Archives for category: Photography

Artist Jenny Saville, a figurative painter, creates work that explores the grotesque, depicting people in various stages of transformation, injury, malign, and distortion.  Her “Closed Contact” series, created between 1995 and 1996, are graphic self-portraits depicting Saville nude lying on Plexiglass and photographed from below by Glen Luchford.  The resulting images explore concepts of body dimorphism, femininity, obesity, aging, and beauty.  She says, “The images offer, not a story, but an experience that begins in visceral uneasiness and gradually shifts to a haunted serenity.  The discomfort is complicated.  It is triggered partly by our sense of the instantaneous monstrosity of a normal human transformed by the spreading of the shape beyond what we understood as normal.”

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

More of Saville’s work can be viewed on the Gagosian Gallery website.

-Jayme Catalano

Lee Jung is a rare combination of poet and visual artist.  Her C-type photographs often feature large, neon poems against a serene natural environment.  In the work “To Death,” the neon words read, “With my soul in your eyes to eternity as you are inside me at first sight your name I swear take my all thinking of you to death.”  Her statements are often political and many of the photographs are taken on the border of North Korea.  Jung was educated at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom and was recently featured in the “Chaotic Harmony” photography exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  You can view more of her work here.

To Death by Jung Lee, 2010

Why? by Jung Lee, 2010

How Could You Do This To Me by Jung Lee, 2010

I Still Remember by Jung Lee, 2010

My Heart is Yours by Jung Lee, 2010

-Jayme Catalano

In his Mixed Media collection, L.A. based artist Alex Gross found vintage portraits and re-imagined the Victorians as superheroes and villains.  The crazy costumes notwithstanding, the effect contemporizes the solemn faces of Civil War veterans, society matrons, and school boys with our modern, pop-culture obsessed world.  I’ve always felt remorse for the long-forgotten people in those discarded photographs in the bins of dusty antiques stores but now at least some of them have been rescued from obscurity.  Gross has released a book called Now and Then: The Cabinet Card Paintings, available on Amazon, that includes photos of the original images before their transformations.

Mordo by Alex Gross

Peter by Alex Gross

Scarlet Witch by Alex Gross

Max by Alex Gross

For more information, please visit the artist’s website.

-Jayme Catalano

 

 

Image Blender for the iPhone is an ingenious little program that allows the user to blend two images together to create a trippy little masterpiece.  The $2 app offers endless possibilities for layering, masking, and filtering, all with a single swipe of a finger, simplifying an otherwise complicated and time consuming process in Photoshop.  To purchase, visit the iTunes Store.

-Jayme Catalano

After a decade on the road following the band Ladytron, Reuben Wu has developed a knack for documenting the overlooked and unexpected.  Wu is preoccupied with the “derelict, forgotten, remote and strange.”  His own transience and inability to make a mark are also themes in the work.  The images have a dreamy, almost visionary tint to them; the places and people don’t seem real and they all seem to be from a time long past.  As Wu says in  his artist statement, the images “subtly confound our perception of what is corporeal and what is tangible; as unremittingly human as they are impossible to place.”  You can view more of the work at the artist’s website.

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

Reuben Wu

-Jayme Catalano

David Karvasales is the rare photographer today who is moving away from digital and back to analog technology.  He is also extremely conscious of theme and story in his collections, not one to hastily snap random images hoping for cohesion later.  His most recent body of work, Hana, explores the idea of spontaneity, adventure, kismet, and youthful optimism.  You can view more of David’s work here or here.

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Hana by David Karvasales

Follow David on Twitter.

-Jayme Catalano

 

 

New, previously unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe are hitting the auction block!  Sound familiar?  It seems that every other week more photos of Monroe are “discovered” in someone’s drawer or in a box somewhere.  Did this woman, possibly the most famous woman in the world then and now, ever live an undocumented moment in her life?  Why, 50 years after her death, are we still hell bent on consuming her in any form?  She is the subject of a current NBC drama, a recent movie starring Michelle Williams, and countless books, documentaries, and television shows.  Even her diary, with its revelations and private worries, has been published.

And yet I find myself wanting more, and I’m not alone.  For those of us who still can’t get enough, the estate of Monroe’s longtime friend and makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder have partnered with Julien’s Auctions to sell an extensive collection of photos (including copyrights) and other ephemera.  The auction will take place March 31st and April 1st live and online.

Detail from a collection of slides to be auctioned this weekend

Slides from the auction to be held this weekend

For more information on the auction, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

RH Alexander creates images as disparate as Buddhist monks in Tibet, Occupy protestors in San Francisco, still life studies,  and stunning California landscapes.  With a Ph.D in psychology as well as intensive training in newspaper journalism, he brings a deeply analytical and technical eye to his work.  He says, “Photographs capture stillness in movement-a gift that allows us to stop time and deeply enter the visual world.  But great photographs also capture movement in stillness.  Within the image, one can sense something about to happen, something coming to life or passing away.”  The images below are from his California Landscape series.  You can view more from this series and others on his website.

Dawn, near Mono Lake by RH Alexander Photography

Last Sunset by RH Alexander Photography

Sunset over San Francisco by RH Alexander Photography

Canary Public Relations is proud to announce that they will be representing RH Alexander Photography.

-Jayme Catalano

The Instagram application for the iPhone has enabled a watershed of retro-inspired, digitally manipulated images to flood the internet.  The images often have the look of 1970s Polaroid photographs with their charming flaws and color characteristics.  With the press of a button, every iPhone user suddenly has within their grasp hundreds of digital tools, filters, and flash bulbs to capture the world around them in an idealized, often artificially enhanced way.  The images below were created by Instagram user so_may.

Image by Instagram user so_may

Image by Instagram user so_may

Image by Instagram user so_may

For more images by so_may, click here.  Visit the iTunes application store to download Instagram.

-Jayme Catalano

 

Artist Amy Friend often explores the connection between the past and present, her ancestors and herself.  In her Dare alla Luce series, she has taken vintage photographs and brought them to life with small pinholes of light.  The effect on the figures is apparitional, a reminder of our own mortality and transience.  Friend says, “I aimed to give the photographs back to the light, hence the title of the series, Dare alla Luce, an Italian phrase used to describe the moment of birth.”

Afterglow by Amy Friend, 2012

What is done in the darkness, will be be brought to the light by Amy Friend, 2012

Latent light by Amy Friend, 2012

We are a tablet of wax by Amy Friend, 2012

For more information on the artist and her Dare alla Luce series, click here.

-Jayme Catalano