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IN MONOCHROME WITH BALTHUS – HISAJ HARA

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

“We do not know how to see reality” Albert Camus

Balthus’s paintings have always appeared naive and slightly sinister to me. Canvas where the figurative style emphasized on a dark or fairytaled or mysterious atmosphere. Balthus works are certainly timeless, but according to many, strange. A reverie that seems to have touched Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara. His series of images meticulously recreate Balthus’ most famous works. Between 2006 and 2011, a real young girl, have been posing for the photographer, recreating the suggestive originals. Shooting in black and white, Hara’s nod to Balthus, recreated the surreal oddness, with a touch of formal Japanese film. The setting for the interiors has been a Japanese medical clinic. These tableaux hark  between a suspended period between childhood and adulthood and Hara’s technique is the old-fashioned, labour-intensive method that includes multiple exposures and the use of a smoke machine to create the opaque quality. The blur and the opaqueness used thus creates the otherworldly atmosphere. Hara’s monochrome portraits look strangely familiar to me and become an interesting discovery and a gorgeous composition and example of tableaux vivant.

http://hisajihara.com/

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EVERY PLACE IS A FACE, ED FAIRBURN

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Which face has your perfect town? Usually, when you open a city map you can see different streets, crossroads, trails. Pretty much all maps seem to be similar at first. Ed Fairburn is an artist who thinks that every map hides something. To him, every place is a face. He utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil crosshatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. Maybe your face can live in your favorite place, who knows.

http://edfairburn.com/

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RYAN TATAR AT RON HERMAN

Posted on November 6, 2012 by admin

Ryan Tatar photography is mainly inspired by surfers and coastal landscapes. Tatar, born and raised in the great state lake of Michigan and adopted by California, loves to shot on various vintage film stocks and of course, he loves waves and action. His magical work have brought  international attention inside and outside of the surf world and he has been mentioned or featured by magazines and sites like the Surfer’s Path, Esquire, Complex, Blue Japan, and Desillusion France.  He has collaborated with indie and international clients such as Uniqlo, H&M, O’Neill, PacSun, and Billabong.  Tartar is also an avid surfer and a Twothirds Sentinel, a designation given by environmentally-conscious brand Twothirds to those who share its devotion to the sea. A selection of the photographer’s art is currently being showcased at Ron Herman Sendagaya — original works on 35mm film and Polaroid that continue Tatar’s celebration of the aquatic lifestyle.  The exhibition will run until November 16 in Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku  Tokyo.

http://www.ryantatar.com

THE TEMPESTUOS NANCY FOUTS

Posted on July 3, 2012 by admin

Aren’t amazing Nancy Fouts creations? Her sculptures are designed on paradox and juxtaposition: on expectation of the unexpected. She combines objects and materials, linking ideas and common sense to surrealism and playfulness.  She basically recombines the meaning of everyday objects. Nancy Fouts, American born but Londoner for life, has pursued a career in advertising. She is either an image maker and a sharp artist. Surely a provocative and witty discovering.

http://www.nancyfouts.com/

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PIMP MY MARY

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Luca Andriani

The project Pimp my Mary stems from the communication of a strong disagreement and detachment from the commercialization of the icon itself. Spirituality, by definition detaches from the material and terrestrial, from what has now become consumerism: the Madonnas become thus soldiers and stand in line on shelves of retailers recalling the cans of vending machines that are served, consumed and collected. The project reached its second edition, managing to attract decorators from the art world and a lot of criticism from the Catholics.

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WHAT A WIT: SARAH ILLENBERGER

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is Sarah Illenberger? An illustrator? A graphic designer? A photographer? Words may be reductive to define this eclectic artist whose work ranges in different fields of visual and applied arts. Her amazing genius resides in her inner capability to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. German and talented, Sarah Illenberger, creates crafted object combining an array of different materials. Her works is a piercing sneak through design and everyday life, a vivid journey into humorous images, big or small, abstract or real. Defining her work in just one category is rather impossible. Illenberger touches all forms of visual, design, abstract, reality. Continue Reading →