SWEET TOOF: Graffiti's sweet Olympics revenge
If you’ve been anywhere in east London, you’ll have seen Sweet Toof. Ghoulish and gleeful, his Day of the Dead-style street art has adorned walls from Hackney to Hoxton. On the eve of his solo show Sweet Revenge, Wonderland treads the thin line between life and death with the mysterious artist…
THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING: Heading to Mother Russia
The Museum of Everything came to fame by exhibiting a spectacular array of Britain’s unloved, untrained artists. This summer, curator James Brett is producing Russia’s first major show of outsider art – and that means touring the Motherland looking for the next art superstar, combine harvester and all (Pussy Riot balaclava optional)…
EMERGING: André Leon Gray
André Leon Gray – self-taught, African-American, born and raised in the South – isn’t your average artist. His paintings and mixed media assemblages present a chopped and screwed version of American history and black identity, but one that’s alternately witty, reflective and heartfelt.
DEUTSCHE BORSE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE: Stefanie Braun
Photography is big business now, and there’s none bigger than the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Now in its sixteenth year, the prize clocks in at a higher value than the Turner Prize. Wonderland talks to curator Stefanie Braun, who put together this year’s stunning show.
TEENGIRL FANTASY: Tracer
Two years after their celebrated debut, Teengirl Fantasy are back with Tracer. This time, the Brooklyn duo have replaced the 70s samples with exciting vocals – but they’re keeping the vibe somewhere between a chill wave version of house and techno pop. Wonderland photograph Nick and Logan and get the low-down.
WALKER ART CENTRE: Internet Cat Video Film Festival
It’s not exactly your average film festival, but this might just be the Cannes of cat videos. The usually staid Walker Art Centre caused a stir when it announced the world’s first Internet Cat Video Film Festival, dedicated to showcasing the best feline flicks around. We asked festival programmer Katie Hill if there’s any method […]
FRED BUTLER: Olympics adidas collab
OK, we admit it: we’re Olympics-obsessed. We’ve never checked BBC Sport so much in our life. Luckily Fred Butler‘s feeding our fashion-sport crossover needs at the adidas Olympics lounge – the accessories designer has been customising Olympian trainers (complete with contribution from dreamboat gymnast Louis Smith).
EXCLUSIVE: Swiss Lips 'Cruel Summer' mixtape
Swiss Lips are the quintet that are quickly becoming Manchester’s most exciting export since Hurts. Apart from a name that sounds like a euphemism for the female anatomy, Swiss Lips have an abundance of punchy crossover pop, indie and electro songs and nothing to prove. Wonderland managed to squeeze an exclusive summer mixtape out of […]
POPPY DE VILLENEUVE: Dusk Until Dawn
These days, ex-model Poppy De Villeneuve’s feels more comfortable behind the lens. No wonder, seeing as her dad’s the photographer who discovered Twiggy. We talk to her about her new collaborative photography project, ‘Dusk Until Dawn’.
TWELFTH MAN PROJECT: The alternative Olympians
Olympics coverage has (already) hit saturation point and we’re bored of seeing super-serious athletes with their game face on. That’s why the Twelfth Man Project is so refreshing: photos of everyday Londoners in their best sporting gear, beautifully set against the hustle and bustle of the city. We interview Matt Cottis about his collaboration with […]
ALUN DAVIES: Dalston Supernovae
Alun Davies is a one-man art director wonder. His costumes, props and sets have graced Lady Gaga gigs, Peaches got wheeled onstage on his custom-made contraption, and now he’s on the cusp of opening his first solo exhibition, Dalston Supernovae. We talk to the Welshman about how having a mechanic dad influenced his work.
EXCLUSIVE: Alixander III mix
The golden age of rave might have been killed by long queues, expensive drinks and mean bouncers, but Azari & III are doing their best to bring it back. Listen to a mix specially created by producer Alixander III for Wonderland as lead singer Fritz schools us on the “slutty chaos” that is Azari & […]
BEAVER FALLS: Tom Austen
Tom Austen has proven over the last few years to be a true chameleon. From his debut in Shameless to bit parts in big-budget movies, he returns to our screens as all-American jock Mac in E4’s Beaver Falls this summer – as well as landing a part in the new series of Misfits.
