In the photography of Brian Green, there is a certain raw, unrestrained and immediate intimacy balanced with a straight to the heart mundaneness that is reminiscent of William Eggleston’s bland, yet brilliant portraits of the American South. And there is a parralel between Green and Eggleston – both are Southerners – Green is based in South Carolina. Just like all great Southern Gothic novels, Green’s lanscape is rife with latent horrors and an effluvious aura of murder and erotica, like freeze frames from the dreams of a ghost with blurry and rough hewn images of skies, roads, grass and signage. There is also a strict dichotomy between Green’s landscapes and haunting portraits of tattooed women who lay about languorous in twilit and crepuscular Southern skies. See interview and more images after the jump. [SEE MORE...]
Detail of a self portrait by Megan McIsaac
On view now at the Albertina, in cooperation with the Museum Folkwang, Essen is dedicating a retrospective to the American photographer Joel Sternfeld showing around 130 works from more than three decades of artistic activity. Joel Sternfeld is among the most important representatives of New Color Photography, which discovered colour for artistic photography in the 1970′s. On view until October 7, 2012 at the Albertina, 1010 Vienna, Austria.
Cindy Sherman’s amazing retrospective is currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Opening this Friday, August 17, Chapters, an exhibition of photographs by Abbey Meaker and Amanda Zackem will be on view atthe Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery in Vermont. Chapter will on view through September 18, 2012, Furchgott-Sourdiffe Gallery, 86 Falls Road, Shelburne, Vermont
What is there to say about photographer Ren Hang? His images spill into an obscene wonderland where basic questions become irrelevant and a twisted sense climbs over your flesh like worms on rotted meat. You’re glad they’re just photographs – like looking at the world face first against a closed window on the thousandth floor of some skyscraper. Based in Beijing, Hang is a new breed of 21st century Chinese artists riding the wave of modernization and cultural reawakening in China. But thats not saying we’re not lucky to experience Hang’s work – China is still vastly censorial and harsh against any material it deems slightly immoral. Hang’s work plays with fire, albeit delicately and at times tongue in cheek and never does it seem to shock for the sheer purpose to shock. Hang’s work is evidence of a deeply creative soul who bends erotic concepts like impermeable alloy into immaculate imagery rife with crude and mysterious spirituality. Hang’s subjects are dancers in a dangerous dance of lust and desire. See more images and read interview after the jump. [CLICK HERE....]
A great photograph pulled from Vermont based artist Abbey Meaker’s new website revamped by Pas Un Autre Industries.
The amazing band Woods on the beach in Southern California. Woods’ seventh album Bend Beyond is due out this September. Photograph by Adarsha Benjamin
Adarsha Benjamin Driving, Somewhere in California. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Now availble for preorder on Kominek publishers, Alec Soth‘s photobook Looking for Love, 1996,including his photo series of the same name, looks back to the time of the beginning, the time when everything is still open and exciting, when everything gently falls into place. It’s the phase of the beginning, that forms the basis not only of a new love, but also of each new photographic project. It‘s a book about searching, about the curious and intuitive approach to people and their stories. About falling in love to a medium that opens insights to worlds that would otherwise stay hidden – intensive and haunting like an interminable night at the bar. Looking for Love, 1996 will officially be available this September.