio immensely. 

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“Develop your own style.”

Lewis expresses his love of designing for music, he has worked along side a friend working in the music industry and prefers to work with small labels. This has inspired me to continue working alongside people in the music industry and friends of mine working within the creative industries. Helping others to pursue their dreams can also help to build yours.

“I enjoy using softwares such as photoshop, Lightroom and Illustrator. Illustrator seems much more intense and delicate to use, where as photoshop is slower and works best for creating my style of work.”

Lewis works in a very similar way to me, preferably with photoshop, I can relate to his methods and reasons as to why he prefers to use photoshop for his style of work. Since working as a freelance designer and student, Lewis is the first artist I have met who prefers this way of working. I have learnt a lot today about the struggles and adventures of a freelance designer, the highs and the lows. Which ways to follow and how to work with clients and other creative individuals. 

“When you work with a strategy you get an idea of the things that you want and the things that you need.”

The Infinite Mix

Hayward GalleryIn collaboration with The Vinyl FactoryBringing together both contemporary sound and image. 
9th September – 4 December 2016

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An audio visual and art based exhibition visiting a wide range of soulful subjects and designs. Exploring the history and culture of the unknown, through both real and staged short films. An exhibition taking us on a journey through 10 inspiring artists and their visions. A series of multi-screen installations, widening how we see moving image and sound as one. 

Featured Artists

Martin CreedStan DouglasUgo RondinoneKahlil JosephJeremy DelterCecilia BengoleaRachel RoseCameron JamieElizabeth PriceDominique Gonzalez-FoersterCyprien Gaillard.

Visiting The Infinite Mix has really expanding my creative thinking. It has taught me about the vast areas of design,  how independent artists have worked on a variety of subjects,  reflecting off of other artists and worldly events.

Some of the visuals were fascinating, exciting, disturbing, and some confusing. Each visual had it’s own room taking you into another dimension, a new world. Stepping through the darkness made the experience fun allowing visitors to experience a new exhibition feel. Below are a series of still images taken from some of the featured visuals. 

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Photographs from The Infinite Mix‘s official website, as recording and photography is not prohibited at this exhibition.

m.A.A.d 

Kahlil Joseph has put together a strong and empowering visual titled m.A.A.d created in 2014. Expressing the lives of those who live in the streets of Compton. Reflecting and featuring music from one of my favourite albums, Kendrick Lamar’s – good kid, m.A.A.d city which was produced and released in 2012. Real home videos shot by one of Lamar’s family members introduces us to Kendrick’s childhood. Street violence and police are featured throughout bringing the visual to life. The snippets of the soundtrack are used to narrate the story of African-American culture and the struggle throughout their community. 

Being a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar’s music I was enticed by the imagery which worked perfectly alongside the soundtrack. Joseph has created a clear, creative short film teaching us about a world we know very little about. The use of two different screens in one room showing two different angles of the story from beginning to end helping us to follow and understand each chapter. 

“We used to know we were stronger than the devil” – Amiri Baraka

Immortal like figures hang upside down from the street lamps, intense screams, gun shots fired and silence all add tension to this sequence causing those watching to want to see more. Close ups of those living in Compton and their eye contact helps viewers to feel all they feel. Seeing the pain and suffering in their eyes caused me to feel some what emotional. Violence, war and inequality is all they know as they continue to stand strong fighting for freedom, protecting themselves from all evil.

Since studying BA Graphic Design I have discovered a very strong interest for Music culture, race and gender equality. Kahlil’s visual has taught me a lot to do with these particular subject areas which will help with my future projects and critical and contextual writing (Dissertation). The Infinite Mix has to be one of my favourite exhibitions this year, if you haven’t been down to visit this particular exhibition I would advise you to do so. In two words I’d describe it as truly inspiring.