Aaron Hobson’s Cinemascapes series of open ended narrative photographs are amazing. Here is more about him and the project in the artists own words:
“I was raised in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in one of the poorest city neighborhoods. It has been described as “Appalachia in the city”. I’ve had my back fractured by baseball bats, been picked on, and did too many drugs before I was 14 and then dropped out of High School in the 10th grade. It wasn’t until 3+ years ago that I picked up a camera after a decade of living in a small town in the remote Adirondack Mountains and decided to mix my memories with imagination.
The cinematic style of my work intentionally mimics a society full of oversaturation to TV, cinema, youtube, video games, and more. The images pull inspiration from the most basic elements of human emotion; fear, sex, abandonment, and curiosity to name a few. The moments of each image are fleeting and never exact, but hold an untold story of what happened before and what will happen after. It is up to the viewer to decide how far or how comfortable they feel delving into them or even sympathizing with them.”
Caves evoke primordial feelings. In our globalized culture they seem to suggest looking for a home in a world full of anonymous locations. Secret and safe places, caves also point towards introspection – an unknown location where you can think your deepest, most private thoughts. Noah Becker uses caverns in his recent work to set the stage for both the social and private. In some paintings people to play and socialize and in others people are withdrawn into thought.
Don Porcella is best known for his awesome figurative sculptures made using pipe cleaners. He also makes very tactile and colorful paintings. I love how the flatness of a messy drip painting can transform into the immensity of a sky which is back-dropping a space opera on an alien planet. Check out Don’s blog for updates and shows, he’s been in a bunch of cool shows over the last couple of months.