Young R. Crumb…kind of a babe.
Robert Smithson by Alice Neel
“The Wrestlers” by Thomas Eakins
Representations of Manhood
Just finished reading two completely disparate novels that, in their own ways, both deal greatly with representations of manhood and the complexities of human desire. I found the two paintings used for the respective book covers to be incredibly telling and well-chosen. “The Thinker” by Thomas Eakins for John William’s “Stoner,” one of the most touching and brilliant novels I have ever read. ...
Those in the straight photography corner often appear to see conceptual...– Marc Feustel
Some new work up on my website: www.arielrosenbloom.com
I swoon every time I look at her photographs. View more of her work here.
Love her work. View more here.
The Beauty of the Image
“If Dijkstra’s work sometimes flirts with essentialism and sentimentality, ultimately it maintains an edge that cuts the saccharine taste. The strategy is one that satisfies both a critical audience that expects discourse and a more populist one that prefers beautiful pictures.” -from a review in the latest issue of ARTFORUM by Jordan Kantor of Rineke Dijkstra’s...
The Enraptured Face
Marco Anelli, from the series ‘In Your Eyes’, documentation of Marina Abramović‘s, ‘The Artist Is Present’ MoMA, New York, 2010 “A symbolic substitute is required in order to externalize the imagined controlling gaze of the ‘big Other’: this job could be performed by an enraptured face carrying within it the idea of a space extending endlessly inwards, with which one could briefly...
Of all the inspiring stuff I’ve been looking at lately, artist Letha Wilson takes the cake. I’ve been thinking a lot about nature vs. the unnatural; about what happens when you bring something artificial into a natural environment, thus obstructing it, and then forging the two to create new meaning. What does that shock look like? How does that unnaturalness manifest itself? Behold: ...
I am completely in awe of how this guy manages to capture light in these images from his series entitled City of London. The cinematic feel definitely evokes Philip-Lorca diCorcia. View more here.
Sarah Mei Herman
I keep finding scraps of paper around my apartment with names of photographers to look at and/or post about. I now have a few of them in one place so here we go. From her series entitled Julian and Jonathan. View more of her wonderful work here.
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Out of the Woods
Claudine Doury, from her series entitled Sasha
Stumbled upon British architect John Pawson’s work after leafing through his new book, A Visual Inventory, at work. The book is composed of a series of digital photographs chosen from Pawson’s personal collection of over 200,000 images. The way he utilizes photography as a tool in his work is not only visually stunning but brings up important issues of form, functionality, pattern, and...
The Majestic Forest
Tilden Park, Berkeley. May 2011. Nature as mystery / nature as a portrait / nature as utopia. What does it mean to make nature unnatural, to obstruct it? Another thing: when is a person unnatural?
Alice Neel: What A Cool Lady
After a Long, Long Silence: Nature
Thomas Struth Thomas Struth Alec Soth Jeff Wall Dan Graham Dan Graham Rineke Dijkstra P.S. Awhile ago I stumbled upon a really amazing female photographer/installation artist who constructed these beautiful glass/mirror sculptures in nature, but I’ve completely forgotten her name. Any ideas?
It was really difficult for me to find images from Robert Longo’s book Men in the Cities, but these few will have to suffice. Robert Longo is most famously known for his series of drawings of the same name, but I actually prefer the photographs he made which inspired the drawings (most people had no idea he used photographs for his source material until the book “Men in the...
Incredible images by Alexey Titarenko
Digital test shot- film coming soon.
the magic of leonie hampton
I just came across Leonie Hampton’s work a few days ago and it’s safe to say that her work is some of the most inspiring I’ve seen in a long time. These images are from her first, recently published book entitled In The Shadow of Things, which chronicles her mother’s longterm battle with OCD. An excerpt from her website: “In the Shadow of Things is a product of the...
looking for something
Isadora, July 2011
some thoughts on jeff wall
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how we redefine our own work. After moving across the country I am far away from my familiar subjects and surroundings (family and home), and what became a longstanding familial ritual or tradition has been put on hold indefinitely. Jeff Wall is an artist I’ve always admired, but lately I’ve been revisiting and thinking a lot about how...
An Unearthed Photographic Trip to the Aquarium
These photographs started out as a mystery. I found them in a box of family photos at my father’s house over a year ago and have been wanting to use them for a project ever since. I was struck by the playful, childish quality of the images, as well as the reflexivity of the photographer- fingertips/hands obscuring the lens, crooked exposures, and flash difficulties. After a bit of detective...