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A Close-Up With Hans Matheson

FRONTRUNNER shares a one-on-one with Scottish actor/musician Hans Matheson on life in the film industry and new frontiers into music-making.

Italian Improv: Paolo Camilli

Italian actor/web personality Paolo Camilli has found resounding success for his comedic spin on current events across the social media spectrum.

Colouring the Soul: Caterina Silva

Italian painter/performance artist Caterina Silva describes her practice and how living a nomadic existence shapes her professional and personal journey.

Unbound: Abel Azcona

FRONTRUNNER spoke to Spanish artist Abel Azcona (Madrid, 1988) to talk – without inhibitory brakes or moral laws – about his life, his art, and his forthcoming projects. Azcona is a performer and uses the story of his intimate personal life to free himself from chains of the past that have marked him to this day.

Andrea Galvani: The Sound of Silence

Andrea Galvani’s work is that art where nothing is left to chance, a result of his continuous travels around the world from one airport to another.

Daniele Sigalot: When Being an Artist is an Option

Starting from airplanes that look like paper, but in reality they’re made of polished or colored aluminium. Daniele Sigalot fully represents his world of contrasts and contradictions that find logic between journeys and ideas that arise during work.

Sonny: Staying True to the Moment

We all know that feeling when we’re watching someone talk about something they’re passionate about: their hobbies, hopes and dreams. Whether that’s someone close to

When Worlds Collide: Kenny Scharf

FRONTRUNNER presents an exclusive interview with Malia Scharf and filmmaker Max Basch on their documentary When Worlds Collide: Kenny Scharf.

Clare Woods’ Lockdown Paintings

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tumultuous and anxiety-ridden for the creative world. But for British artist Clare Woods, it’s proven to be an extraordinary catalyst.

You should explore Stockholm’s art scene

GALLERIES If you’re looking to get stuck into some contemporary Scandinavian art, the options are quite literally endless. Must-sees are the Moderna Museet, which  includes the ArkDes (The

El Cavo: For Arts’ Sake

‘Are you an artist or a machine?’ Prolific artist, El Cavo, ends the interview with the above. A question that, among other things, grabs us

A Look Behind Sunderland ‘Til I Die

FRONTRUNNER speaks to the creators of the Netflix series ‘Sunderland Till I Die’, revealing the trials and woes of the English football club.

Profile of the Week: Carla Timoc

Romanian artist Carla Timoc, recently graduated from the University of Art and Design receiving a MA degree in Photography. Her work experiments with film format

YngSpc: A space nurturing the future of art

Imagine: an independent, online/offline platform for contemporary art that emphasizes artists early in their careers. Kate Mothes never imagined her blog would turn into a

Profile of the Week: Wendy Fetzer Mazza

Artist and printmaker Wendy Fetzer Mazza’s resolute vision for her work and her methodical creative process set her apart as an artist. Wendy is based

Profile of the Week: Daria Ivanova

Possessing a myriad of creative outlets, French-Russian queer feminist artist Daria Ivanova explores trauma and sexuality with a focus on LGBTQ representation. Daria finds inspiration

Lights, Camera, Action Bronson!

Action Bronson. A rapper, writer, chef, and television presenter. He chats with FRONTRUNNER about his latest album, Only For Dolphins.

NYC’s Brass Badasses: Lucky Chops

Lucky Chops is a band full of badass brass players, who rose to international fame as they were captured busking on the New York City Subway.

The Best Online Resources for Screenwriters

There’s a great argument to made for turning off your WiFi while you’re writing. That’s because most things on the Internet are simply a distraction for someone trying to focus on a story, its themes, characters, and how to bring it all together in the right words. With that said, the Internet can also be a writer’s best friend.

6 Things to Do Before Writing Your Screenplay

Every great screenwriter in film history started somewhere, tapping away on her or his very first screenplay. If you’re preparing to embark on your own screenwriting journey for the first time, congratulations! It’s an exciting (and frustrating) adventure, but if you stick with it, you’ll learn more about writing and storytelling than you would ever get from a class or book.

How to Produce Music Like: El-P

El-P has enjoyed a long career as a rapper and producer, and continues to thrive as one half of Run the Jewels. Depending on where you look on the timeline of El-P’s discography, you might hear anything from dusty vinyl samples and chopped drum breaks to trap beats and futuristic synth leads. What you’ll never hear is a simple, boring, predictable loop — because the only thing that’s certain in an El-P production is an absolute fearlessness when it comes to experimentation.

Best Songs for Testing Speakers or Headphones

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Writing a Screenplay the PIXAR Way

Pixar is known for giving the world some of the best stories ever told, starting with 1995’s Toy Story — currently boasting a perfect score

Screenwriting Essentials: 5 Keys to Writing the Perfect Movie Character

Your film’s main character is arguably the most important part of your story. She or he is the one that each person in your audience will identify with — and root for — on the adventure that makes up your plot. It’s vital that your protagonist is strong-willed, courageous, and active in every decision along the way, but most important is that they change over the course of your film. That arc of change is the key to creating a satisfying experience for everyone who comes along for the ride.

Make your own Screenprinting Frame

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Five Essential Lyric-Writing Tips For New Songwriters

Every music fan has a favorite lyricist. From Bob Dylan to Kendrick Lamar, there have always been certain artists who stand out for their lyrical talents. The ability to express emotions and experiences through song is a complex craft that requires a combination of storytelling skills and musical instincts, not to mention a deep well of original things to say. You can’t become a master lyricist overnight, but you can do what all the pros did on their way to success: dig deep within yourself, write as much as you can, and discover connections with others through your art.

