Friday, November 25, 2011

Arnold Kramer: Interior Views 1977 Online Exhibition

Arnold Kramer: Interior Views 1977 Online Exhibition at Joseph Bellows Gallery. "...The photographs in this exhibition were begun early in 1977. The idea for their subject dates originally to a recurring image formed in childhood of a particular room - a solarium in his paternal grandparents' house in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he felt always a sense of comfortableness and heightened sensitivity to light and the particularity of objects. When he moved ten years ago to Washington, Kramer rented an apartment on Capitol Hill that reminded him of this solarium."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951

New York's Photo League The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 at The Jewish Museum in New York, NY. "...In 1936 a group of young, idealistic photographers, most of them Jewish, first-generation Americans, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League. Their solidarity centered on a belief in the expressive power of the documentary photograph and on a progressive alliance in the 1930s of socialist ideas and art. The Radical Camera presents the contested path of the documentary photograph during a tumultuous period that spanned the New Deal reforms of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War."

Cranberry Farming in Wisconsin

Cranberry Farming in Wisconsin at the WHS. "...Wisconsin played a key role in making the humble cranberry an American icon. Cranberries have been grown commercially here for more than 150 years. As in New England, American Indians introduced the first settlers to the virtues of the tart red berry. This month's gallery of historic images from the Society's visual archives presents more than 130 pictures of cranberry growing, harvesting and advertising through the decades. So as you wait for your cranberry Jell-O to set this week, take a break and explore where it all started."

CJ Pyle: Skin Deep - New Drawings

CJ Pyle: Skin Deep - New Drawings at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...Stretching the boundaries of his inimitable, self-defined 'woven knot drawing technique', the artist's range of exploration, both in form and content, seems to get even more to the heart of a meaningful and universal consideration of what it is to be Human. A key element in that consideration is Pyle's recognition of society's preoccupation with making judgments about people based on outward, physical appearance, coupled, as well, with its misunderstanding of the concept of beauty itself. His is not a portrayal which defines the canons of beauty found in popular culture's use of the term, nor does it extoll the glibness of its oracles."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Osgemeos: Fermata

Lost Art proudly presents... Osgemeos: Fermata. "...Nossos amig’osgemeos se superaram novamente. A exposição no Museu Vale ficou realmente espetacular e merece ser vista ao vivo." (br)

Todd Haynes: Dottie Gets Spanked

Todd Haynes: Dottie Gets Spanked (1993) at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...Made between Safe and Poison, Dottie Gets Spanked is a strange, affectionate rumination on childhood sexuality, fantasy and repression, featuring a possible stand-in for Haynes as a young boy. The boy, Steven, is fixated on two things: spanking and a TV comedienne named Dottie. His obsessions come full-circle as he visit the set of The Dottie Show and witnesses Dottie being spanked theatrically during a comedy routine. The film is short, made for TV, but packs an emotional wallop, with stilted, dark dream sequences of Steven’s guilty pleasure."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lynne Cohen: Occupied Territory

Lynne Cohen: Occupied Territory at Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...Lynne Cohen has been photographing empty – family rooms, offices, laboratories, and other built environments since the early 1970s. For over forty years she has been driven by one question more than any other – what are these places without people in them? Looking at images of shag carpeted dens, vinyl siding show rooms, corporate lobbies, we are pressed to ponder her question and to wonder – do these rooms retain their purpose without us?" More... Works by Lynne Cohen at her personal site.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

These Americans


Happy Birthday to my son Jamie - 16 years old yesterday.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

As Tears Go By

Naomi And The Boys... As Tears Go By (Singapore, Philips, EP .mp3 audio 01:49).

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939 at the Getty Center. "...Painter, printmaker, and draftsman Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) was one of the first masters appointed to teach at the Bauhaus, the innovative school for art, design, and architecture established by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Like many other figures at the Bauhaus, Feininger turned to photography as a tool for visual exploration. Beginning in 1928 and for the next decade, he used the camera to explore transparency, reflection, night imagery, and the effects of light and shadow. This exhibition offers the first opportunity to consider the origins of Feininger's photographic work at the Bauhaus and its development over a decade, expanding our understanding both of him as an artist and of the history of Modernist photography. A selection of photographs made by other Bauhaus masters and students, drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent collection, complements Feininger's work and provides a context to better appreciate his engagement with the medium."

Karate | Karate Again

The Bedwells... Karate b/w Karate Again (1963, Del-Fi 4230 .mp3 audio 02:23 and 02:20). From Probe is Turning-on the People!

Georges Hugnet: The Love Life of the Spumifers

Georges Hugnet: The Love Life of the Spumifers at Ubu Gallery in New York, NY. "...The Love Life of the Spumifers, or La Vie amoureuse des Spumifères, combines Surrealist poetry’s fascination with l’amour and Dada’s tendency towards deliberate grammatical spontaneity and absurdity. Words like bowoodling, friskadoodling and alabamaraminating are concocted by Hugnet to describe the seductive strategies of his imaginary creatures. Each text is dedicated to a different creature, describing how it woos, teases, gropes and molests its intended love conquest. Each Spumifer is illustrated by a gouache 'beast,' which is added to an early Twentieth Century vintage “French” photo postcard. The mellifluously painted monsters slyly slither around the bare flesh of the pictured “mademoiselle,” nibbling and tickling, arousing her sexual desire. Hugnet’s illustrations seduce the viewer, parodying the human pursuit of love and lovemaking through these adorable grotesques."

