Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Air & Veilhan

Air has recently released a new album, Pocket Symphony. The official album website is here. I'm no connoisseur of music, but I have been a long time fan of Air, maybe it's the rain, the slowness, the melancholy, maybe it's the "breathing life into silence using a simple range of delicate instruments."

I am often intrigued and inspired by album cover art. It's a good ground on which to break all the boundaries of graphic design, embracing experiment, play, art. For the cover of Pocket Symphony, (shown above, left), Nicolas Godin and Jean-BenoƮt Dunkel called upon French Contemporary Artist, Xavier Veilhan. Here is a fantastic collection of his work. His installations involve a wide range of media and technology, from photography and sculpture (as above right) to 3d scanning, lights, and digital imagery. Both musician and artist are fascinated by blurring the lines, between traditional and contemporary, sound and image, art and design...

The strangeness, innovation, focus on technique, complicated, beautiful, subtle, structure is all quite appropriate. Intrigue.

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