⁞ ‘Real Life is Elsewhere’ ⁞

© Sam Durant, White Mirrors, from the project Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Myths, Massacres and Monuments, 2006. Inkjet print, 42 x 36 inches. © Sam Durant, Natural History Part II, from the project Scenes from the Pilgrim Story: Myths, Massacres and Monuments, 2007. Mixed media; Dimensions vary; Photo credit: Scott Massey. excerpt of THOSE…

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٠ 21st century food styling ٠

© Henry Hargreaves, in collaboration with chef/stylist Caitlin Levin, from the series Mark Rice-Ko. © Henry Hargreaves, in collaboration with chef/stylist Caitlin Levin, from the series Mark Rice-Ko. © Sarah Anne Ward, in collaboration with food stylist Heather Meldrom, Pollock-rice krispie treats © Sarah Anne Ward, in collaboration with food stylist Heather Meldrom, Mondrian-jello jigglers …

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٠ Kant’s classes clash ٠

The title references Pierre Bourdieu’s critique of Kant’s famous essay on aesthetics – The Critique of Judgement. Bourdieu’s take on Kant’s distinction between ‘taste’ (available to all animals) and ‘beauty’ (exclusive to the humankind) implies a marxist notion of the separation of classes. For him, Kant’s praise of beauty and of ‘pure taste’ is a…

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┐ Vilma Pimenoff └

© Vilma Pimenoff, Untitled (figures-left + beings-right), from The Dark Collection © Vilma Pimenoff, Untitled (beings), from The Dark Collection © Vilma Pimenoff, Untitled, from the series Demoiselles de Paris “Pierce called indexical the process of signification (semiosis) in which the signifier is bound to the referent not by a social convention ( = “symbol”),…

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┐ Rachel Bee Porter └

© Rachel Bee Porter, #2, from Subzero © Rachel Bee Porter, #10 (Lemon Meringue Cake with Key lime Tartlets and Margaritas on the rocks), from he Joy of Cooking © Rachel Bee Porter, #3 (Blackberry Pie), from Wallflowers “Having grown up reading a multitude of home and lifestyle magazines, my work confronts the expectations that…

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┐ Edmund Clark └

© Edmund Clark, Inmate’s table, from the project Still Life Killing Time © Edmund Clark, Stairwell, from the project Still Life Killing Time © Edmund Clark, Shared Room, from the project Still Life Killing Time © Edmund Clark, from the project Still Life Killing Time “Edmund Clark’s Still Life: Killing Time is a quiet meditation…

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┐ Moyra Davey └

© Moyra Davey, The Coffee Shop, The Library, 2011 25 C-prints, tape, postage, ink © Moyra Davey, Musik, 2010 © Moyra Davey, The Whites of Your Eyes (for Bill Horrigan), 2010 25 C-prints, tape, postage, ink © Moyra Davey, The Whites of Your Eyes (for Bill Horrigan), 2010 I’d say that these pictures are about…

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┐ Seo-Yeoung Won └

© Seo-Yeoung Won, Chair, from the series Compressed Reality, 2010 © © Seo-Yeoung Won, Wheel, from the series Compressed Reality, 2010 “My work starts with sublimating from a mere common object in dairy life to an entity having a particular denotative meaning. For this, I have paid attention to existing expression methods of painting and…

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┐ Jean-Noël Pazzi └

© Jean-Noël Pazzi, figure 5 – les cadavres exquis, from the project In(ter)vention © Jean-Noël Pazzi, forêt 6 – paysage, from the project In(ter)vention © Jean-Noël Pazzi, figure 3 – les cadavres exquis, from the project In(ter)vention “Ménager les site frappés de croyance comme indispensable territoire d’errement de l’esprit. Gilles Clément Manifeste du tiers paysage…

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┐ Iiu Susiraja └

@ Iiu Susiraja, Näytös, from the series Älä nyt suutu, 2008/09 @ Iiu Susiraja, Kannel, from the series Syömään, pöytä on katettu, 2010 “In Susiraja’s esthetics, an image does not remain an image; rather, it requires an entire life. Although Susiraja has focused on photography, her art genre is more comprehensive: to shape a work…

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┐ Bridget Collins └

@ Bridget Collins, Untitled, from Olly Olly Oxen Free @ Bridget Collins, Untitled, from Olly Olly Oxen Free Jonathan Baron, editor-in-chief of Baron Magazine: We are visually saying that emotions are not progressive, that instead of being emotional with others, let’s do it through entertainment. So for the debut issue – Baron has commissioned artists…

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┐ Jane O’Neal └

© Jane O’Neal, Persimmon #1, from the project Environmental Memory – Part I – Home Grown, 2009 © Jane O’Neal, Apple Cactus, from the project Environmental Memory – Part I – Home Grown, 2009 “Jane O’Neal acquits her flatbed scanned portraits of flora and root systems with whiffs of the semi-clinical, sexualized near-abstractions of Edward…

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┐ 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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┐ 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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┐ 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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┐ 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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┐ 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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┐ Anne Collier └

© Anne Collier, Questions (Viewpoint), 2011 © Anne Collier, Questions (Evidence), 2011 © Anne Collier, Questions (Connection), 2011 “I only work in the studio and use a large-format plate camera. It’s a very laborious process that allows almost no room for improvisation. Everything has to be perfectly aligned and calibrated. I’m typically photographing things that…

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┐ Jan von Holleben └

© Jan von Holleben, Untitled #14, from the series Mystery of Monsters, 2009 © Jan von Holleben, Untitled #15, from the series Mystery of Monsters, 2009 “Like amateur pornography, the pleasure of von Holleben’s work derives from its honesty. “People appreciate I’m not over-constructing an image: changing it in Photoshop 25 times, and their sense…

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┐ Lucas Blalock └

© Lucas Blalock, Portrait Study (Nina), 2009 © Lucas Blalock, W.M.t.M.M.B.M, 2010 “I feel that in my own practice I use various strategies to alienate the viewer from the picture but the pictures figure as stand-ins for the world at large.(…) I don’t feel my work is particularly concerned w/ content except in terms of…

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┐ So Hing Keung └

© So Hing Keung, Reincarnation of Matter #4, 2010 © So Hing Keung, Reincarnation of Matter #4, 2010 So Hing Keung’s photographs are full of humor. He is trying to bridge the Taoist idea of reincarnation and recycle together with the act of ChouDu (超渡), which means aiding the idling or loitering spirits to detach…

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┐ Shirana Shahbazi └

© Shirana Shahbazi, Mercedes, from the series Flowers, fruits, portraits, 2008 © Shirana Shahbazi, Stilleben, from the series Flowers, fruits, portraits, 2008 Echoing statements by Roland Barthes, Shahbazi commented recently, “Photography is a simple, stupid medium.”2 In fact, photography is dumbfounding; it communicates in a purely visual language. Yet, without a frame to contextualize these…

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