Here are five tips to get you started down the road to writing great lyrics.

How to Produce Music Like: Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus beats tend to sound the way Picasso paintings look: They’re alluring and fascinating, yet something seems a little “off” about them. They might be a distorted representation of something familiar — like the jazzy hip-hop cuts from his most recent record “You’re Dead” — or an abstract and highly unique creation all their own — like the thumpy, glitchy sounds of 2012’s “Until the Quiet Comes.”

How to Produce Music Like: Kanye West

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Screenwriting: A Guide to the Hero’s Journey

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5 Tips to Improve Your Music Mixes

Music producer Phil Nicolo once received a bit of advice on mixing from David Bowie: “Turn up the good stuff, turn down the bad stuff.” This simple adage speaks volumes to the art of producing high-quality audio, and is worth remembering any time you sit down to work on a piece of music. The truth is, mastering the craft of mixing is a lifelong endeavor, and there’s always something new you can learn to hone your approach. Here are five essential tips to improve your mixes.

Single Serve Coffee Makers

Ever wanted just a single serving coffee maker? Well, here is a list of the best single server makers.

Best Bath Bombs for Rest and Relaxation

Take a rest and relax with a bath filled with bubbles. Bath bombs are a fun and easy way to enjoy your favorite tub. Relax in a tub filled with fragrant suds and bubbles or choose a milder bath bomb with herbs, and tinctures of lavender. Settle in for a wonderful immersion!

Blankets to Keep You Warm This Winter

Blankets to Keep You Warm This Winter. Throw these blankets over your bed set when taking a nap, living room’s couch while watching television or when gone out camping for extra warmth.

Top Home Espresso Machines

The top home espresso machines. Get a great start on the day with a shot of espresso (or two!) at home. Skip the daily coffee shop routine.

The Best Space Heaters for the Winter

Space heaters to cover those drafty rooms and cool spaces in your home and work space. Be careful and read the directions to see how far away to keep the space heater from anything flammable such as bedding, clothing, and furniture.

Top Rated Towels

Top rated towels as seen on Amazon. Experience the super soft feeling of premium microfiber bath towels against your skin without the heft and bulk; unlike traditional towels you simply pat yourself dry not wipe.

Top Rated Bathrobes

Top rated bathrobes for those cool autumn and winter mornings. Nothing better than a robe to wear around the house. Take a look at some of these favorites.

The Best Tea Infusers

Try these tea infusers to take with you wherever you go all day long.

Best Balance Ball Chairs for Your Home Office

Sitting on a balance ball during the day has proven to be good for your back, posture, and overall balance. Might be time to try this interesting new trend in the home office.

Best Pajamas for Style & Comfort

Best pajamas for style and comfort. We tried to provide a variety of bottom and tops but you should still explore based on body shape. Personal comfort depends on if you are a hot or a cool sleeper and in what climate you live.

The Best Books for the Documentary Film Student

Documentary films are one of the youngest art forms in the world and because of digital technology, cheaper cameras, and online streaming are reaching a larger audience than ever. Here are 8 books for every documentary filmmaker or aspiring documentary filmmaker.

Clay Masks for Combination Skin

Try these variety of clay masks for combination skin. A deep cleansing clay mask selection formulated to detoxify the skin’s appearance. Leave skin looking visibly revitalised, decongested and feeling smooth, toned and prepared for moisturizing.

The Best Knife Sets For Carving and Cutting

Take a look at what Amazon has to offer for full knife sets. Great for a starter kitchen or apartment. High value and moderate cost. These knives will hold up for years and give you a variety to choose from when it comes to cutting and carving.

Rice Cookers That Make Perfect Rice

Make perfect rice everytime. Do you want to check your pot every three minutes or should you just do what the professionals do: get a rice cooker!

Portable Phone Batteries

Portable Phone Batteries are essential for anyone using there phone on the go. Keep your phone charged while you are on the go. Do you have trouble stopping and finding a place to charge your phone? Here is your solution. A portable phone battery.

Quality Sleep Masks For A Better Rest

Sleep Masks block out light and distracting movement that can wake you from the sleep and rest you deserve. Take a look at these Sleep Masks made from comfortable fabrics with designs that we cover your eyes and add peace to your slumbers.

Top Moisture Wicking Socks for Women

Socks are the best when they are dry. Try these top moisture wicking socks for women the next time you exercise, go for a run, or a long walk.

Best Creams for Callused Feet

Callused feet are no fun. Try these creams for bringing your feet back to life after a long run, walk, exercise session.

Best Microwaves for Your Small Kitchen

Microwaves can make your life much easier in the kitchen. From popcorn to warming up leftover or defrosting food, here are the microwaves that will make a difference in your kitchen.

The Best Mattress Toppers

Every mattress can benefit from a topper. Easy to clean with added protection and padding. Take a look at a few of our selections from Amazon.

The Best Portable French Presses

Take your coffee maker with you with these portable french presses. Portable, convenient, and made with materials to protect and keep your drink hot.

Top Cleaning Products

Clean up! These products will get you started with the right tools in hand. Check out this list and start cleaning your home.

