And now my favorite photography shows from my Chelsea wanders on Saturday:::
The Darren Almond photographs were especially amazing—I WANT ONE!
So much to answer for…
So excited to be heading to London tonight! And equally excited to be going on my first ever journey to Manchester next week!
Since I have been running around like a maniac this past week I have not had a proper amount of time to plan my art viewing experience (hopefully I accomplish making an itinerary on my flight). I do already know there are a few shows at large galleries/museums that I will be checking out. And I am also making a pilgrimage to the Salford Lads Club in Manchester! Oh yes, this is going to be exciting!
Gillian Wearing at the Whitechapel Gallery (Only up until Sunday, Jun 17)
OUT OF FOCUS: PHOTOGRAPHY at the Saatchi Gallery
Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern
MOTION at Seventeen Gallery. Curated by Ceci Moss and Tim Steer.
I have finally begun to go through the massive amount of photos I snapped in London… here are some from my polaroid app. The majority of these are shot in the East End, with a few in Islington, a few in Soho, and a couple in random spots. Higher res version here.
I went to Philly last weekend on a mission to celebrate my birthday and eat lots of delicious foods (mucho success!), take some photographs (mo’ success!), see some art at out of the way, artist-run galleries, like Flux Space and Little Berlin (total fail!*), and do studio visits** with a bunch of the artists at Space 1026. Things did not work out exactly as planned at Space 1026 but I did manage to get a tour of the space and a peek into a few people’s studios. Thanks so much, Leah, Bonnie, and Thom!
SPACE 1026—THE COMMON SPACES:::
(years of buildup of silkscreened prints makes for lovely texture!)
SPACE 1026—THE STUDIOS:::
Leah Mackin’s studio, see more of her work here.
Bonnie Brenda Scott’s studio, see more of her work here.
More about the studio and gallery space at Space 1026 here.
*I made the mistake of assuming their gallery spaces would be open and trekked out to their slightly sketchy locales. Disappointed that both were closed, next time I know to call ahead and schedule something.
Over the past weekend, whilst recovering from my dumb (and nasty) New Year’s Eve champagne hangover, I could not do much besides lay in bed, feel bad for myself, and
watch a shitload of documentaries that I have had sitting in my Netflix queue forevs.
First up was Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman and it did not disappoint! This documentary totally reinvigorated my love of beautiful architectural photography, modernist architecture, amazing, creative, aged gentlemens, and all things B&W (I have been designing everything in B&W at my job this week and it is pretty damn FUN)! J’aime noir et blanc!
Why did I NOT go to see this house when I was in LA last year???
Filmmaker Eric Bricker directs this fascinating documentary about the life and times of architectural photographer Julius Shulman, whose work is known for helping to launch the careers of giants like Rudolf Schindler and Frank Lloyd Wright. With insight from fellow architects Frank Gehry, Ricardo Legorreta and Shulman himself, Bricker’s effort illuminates the legendary artist’s gift for capturing space, form and design.
The documentary also made me realize how badly I want to go on a pilgrimage to Brasilia to see Oscar Niemeyer’s buildings, SOMEDAY… hopefully soon!!!!! This whole place looks so fucking amazing!
There is also this exhibit of Ezra Stoller’s B&W architectural photographs at Yossi Milo in Chelsea… Think I will have to check this show out this weekend to get a quick B&W architectural photography fix!
we drove down many Long Vermont Roads to Quebec, Canada, encountering some seriously thick fog. at times it was slightly scary with all the crazy windy roads and mountainousness so i could not nap like i had planned (mother dragged me out of bed at 6 AM and i am so NOT a morning person)—didn’t want mom to drive le automobile off the road. i attempted to make semi-coherent, yet extremely sleepy, conversation and snap some photographs for a few hours to entertain myself and keep her alert.
we made it across the border and almost instantly it became less foggy and way flatter, things started to look a bit different… foreign. i am totally into the street lights and power lines of other countries, fascinating stuff, really! Ooh La La! CANADIA!
arrived in montreal with no problems (we did not get lost once which was AWESOME) & within about 3 seconds of leaving our hotel i found some architecture to get excited about, place des arts!
the first 2 days we were there did end up being incredibly foggy, i loved it, mom was not such a big fan:::
we ventured to Rue Amherst, this street is filled with the most amazing vintage furniture shops! oh god, i could have spent my entire vacation on this street! all my favorite thingz:::
arty automobiles (this van belongs to these peeps.)
a cute bike shop:::
& furniture stores galore!!!!!!
OH MY! J’aime Montreal!
I wanna go back, with a uhaul!
Still from Rachel Reupke’s Infrastructure, 2002, DVD, 14 min
ok, i could do without the cheesy ad talky voice but if you watch these new delta ads (below), sans sound, the imagery is pretty nice… a few of the shots remind me of my favorite londoner, rachel reupke’s, video art piece, Infrastructure.
i would like to think of flying as a glamorous event again (instead of a waste of hours of my life/complete hell) and these black and white pieces succeed in making the airport, the planes (their sleek/powerful forms), and zipping through the atmosphere all seem sort of sexy again. the negative flying experiences people have become so used to definitely could use a glamour injection! if only delta would get their stewards/stewardesses back in hot pants, i would book a flight right now.
An interview with Rachel talking a bit about Infrastructure.
on friday i traveled to new jersey for a press check. the driver who had been hired to deliver my ass to the printing press kind of knows me (well he knows i am a photography & old mill town enthusiast) since i go to jersey frequently for press oks & we have spent many hours chatting whilst stuck in the lincoln tunnel.
since it was such a beautiful day and the stars were aligned or something (i had finished my check early, it was lunchtime, i happened to have my camera with me, driver guy was in a particularly jolly mood) car service man offered to bring me to see a waterfall down the street from the printing press.
me, being a kinda paranoid freak, at first imagined the worst case scenario- a soprano’s style offing, then bye bye violet down the rocks. luckily i was wrong and it turned out to be a pretty amazing, unexpected adventure. no bad vibes whatsoever.
the water was super high & rough (i guess it had just flooded the previous weekend because of all of the rainfall). there was a rainbow & i got sprayed by some mistiness (which was nice because it was actually kind of hot out).
i think i need more of these spontaneous events in my life. i enjoyed my 10 minutes in nature and was back to manhattan before anyone noticed i was gone!