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Jennifer Greenburg Seamlessly Inserts Herself Into Vintage B&W Family Snapshots

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As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing this interview by Jenna Garrett with Jennifer Greenburg.

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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Tim Bergstrom & Denise Kupferschmidt @ Halsey McKay

Two of my favorite upcoming artists, Timothy Bergstrom & Denise Kupferschmidt recently opened up solo shows respectively @ Halsey McKay in East Hapmton. Tim brings a new suite of his gluey material paintings that visually imitate sounds, while Kupferschmidt shows a series of studies surrounding a sculptural installation, as well as a lovely mural. Good stuff, more after the jump.

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Taylor Davis

I love Taylor Davis’ weird little boxes and bizarre constructions. A lot of them remind me of the magic trick paraphernalia I used to play with endlessly as a little girl- like they have secret compartments or something.

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Soundsculpture

I wish my sculptures looked as good as Daniel Franke’s soundssculpture!

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Video Watch: Kevin Margo’s SciFi Short Film “Grounded”

In honor of Felix Baumgartner’s recent space jump, we present you with Kevin Margo’s Grounded. After falling from a presumed spaceship crash, we experience the adjustments of an astronaut’s consciousness on his new planet. The artist explains:

“One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.”

The production quality is top notch, especially for a short film– visual effects, costumes, soundscape; the lighting alone is worth eight minutes of your time. Check it out after the jump!

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Made With Color Presents: Pop Culture And Vintage Comics Colide In The Work Of Emmett Potter

Emmett Potter - Design 40Emmett Potter - Design 36Emmett Potter - Design 35Brawl_BlackFinal.jpgWe’re glad to introduce, via the website building platform Made With Color, new artists weekly. Made With Color is an interactive website builder helping creative people design their portfolio without a complicated set up. The templates are minimalistic in their structure and their colors, allowing the eyes of the readers to focus on the art pieces.  This week we’re excited to share the work of Made With Color user Emmett Potter.

Vibrant colors and figurative shapes live in Emmet Potter’s art pieces. The artist uses mid 20th century comic graphics, advertisements, found objects and photography. His subjects therefore become mixed media pieces blending collage and paint. He calls them ‘handmade ready-mades’. Characters in action involving guns, missiles, love and war in a vivid and  expressive environment. The content depicted by Emmett Potter is inspired by Pop culture and Jungian archetypes. A chosen process to help increase communication with the mass and unfold collective consciousness. The rendering takes the form of traditional canvas paintings or unusual sculpture composition.

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Rasmus Emanuel Svensson

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Rasmus Emanuel Svensson is a musician and designer from (I think) Sweden. His work explores a sort of DIY aesthetic, perhaps most strongly exemplified by his multiple zines. He also appears to own a sort of record label called Push the Button.

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Hellofreaks

Hellofreaks

 

Led by graphic designer and illustrator Jerome CastroHellofreaks is a graphic design studio based in Paris, France. I’m loving these twisted, almost grotesque illustrations juxtaposed with color palettes that basically put rainbows to shame. 

 

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