Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s work examines ideas of dislocation and exoticism through a series of large-scale drawings. Cross-cultural and hybrid identities are explored through obvious and clichéd aspects of tropical culture together with Rococo and Victorian style elements.
The struggle to imagine cultural specificity is inherent in the intersection of extravagant and decadent 17th and 18th century imagery (chandeliers, mirrors, velvet curtains) together with exuberant tropical landscapes. Different strategies are employed in order to subordinate the contradictory into a delicate and imaginative order, with the aim of questioning notions of place and belonging. As the past, the present, the exotic and the familiar collide, absurd and fantastic panoramas arise.
Ofra Lapid’sBroken houses series is based on photographs of abandoned structures neglected by man and destroyed by the weather. The photos are found on the web while pursuing an amateur photographer from North Dakota who obsessively documents the decaying process of these houses. His photographs are used to create small scale models. Afterward, in the studio, the models are photographed again, omitted from their background and placed in gray. Eventually these are Digital pigment print size 30×36 cm.
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Tegels is an animation made of a large photographic collection of street tiles. By viewing this collection of photographs as a sequence, different movements and processes become visible within the frame of the tiles. Both music and animation are trying to find a balance between a thought-out arrangement and an arrangement of ‘chance’ deriving directly from the tiles. Watch the full video after the jump.
I’ve always been intrigued with the aesthetics and message of hippies. On one hand I like the positive message of taking care of our planet and spreading peace across the lands but I can’t say i’m a big fan of using patchouli oil as a replacement for showering or the patchwork corduroys. I couldn’t find much info on John Kilar’sWelcome Home series of photographs documenting a hippy gathering but they definitely stopped me in my tracks. I can’t tell if this is the United Nations meeting of hippies or their annual jamboree deep in the woods of Portland. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’d love to be a fly on the yoga tent just to see what the hell was going on at this thing.