Best Shoe Deodorizers

Use these shoe deodorizers to fend off the smelly parts. A list of options for keeping the smell away.

Best Leggings That You Can’t See Through

Leggings are comfortable and great for exercising, daily chores, and running errands. Unfortunately, sometimes they are see through and quite unpleasant to wear in public. Try these leggings that you can’t see through.

The Best Unbreakable Wine Glasses

Be safe and take out unbreakable wine glasses the next time you have a party. Take the stemless glasses on a wine weekend getaway or a picnic in the park. These are strong, classy, and always a safe move.

What to Buy When You Want A Box of Chocolates

Give a gift of a box of chocolates but know what chocolates are the best. Look for quality, variety, and taste with this list of chocolates available online anytime.

Best Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuums have got smaller and more powerful over the years. Here is a list of the best small but mighty cordless vacuums on the market today.

Top Rated Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuum Cleaners are now controlled by A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) Robots to move around your home or office and keep it clean through the week. Here are some of the top picks on Amazon.

Innovative New Vacuum Cleaners To Buy

Vacuum cleaners are better designed today then ever before with their filters, engines, and flexibility to get in even the hardest to fit spaces.

viennacontemporary curator: Cathrin Mayer

Austria’s leading contemporary art fair, the viennacontemporary, supports the Vienna art scene, setting its gallery scene as a prime art location while also bringing together

Profile of the Week: UNQO

For London-based illustrator UNQO, genuine expression, a feel-good factor and comedy are paramount to what makes great art. Accompanying his no-nonsense approach to expression, UNQO

A One-On-One With Dizzy, The Band

FRONTRUNNER meets the Juno Award-winning pop group Dizzy, featuring lead singer Kate Munshaw and trio Alex, Mackenzie and Charlie Spencer.

Profile of the Week: Sabrina Iacono

Sabrina Iacono grew up in Montreal and moved to Toronto where she received a BFA in Criticism in Curatorial Practice with Distinction in OCAD University.

Profile of the Week: Alejandrina Herrera

Alejandrina Herrera is an artist based in Monterrey, who has been painting for 11 years. Her precise and meticulous watercolor technique allows for detailed and

Profile of the Week: DeAndre Tuck

DeAndre Tuck is an illustrator from Baltimore, Maryland. With a mind open to creative exploration, he strives to create work that leaves the interpreting up

Good Press: A Glaswegian Gem

Founded in Glasgow in 2011, Good Press is a volunteer-run organisation promoting and distributing independently-published printed matter.

Liste Art Fair Basel

With a vision to showcase the newest tendencies in contemporary art, the Liste Art Fair Basel has brought together the younger generation of galleries that

DAY 3: POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair

The POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair has attracted a successful turnout after being open to the public, taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DAY 2: Academy POSITIONS

With Academy POSITIONS the Berlin Art Fair presents selected works from students and graduates of German art colleges, allowing visitors and collectors to expose themselves

Day 1 : POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair 2020

The POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair, held on September 10th-13th, 2020, showcases international contemporary and modern art. Collaborating with paper positions.berlin, photo basel Berlin and FASHION

FRONTRUNNER Meets Alastair Mackinven

FRONTRUNNER presents our Summer 2020 cover feature: an intense, illuminating discussion with Alastair Mackinven during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Beverly Brodsky: A (Re)Introduction

A FRONTRUNNER Exclusive: Artist, lecturer, educator and illustrator Beverly Brodsky is presented to a new generation of readers and viewers.

Profile of the Week: Keisha Lopez

Keisha Lopez is an artist based in Nashville, TN. The process of making art is therapeutic for Keisha – she has been able to self-heal

CLEAR CUT: GEORGIA RUSSELL

There’s a certain satisfaction in discovering an artist by mistake, in a gallery you were never meant to be at, in the first place. Stumbling

Profile of the Week: Yanin Ruibal

Yanin Ruibal’s personal experiences have directly influenced her artistic identity. Having grown up in Hermosillo, Sonora, Yanin’s paintings feature tropes from the Sonoran desert as

Time is Dust: Agustina Woodgate

Buenos Aires-born artist Agustina Woodgate walks FRONTRUNNER through her work for The Armory Show 2020 with Spinello Projects, Miami.

Profile of the Week: Karina Brzostowski

Well travelled artist Karina Brzostowski’s latest series ‘Secret Garden’ is an introspective project that captures her relationship with her surroundings during lockdown. Karina has intuitively

How to have a blast in Stockholm with your kids – old

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Profile of the Week: Christina Nicola

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Christina Nicola is a painter and draftswoman. Her work explores the concept of “blackness”, using mix media and a variety

Octavia Yearwood and The Tranz Form

A new docuseries from artist, author, and motivational speaker Octavia Yearwood delves into the lives of trans people of colour. The first season of The

Profile of the Week: Lydia Larson

An American nomad, Lydia Larson used art as a means of documenting the constant changes in her surroundings. Exhibiting across the United States and internationally,

Profile of the Week: Katie Evans

Florida-based artist, Katie Evans, focused on life’s ambiguity through her still life drawings of feminine figures and objects. Through her drawings she searches for meaning

Gimme Some Sugar: Alex G

Alexander Giannascoli is better known by his stage name, Alex G. His music is often characterized as indie rock with a lo-fi or “bedroom pop”

