Samantha Casolaris photo series depicts teenage sanctuary in New York. “The story regards a group of teenagers transvestites and transexuals who live in a house managed by a priest, in Astoria, Queens.
I’ll be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about dance, especially when it comes to ballet. I am, however, a huge Fall fan, which led me to these videos of choreography by Michael Clark, a British dancer who famously shook up the modern dance world by staging avant-garde productions often set to experimental or post-punk music. These clips come from a 1988 ballet called “I Am Curious, Orange” which was scored entirely by The Fall. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been much proper documentation done of this work, but these YouTube clips, taken from Charles Atlas’ long out of print film Hail the New Puritan will have to suffice.
Texas born photographer Ignacio Torres‘s new series Stellar is a fine example of camera wizardry. Capturing four different angles of models jumping, sliding, twisting and falling in the desert surrounded by flying dust and confetti, he has tried to capture the essence of youth. More specifically, how humans and scientific theories co exist and inter-relate. Torres explains a bit more about his project here:
This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death. I created imagery that showcased this cosmic birth through the use of dust and reflective confetti to create galaxies. The models organic bodily expressions as they are frozen in time between the particles suggest their celestial creation. (Source)
His animated images certainly have a little something heavenly or even spiritual about them. I’m sure at times we have all been impressed by certain natural phenomenon – fireflies, glow worms, phosphorescence on the beach or in the water, and Torres’ celebrates these wondrous things that occur effortlessly and completely unaided around us. He goes on to explain:
In addition, space and time is heightened by the use of three-dimensional animated gifs. Their movement serves as a visual metaphor to the spatial link we share with stars as well as their separateness through time. (Source)
Stellar has a beautiful vibrancy and energy about it. The series has the same vivacity and zest as watching enthusiasts like Neil deGrasse Tyson or David Attenborough talk about their obsessions with the world that surround us. I imagine Torres would be very happy if his work piqued our interest in astronomy, botany, or at the very least, about our own humanity. Because it is indeed a marvelous and astounding thing. (Via We The Urban)
In his portfolio, describing the above piece,’max’ explains, “My heroes are the heroes of socialism, Marx and Engels. And, as all heroes, they are there to protect us from chaos. And, as all heroes do, they fail.”
Illustrator, graphic designer, artist, Max-O-Matic, from Barcelona, seems to take his work as seriously as honest, heartfelt parody. You’re sure to find a little cynicism and humor in his mixed media projects, wherever they may be viewed, in editorials, on skateboards, or in sculpture. check out how he uses illustration and collage…
Australian photographer Jacob Ring updates us with several new personal and commercial projects on his newly relaunched site.
Indonesia based artist Debbie Tea was a multi-media student, but she now chooses to express herself primarily through her camera. Her photographs, many of which she presents in series, are observations of a peculiar sort. She pulls together that which tends to reamain separate, and displays her subjects by playing with their absence.
As you can probably tell by now we’re big fans of color over here at B/D. Athena Melton is a fan of color as well, bringing us these gorgeous monochromatic still life photographs. It’s amazing how a simple move such as grouping similar colored objects together can completely change the dynamics between them and create a powerful visual. Kudos to Athena for a great body of work.