“My collection is for a woman who thinks, works, who is intellectual, such as architects, lawyers, women working in galleries, curators, who know about fashion and analyze it,” said Paris-based Belgian designer Véronique Leroy when The Excellent People recently caught up with her for a quick, non-analytical conversation. “It doesn’t concern trend followers.” What else did the Outstandingly Excellent Véronique Leroy have to say? To read the full interview, please click HERE. (Downloadable PDF)
Since late 2009, the blogosphere has been atwitter with speculation about the true identities of Monarchy, the mysterious London-based electro duo, whose trippy, synth-pop songs Gold in the Fire, Black, the Colour of My Heart, The Phoenix Alive (along with the accompanying space age-y video for it), plus remixes of tracks they’ve done for Fyfe Dangerfield, Penguin Prison, and Elie Goulding, have caused a veritable sensation, with everyone from the UK Guardian to The New Musical Express, and other breathless-with-anticipation critics, labeling them the new “It” band or “The Next Big Thing.” Monarchy’s sure-to-be-hailed latest, It Must Be love, is being released today. Have a listen, then judge for, and discuss, amongst yourselves.
NEW: Monarchy - It Must Be Love (below)
“Our sound is cold comfort. The music is spacious, an arctic landscape with a pulsing life running beneath it. We have a certain love of synth-pop from years gone past, but we’re absolutely modern.” —Monarchy
Ok. Great tunes. But, still, who are Monarchy? Rather than engage in generic gossip, guessing games, or futile Google searches for hidden clues in their sound and look (some of which may or may not lead to plausible results), The Excellent People, as is our Outstanding habit and tried and true tenet, much prefer to go directly to the source, letting the top secret band speak for themselves. To read the full interview, please click here. (Downloadable PDF).
“The projects I find most successful are the ones that challenge me and I try to make them all do that,” says 37-year-old Swedish artist Karl Tuikkanen, who had the big idea to turn a 1990 BMW 750IAL into “The New Large,” a 1,800 pound phallus-shaped sculpture, priced at $100,000, that he and Nordin Gallery installed at the 2010 Volta New York art fair in March. Recently, Tuikkanen, a graduate of Stockholm’s Royal College of Fine Art, sat down to talk about why and how he tackled such a massive project and discussed his work and wry sense of humor in general, also explaining why, when he ponders Excellence, his thoughts turn immediately to The Simpsons. Please click here to read the full interview. (Downloadable PDF).