SAN FRANCISCO

Arguably the dominant force of the West Coast art scene, take a dive into what makes San Francisco such a draw. Bookstore – City Lights

Profile of the Week: Erica Fitzgerald

Erica Fitzgerald is a contemporary sculpture artist who explores the clash between natural and industrial worlds. Her compositions are rooted in ecofeminism with a strong

Profile of the Week: Samuel Chasan

Professional web developer. Video creator. Painter. Samuel Chasan has been a creative most of his life and believes in the unifying qualities of art. Samuel’s

Profile of the Week: Vivienne Tewes

Vivienne Tewes is an illustrator who mainly works with fashion and social media brands. She also practices fine art creating colorful, quirky paintings that mix

Profile of the Week: Natale Adgnot

Natale Adgnot is an abstract artist currently living and working in Brooklyn. After a career including stints at Christie’s in New York and Chanel in

Profile of the Week: Oksana Okhapkina

Born in Central Asia and now based in Ukraine, Oksana Okhapkina’s work is influenced by both Ukrainian and Asian culture. For more than 20 years she

Profile of the Week: Holly MacKinnon

Canadian artist Holly MacKinnon has made a lifelong dedication to her craft since she first started painting 9 years ago. Her paintings capture various themes

Margaret Tsirantonakis

We connected with Margaret Tsirantonakis, a painter who lives and works in Stamford, CT. Margaret uses layers of color, gestural brushstrokes, and calligraphic lines to

July 19th: Creative Prompt

Within the blog section, we wanted to create a space to spark both discussion and creation. Therefore, weekly we will be posting prompts that to

Profile of the Week: Michael Wilson

Portland based musician, Michael Douglas Wilson created Dittomaster, an electroclash music project. His project aims to create music that is frenetic, energetic, danceable, raw, experimental

Profile of the Week: Ivan Rios-Fetchko

LA photographer and artist Ivan Rios-Fetchko is inspired by literary, visual and conceptual images and ideas of America. Ivan’s relationship with the open road and

Profile of the Week: Tyler Tilley

Tyler Tilley’s work captures raw emotion and unconscious thoughts. Experimenting with art throughout his entire life, in his twenties he turned it into a career.

Profile of the Week: OopsJLFAgain

Moroccan artist Taj or Oopsjlfagain as he is known on his socials, creates art to bridge the gap between reality and fantasy. His Moroccan roots,

Profile of the Week: Alyssa Goodman

Toronto native Alyssa Goodman employs a sensitivity not just in her monochromatic watercolour technique, but also in the subject material of her work. Working on

Profile of the Week: Tessa Krieg

Tessa Krieg is an artist, curator and researcher. After graduating from the Pratt Institute in 2020, she now works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her practice explores

Profile of the Week: Isabella Innis

Isabella Innis produces abstract works that are both calculated with studied intent and raw with honesty and freedom to create. Isabella has drawn inspiration from

First Nations Curator Wanda Nanibush

FRONTRUNNER meets Wanda Nanibush, an Anishinaabe curator, artist, author and educator. She is Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

CHICAGO

Navigating the Windy City – a bustling metropolis with a vibe all of its own. Here are some things to check out among the skyscrapers.

Profile of the Week: Morgan Buck

We connected with Morgan Buck, an artist based in Portland, Oregon on FRONTRUNNER’s social site to talk to him about the evolution of his art,

Profile of the Week: Madison Pitts

Madison Pitts from Tennessee is a visual artist who likes to challenge herself with different combinations of materials to create work that forces the viewers

Newest from Norwich: Alec Cumming

Alec Cumming is an emerging artist from Norwich, UK. He’s exhibited at venues in Los Angeles, New Delhi, and with The Edit Gallery in Limassol, Cyprus.

Profile of the Week: Sydney Kleinrock

A multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, Sydney Kleinrock, focuses on painting, textile art and illustration. She graduated with a BFA from Hampshire College, studying visual

To Love Is To Live: Jehnny Beth

Jehnny Beth is a musician, singer-songwriter and actress. She’s half of the French lo-fi duo John & Jehn and frontwoman for the English rock band, Savages.

Profile of the Week: Victoria Manning

Victoria Manning started her artistic career sketching from real life in her room as a child. This has now blossomed into an Expressionist bouquet of

Profile of the Week: Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore’s exposure to different cultures and landscapes has rendered her art a vat of nature-inspired flair. Her love for environmental studies and her artistic

Profile of the Week: Isabel Pardo

Isabel Pardo is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. Isabel specializes in painting, art history and curation, creating “classical abstraction”. She redefines historic

Profile of the Week: Blake Buttram

Bay area native, Blake Buttram, is a self-taught artist exploring many different creative outlets, making him a true jack of all trades. He paints to

Profile of the Week: Christina Giuffrida

Christina Giuffrida is a painter from Sydney with a strong background in performance, which has shaped her artistic expression. Now residing in New York, Christina’s

Profile of the Week: Benjamin Adelmann

LA-based artist Benjamin Adelmann underlays his artwork with philosophical purpose. With a rich academic background including a BA in philosophy, he has been painting for

A Q&A With C-Print Journal

Ashik and Koshik Zaman are the driving force behind Stockholm-based C-Print: a non-profit focused on increasing the visibility of diverse artistic voices.

