OK boys and girls, get ready because this next video you are about to watch will no doubt be the best two minutes of your day. Now you might be thinking, “Why on earth would I watch a video about a college hockey team from Alaska?” Well my friends, on any other day that would be sound reasoning, but I assure you that after you watch this your smile will stretch ear to ear. The brainchild of Mike Martinez and his friends over at HiFi3D, this clip gets me so pumped up every time!
If you haven’t yet heard the news, Photographer Umida Akhmedova was convicted for slandering the Uzbek nation. Umida’s works under scrutiny are a short film, “The Burden of Virginity” and a published book, “Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk”; which both investigate gender roles in rural Uzbekistan. In a strange turn of events, the judge who convicted Umida granted her amnesty, as a salute to the 18th anniversary of Uzbek independence. Umida still plans to appeal the conviction. What baffles so many is the fact that her photographs merely document, and do not really push forth an agenda or opinion. You can take a look at some of the ‘slanderous’ photographs after the jump. Do you find Umida’s portrayal of Uzbeki people as malicious? Have you ever experienced censorship? Weigh in on the matter and leave us a comment with your thoughts.
Broadcasting live from the “Black Forest”/Germany is Photographer Alexander Binder. His work is very magical and dark at times. Alex has some beautiful black and white photos, but some of my favorites shine with a rainbow spectrum across the image. See some mystical rainbow delights from Alex’s new series “Traum” after the jump.
As a huge fan of Electronic Musician Amon Tobin, I’m excited to post about Photographer and Director Celia Marais. Why, you ask? Well that would be because Celia created a series called “Field Excursion”. She constructed a group of odd creatures, built from scraps of meat and fish that were named after existing or imaginary bacteria. A few chosen ones were then animated and included as part of an interactive minisite released alongside Amon’s album, Foley Room. You can also view the animated creatures as a video.
Alexey Titarenko sees dead people. When he has a camera in his hand, he conjures spirits from other dimensions. I love his ghostly imagery. He started summoning apparitions via photographs in the early 70’s. In 1978, he became a member of Leningrad photographic club, Zerkalo. Since Alexey’s work did not conform to the Communist agenda, he was not able to publicly declare himself an artist until 1989. Now his photographs are featured in museums around the world. Alexey is currently represented exclusively by Nailya Alexander Gallery in NY.
Okay Master Debators – we have a hot debate for you to weigh in on. We received a submission from John Malta. We think his work is really cool… but we can’t help but notice a similarity to Matt Leines. This illustration style seems to be popular nowadays. Is it just the current style or is John influenced by Leines? You can see some comparisons after the jump. We have no intention to bash John’s work, but we are interested to hear your opinions on the matter. What do you think?
Open your eyes and clean out your ears, kids. Connie Wong has some fresh artwork to accompany your Wednesday morning. Ear wax and boogers have never been cooler.
Friday night is gonna be quite a night for art, folks. I am very excited to see Paul Chatem’s “The Death of Bighead” at Cave Gallery. Not only does Paul have an awesome style, but he makes interactive paintings! You can turn the gears and crank his artwork to your heart’s content. It’s hard to think of anything more fun than that. After the jump, you can watch some videos of his multimedia madness in motion. I’ll see you at the opening tomorrow evening!