Read an article/interview with Stanley Donwood today. I have been a fan of his work, ever since the OK Computer sleeve work, which was the first time I think I saw his work. He has continued to make interesting art work for Radiohead albums, such as Hail to the Thief and In Rainbows. His book Dead Children Playing is full of melancholy and dystopian imagery, which are at the same time intriguing and attractive. The textural qualities engage and interest me as an artist, with their layering of paint and collage, and the use of text and image. The pre-occupation with a fragmented and confusing modern life relate to my own feelings and concerns. Visit his website here.
The Hail to the Thief art work, with Donwood’s eclectic collection of slogans, structured around aerial street plans was very interesting. His appropriation of words and slogans, and the distressed and disjointed form of his work I find equally engaging.
His second book of short stories, Household worms (described by himself as “intermittently dreary”) has recently been published, and I am waiting for it to arrive in the post. As you might expect, it is a collection of short stories musing on modern urban life, and presenting it in a not entirely positive light.