Photographer and Indiana University Northwest professor Jennifer Greenburg has been gathering vintage negatives for years. In her work Revising History, Greenburg appropriates these black and white images by digitally inserting herself as a main character, mimicking the gestures of the moment and the clothing of the period. By circumventing someone else’s photographs and calling them her own, Greenburg exhibits the innately false nature of memory and the family snapshot.
I think a lot of artists collect old photographs as there is a sort of mystery and unknown to them. What made you decide to insert yourself into someone else’s memories?
“When I look at someone else’s life though the lens of someone else’s camera, I create my own stories. I have done this as long as I can remember. Usually when someone shows you their photographs, they cannot help but narrate the images. I ignore that narration. Instead, I make up a fantasy in my own mind. I idealize everything– becoming quite nostalgic– even if the subjects in the photos are completely unknown to me. I prefer a wistful interpretation. Photography is an interpretation of what is in front of the lens. Yet, as a culture, we rarely acknowledge that. We still believe that what we see in a photograph is truthful.
“The fantasy of all photographs is what I am commenting on through my work. By placing myself in a time and place that could not possibly be real, I address the concept that the lens does not hold much, or any, truth.”
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when captured from the side, you can see how the individual layers of paint appear out of the white surface.
Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner’s latest “Orchid” series of paint actions depicts the ephemeral nature of gravity and fluid paint, frozen in time. In each image Oefner captures a fleeting moment with his camera which appear to look like sculptural floral blooms when in fact they are explosions of paint set into motion by gravity.
In his unique process Oefner filled a tank with several layers of different colors of liquid paint with the top layer being either black or white. Then, a sphere was thrown into the paint. As the falling object splashed into the tank, the paint was forced upwards, shaping the individual layers of paint into a blossom-like structure.
“Orchid” is about preserving ephemeral beauty. Photographed with high speed devices, these images capture structures of sublime elegance, which appear only for a fraction of a second before disappearing beneath the surface again. (via designboom)
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The Water Box series was conceived by Evelyn Henriquez as a further exploration of the body, specifically the female form, portrayed in a moment of struggle and perhaps transformation where the lines between fear, anxiety, comfort and resolution become blurred. This initial idea translated into images of an adult woman confined to a 48″ x 15″ x 17″ fish tank. In each instance, the model was left to reconcile herself with the water, the tank, and ultimately with her own body. The resulting images capture this process; a psychological, emotional, and physical state that, though under the watchful eye of the camera lens, magnifies the isolated, insulated, and at times meditative state of each model.
Art meets commerce in this video directed by the legendary Joe Pytka. Pytka, a cinematographer, director and film maker was so inspired by New York-based artist Nate Lowman’s Just One Eye project with Converse he was inspired to create a short filmed that embodied the spirit of the project.
In the video, the viewer is welcomed into an enigmatic scene with a disembodied eyeball, blood and dimly lit hallways. Something sinister and grim is afoot and then we meet our one-eyed protagonist. It leaves the viewer thinking, just what is going on here? What’s going on is a collaboration between artist Nate Lowman and Converse to make a custom Chuck Taylor shoe. Lowman has cut one of his paintings (depicting a copy of Willem de Kooning’s 1954 portrait of Marilyn Monroe) into as many pairs of unique high-top Chuck Taylors as possible.
The great thing about these collaborations is that it exposes a whole new audience to art and allows them to incorporate it into their every day lives. Lowman’s work has been described by New York Times chief art critic as “down-and-out excursions into collage, graffiti and appropriation.” Lowman’s first critical acclaim came about as a result of a show with P.S.1. He has also collaborated with brands like Supreme to create exclusive products. Each pair of Chuck Taylors from the Just One Eye: Nate Lowman collaboration is a unique piece of art in and of itself, a fragment of a whole. Everyone who owns a pair of this collection will be part of this unique part of Converse history.
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Korean born, NYC based Heeseop Yoon is not scared of scale. Her impressive wall drawings cover gallery walls in a manic entanglement of line and form, swaying back and forth between abstraction and representation. From afar the drawings resemble a mass of scribbles weaving through one another but as you get closer you realize that the dense drawings are actually layer upon layer of furniture, clothing, objects, and other household items. What’s even more impressive is that Yoon’s drawings are not created with paint or ink but are in fact “drawn” with hundreds of feet of black tape that are cut into pieces. Other murals are created with cut Mylar layered on top of each other to create ghostly images that resemble X-rays.
Yoon states about her work:
My work deals with memory and perception within cluttered spaces. I begin by photographing interiors such as basements, workshops, and storage spaces, places where everything is jumbled and time becomes ambiguous without the presence of people. From these photographs I construct a view and then I draw freehand without erasing. As I correct “mistakes” the work results in double or multiple lines, which reflect how my perception has changed over time and makes me question my initial perception. Paradoxically, greater concentration and more lines make the drawn objects less clear. The more I see, the less I believe in the accuracy or reality of the images I draw.
Christian Kraemer AKA Dome is a Karlsruhe, Germany based street artist with a knack for monochromatic murals. Not confining himself to the streets of Germany, the artist paints his massive black and white murals everywhere from Turkey to Poland. Focusing on surreal themes, Kraemer’s work taps into mysterious narratives that take place in familiar yet strange worlds full of elongated figures wearing animal heads upon their heads while playing music as they travel in unknown seas.