Thursday, April 26, 2007

Two sculptures by Mickry 3

"...auf den titten gehen" (2007) by Mickry 3, Y-tong and Styropor, verspachtelt, Acryl, ca. 55 x 34 x 25 cm

"Untitled" (2007) by Mickry 3, Y-tong and Styropor, verspachtelt, Acryl, ca. 36 x 21 x 17 cm

Nina von Meiss (1978) Dominique Vigne (1981) and Christina Pfander (1980) are three young women who live and work in Zürich, Switzerland. They met nine year ago at art college and since then they have made art together under the name Mickry 3. They make comic book-inspired drawings, and they have also turned these into small three-dimensional figures made from paper mache or other cheap materials like paper and felt pen. Their installation "Mickry 3 Supermarket" was a great success.

The sculptures shown here are from their current exhibition at Esther Eppstein's message salon downtown gallery in Zürich (April 28 - May 13). Inspired by an exhibition of Rodin they are made to look like real, heavy bronze sculptures. Mickry 3 humorously celebrate Rodin's Körperkult by looking at it with a feminist, revealing eye.


Three photos from the "Natalie" series by Craig Morey

Details of three photos from the "Natalie" series by Craig Morey.

Please note that these photos have been cropped. For the uncropped versions go here.

Craig Morey (1952, USA) has been working as a free-lance photographer since 1981. His clients have included hundreds of magazines and many high-profile corporate clients.

Beginning in 1988, working on assignment for Penthouse, Morey began creating a series of striking black & white nudes which appeared in numerous publications in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A hardcover monograph of selections from this Penthouse project, Studio Nudes, was published in the fall of 1992. A second book of images, titled Body/Expression/Silence, was released in Japan in 1994, and another Japanese monograph, Linea, was published by Korinsha Press of Kyoto, in 1996. Morey's newest collection, Twentieth Century Studio Nudes, has recently been released in German, French and English by Glaspalast Edition of Augsburg Germany.

Craig Morey lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You can buy a signed copy of his book "LINEA - 35 Nudes by Craig Morey" on his website. Books by Craig Morey at Amazon:

Sunday, April 22, 2007

"Polaroid Project" by DrivenByBoredom

"You might look at this work and think it is not art. To me art is something that means a great deal to me. These photos mean more to me than any of the photography I have ever done. When my apartment was burning down all I grabbed were these photos and my camera. I started these Polaroids when I was 19. I have over 60 different girls and over 100 photos. Unfortunately most of these will never be seen by anyone but me. Luckily some of the girls will let me show this work for the first time ever. Each one of these photos reminds me of a time and a place in my life. I have great sentimental attachment to these as well as my appreciation for the esthetic of sleazy Polaroid photography. These photos led me into my Awkward Nude project as these are truly awkward nudes. I wish you could see them all. These are not the best, just the ones I am allowed to publish. I hope you enjoy them."

More here. Via here.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"Dismentle Landscape 3" (2005) by Huang Yan

"Dismentle Landscape 3" (2005) by Huang Yan, part of a set of 5 C-prints, 120 x 150 cm.

"Huang Yan’s mode of visual apprehension represents in all evidence, a contemporary- Chinese- development based on Andy Warhol’s work. He takes the notion of the replica and combines it with contemporary techniques of image reproduction such as downloading, image manipulation, or video. Huang Yan has abandoned the domain of Chinese symbolism in order to take up visual narrative. This narrative discourse is a system, imagination and coercion, it is the systematic appropriation of the given cultural symbols. He does not tell us a story about China, but is rather in pursuit of a sense of values connected to traditional culture within contemporary society itself, both Chinese and international."
- Zhang Zhaohui

More photos here, text found here.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Two photos by Todd Hido

Todd Hido is a San Francisco-based artist whose work has been featured in ArtForum, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, NYC, the San Francisco Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum and others. The editions of his books of photographs, Househunting and Outskirts, published 2001 and 2002 respectively, have both sold out.

Hido makes color photographs using available light and long exposures. His subjects are contemporary quotidian suburbia, empty of people and otherworldly, suggestive of abandonment and isolation. This very personal aesthetic stands out among those laying claim to the mantle of Walker Evans. (source)


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"Cécile abandonnée" (2006) by Christoff Debusschere

"Cécile abandonnée" (2006) by Christoff Debusschere (1962). Courtesy Galerie Pascal Fremont. Found here.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

"Untitled" (2001) by Francis Newton Souza

"Untitled" (2001) by Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002).

Francis Newton Souza was born on April 12, 1924, in Saligoa, Goa, India, and died in Mumbai, India, on March 28, 2002, at the age of 77. He was the first of India's modern painters to achieve high recognition in the West. His work is in major museum collections around the world including the Tate. He left India in 1949 to live in London, moving to New York in 1967. New York remained his domicile until his death.

(image source).

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Four photos by Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons
The Instant Decorator (Lavender Bathroom), 2003
Flex Print, edition of 5

Laurie Simmons
The Long House (Pink Bedroom), 2004
Cibachrome, ed. # 1/5

Laurie Simmons
The Long House (Downstairs Kitchen), 2004
Cibachrome, ed. # 1/5

Laurie Simmons
The Long House (Den), 2004
Cibachrome, ed. # 1/5

Laurie Simmons (USA, 1949) is one of the first contemporary American photographers to have created elaborately staged narrative photographs. Using dolls to act out piquant scenarios within specially constructed environments, she has slyly commented on contemporary culture while re-creating "a sense of the 50s that I knew was both beautiful and lethal." Prodigiously creative, she has produced fourteen fully developed series since the 1970s.

Her work might remind you of Thomas Allen's.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

"Sestina" (2002) by David Salle

"Sestina" (2002) by David Salle. 81" by 84 1/2". Oil/linen. Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery

David Salle (born 1952) is an American painter and leading contemporary figurative artist. His work first came to public attention in New York in the early 1980s. His paintings comprised what appeared to be randomly juxtaposed images, or images painted on top of each other with deliberately ham-fisted paint handling. His subject matter tended toward the popular, the gratuitous, and the pornographic, and was combined in ways that appeared deliberately incomprehensible. His work was called "cynical", "calculating", and "cold". (source)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Three photos by Johannes Schwab

Johannes Schwab is a German photographer. He lives and works in Berlin.


"Toilettenzimmer mit rosafarbenem Kanapee" (1908) by Pierre Bonnard

"Toilettenzimmer mit rosafarbenem Kanapee" (1908) by Pierre Bonnard. Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brüssel. © VBK, Wien, 2007.

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brushmarks and close values. His often complex compositions—typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members—are both narrative and autobiographical. His wife Marthe was an ever present subject over the course of several decades. She is seen seated at the kitchen table, with the remnants of a meal; or nude, as in a series of paintings where she reclines in the bathtub. He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, and many still lifes which usually depict flowers and fruit.

Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.


This painting can now be seen in the exhibition EROS IN MODERN ART in Vienna, Austria.