MICACHU AND THE SHAPES: Never
Mica Levi is an avant-garde pop sensation. The charismatic frontwoman of Micachu and the Shapes is just as comfortable jamming on homemade instruments as playing with the London Sinfonietta orchestra. Wonderland caught up with her about the release of her new album, Never.
DENNIS MORRIS: This Is The One
Dennis Morris is the first man of British music photography – bar none. His iconic pictures of Bob Marley and Johnny Rotten have graced the walls of many a first-year uni student’s walls. This time, he’s back with a photo book of the Stone Roses, This Is The One. Wonderland talks to the maestro himself.
EMERGING: Frank Laws
In the age of Photoshop, it’s reassuring that people like Frank Laws are still putting brush to paper. The east Londoner specializes in hyperrealistic paintings of gritty estates, transforming the grim sights into something altogether more mysterious and subtle.
Track exclusive: REN HARVIEU × ALICE ANT
We premiere Alice Ant’s remix of Ren Harvieu’s newest single, “Tonight” – released today – and speak to her about debut album, Through the Night.
He’s one third of multi-award winning chart toppers N-Dubz but this year sees the most musically talented member fly the nest and follow in the footsteps of Tulisa in seeking solo stardom.Wonderland sit down with Fazer to talk his new single and his new song for Rihanna – plus, we premiere an exclusive remix of […]
MARCO SANGES: Phantasmagoria
Enigmatic London-based photographer Marco Sanges has shot for everyone from Vogue to Agent Provocateur, offering up his mysterious, erotic take on black and white photography. He takes time off before the launch of Phantasmagoria, his exhibition at Proud Camden, to reveal his inspirations.
EUROPEAN WOOLMARK PRIZE: Christian Wijnants
Yesterday, the great and the good in fashion gathered in London to crown the winner of the European Woolmark Prize – the award that launched Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent’s careers. Wonderland catches up with winner Christian Wijnants.
MAGIC MIKE: Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey
At 19, Channing Tatum was thrusting his way towards stardom in an all-male dance troupe, gyrating to Ginuwine for a fistful of dollars. Now he’s returned to the scene of the crime with Magic Mike. Wonderland sits down with Channing and co-star Matthew McConaughey to discuss their first times.
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Electrick Children
It’s not everyday a girl escapes a cult when she gets knocked up by a rock’n’roll song. But that’s exactly the premise of Rebecca Thomas’ new film, Electrick Children – think Kids crossed with Martha Marcy May Marlene. Wonderland scored an exclusive clip and chatted to director Rebecca Thomas about this modern-day nativity story.
LIANNE LA HAVAS: Is Your Love Big Enough?
Hailed by one American critic as having “the most striking voice since Adele,” Lianne La Havas releases her debut Is Your Love Big Enough? today. Wonderland snaps some exclusive pics of the budding star and asks if expectations have been getting the better of her.
A founding member of the Roll Deep Crew, Wiley was a founding member of the grime movement that transformed British music, helping to nurture big-name hitters including Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder. With a string of top 10 hits now under his belt, Wonderland caught up with the ‘Godfather of grime’ as he’s just about […]
EMERGING: JeanPaul Mallozzi
JeanPaul Mallozzi might be a grown-up, but he gets his inspiration from girl bullies and the trials of childhood. Wonderland chats to the Miami-based artist as he gets ready for his first solo show, kN0B0DY.
FURNE ONE: star power
Furne One is the curator of Amato Haute Couture, a luxury couture house in the heart of Dubai. Furne is one of the globe’s most hotly anticipated fashion designers – he chats to Wonderland about life in the limelight.
ROCKMAN & ROCKMAN – Geometric Living Collection
Retro, sci-fi furniture: who’d have thought it? With years of experience designing for films like Star Wars and The Fifth Element, Mark Garside and Kate Lennard have mastered the fine art of effortlessly futuristic furniture. Wonderland chats to the design duo from Rockman & Rockman.