Japanese photographer Daikichi Amano creates strangely sexual tableux that bring to life the ancient woodblock tradition of “Shunga” erotica. Vaulting bizarre fetishes to the next level, animals twist into obscure props in some kind of alternate world vision, in which powerful sirens are enveloped by sea creatures and warriors posture. Amano’s White Witch parallel universe is as enchanting as it is macabre. The figures all have a certain allure and potency radiating from them that I can’t explain…. I read somewhere that Amano eats all the animals after the shoots so as to not waste them in a weird, extended, Tantric-magician performative move, perhaps….
Never Hide Films, in collaboration with N.A.S.A/Squeak E Clean and Rossangeles, has created a little viral video called “100 People Per Minute,” showcasing 100 people creating one beat-boxing orgy of a song in a minute.
De Kwok, out of San Francisco (currently, anyway… having lived in both Los Angeles and Seattle), photographs both everyday scenes and ones we hope are staged. His subjects range from elderly asian couples to rabbit-people to friends- always managing to have a casual yet engaging scene.
Dean Sullivan is like that doodling space-obsessed boy who sat behind you in kindergarten and claimed he really, honestly, for real had an alien abduction experience once and monsters living in his closet.
Jason Hackenwerth has taken the long tradition of balloon animal making, and has come up with what my 12 year old self might have imagined the Yeerks from Animorphs might have looked like, only in gigantic, horrific, beautiful form.
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Rich Tu definitely has a style. His illustrations are engaging and contemporary, though they harken back to the tradition of the beautiful Japanese painting style that so many of you had in poster form in your dorm room (myself included.. Tsunami, anyone?). Tu twists the idea to a modern feel, using muted colors with stark black, and dark and pensive subjects.
Kim Winderman is a California based photographer, capturing delicate subtleties is her forte. While it’s easy to say that all photography is a vehicle for nostalgia, Winderman’s photos actually embody the feelings that are attached to remembrance. There is a subdued feeling of sadness in all of her photos, especially from the “Immediate Growing Anamnesis” project, where overlay images act out her perpetual attempt to cling to fading memories.