Greater LA is the first ever survey to take place in New York of art being made in Los Angeles right now, and its massive – but sometimes under-acknowledged – impact on the global stage. Organized by Eleanor Cayre, Benjamin Godsill, and Joel Mesler (a collector, a curator, and a gallerist respectively), Greater LA is the first large-scale exhibition highlighting art being made in Los Angeles right now as a subject worthy of examination. While many of the artists included have exhibited in gallery and museum settings in New York, they’ve never been contextualized as a group that shares, however subtly, an identity based upon their geography. Greater LA aims to be this contextualization, giving physical form to the oft-heard suggestion that the work made today in Los Angeles is some of the best in the World. Works include sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, installation, video and performance; none seen previously and many newly conceived for this exhibition. Artists include: Melodie Mousset, Andrea Longacre-White, Shana Lutker, Liz Glynn, Melanie Schiff, Amanda Ross-Ho, Anna Sew Hoy and many more. Exhibition lasts from Sunday May 15th to Friday June 10th. Check the link below to know more.
Erika M. Anderson emerges from the ashes of her former project Gowns with an unsettlingly beautiful collection of songs about pain and loss. Her debut album is put out by Souterrain Transmissions and is entitled “Past Life Martyred Saints”.
Manhattan-based photographer and filmmaker Poppy DeVilleneuve has released a new short film, “Love is Like Life But Longer”, produced to coincide with the opening of the new Mondrian SoHo hotel in New York. Written by Simon Van Booy, and starring the young actor Jeremy Strong, the film’s cast has a rich heritage in American theatre through actors Joan Copeland (Arthur Miller’s Brother) and Maya Kazan (granddaughter of Elia Kazan, who worked with Arthur Miller on “All my Sons”). In it, a blind young author and a nun fall in love after a chance meeting in a hotel lift and must rely on faith alone to find each other again.
Somewhere to Disappear is a film about the the desire to run away. Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove are two young european directors who followed the photographer Alec Soth traveling across America looking for hermits, survivalists, and others seeking a retreat from civilization. Some live in mountain cabins, some in caves, others in the desert. Who are these people? Why do they want to escape? And what is Alec Soth really looking for? Alec Soth is a world renowned photographer best known for his portraits using a large format camera. This film is about men, America, Alec Soth and the dream to disappear.
Alexandra Demenkova studied in the photography department of the Union of Journalists in Saint Petersburg. Since 2004 she has been active as a documentary photographer; among the awards she has received is the prize for the best Russian photo correspondent. Demenkova explicitly places people at the heart of her work. “If photography is not about people and done for people, what’s the use of it?”, she says of her work. In 2008 she received a grant from the Prins Bernhard Fonds, and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Her last work was shot in January 2011 and is about rural Moldova. Alexandra is also carrying forward a long term project about Russian province that will go on this summer too.
I want to be uncontrolled and controlled at the same time. The diary is my form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.
Visual Diaries / Girls is a group exhibition at the gallery Stephanie Bender curated by Florencia Serrot. The show documents and investigates a new breed of female photographers (Sara Gomes, Madi Ju, Helen Korpak, Manuela de Laborde, Skye Parrott, Olga Perevalova, Nuria Rius,Florencia Serrot, Agnes Thor, Sophie Van der Perre, Harley Weir). Claiming their photography as a means of comprehending their own realities, the results, which can therefore be thought of in a sense as diaries, are nonetheless thrown open to public scrutiny, in particular online. The internet has provided free spaces for photographers to show their work, as well as less mediated access for viewers. The gatekeepers are fewer, and this license to expose what is most personal has meant a kind of disenthrallment, an emancipatory buzz, that can be seen resonating in the aesthetic itself. Many of the featured photographers also see their work as a way of communicating with people close to them, which makes sense of the subtlety of the work — not its fragility, because there is also an unmistakable strata of something resolute, something robust running through all of these images — but the complex subtlety of this determinedly feminine collection of visions. In what are also very often answer-seeking visual momenti, the ephemeral looms large, generating a magical crackle that we, in compiling the exhibition, have experienced as something quite palpable.
For the exhibition a catalogue will be published at Moser Verlag (Munich).
Visual Diaries / Girls will be shown at Stephanie Bender Gallery (Schleißheimer str. 9, 80333, Munich), Temporary Storage Projects (New York), and others galleries (dates TBC).
Capricious Magazine presents an exhibition featuring thirty three New York based emerging photographers: Sam Contis, Grant Willing, Coley Brown, Sarah Palmer, Eric Chakeen, Kathy Lo, Agnes Thor, Amelia Bauer, Aaron McElroy, Nicole Lesser, Erin Jane Nelson, Alana Celii, Tuomas Korpijaakko, Todd Fisher, iO Tillett Wright, Hyers & Mebane, Skye Parrott, Peter Sutherland, David Geeting, Jessica Olm, Eleonore Hendricks, Luisa Opalesky, Morgan Levy, Rebecca Peters, Caitlin Teal Price, Lizzy Oppenheimer, Julia Gillard, Katheryn Love, Cydney Puro, Justin James Reed, Shawna Ferreira, Anne Hall, Kirsten Kay Thoen.
New York Did It to Me is an exhibition about living and working among the New York’s hustle and grit although the same magnetic energy that inspires and pulls artists the to the city, also forces them to seek retreat into nature and to reconnect with other sides of themselves. The exhibition’s natural focus on the emerging photographers, ties to the strong mission of Capricious, a magazine, artist book publisher, and curatorial project dedicated to showcasing emerging fine art photography.
This exhibition will open at Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) on May 11th as a part of New York Photo Festival. For more information on Capricious and other events taking place during the festival, please go to the NYPH’11 page!
Ami and Vivien are two girls living in Bangkok, they used to be financial people in the corporate rat race. Ami was doing marketing in an investment fund company and Vivien was a tax consultant. They both quit their jobs to work online full-time. And now are having fun blogging on ANDWHATELSEISTHERE, taking photos and doing clothes. Spark your inspirational side and dream big too!
ATOPOS CVC presents ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion at the Benaki Museum, Athens; the first exhibition about Character design in fashion, curated by Vassilis Zidianakis. International artists create playful dresses, avant-garde costumes and hairstyles, re-inventing the human body and sending their monstrous, enigmatic, radical and grotesque new Characters onto the catwalk and beyond.
Together with the exhibition, ATOPOS CVC presents the fully illustrated publication NOT A TOY. Fashioning Radical Characters, edited by Vassilis Zidianakis, published by Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin. This extensive, colourful compilation about the growing influence of character design in fashion and art highlights an international scene of established and upcoming designers and artists, some of them represented in the exhibition.
ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion participates in the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2011.
CaratteriMobili is an italian young and independent publishing company, born in 2010 in Bari. The project develops through four different series and two magazines. Their release “La città del sesso” will be presented by the author Leonardo Palmisano on May 8th at Circolo Passpartout in Bologna. Also remember they’re looking for new writers to submit their short stories to be published in their Cumshort series, this round’s theme is erotic literature, time is running out so you better hurry up!