In other projector-related news, The Walker Art Center has a flickr site, where I came across the above images. It’s a clever way to capture the image and the image-maker at the same time, and reminds me of old Polaroid photos of myself, age 7, proudly holding up loose assemblages of construction paper and glitter. More to the point of a “Landscape Re-Mix Art Lab,” the images, above, remind me of Yves Brunier, a French Landscape Architect whose career was cut short by AIDS.
If your high school math teachers were anything like mine, they sat behind a projector and worked equations until their hands turned the same color blue as the Vis-A-Vis markers they used. But the projectors never rolled their way into any classes where the projector itself could demonstrate the phenomena we were studying, and we never were permitted to “play” with the projector. But some kids in Minnesota are inadvertently learning about additive versus subtractive color, opacity, gestural lines and, oh yeah, landscape design.
Western Australian photographer Jackson Eaton stated in a recent interview that his work is concerned with “the feeling of being an alien within a culture.” Having faced exile during three years living in Korea, Eaton translates the emotional experience of spatial and social estrangement in his series, new portraits for no-one. The subjects of these photographs are often lone figures who appear detached from their immediate surroundings, dreaming of another place of an absent person.
What I find so captivating about Eaton’s work is the manner in which his photographs evoke a fragile intimacy and gesture towards narratives that exist just beyond the frame of the composition. Sure, Eaton’s photographs are visually beautiful and somewhat quirky (I can’t help but wonder why that guy has buried his head in a mass of greenery), but they also lay bare universal emotions and moods, as he juxtaposes loneliness and displacement with hope and desire. In short, readers should definitely take a peek at his portfolio and his flickr.
For the last month or so myself, my friends Ted & Angie of Poketo, and my buddies Josh Porter and Eric Trine have been working on a show in the Space15Twenty Gallery called Los Angeles, I’m Yours, and I’m happy to share some information about it. My new years resolution for the year was to start working more and more with the creative community here in Los Angeles, and that’s just what were trying to do.
Los Angeles, I’m Yours takes the best artists and designers from the Los Angeles area and brings them together into what we’re calling an “Art Market”, basically a gallery show formatted like a space you’d find in the Rose Bowl Flea Market. These creatives will be taking old and vintage pieces and giving them new life as works of art. Honestly we’ve got some really amazing artists do some really cool stuff with some unusual pieces. We’re also going to be totally transforming the Space15Twenty Gallery into an entirely new environment, filled with all kind of furniture and knick knacks.
Here are the artists we have involved so far:
Alex Krastev \ ASHKAHN \ Bijan Berahimi \ Brian Wade Scott \ Chris Bettig \ Cole Gerst \ David Browne \ Eamon Ore-Giron \ Eric Trine \ Erin Burrell \ Florencio Zavala \ Gary Baseman \ Geoff McFetridge \ Gina Osterloh \ Hannah K. Lee \ Ian O’Phelan \ Jared Andrew Schorr \ Jason Schwartzman \ John Pham \ Jordan Crane \ Leah Chun \ Marco Zamora \ Mark Todd \ Neil Doshi \ Neil LaBute for Significant Objects \ Portugal. The Man \ Saelee Oh \ Sarajo Frieden & Marci Boudreau \ Scott Barry \ Steven Harrington \ Tim Biskup \ Tom Vadakan \ Ye Rin Mok
The Market opens on April 24th, from 7pm to 10pm, where we’ll also have Justin Gage froM Aquarium Drunkard DJing as well as custom ice cream flavors courtesy of Scoops. And that’s just the opening night! There are plenty more surprises coming as well, so be sure to check back and see what else we have in store.
I feel like I’ve gotten a good crop of music lately, there are definitely some good things to check out.
Like I said last week, the new Rufus Wainwright album is an amazing step forward for him, just a piano and his voice. After that was the new Dr. Dog album Shame, Shame, which I wrote a bit about in the previous post. If you like their previous albums you’re going to love this new one. Yesterday ended up being a rainy, crappy day, so I busted out The Clientele who are always perfect for that kind of weather. Following them up was Bonobo who’s new album Black Sands continue to get me in the working mood.
Starting out the next chunk was Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and his/their new album Before Today, and it’s a totally bizarre but awesome album that’s totally starting to grow on me. Think drugs and rock music. The last album I kinda want to talk about is this Wu Tang vs. The Beatles album. I didn’t really think it was all that great on first listen but after another solid listening to it’s certainly proving to be quite a masterpiece. Don’t expect to find the album in any traditional ways though, you gotta’ know how to search the Googlez.