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Mary Ellen Mark & Julie de Waroquier: Two Photographers who Capture Twins

Mary Ellen Mark, Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, 7 years old, Kelsey older by 66 minutes

Mary Ellen Mark, Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, 7 years old, Kelsey older by 66 minutes

Mary Ellen Mark, Ned and Fred Mitchell, 50 years old, Ned older by 30 seconds

Mary Ellen Mark, Ned and Fred Mitchell, 50 years old, Ned older by 30 seconds

Julie de Waroquier

Julie de Waroquier

 

Julie de Waroquier

Julie de Waroquier

Twins: an almost illogically impossible phenomenon where two people look exactly, or almost exactly, alike.  Stories of the bonds twins share are equally as fascinating; experiencing the same thoughts and dreams, or switching places to help one another out.  It’s no wonder that both Mary Ellen Mark and Julie de Waroquier were drawn to them as the subject matter for their photographs.

Mary Ellen Mark is a well-known photographer based in New York.  Considering herself both a documentary and a portrait photographer, Mark was drawn to twins as a unique subject of fascination over a long period of time.  She first travelled to the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio in 1998.  Enamored with the idea of making a full body of work on twins, Mark contacted the Festival in 2001 to arrange to do a documentary and portrait project there.  Over two years she captured portraits and interviewed her subjects, ending up with over a thousand pages of transcripts.  The photos themselves, created with the 20×24 poloroid, are stunning black and white images full of narrative and personality.

Julie de Waroquier is a French photographer and philosopher.  Her twin series is titled “Chimeras.”  Of it she wrote:

“twins have always fascinated me, and not only because I have a twin brother: they are almost magic, and yet they are real.  Indeed, the fact that two people look exactly the same whereas they are not the same person is astonishing.  It is like a real dream, or like a miracle.  In some past or present civilizations, twins are even considered as gods…or as monsters.”

Capturing her chimeras in dreamy landscapes, de Waroquier’s images take on a kind of mythical feeling of their own, furthering the sense that the existence of twins is both mysterious and special.

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Stefan Zsaitsits’ Surreal Drawings Conjure Childhood Nightmares

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Austrian artist Stefan Zsaitsits draws portraits in pencil that are simultaneously nostalgic and strange. The alluring images often feature surreal moments that are from a child’s point of view and a deranged mash-up of characters, places, and frantic mark-making.

There are small comforts in Zsaitsit’s work, like the warm-toned graphite coupled with moments that highlight the joys of growing up. Some characters play with toys and imagine pleasant, beautiful things. Other times, Zsaitsits depicts children and their nightmares. Dark combinations of desolate scenes are ravaged by scary animals and enemies.

Through visual layering of these characters, the artist indicates that many of these images are seen in the mind’s eye. In the drawings, they’re contained within the body or its direct gaze. Zsaitsits’ symbolic works are a darker, more modern-day version of a child’s Boogie Man, and ripe for interpretation by the viewer. (Via Faith is Torment)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Train Logger

 

20 minutes of psychedelic clay animation bliss courtesy of Nicos Livesey

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Jeremy Bailey

For the next couple weeks, I will be posting up some of my favorite applications (as well as previous works) of the Rhizome Commissions (Rhizome at the New Museum, one of my favorite media art blogs), a program which provides grants to new media artists exhibiting a large amount of potential but maybe aren’t yet fully recognized in their field.

Jeremy Bailey’s proposal, DIALECTICAL SOFTWARE GUNDAM SUIT, “intends to create a new live performance involving a software “suit” that augments and extends both the creative and destructive abilities of the performer. The image of the suit will be superimposed in real-time over the artist during the performance. The work will be satirical, but will appear as a sincere attempt by the artist to create a more advanced human form.”

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Eric Perriard’s Urban Souls

Sure to put some bees in the anarcho-primitivist bonnet, I’d wager that mass urbanization is one of the prime inevitabilities of the twenty-first century.  Obviously, the emergence of the megacity will have a serious environmental impact.  But consider the psychological impact as well.  What does it mean to be isolated–or to simply find a place to be alone–when we’re all sardined together? Through a combination of chance shots and staged photographs, photographer Eric Perriard examines this idea of private space within urban landscape of Seoul, a city spread over a mere 0.6 percent of South Korea’s land, yet crammed with nearly a quarter of the country’s population. 

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Ian Pfaff


Ian Pfaff’s demo reel is a classic. In my mind, the guy nailed it. While partying really, really, hard while on spring break, Ian multitasks by writing, editing, directing, animating, building props, and making music. All around killer.

VIA ChangeTheThought

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David Mascha

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"Aquatic"

 

David Mascha, an artist based in Vienna, Austria, has been working with different design studios since 2005.  He has also done work for international clients, print magazines, fashion and design labels, and books.  David has also had work displayed in exhibitions in Asia and Europe.  I really like his diverse but defined style. Every piece he does is bold in its own way. 

 

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Jordan Sondler’s Geometric Nose

Jordan Sondler’s drawings and illustrations are full of quirky fun. Check out the geometric noses on all the figures.

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