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Antony Crossfield’s Intertwined Bodies

Photography by artist Antony Crossfield. I love his manipulation of the form of the body, as well as the feeling that each image is a still from a larger narrative.

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Interview with Videos Collide artist Wojciech Kosma

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Last but not least is Polish artist Wojciech Kosma who spent took some birthday shots with us last Friday. Wojciech lives between Berlin and London, working between art and composition. His artworks and performances are often spatial, sonic, obliquely interactive and poetic, creating speculative aesthetic interventions and oft times deal with pain and endurance: how long an audience can extend their short attention span to “endure” an image that does not change drastically, how long a female performer could perform the act of oral sex on a microphone, or how to “Count down and come or fail to come on one.” Wojciech’s answers were brief but to the point, you can check a more in-depth interview by Johanna Reed (who performed his piece Friday night).

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Standard Operating Procedure

Another gripping documentary recently watched care of Netflix.

 

 

Is it possible for a photograph to change the world? Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed Americas image of itself. Yet, a central mystery remains. Did the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs constitute evidence of systematic abuse by the American military, or were they documenting the aberrant behavior of a few bad apples?

 

 

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Get Three Limited Edition Beautiful/Decay Books For The Price Of Two!

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There’s not much that’s better than adding three of our limited edition, hand numbered books to your personal art library. That is unless you get all three books for the price of two! That’s right, for a limited time we’re spreading the wealth and giving our readers our Class Clowns, Strange Daze, and The Seven Deadly Sins book for the price of two. That’s over 500 full color pages of incredible painting, sculpture, illustration and design by some of the leading artists of our time bound in beautifully designed full color books. So get to it and head over to the B/D shop to take advantage of this special deal that will surely inspire you for years to come.

 

 

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Eerie Images Of Teeth And Hair Clippings Beautifully Capture A Hoarder’s Longing

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In the creation of Autobiography, the photographer Jacinda Russell was inspired by collectors and hoarders, those compelled by the impulse to save seemingly insignificant objects as markers of meaningful experience. Driven by the photographic impulse to catalog her own life, she turned to what she calls “inconsequential objects are one aspect of [her] identity, easily disposable yet somehow kept:” cut hair, an old toy, fallen teeth.

Each meticulously-shot object serves as a tangible reminder of a particular section of her life; for example, the artist tracks the years from 2000-2007 with hair and swimsuits. The obsessive lens through which she views each cherished object expresses the desperate impulse to fix moments and spans of time within discernible possessions. Like a catalog of carefully pinned butterflies, each object is preserved multiple times over: once they are set aside, they are vacuum-sealed or placed in jars, only to be framed in the center of each shot with unnerving precision. Russell’s high-resolution shots scrupulously reveal and memorialize even the smallest details: the fibers of towels, the stains on clothing, the remarkable tonality of nail clippings.

The narrative of the series is hard to follow, and therein lies its power; the viewer is tasked with the impossible exercise of constructing a life between bookend-like photographs of chopped hair. What emerges from the powerful work is not the objects themselves, or even whatever personal and mysterious experiences they might symbolize, but the artist’s movingly frantic and ultimately futile attempt to immortalize what is already gone. Take a look. (via Lenscratch)

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Documentary Watch: Stronger

Following David Patterson, a personal trainer and competitive regional bodybuilder, this documentary delves into the sport of bodybuilding. We are guided into the world where only the strongest survive and the only the committed make it. With many, many wins under his belt over 34 years David discusses how building a body with weight training is both an art and a sport. Watch the full documentary after the jump.

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Erin M Riley’s Naughty Handwoven Tapestries

Philadelphia based artist Erin M Riley creates incredible handwoven tapestries with hand dyed wool on nylon warp.  Her work touches on issues of death, self exploitation through gender and the internet, addiction, and loneliness.

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JOEL TETTAMANTI’s Snow World

Swiss photographer Joel Tettamanti documents every corner of the world from Vietnam to Rome. However I find his 2009 series of images from Greenland called  Aasiaat completely mesmerizing. perhaps it’s how the snow covers every inch of the ground or the brightly colored buildings but there is just something magical about this series that makes me want to book the next plane to Greenland to start the worlds biggest snow fight. (via holyghost)

 

 

 

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