If you haven’t already binged S-town, you should stop reading this and go do that.
S-town is the new podcast series by This American Life producer Brian Reed. Similar to the Serial podcast, (Sarah Koenig is listed as an editorial advisor) S-Town takes us to a small town in Alabama to investigate an alleged murder. I won’t give away any spoilers, but this it’s an amazing novel-esque snapshot into one man’s psyche, a murder, and a hunt for hidden treasure. I just finished it so I can go on and on, however, what I thought was especially interesting was the art that accompanied the series.
It’s a radio show in podcast form, so there is not much visual content available. However on the website, wherever you listen to the show, or their Instagram, there are beautiful collages of flowers, clocks, gears, and astrological instruments brought to us by collage artist, Valero Doval.
Valero graduated in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and is currently based in Spain. According to his Website:
His style is an enlightening mix of illustration and collage filled with colour, wit and style. He uses a combination of vintage imagery,
nature and delicate handwork to produce artwork full of rich narrative.
Valero’s work is a perfect choice for the new Podcast. In S-town we are introduced to a man named John B McLemore, and just like Valero’s collages, each chapter pieces together what turns out to be a very extensive, yet beautiful snapshot of this man. Valero’s attention to detail is only matched by Brian Reed’s investigative skills, and that’s why the two work so well together.
Do yourself a favor and set aside about 7 hours to listen to the show, or if you want to hear our very own Rafael Esquer on the Design Matters’ podcast, click here.
Here are some of the images created for the show by Doval:
And here is some of his personal work. You can find more on his website: http://valerodoval.com/
All Images owned by Valero Doval and S-town.0