Stacy Kranitz focuses on the multidimensional character of Leni Riefenstahl, whose focused vision and murky set of morals greatly inspired Kranitz. These grey areas spoke to her desire to understand people beyond the constraints of good vs. evil.
During Pennsylvania’s yearly reenactments of the Battle of the Bulge, Kranitz portrays Leni Riefenstahl and behaves with soldiers as she would. Kranitz examines how the photograph documents and shapes history, since much of our conception of history is based on images. The 500 reenactors base the authenticity of their looks on images and, in particular, on Riefenstahl’s film Triumph of the Will. Kranitz focuses on how these historical images have been filtered through both the media and propaganda, becoming history as generations pass and memories fade. Photographs and film become the dominant forces that shape the public imagination.
It’s been three years since the competition, but we felt like the artists and the work that was contributed deserve to be featured. The event, Meeting Place FotoFest Beijing 2006, was a joint effort by FotoFest International and Hewlett Packard China. The competition was an attempt to create new opportunities and provide a platform for contemporary Chinese photographers, and their work, to become available to the global presence of the art. The four day event proved to be an incredible learning experience for hundreds of people who came together in Beijing.
The two artists in this post are of 36 photographers who were selected by international reviewers as “some of the most interesting artist/photographers they encountered at the Meeting Place Beijing”. To see the rest, click through their website, where all 36 artists have mini portfolios!
I Don't Believe In Anything But This Is Transcendent
Drew Beckmeyer creates quirky paintings that fuse visuals from different times and spaces, often pairing unexpected scenes with seemingly personal and historical references. They are both charming and mysterious works that teeter between whimsical and ominous. Beautiul/Decay recently interviewed Drew regarding his process, and even took a sneak peak at his studio behind the scenes.
Gordon Magnin, an artist currently residing in Los Angeles, California, works with found images to turn high fashion magazine layouts into bizarre portraits. I like the way he cuts up the found images and pieces them back together to create something completely new, each having their own personality.
Opening July 11th (6-8 PM) and concluding on August 29th, the group show spotlights 14 Los Angeles-based women who all share a certain maverick outlook and ballsy attitude that distinguish them at a time when their male counterparts continue to receive the lion’s share of the artworld’s attention.
Harma Heikens produces these utterly amazing sculptures of children. Delving into the playfulness of popular culture and the tempting powers of advertising, Heikens “calls forth visions of a befouled world terrorized by economic and sexual exploitation.” What she delivers is pornographic and cynical, and simultaneously comforting in their reference to saints and martyrdom. These children communicate a grim, post-apocalyptic reality, one in which “the world has deteriorated or one in which we, the viewers, have lost our innocence.”
Myleen Hollero is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco. Her website boasts a collection of “photographs, mental notes and observations on timing, space, memory, people and some things in between.” Hollero’s photographs portray movement and, just as fluidly and richly, the sounds associated with the particular space; they put your senses to work! Kind of like the link between smell and memory.