BARI

The capital of southern Italy’s Puglia region, Bari is where East meets West. Here’s how to explore it. Shop: Corderia 1995 Corderia 1995 is an

FRONTRUNNER Meets Finley

FRONTRUNNER meets artist C.Finley, known for dazzling, revived Renaissance icons and deco-graphic landscapes. She divdes her time between New York and Rome.

COMO

How to chill out in Como, Italy’s tranquil city by the lake. Hotel: Palazzo Albricci Pellegrini Ever get homesick when you travel? Don’t worry, you’ll

FRONTRUNNER Runs With Sondre Lerche

FRONTRUNNER goes running with Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, where he describes the unexpected pleasures of bootleg albums and ambient music.

LEEDS

The cultural hub of West Yorkshire is rapidly growing and changing. Often neglected in favour of it’s Northern neighbours, here’s our case for a trip

MILAN

Have a taste of La Dolce Vita in the most fashionable, and evolving, city in Italy. Gallery: Fondazione Prada Keen to explore the culture beyond

LECCE

Our recommendations for Lecce, the “Florence of the South”. Museum: Museo Storico Citta’ di Lecce (MUST) Visiting MUST is a must. A former monastery founded

Matt Sweeney: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

FRONTRUNNER meets guitarist/producer/vocalist Matt Sweeney, who has collaborated with the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Will Oldham and Iggy Pop.

Every Color At COMO: Hamra Abbas

Visual artist Hamra Abbas introduces her fluid practice and her latest exhibition, Every Color Is A Shade of Black, at the COMO Museum in Lahore, Pakistan.

Miranda Lundberg & Works by Friends

Miranda Lundberg founded Works By Friends last year as a curated art project to offer pop-up exhibitions, limited edition prints, and online studio visits to a group of artists that she felt were seeking a new path in today’s art world.

AMSTERDAM

Famous for its winding canals and liberal policy (towards almost everything), Amsterdam is a must-visit for those seeking an intoxicating and surprising city trip. Street

Adam Abdalla and the Art of Doing It All

Adam Abdalla is the founder of New York-based consultancy Cultural Counsel, and is a globally-recognised advisor, public relations and global branding specialist.

BARCELONA

Welcome to the head and heart of Catalonia; here’s where we suggest you start. Hotel: Hotel Brummell A short distance from Montjuïc, in Poble Sec,

POSITIONS Berlin: Face to Face

FRONTRUNNER speaks with the co-directors of POSITIONS Berlin, Heinrich Carstens and Kristian Jarmuschek about the future of, and new visions for, art fairs.

BERLIN: Part II

Here’s another nine picks for Berlin, a vibrant city where history meets contemporary counterculture. Read part one of our suggestions here. Restaurant: Restaurant Tim Raue

VIENNA

Travelling to Austria’s capital for a slice of old-world glamour? Here’s what you shouldn’t miss. Restaurant: Steirereck im Stadtpark Steirereck im Stadtpark is a family

STOCKHOLM

Inside Sweden’s archipelago, a heavyweight destination for art and design. Restaurant: Fjäderholmarnas Krog The tiny island of Fjäderholmarna is exceptionally beautiful, and you can hop

FRONTRUNNER Meets Filmmaker Eliza Hittman

Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always is Eliza Hittman’s third feature film, telling the story of a teenage girl forced to travel from rural Pennsylvania to New York City to access an abortion.

BERLIN: Part I

A collision of tastes, disciplines and imaginations from around the world – some of the greatest contemporary art, design, music and cinema has emerged from

A Q&A With Zac and Jay

Zac Alsop and Jamie Rawsthorne have one of the most loyal and dedicated fanbases on the YouTube scene, as creators of The Zac and Jay Show.

From Back Door to Dancefloor: Scott Manson

Scott Manson is a writer and editor with more than 30 years experience, having served as editor of the official magazine for Ministry of Sound, simply titled Ministry.

Katie Armstrong at The Armory Show (and Beyond)

Katie Armstrong is a multi-disciplinary animator who hand-paints frames, writes poetry, sings songs, and plays the music which all comprise her video works. FRONTRUNNER saw her incredible work on display at The Armory Show 2020.

LISSIE: Songs For Our Time

Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, known as LISSIE, is a musician with authentic and genuine talent. Type “Lissie” into YouTube and you will likely be equally moved by her solo performances of her songs with acoustic guitar and vocals as those with her full band in a studio.

VENICE

Understanding a city dissected by canals and knitted together by bridges. Hotel: Gritti Palace Built in the 15th century and overlooking the Canal Grande (the

Shadow Flowers at the IDFA Film Festival 2019

The documentary Shadow Flowers tells the story of a North Korean housewife, Ryun-hee Kim, who involuntarily becomes a South Korean citizen. Duped by a Chinese broker, she travels to South Korea to earn money.

FRONTRUNNER Meets YouTuber Max Fosh

With a loyal fanbase of 159,000 subscribers and his content being seen by over 70 million people across the world, Max Fosh’s videos are more than just entertaining.

Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan

British artist Shezad Dawood (London, 1974) is known for his multimedia practice that deconstructs systems of image, language, site and narrative.

A Q&A with BURDEN Director Andrew Heckler

Facts transmit their own kind of alchemy to a story. A writer easily could have invented the plot of Andrew Heckler’s debut film BURDEN, but we’d never believe it.