Michael Wolf: Tokyo Compression

Tokyo Compression Michael Wolf: Tokyo Compression. "...Before Michael Wolf other artists have created subway series, among them famous names such as Bruce Davidson and Walker Evans, the concept as well as the metonymy of 'Compression' however is new. Michael Wolf is not interested in seat cushions, graffiti, interior architecture or the traveler’s relation to that. He rather discovered the subway system as suitable place in order to investigate mental state and aggregate condition of the city people. Wolf leaves out all accessories, focuses just faces and figures. With his radical aesthetics he creates enormously intensive pictures that in a distressing, yes shocking manner directly aim into the portrayed people’s inner life."

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Don Wallen: An American Still Life

Don Wallen: An American Still Life at the University of Washington Digital Collections. "...n 1978, after a year as chief photographer for the Seattle Weekly, Wallen decided to dedicate himself to freelance work. He became photo editor for the Seattle Gay News, and was a contributing photographer to several magazines including Drummer, In Touch and the Advocate. Editors, publishers, and fellow photographers alike have praised Wallen as one of the very best in the business, and his award-winning work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country.
Don Wallen died of AIDS-related complications on November 16, 1997, leaving behind a body of work he once characterized as "An American Still Life." Indeed, life itself was his theme. Whether he was shooting flea markets or street protests, Seattle drag queens or the bathtub of author Tom Robbins, Wallen was concerned only with capturing the truth in each moment. He offered no easy insight into the meaning of his work, preferring instead to relinquish the task of interpretation to the individual."

Philipp Scholz Rittermann: The Emperor’s River, Photographing Along China’s Grand Canal

Philipp Scholz Rittermann: The Emperor’s River, Photographing Along China’s Grand Canal at Scott Nichols Gallery. "...In 2009, Philipp Scholz Rittermann travelled to China to photograph the country’s development along the Grand Canal, the world’s oldest and longest man-made canal. Over 2000 years old, the canal runs more than 1000 miles connecting Beijing in the north and Hangzhou in the south. Rittermann documents the human, industrial and natural landscapes of this rapidly developing country. The photographs take you down the canal contrasting the rural terrain and growing urbanization; uninhabited skyscrapers tower over village markets, coal towers dominate relaxing evening views and young men in modern attire pose before ancient statues. These large-scale high resolution panoramic images have been described as visual poetry." More... Works by Philipp Scholz Rittermann at his personal site.

Pinky's Dream

David Lynch (featuring Karen O)... Pinky's Dream (.mp3 audio 04:00). From the album Crazy Clown Time (2011, Sunday Best Recordings/PIAS).

Friday, November 04, 2011

Iraq Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowy

Iraq Perspectives: Photographs by Benjamin Lowy. "...Lowy’s powerful and arresting color photographs taken through Humvee windows and military-issue night vision goggles capture the desolation of a war-ravaged Iraq as well as the tension and anxiety of both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians. To photograph on the streets unprotected was impossible for Lowy, so he came up with the brilliant approach of making images that illuminate this difficulty by shooting through the windows and goggles meant to help him, and soldiers, to see. In doing so he provides us with a new way of looking at the war—an entirely different framework for regarding and thinking about the everyday activities of Iraqis in a devastated landscape and the movements of soldiers on patrol, as well as the alarm and apprehension of nighttime raids."

Photographs by Gary Briechle

Photographs by Gary Briechle at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...The wrinkle of an aging hand; the piercing eyes of a young girl at the edge of puberty; the solitude of a young man resting his head along the water’s edge -- these are some of the quiet moments captured by Gary Briechle, who makes Collodion wet-plate enlargements of his family, friends and strangers in the small towns and rugged terrain that hug the Maine coast."

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Jablonka Pasquer Projects 'Japan 4'

Jablonka Pasquer Projects 'Japan 4' at Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne. Works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Yutaka Takanashi and Shomei Tomatsu.

Jeff Brouws: The Machine In The Garden, Recent Photographs, 2009-2011

Jeff Brouws: The Machine In The Garden, Recent Photographs, 2009-2011 at Robert Mann Gallery. "...Jeff Brouws began a body of work in which he investigates the forgotten legacy of the numerous competing railroads servicing Dutchess County in Upstate New York during the late 19th Century and into the first-third of the 20th. With The Machine in the Garden, Brouws masterfully shines a light on the vicissitudes of capital that govern the successive layers — material and psychological — of economic and cultural infrastructure. And indeed the railroad is a cultural phenomenon as much as anything else: as the dominant mechanism of growth and development in the 19th Century, it fundamentally determined the way that people and communities related to one another. Like nothing that came before, the railroad restructured the modern organization of time and space. And yet that time would seem to have passed." More... Works by Jeff Brouws at his personal site.

Lumière and Company

Lumière and Company (1995) - works by David Lynch, Peter Greenaway, and Wim Wenders at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...Lumière and Company (1995, original title "Lumière et compagnie") was a collaboration between 41 international film directors in which each made a short film using the original Cinématographe camera invented by the Lumière brothers. Shorts were edited in-camera and abided by three rules: A short may be no longer than 52 seconds, no synchronized sound, and no more than three takes."