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Month: November, 2011

Please go away, feeling

Please, go away

Feeling.

Do not stick to me like tar

Sticking to my soul;

Suffocating—

“You are not welcome here!”— I shout

But Here you linger.

Invisible and evil .

Seeping through my pores

Right into my marrow

Stealing all sanity there is to steal.

I am rampant

I am sallow

I am nothing

I bellow

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JR street art: so very fucking cool

Street art over the past couple of years seems to have become very mainstream and therefore has lost a lot of its appeal. There was something so rebellious and so under-the-radar about it once that has now been lost to Urban Outfitters and the like. One “street artist” (I don’t think that title can fully appropriate his work) in particular, however, is changing the typical Banksy game.

(below) Meet JR: a French guy street artist who just won the TED 2011 prize for “changing the world”.

His “street art” blows other street art out of the  water. Using a 50mm camera he found on the Paris metro as a teenager, JR sends humanitarian messages by pasting huge, “as big as one’s house” portraits he took of individuals in public places. His most famous? The Israeli/Palestinian wall, where he displayed images of goofy-looking Palestinians right next to goofy-looking Israelis. The project is called ‘Face2Face’.

"Face2Face" series on Palestine/Israeli border

"Face2Face" series on the Palestine/Israeli border

Banksy tagged the wall too, so I have to give credit where credit is due. But JR seems to make a more humanitarian, engaging statement with his art by using the the war-engaged civilians as his subjects. The beauty of this project is that he makes each individual so identifiably unidentifiable. Photos of Palestinian taxi drivers next to Israeli ones,  in the public eye, up on the very wall that was built to divide such “different” groups of people– and yet, not one person was able to tell the difference between a Palestinian and an Israeli by looking at the huge photographs.

The other beautiful part of the photographs, too, is that they are so very light-hearted, and placed on such a dense and heavy symbol of hate.  I guess one could say the photos ‘Kill (the viewer) with kindness’.

"Face2Face" series

"Face2Face" series

The message he is sending reads loud and clear: The human race is united at core despite our nationalities and beliefs. We are all individual, silly, and beautiful people.

–A frown can be quickly dissolved by a smile, and yes, laughter is the best medicine, in my opinion.

To check out his TED speech, watch this:

JR also came to LA!  (whoop whoop– see below)

-LCWB.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

I wanted to post something on a photographer I recently fell in love with all over again.

Japanese/American photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto knows how to take stunning photos.

'Baltic Sea Rugen', 1996, part of the 'Seascapes' series

His work, besides being visually stunning, also tickles the intellect. Sugimoto’s work often reflects his existentialist point of view, toyinh with concepts of perception and reality.

'North Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton', 1996.

In his ‘Seascapes’ series, Sugimoto makes vastly different images of what appear to be the same oceanic horizon. Standing alone, the images are gorgeous, but collectively, they provoke a kind of heightened consciousness or awareness of something– existence, perception, — of “God”, maybe?

Sugimoto’s ‘Theatres’ series might be my favorite both visually and conceptually. He’s taken photos in different theatres from around the world of movies being projected onto enormous screens. Each photograph is literally a photograph of an entire movie– Sugimoto’s shutter literally stayed open for the entire duration of the film being screened.

'U.A. Walker, New York', 1978. Part of the 'Theatres' series.



Although these are really cool too.  Here are some images from his ‘Diorama’ series and from his ‘Portraits’ series– both series are photographs of inanimate  objects and representations from the Natural History Museum in NYC and Madame Tussaud’s wax museum looking entirely lifelike, begging the viewer to confront the concept of reality and non-reality.

'Earliest Human Relatives', 1994, Dioramas series

'Diana Princess of Wales', 1999, Portraits series

'Polar Bear', 1976, Dioramas series

'Fidel Castro', 1999, Portraits series

There are a lot more photographs I could post, but I won’t because I’m running out of time and am being a bad intern. If you’re still interested, check out his ‘Lightning Fields’ series for more gorgeous ‘graphs.

!!!

-LCWB.