Friday, May 31, 2013

Jean Painlevé: Science is Fiction – Film and Photography

Jean Painlevé: Science is Fiction – Film and Photography at Galerie Berinson in Berlin. "...Photographer, author and filmmaker, Painlevé tread the line between science and the artistic avant-garde. As the son of the well-known mathematician, Paul Painlevé, he was exposed to science from a very young age and was fascinated by biology and wildlife. After abandoning his medical studies, he began making scientific movies. In the early 1920s, he developed a technique to make underwater movies, but due to poor results, he decided to move his camera into a laboratory. Depending on the audience, Painlevé often made several versions of a single film, catering to the scientific community, academia, or the general public."

100 Southerners

100 Southerners by Lydia Walls. "...Lydia Walls is a native Atlantan artist. Although much of her past creative experience has been working collaboratively, this past year she has been painting independently. Along with painting she has made sewn soft sculpture installations, animations, and upholstered objects. She resides in Grant Park with her dog Annie, as well as her baby brother Alex and his dog Fritz."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin: Part I'

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin: Part I' at the WHS. "...This is the first in a three-part series featuring the images of Jim Widmer of the tiny Dodge County town of Theresa. In the mid-20th century he deliberately set out to capture the spirit of rural Wisconsin with the best photographic equipment available. Future galleries of his work will feature local barns and Friday-night fish fries, two iconic aspects of Wisconsin rural culture."

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hungarian Sea

Lens Culture... Hungarian Sea - photographs and text by Michal Solarski. "...The Hungarian Lake Balaton is the largest in Central Europe. As Hungary is landlocked, the lake is often called the ‘Hungarian Sea’. From the 1960s onwards, Balaton became a major destination for ordinary working Hungarians as well as for those from the eastern side of the ‘Iron Curtain’ who were rewarded for their work in building socialism with a permit to travel across the border. As we could not dream of travelling to Spain, Italy or Greece, Balaton was the closest and most achievable destination for ordinary Poles to see ‘what’s out there’. My family and I were among the lucky ones who could go and spend holidays in what appeared to us a paradise."

30 Americans

30 Americans at MAM. "...30 Americans is a dynamic exploration of contemporary American art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video, and more made by African American artists since 1970 raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today. Whether addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality, politics, or history—or seemingly remaining silent about them—these works offer powerful interpretations of cultural identity and artistic legacy."

Vilem Kriz - An American Surrealist

Vilem Kriz - An American Surrealist at Scott Nichols Gallery.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shinya Arimoto

Shinya Arimoto at Japan Exposures. "...If I’m not at work, I’m going to shoot every day. When I’m not teaching, such as last summer, I was out there every single day. I arrived in Shinjuku around noon, and shot until sunset. The time I am able to photograph varies depending on the season though. In my case I often communicate with those who I photograph on the streets so it’s important that I just get out there to meet who’s out there. Depending on who I meet depends on random encounters so in order to increase my chances I need to increase the amount of time I spend out photographing in the city." More... Works by Shinya Arimoto at his personal site.

Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile

Mike Kelley - Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile (1986) at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...Full video footage, being made publicly available for the first time ever of Kelley's historic solo performance. Performed with Sonic Youth, Live at Artist's Space, New York City, December 5, 1986 with Molly Cleator and Adam Rudolf."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Dimming of the Day

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Dimming of the Day (Flash Video 05:39)

Street Exposure: The Photographs of Ronald Reis

Street Exposure: The Photographs of Ronald Reis at Duke University Libraries Digital Collections. "...Influenced by the work of Helen Levitt, Louis Stettner, and Cartier-Bresson, Reis became a passionate street photographer, honing his eye and his ability to compose and capture photographs on the fly. This decisive quality is reflected in his contact sheets filled with single exposures. Reis primarily photographed in New York, Connecticut, and Europe during the 1960s. The collection captures the look and feel of this pivotal decade, especially in New York City and London."

I, You, We

I, You, We at the Whitney Museum of American Art. "...These pronouns - with all their implied complexities of meaning—provide an unexpected guide for assessing the works of art from the 1980s and early 1990s in the Museum’s collection. What becomes apparent in this survey of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs is how the personal, social, and collective issues and concerns of the artists of this time are still relevant several decades later."

Michael Jang: The Jangs

Michael Jang: The Jangs at Stephen Wirtz Gallery. "...The Jangs presents a look into the lifestyle of a Chinese-American family in the context of the American mainstream of the 70s, a cultural view largely unseen in the photography of the era. While other photographers were critically investigating American suburbia as a crucial subject, Jang responded with his own unique approach. By delving deeply into the daily lives of his own family and relatives, he captured sharp, spontaneous, and intimate images that reveal a singular view of America, one in which issues of suburban dystopia and clashing cultures are overwhelmed by his family’s joyful embrace of the American experience."

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Václav Havel - Antikody

Václav Havel - Antikody at UbuWeb. "...Collection of concrete poems written by Václav Havel in the early 1960s. The book was followed by Antikody II manuscript (1968), published in a joint edition by Odeon in 1993. Torst edition (1999) also includes his early poems from 1952-56. Most complete edition was published by Václav Havel Library in 2013."

Friday, May 10, 2013

EXPERIMENT - LIFE - POLITICS: Bauhaus Photography X Russian Avant-garde

EXPERIMENT - LIFE - POLITICS: Bauhaus Photography X Russian Avant-garde at Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. "...photographs from the period between the two world wars, which is regarded as a key development phase for photography. While Bauhaus artists in Germany were using photography primarily in the late 1920s as an experimental field under the catchphrase of the 'New Vision', the medium in Russia evolved to become an expression of political changes and social ideals. The exhibition will feature photographs and photo collages from the years 1919 to 1939 among others by T. Lux Feininger, Grit Kallin-Fischer, Alexander Rodchenko, Gustav Klutsis and Valentina Kulagina."

Mile Of Music Festival

Mile Of Music Festival - coming to downtown Appleton, Wisconsin this August.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

William Meyers - New York: Look & Listen

William Meyers - New York: Look & Listen at Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY. "...Photographs featured in New York: Look & Listen are drawn from the Outer Boroughs as well as the Music New York and Alternate Manhattan projects. All the works share characteristic spontaneity and frankness. They represent the quotidian, unsung places where most of the city inhabitants live and work. In 2008, the New York Public Library acquired a portfolio of 86 prints from William Meyers’ Outer Boroughs: New York beyond Manhattan project for its permanent collection."

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Sochi Singers

Sochi Singers by Rob Hornstra at Zone Zero.

Josh Agle (SHAG): Thursday's Girl

Josh Agle (SHAG): Thursday's Girl at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. "...As in most of Agle’s exhibitions, a central narrative theme connects the body of work in Thursday’s Girl. This series of paintings were inspired by All Tomorrow’s Parties, the classic Velvet Underground song in which lyrics written by Lou Reed spoke to New York’s downtown art scene found in places such as Warhol’s Factory. Themes of youth, fame, celebrity, revelry, excess and exclusion are represented, throughout. Thursday’s Girl is a recurring character that appears in several paintings in the exhibition, representing countless naïve, Midwestern girls who move to big cities in search of glamorous new lives. Drawn to the exciting worlds of art, music, fashion and film, Thursday’s Girl works a day job during the week and parties on the weekends, hoping to be discovered and accepted amidst drugs and drunken debauchery. The girl in the song, desperate to stay relevant, jumps on a fresh new trend every Thursday only to see it end by Sunday—a vicious cycle that repeats every weekend. The paintings highlight her fun and thrills yet foreshadow a bitter end where she ultimately falls victim to the superficial values of her idols—used up and spit out in favor of the next fresh, disposable muse."