Whoops it’s been a couple of months since we did a cultural round-up post but here it is!
We read: Jinchalo by Matthew Forsythe
Jinchalo is a sweet graphic novel inspired by Korean folklore which follows a girl’s adventure after an incident with an egg…Matthew Forsythe‘s illustrations are super fun and joyous to look at; with curious little details and oddities. See an excerpt here from Drawn & Quarterly.
We watched: Yayoi Kusama: I love ME
We were already big fans of Yayoi Kusama‘s spotty works but didn’t know that much about her before watching this documentary directed by Takako Matsumoto. The film starts in 2006 while Kusama is in the middle of making a series of 50 huge black and white drawings. We see the process of her obsessive drawing and even filming a short dance routine for a TV show. It’s an enjoyable watch just to see her work process and snippets of her life but it would have been nice if the film covered more of her past; such as the happenings she organised in New York in the 60s. Kusama’s dedication to her art is inspiring and we admire her straightforward acknowledgement of her own genius.
Horse play Happening, Woodstock, New York
Self-Obliteration By Dots. 1968. © Hal Reiff
We Listened to: STUDIO ONE JUMP UP – THE BIRTH OF A SOUND : JUMP UP JAMAICAN R & B, JAZZ AND EARLY SKA
We picked up this fun compilation from Soul Jazz Records recently which features early recordings from the start of Jamaica’s Studio One record label. It’s an excellent mix of jump-up, boogie-woogie, shuffle, ska influenced by American rhythm and blues. Have a listen to Neville Esson’s “Wicked & Dreadful”: