March 2015 visual trends: 5 things you must see this month

Here are five things you must see this month: two exhibitions, two magazines and some graffiti.


Paper magazine at Salvation Mountain

Situated in the Southern Californian desert, Salvation Mountain is a psychedelic, peace’n’love-inspired monument made by artist Leonard Knight. It’s crafted from local adobe clay and is a mind-melt of colour and pattern.

For Paper magazine’s March fashion editorial, LA-based studio JUCO (Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud) ventured to this incredible location with model Nora Vai to create a fashion shoot inspired by the textures and colours found in Knight’s masterwork. It’s a great example of how to use place to inform a creative project, and to integrate existing artworks into your own work.

Jan Kaplický: Future Drawings

Somewhere between alien spacecraft and children’s toys, the buildings thought up by late architect Jan Kaplický are brimming with imagination. This exhibition, which runs at London’s Architectural Association until 27 March, features sketches and photo-montage images to support designs for many of his built and unbuilt projects - from the bubble-shaped media media centre at Lords Cricket Ground to his competition-winning design for the new Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 1989.

It’s a great crash-course for anyone interested in Neo-Futurist architecture or excellent reference material if you’ve got a sci-fi-related project on the go.


Horizontal Press

Launched last month by New York-based illustrator Kaye Blegvad, Horizontal Press is a pornographic publisher with some incredible illustrators on board. Its main project is a series of Tijuna Bibles, traditional eight-page jazz mags popular in the US from the 1920s onwards.

The first print run features an edition of 13 (mucky for some!), and includes work by Lizzie Stewart, Rose Blake and Clay Hickson, to name but a few. Some are sexy, some silly, some just a bit weird, but all are entertaining and show how fun and naughty investigating an old format can be.

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Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang

Illustrators and character designers, drop what you’re doing right now and head to the Serpentine Gallery. Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist Pascale Marthine Tayou has just opened an exhibition at the London institution which features a menagerie of fantastical beasts that are sure to inspire.

But there’s also depth behind Tayou’s knitted snakes and cloud-like mobiles – his work often comments on consumerism, recycling and human interaction with the environment.


JR on Ellis Island

As most people know, Ellis Island in Upper New York has huge meaning for Americans, as it acted as a gateway for millions of immigrants whose descendants now call the country their home. What you might not know is that 10 per cent of those immigrants arrived on the island sick, and many were treated at a series of buildings on the south side of the island that are currently in a state of terrible disrepair.

Invited by local organisation Save Ellis Island, graffiti artist JR has created a series of paste-ups using archive photography of the many people that passed through this space. It’s hoped that his work will raise awareness of the buildings, encourage visitors to the nearby (and restored) Ellis Island Immigration Museum to venture a little further and raise some money for essential repairs.