Dana Nehdaran, Painter

What’s something you consider “cool” and how would you classify what cool is? Someone who’s outgoing, laid back, and a smooth talker Would you call

Rameet Chawla, Farmer

Can you tell me a little bit about your role as a farmer. What exactly do you do? Do you own land or animals? I

Amy van Doran, Matchmaker

So as a matchmaker, how would you say one finds compatibility in someone else? I think it’s good to start with having a shared value

Nima Veiseh, Painter

How does your fashion and style reflect who you are as an artist? I’m the founder of a clothing company called “Dress Abstract”, which is

Pajtim Osmanaj, Artist

What colors do you like to wear? I go to both extremes. I’m either super shiny like I’m dressed today. A lot of the times

Val Monrose, Project Manager

What causes are most important to you and why? Sustainability because there’s only one planet. I do birth photography so I travel around the world seeing the

Stacy Martin, Artist

How would you say your art influences your style? Well my interests are in science and so I think I often use a lot nature-influenced

Anastasia Gudko, Art Management

Tell me a little bit about what you do as an art manager. Basically, I do administrative work for artists so they can focus on

Pola Esther, Photographer

So what kind of stuff do you photographer? Mostly people, but sometimes also plants, flowers, vegetables. But most of the time, there is always some

Rania Cornelia, Art Student

You are an artist…why do you paint? I fell in love with painting since I could ever started drawing as a child. It evokes happiness

Eric Fernandez, Armory Show Staff

How would you classify the general crowd of the Armory show this year? It really depends on the day. The morning crowd is different than the

Stephanie Homa, Artist

What would you say inspires your style and why do you wear all these colors? I’m a color addict, anything bright and colorful inspires what

Nyareeta, Artist

So where are you from? I’m from South Sudan.  Can you tell me a little about what it’s like living there? At the moment, there’s

Anna McDonald, Poet

Tell me about your poetry. I write poems about families and cities. Mostly short lyric poems.  How does your role as a mom impact your artistry and

Ari Shaljian, Artist

What would you say influences your style and where did you get the inspiration for your hair? A: I’ve just always been into vibrant colors

Phoebe Boswell, Artist

So what would you say inspires your art? Not having a place to go, a sense of trying to find what is “home”, and also

Mark Carrasquillo, Makeup Artist

Is there anyone in particular who influences your style? Michael Clark, he’s a dancer. Are you also a dancer? No, I wish. What would you

Yuan Fang, Artist 

What genre of art do you do? Abstract. How would you say you get inspiration for your art? I love modernism and modernistic interior home design. 

Capone Noel, Designer

What inspires and influences your style? Definitely right now, eclectic vibes from the 60s and 70s.  Where do you think fashion is headed right now?

Eileen Caufield, Model

Where are you from and what do you do? LA and I’m a model So what would you say is culturally different from LA and

Sinjun Strom, Photographer

So what kind of things do you photograph? Things I experience, set designs, clothing I create, etc. How would you classify what is “good” photography?

Jhenelle Hill, Hair and Makeup stylist

You’re a big fashionista…how would you classify your style? Right now I’m sporting the equestrian, Ralph Lauren look. For the winter I love over-the-knee boots.

Haleek Maul on Errol: the Album and the Man Behind It

Barbados has blessed us with a lot. Flying fish, Rihanna, beautiful beaches, and (on my personal list), Haleek Maul. Born in Brooklyn but raised in Barbados, Haleek is introducing the world to his trap-infused sound that has a Barbados twist and twang.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Curator Daria Khan

Daria Khan is a founder and curator of Mimosa House, an independent non-profit project space in London. Khan is an independent curator, who graduated with an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in 2013.

Gabriele De Santis and the Balance in Art

The artistic practice of Gabriele De Santis (Rome, 1983) was created on the basis of one modus operandi: between installations and painting in which nature, space, and the matter of things become a single conceptual form from which the user will interpret the work, themselves.

London Korean Film Festival Part II: Freckles

Sentenced to her Summer holidays in a fat camp by her absent parents, bashful Young-shin experiences a sexual awakening. Freckles (주근깨) is a bittersweet tale of first love quickly found and painfully lost.

The Melancholy Soul of Kyle Thompson

Loneliness, space, time and silence. They are the keys to reading Kyle Thompson’s photography. The abandoned, isolated and melancholic environments open sensitive horizons that the spectator is invited to grasp in every image.

Dear Arts Instigator: Stuck Painter

In a special column for FRONTRUNNER, Dear Arts Instigator responds to questions about art-making, navigating the world as an artist, and finding a place for the artistic work from across the creative spectrum.

London Korean Film Festival Part I: The Stars Whisper

Hard-of-hearing Yeon-hee reluctantly starts at a new school. She makes an awkward first impression in class, garnering the attention of the fanciful Young-jin. When they bunk off school and spend the day together, an inevitable romance blossoms.

Ben Edmunds and his Aspirational Equipment

When Ben Edmunds began thinking of where he wanted his life to lead, there was not one clear answer. As time progressed, he began ticking off things that he knew he ‘definitely did not want to do’ and soon found one constant that remained: art.

BENEE Takes FRONTRUNNER To Marzz

BENEE’s quirkily titled STELLA & STEVE EP beams with dreamy grooves that complement the more sugary sweet pop of FIRE ON MARZZ.

