WWE #4 - Louis Reith

Louis Reith is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in graphic design. He recently showed his work at galleries in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen and New York. Besides his autonomous work he runs Jordskred, a small publishing house with which he joined the publishers collective Dutch Independent Art Book Publishers. Louis is also co-organiser and designer of Grafixx, an annual graphic arts festival in Antwerp and he’s a lecturer at AKI Academy of Art & Design in Enschede. 

1. Music — Monome.org

While most (Dutch) artists and designers I know have roots in hip hop culture (mainly graffiti and skating), I developed my creative interest through gabber. One of my first serious creative endeavors was music making. When I was 11 years old my dad moved his recording studio to my room. With an Atari computer, several analog synthesizers, drum computers and samplers I created my ow electronic music throughout my teen years. From gabber and techno to more experimental music.

I recently revived this old hobby and that’s how I discovered monome. I don’t own any of the monome devices (yet) but I find them highly fascinating, inspiring and beautifully designed. These devices do not produce sounds on their own but function as controllers. And because of their open source software there’s a whole community of people writing scrips for these devices, resulting in inventive and creative ways to make music.

2. Blog — Void ()

Void () by York based designer Joe Gilmore is without a doubt one of my favourite websites. It’s basically a blog showing an endless amount of art and design. But for some reason Joe’s curation is very powerful, it’s a place where art and design melt. Sometimes the space in between the images is even more interesting than the images themselves. For inspiration I often pick a random page and give it a scroll. And while you’re at void (), remove the /zr in the url, hit enter and have a look at Joe’s amazing work.

3. Documentary — Dailymotion.com

My friend Brent Wadden – well-known for his large scale weavings – introduced me to this short documentary about a group of artists from Nova Scotia, where Brent grew up. These artists had no artistic training, they just make art. To me a documentary like Folk Art Found Me is very liberating, because it challenges what art is supposed to be. It’s also this deep urge to create beautiful objects that appeals to me. It’s something that I often miss looking at art, especially here in The Netherlands.