U.S. Marshals is American photographer Brian Finke’s fourth and most recent series. The artist documents the everyday activities of the law enforcement officers. The photos are particularly relevant in light of police violence in the U.S. The most recent case is in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, the issue of race, of course, being a huge factor. The photographs provide a privileged glimpse of the conduct of these federal officers, something that should certainly be available for examination.
U.S. marshals function at a federal jurisdiction, transporting prisoners, judges, prosecutors, witnesses, and arresting “the country’s most dangerous fugitives”. According to Finke’s website, they have been involved in “missions ranging from tracking down train robbers in the Wild West, to protecting African American school children segregating the south in the Civil Rights Era, from enforcing all U.S. laws in Antartica, to seizing and auctioning off fraudster Bernie Madoff’s property.” A diverse resume to be sure.
The photographs are not surprising in what they portray – men and women in uniform and bulletproof gear – but there are moments of intrigue. I’m definitely interested to know what the story is behind the pink cuffs when all of the other gear in the photographs is so much more severe. I’m also curious to know what’s going on with the shirtless and shoeless man in nothing but a bathing suit being escorted away by a marshal.
Finke is releasing a book of his U.S. Marshal series November 20th and will coincide with a solo exhibition at ClampArt.
Jillian Ludwig’s series Fam Farm reflects in a calm, gentle manner the loss of natural farming within westernized culture. Genetic modification, factory farming, as well as deceitful packaging and misguided labeling results in confusion and a disconnection between customer and the source of their food.
Berkeley, California-based artist Justin Lovato explains that he likes to create works which are “dreamlike, ethereal landscapes that reflect his thoughts on nature and our relation to it, human belief systems, the psycho-political-control system, multidimensional concepts, and esoteric symbolism.” His paintings and illustrations are imaginative, seemingly drawn from some hidden symbolism within a secreted-away corner of the mind. Symbols and words intertwine with twisting bodies, often wounded by geometry.
Twice a year the entire streetwear/action sports community converges in San Diego for the ASR trade show. Each year ASR becomes more water downed than the next attracting cheesy corporate lines created to make a quick buck and outdated swim suit lines.
Fortunately the Agenda trade show has been making headway in San Diego over the last 5 years, growing its impressive line up of brands with each show. Championing the independent, DIY spirit of the brands which the action sport/streetwear community was built on, a diverse group of brands such as Incase, The Hundreds, Imaginary Foundation, 10 Deep and of course Beautiful/Decay will be exhibiting.
Agenda will once again take place at the San Diego Concourse from January 22nd-24th.
Stop by our booth and get a preview of our Spring and Summer 09 line.
Walls, we’ve all got them. Now, it’s the New Year and there’s no better time to start decorating – or re-decorating – those blank barriers.
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Jane Perkins reproduces classic paintings using found plastic objects like buttons, beads, jewelry, shells, toy figures, LEGOs, and other plastic items. With her careful and meticulous arrangements, she faithfully recalls well-known works, enhancing the texture of them and creating interesting depth. She implements each item’s original color and shape skillfully into the compositions, illustrating shades and lines with the outlines of the objects. From afar, her pieces could pass for prints of these famous works, but up close, the viewer is granted another layer of appreciation for them. Perkins applies her background in textile design to her plastic found object arrangements, artfully utilizing the textures of each object. (via my modern met)
Chinese artist Li Hongbo explores the adaptability of his medium by playing with the concept of the children’s toy called ‘paper gourd’. This toy is made from a stack of interconnected sheets of thin paper that can be stretched to form new shapes. Li Hongbo’s paper figures challenge the human form. Resembling human bodies, they rebuild the idea of what the human form can look like. The flexibility of these sculptures allows for a hyper-extension of the limbs, creating abstraction from realism. These elongated limbs, which have the ability to tumble out from the figure’s barely distinguishable core, allow us to find a new, playful and anomalous aesthetic. (via)