Richard Serra: The Complete Films and Videos

Best known for his industrial sculptures and metal work, Richard Serra first picked up a 16mm camera only two years after completing his first physical artwork. That first film, Hand Catching Lead (1968), kicked off the complete retrospective of his film and video work at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, this October.

Faith Soloway: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

A FRONTRUNNER Exclusive: Jameson Rich interviews Faith Soloway on ‘Transparent’, Jewish influences, the use of humor when tackling serious issues, and whether the form of the movie-musical can still survive.

The HEKLER Collective

HEKLER is a New York-based artist collective founded in 2016 by Nataša Prljević, Joshua Nierodzinski, and Jelena Prljevic.  The name HEKLER not only references the English definition of disruption, but also is the Serbo-Croatian word for the communal act of crocheting, and slang for the sound of rapid fire from an assault rifle.

FRONTRUNNER Film Review: Inna De Yard

On the green landscapes of Kingston highs, a band of singers gather up for the record of a new album. More than 30 years after their golden age, they are back on a World Tour. Inna De Yard is the human adventure of men and women who embody Reggae and wear Jamaica’s soul as a banner.

The Afterlife Goes On: Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

In the sleepy town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. But no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: The Dead Don’t Die.

CIBO: Urban Art Against Hatred

Pier Paolo Spinazzè (1982) a.k.a. Cibo, is an international street artist with his aim at peace and union, without distinction. For over twenty years, his modus operandi has been to transform any written element or symbol of hatred within various cities into culinary forms.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Miss Bugs

In the age of social media, expressive vanity has become a mainstay of contemporary culture; from the more clever, subtle expressions of beauty and talent

Between Light and Dark: duendita

I had read that duendita believed God was within, and that a prayer between her and God could be the same as a conversation between her and a loved one. As I watched the man with the locs sway to the music, I thought that perhaps this is what duendita’s music is about.

Photographing Limbo: A Conversation with Ronit Porat

Ronit Porat’s collage-like procedure may be classed as a Dadaist photomontage method. She uses these images, which she alters by means of trimming, in order to allow new narratives to arise and historical boundaries to become visible in her installations.

Jacob Hicks: Painting Against the Dark Arts

Through his art, Brooklyn-based painter Jacob Hicks has decided to add to the many voices of displeasure in speaking out against the Trump administration with a portrait of 100 women “in defiance of sexism”.

Research In Progress: A Q&A with Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr’s photographic themes range from investigating the patriarchal values of the English upper classes to addressing the role of animals and their representation in art. From the gentlemen’s clubs of Saint James to the luxuriant interiors of Indian palaces, Knorr’s work reaches out to engage conceptual art, visual culture, and feminism.

From Orkney to the East End: FRONTRUNNER Interviews Erland Cooper

It was hard to imagine that the creation of the first two instalments in a triptych of records by Erland Cooper, which so perfectly captures the essence of the Orkney Islands’ (Scotland) wildlife, was created in a bustling environment such as London’s East End.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Tyler Ramsey

FRONTRUNNER speaks with Tyler Ramsey about his new album and the important relationship between quiet and creativity. He also told us about his favorite guitars, the satisfying flexibility of solo touring, and his friendship with Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket.

FRONTRUNNER Meets London-Based Graffiti Life

Success as an artist was, once upon a time, defined as that moment when one’s work found a home on the white walls of a gallery. Anything found outside those walls was labelled as a scribble, defacement, or outright vandalism. Enter London-based collective Graffiti Life.

Special Guest Post: Stanley Kubrick at The Design Museum, London

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition finds a home at London’s Design Museum in Holland Park. The UK arrival of this much-vaunted exhibition is fitting as its subject spent most of his career living and working in Britain in to escape the onerous controls of the Hollywood studio system.

Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway

Nicolas Holiber has taken on an ambitious public sculpture project in New York with the Broadway Mall Association and Audubon Society.  Ten massive birds were installed last week: each New York City bird is in danger of extinction due to threats caused by climate change.

An Interview With Raindance Film Festival Founder Elliot Grove

The Raindance Film Festival was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove as a thought experiment: can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience? Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, training courses, and BIFA (British Independent Film Awards).

Kenice Miller, Chef

Knowing you’re a dancer,  how would you say movement influences your style? Regardless of what I’m wearing or where I’m going I always want to

Abigail Sickinger, Kavista

Can you tell me exactly what you do with Kava? Yes, so I serve Kava which is a plant medicine from the South Pacific islands.

Exploration/Excavation: An Interview with Shaan Syed

The words “FRUIT”, “MILK”, “SHADE” don’t immediately spark associations with wilful protest. Text and spontaneous production are both qualities that underpin the practice of London-based visual artist Shaan Syed.

VENICE BIENNALE 2019: FRONTRUNNER’S REPORT

La Biennale di Venezia – the 58th International Art Exhibition – saw thousands toting their trademark canvas goodie bags filled with heavy art catalogues as they wandered across the two main sites at the Giardini and Arsenale. The exhibition, May We Live in Interesting Times, opened on May 11 and will run till November 24, with visual material from artists representing 89 different countries.

Not Quite A Happy Birthday: A Look at Short Film ‘Peggy’

We all like to imagine what would happen if we could read people’s minds. Peggy (Or: The Art of Coveting in the Age of Social Media) gives us an idea of this, with all the local parents in a community going to a child’s birthday party.

