Artist Focus (Oct 25, 2013)

From time to time on this site I will do a spotlight on artists, whether visual, written or musical.

Today I have 3 visual and 1 auditory.

Tang Yau Hoong – I found this artist by accident last week, and in browsing through their works, there are several that I really like. They’re both very nice to look at, but in many cases also make you think! Here is one of my favourites.

Elija Montgomery “I Am a Monster” – I found this one on a random blog a little while ago and really liked the concept. It’s an interesting take on body dysmorphia as well as transgender issues through a photo series. My favourite image in the series (which is really the one that grabbed and held my mind) has a caption that read “I like my body until I put clothes on it”. While this isn’t necessarily the case for myself, I know many who can relate and I wanted to share.

Angelo Merendino Photo Journal of his wife’s battle with cancer – I found this one thanks to the Stuff You Should Know Facebook Page. While it is obviously very sad, it is also beautiful and can be said to have at least a sliver of goodness at the end. I recommend picking the right time to check this out, but the comments on the post on facebook were largely “very sad but glad you posted it”.

Cloudkicker is a (one-man) band I discovered several years ago, and that one man (Ben Sharp) has been a huge inspiration to me, for the complexity, diversity but also beauty he creates in his music. He does everything himself, and what’s even cooler is that he gives his music away for free (technically “pay what you want”, but you can choose $0). The project is fully instrumental and ranges in style from stuff in the vein of Coldplay or Arcade fire all the way to “progressive metal”. There’s a little something for everyone, and it’s really great productivity music. I do tend to be a fan of the heavier stuff moreso than the lighter stuff, but a good place to start is with “LA After Rain” from “Fade” as a middle ground and go from there. If you’re into the softer side of things, check out “Let yourself be huge”.

Care to share your thoughts?