┐ Victoria Jenkins └

© Victoria Jenkins, Capnomancy, from Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research © Victoria Jenkins, Aeromancy, from Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research “A characteristic claimed to be unique of photography has been its ability to record the visible, material world, its perceived objectivity and accuracy has lead to a utilitarian application of the…

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┐ Chen Qiulin └

© Chen Qiulin, Ellisis’s Series No. 3, 2002 (photograph) © Chen Qiulin, Peach Blossom, 2009 (dvd still) At a time when her understanding of contemporary art was still limited, Chen was unexpectedly invited to partake in Parabola, a satellite show of the First Chengdu Biennale (2001). On this occasion she created Ellisis (. . .…

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┐ Hai Bo └

© Hai Bo, Winter, from the Four Seasons, 2003 © Hai Bo, Shadow 2, 2009 Time and memory weave through Hai Bo’s work, as they have for the last 20 years. For one series, They, he obtained souvenir-photos from family friends and acquaintances taken during the era of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Often these were…

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┐ Li Yun └

© Li Yun, For Individual Use, from the series Impermanent Instant, 2008 © Li Yun, Connecting Wire, from the series Impermanent Instant, 2008 “We Chinese people are struggling in the whirlpool of cynicism with no exception. This is my understanding of the current times. With frenzied emotions and twisted bodies, we are marching forward with…

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┐ Jiang Zhi └

© Jiang Zhi, On the white #4, 2007 © Jiang Zhi, Love Letters No.6, 2011 “Oneness and unity only rests in ‘word’, never in the ‘matter’. I recall a conversation with a neurologist about whether ‘insanity’ exists, and if it did, how. We arrive at an interesting concept, that we were not very interested in…

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┐ Chen Wei └

© Chen Wei, Broken Aquarium, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 © Chen Wei, Idol behind the curtains, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 “The photography/installation works of 31-year old artist Chen Wei illustrate an intricate imagination fascinated with the eccentric and fanciful pursuits of early science, mathematics, alchemy, philosophers and…

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┐ Amanda Tinker └

© Amanda Tinker, Untitled (Left Foot #1), work in progress, 2011 Palladium Print 8″x10″ © Amanda Tinker, Untitled (Julian with Peonies), work in progress, 2010 Palladium Print 8″x10″ “My latest work, still in progress, explores the intersection between the psychological landscape of family relationships and the body’s physical form, compromised, intact and otherwise. This work…

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┐ Gunnel Wåhlstrand └

© Gunnel Wåhlstrand, © Gunnel Wåhlstrand, White Peacocks, 2007/2009 109 x 160 cm, ink-wash on paper “For eight years, Wåhlstrand has worked exclusively with a kind of re-development of private photographs, using black ink and water, a precise and time-consuming technique that she masters to perfection. The earlier body of motives consisted of her father’s…

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┐ Kevin Van Aelst └

I don’t usually post on photographers whose work is being highlighted by other photography bloggers, since people who visit this place are often the same. I like to offer something else, and for that I trust my own parallel research. There are times like this when I shred that “rule” to pieces given the impact…

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┐ Melinda Gibson └

© Melinda Gibson, from the project Photography as contemporary art, 2011 © Melinda Gibson, from the project Photography as contemporary art, 2011 If Melinda Gibson’s photomontages look familiar, don’t be surprised. A flash of Ed Burtynsky here, a slice of Juergen Teller there, they are all made up of elements of some of the major…

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┐ Julie Cockburn └

© Julie Cockburn, The Veil, Embroidery on found photograph, 2011 © Julie Cockburn, The Astronaut, Embroidery on found photograph, 2011 “The loss of, or manipulation of, the human face is the most disturbing and fascinating aspect of Cockburn’s work. These faceless or masked portraits me of John Baldessari’s manipulated mass-media images. He often used colored…

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┐ Michael Wolf └

© Michael Wolf , Corner Houses Hong Kong, 2010 (print screen) © Michael Wolf , Tokio compression, 2010 (print screen) © Michael Wolf , The Transparent City, 2008 (print screen) I’ve tried to pull back and not make a post each time I see someone’s work I find relevant but don’t personally like, but this…

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┐ Walter Hugo └

© Walter Hugo, Oli Sims, from “reflecting the bright lights” © Walter Hugo, Natalie Darby, from “reflecting the bright lights” “In order to create the portraits, his sitters must stare at a bright light for 10 seconds without blinking, creating an intense and concentrated glare, a glass window into their souls. (…) Can you talk…

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┐ Rita Nowak └

© Rita Nowak, Zenita Komad, 2004 © Rita Nowak, Venus in Furs, 2005 Starting with an intense engagement with the self-portrait as a genre, two years ago Rita Nowak began reenacting famous masterworks with artist friends. In choosing the works to model, Nowak works associatively in that some works—due to certain gestures and moods—trigger memories…

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┐ Nicky Coutts └

© Nicky Coutts, Estates(Syon), 2007 © Nicky Coutts, Estates(Longleat), 2007 “The photograph Estates was based on 17th century drawings and paintings of stately homes originally commissioned to show them to their most opulent advantage. Each original is manipulated to look like a tower by copying and repeating the floors and placing them one above the…

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┐ Christin Boggs └

© Christin Boggs, Untitled, from the series Cheap Fix © Christin Boggs, Untitled, from the series Cheap Fix “With mass acceptance of America’s fast-food mentality, older traditions and rituals of preparing and sharing food are rapidly disappearing. Food and tableware have undergone a chemical makeover, resulting in supermarket shelves stocked with items that imitate flavors…

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┐ Alice Miceli └

© Alice Miceli, from the Chernobyl Project – The Invisible Stain, 2007-10 © Alice Miceli, from the Chernobyl Project – The Invisible Stain, 2007-10 “The project’s ambition is to create a radiographic series of images of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone depicting the most affected regions located on the Belarusian side of the border. These stunning…

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┐ An-My Lê └

© An-My Lê, M-246 Semi Automatic Weapon, Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal, Iraq, from the series Events Ashore, 2007 © An-My Lê, US Marine Expeditionary Unit, Shoalwater Bay, Australia, from the series Events Ashore, 2005-08 “Shot in coastal waters and regions from Iraq to Antarctica, An-My Lê’s latest series of photographs examine intersecting themes of…

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┐ Erik Madigan Heck └

© Erik Madigan Heck, from Undercover Jun Takahashi © Erik Madigan Heck, from Undercover Jun Takahashi (…) Heck’s working methods also demonstrate his independent streak. He eschews strobes and rarely shoots digitally. He even pooh-poohs test Polaroids, which would help ensure the usability of images captured with his 15-year-old, all-manual, 35mm Canon EOS 630. “I…

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┐ Elizabeth Ingraham └

© Elizabeth Ingraham, Resilience, from the series Skins “My subject is skin: flexible and emotive, superficial but essential, protective but vulnerable. A boundary. A border. A membrane. An organ. A commodity. A pelt. In this on-going series of work, I am exploring how expectation, desire and convention—our own and others—form casings which shape our deepest…

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