As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Alison Zavos’ article on Matthew Albanese.
“DIY Paradise” was constructed from cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.
My work involves the construction of small-scale meticulously detailed models using various materials and objects to create emotive landscapes. Every aspect from the construction to the lighting of the final model is painstakingly pre-planned using methods which force the viewers perspective when photographed from a specific angle. Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am able to drastically alter the appearance of my materials.—Matthew Albanese
Matthew Albanese is a fine art photographer from New Jersey who specializes in creating and photographing miniatures from common household objects and materials. “New Life I” (pictured above) was constructed using painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.
Ian Larson’s works are incredibly congested with raw, dirty, crude energy. I almost feel too shy to really observe his paintings. The way Ian paints so thickly onto his canvas, almost has these exposed, and humping characters pop out of their environments in an attempt to keep you from looking away. Definitely attention grabbing.
The future is here folks. We manage our entire life on a small rectangle that we keep in our pocket and there is a mysterious machine with a secret location that you can ask any question and it will answer it immediately. Now you can add LED wallpaper to your list of high-tech innovations that you don’t need but want. The folks at Architects Paper have created a wallpaper that actually lights up to create tiny patterns and lights for home and office dwellers to enjoy. If this doesn’t mean we’re living in the future I’m not sure what will. All we need now is food that comes in the form of a pill.
Photographer and videographer Khalik Allah has been shooting candid photos on the streets of Harlem since 2012. Having developed a relationship of trust with those in the neighborhood he frequents, his photographs reveal, softly, but emphatically, a side of city life that is struggling and raw. Allah ventures into the night alone, with his camera and a few rolls of film, and through him we meet those he crosses along the way.
There is such a fine line, in photographing marginalized communities, between documentation and exploitation. When is the camera no longer communicating a reality and instead romanticizing the hardships? When has our empathy, or humanity, turned to voyeurism? Although addiction and poverty are notable characters in Allah’s photographs, they manage to refrain from becoming the central focal point, and his work extends itself with just as much heart as it does grit. Allah muses on his website about this very topic:
“I feel it’s impossible for any photographer to maintain objectivity. The photographer always has a literal point of view, camera choice, light choice, and many other choices; by default these choices will always make it a subjective form. Subjectivity doesn’t diminish the power a photograph may contain.”
Allah walks the line with a conscientious sort of fragility, and has catalogued a selection of work that shows darkness as well as light. There is a light that remains, and sometimes shines out. Allah has crept close enough to show us the souls through the eyes, in case we forgot to look for ourselves. (Excerpt from Source)
above: Brian Willmonts Studio, below: "Long Gone" 2009
Today’s Art Works Every Time interview is with Brian Willmont. His vibrant colors and energetic compositions command attention like a shot of tequila in the fluorescent glow of a Vegas dive bar. Read on to see more of Brian’s South West inspired “Clint Eastwood fever dream” works. Also, with just one week left to go before our exhibition, stay tuned for a new artist interview every day, starting Monday!
Donald Dixon’s illustrations are hilarious! His style looks really Japanese to me, maybe its because some of his characters look like Astro Boy. Kind of reminds me of a summer time a couple years ago when my friend and I, both girls, wanted to act and dress like little boys…ah…youth! The shape of the eyes and expressions also remind me of Helen Jo’s comics.
Kate MccGwire‘s latest sculptures are exquisitely crafted and detailed. They have this almost mythical aura about them as the feathers are seen spread in many areas of the installation space. Titled, “Sluice”, the work consists of pigeon feathers, felt, glue and polystyrene that are cautiously put together forming many pigeon-like forms.
As the artist states, “I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate, question, duplicate, play and photograph”.
Trent Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig are back with a new How to Destroy Angels EP (An omen, out Nov. 13) and a new single out now called Keep it Together. I have yet to see them live, so here’s hoping they play a few dates soon. You might want to turn this one up!