Grow, Melt, Radiate: Sarah Bereza

Sarah Bereza is building an army with a graceful craft that tames the fluid shifts of her sensual forms.  She sharpens her tools to playfully eliminate distinctions between painting and sculpture.

Music, Movies, Meaning: Will Bates of Fall On Your Sword

Fall On Your Sword is home to composer and founder Will Bates and executive producer Lucy Alper. They create music for film, television, and branded advertising alongside interactive art installations, namely, with the SPRING BREAK Art Show.

Bold and Sometimes Gold: PARADICE PALASE

PARADICE PALASE is the joyful curatorial project of Kat Ryals and Lauren Hirshfield that seeks to confront limitations in the art world by building an artist-first, community-minded and inclusive model.

Do What You Must: A Q&A With Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann has no other choice. “If anyone is consciously considering becoming an artist, I’d say, do anything else,” says McCann, with a combination of

Bare With Me: Hernease Davis

Hernease Davis stretches herself and stories across photograms, cyanotypes, performance and craft to emphasize self-care through the artistic process. Her photograms and cyanotypes are created

Elliot Cole and Musical Streaming

Education and Musical Composition and Production are two fields that demand considerable dedication, focus, and patience without the guarantee of celebrity or financial gain. These

Self-Fulfilling Loop: Jo Shane’s DISCLAIMER

Jo Shane’s work investigates themes of desire, consumption and human nature through a viscerally personal lens.  We caught her installation DISCLAIMER in a transformed garage at Wallplay ON CANAL.

Gelatin Joy with Alison Kuo

Alison Kuo’s artworks examine power and class dynamics through the language of food. Her participatory performances invite her audience to collaborate, and to eat, within the framework of an installation.

All The World’s A Stage: In Review

In what can nearly be described as a fairy tale of the theatre, All The World’s A Stage is the story of a brilliant actor beloved because of his special crown.

Naima Green: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

Brooklyn-based artist Naima Green is best known for her photographic portraits with a patient, thoughtful energy that belies a quietly radical and kaleidoscopic vision.

Praise Be…for ‘Sacred Hair’

A boy has a chance encounter with a young woman from a different culture than his, but the two learn that they share a common bond: their hair and the sacred nature culture and society places upon it.

A ‘Madre’ (Mother) of a Thriller

While at home in her apartment with her own mother in Spain, a woman gets a phone call from her six-year-old son, who’s on vacation in France with his father. What ensues is an expertly crafted and uncommonly intense thriller based on every parent’s nightmare.

Bonboné: A Palestinian Love Story

Rakan Mayasi’s short film Bonbone tells the story of two lovers who come up with an unconventional way to have a child when the husband is imprisoned in an Israeli jail.

Jessie Salinas, Artist

How as an artist does your style get inspired?I’m pretty open-minded in terms of how I get inspired artistically, there’s a lot of diversity to

Esther Wolf, Painter

What inspires you as an artist? Your style, your colors, etc? I’m very inspired by women’s issues, especially issues that I’ve faced including body focused

Jamie Colder, Musician

So as a musician where do you think the industry is going right now? There’s more authenticity and less about the “image”. It’s about expressing

7 Essential Books By Contemporary African American Artists

These seven books reflect the creative output of seven iconic African American artists. Our list also includes an extra entry with the catalogue for the 2017 blockbuster exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ at Tate Modern

Ebony Brown, Artist/Designer

How do your paintings influence your designs and fashion line?My painting allow me to develop a bigger scope of color, texture, energy. The colors are

Nova Zef, Rapper

How do you feel like you can represent female rappers today?I feel like I can show other female rappers that it is possible to have

Nadine Olmo, Dancer

What kind of dance do you do?I consider myself a free spirit so that is reflective in my dance style. I do a lot of

6 Books By Pioneering LGBTQIA Artists

These 6 books are Frontrunner’s picks by artists from across the LGBTQIA spectrum; artists whose gender and sexual identities have informed their practices and shaped

Two New Solo Tracks From Antibalas Drummer Miles Francis

When New York’s Miles Francis released his first solo EP, Swimmers, in February of this year, he had already played the drums in several noteworthy ensembles. In addition to being a former member of Afrobeat group Antibalas, he has also toured with Arcade Fire’s Will Butler and performed on stage with Angelique Kidjo, Amber Mark, Sharon Jones, and more.

Exclusive: Betty Tompkins x FRONTRUNNER for ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2018

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Frontrunner Magazine and Betty Tompkins present an exclusive zine that showcases her new work, alongside a double Q&A with Tompkins and gallerist Rodolphe Janssen. Tompkins will be represented by rodolphe janssen (Brussels) and P.P.O.W Gallery (New York) at the fair.

10 Things to Do When Trying to Sell Your Documentary Film

Creating a documentary film, whether a short film, television broadcast, or theatrical feature is no small accomplishment.  But, as we have covered in past columns and in interviews with filmmakers, this is only half the battle.

Investigating the Documentary Film Industry at IDFA Amsterdam 2018

Producing a documentary film, whether a short film, television broadcast, or theatrical feature is no small accomplishment. But, as we know from past columns and interviews with filmmakers, this is only half the battle. The second half is equally daunting: distribution.

Wale: An Interview With Director Barnaby Blackburn

Wale tells the story of a young boy in London who is trying to get his life on the right track, but finds himself at the mercy of a sinister plot. It has been screened at the Arizona Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival and the Norwich Film Festival.