Archive for July, 2009

Jogging

July 27, 2009

Brad Troemel, Ball In Cup, 2009

Jogging is the new and replacement site for Brad Troemel’s old site.

Troemel obviously has more ideas coming into his head than most people would know what to do with. It’s a bit like a diarrhea of the mind. The thing is that most of his ideas, projects, proposals or videos are pretty insane and fantastic.

I’m not sure why it’s called Jogging except that maybe Troemel likes to think of this site and the ideas he puts up on it, as a form of exercise. The only other information posted to the site is an email address and a strange warning:

“ALL ART ON THIS SITE IS ORIGINAL CONTENT”

Definitely subscribe to his RSS and wake up to a new batch of work almost every morning.

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Merce Cunningham, 1919-2009

July 27, 2009

cunninghamMerce Cunningham in 1958 by Richard Rutledge

Lately, it feels like every other post on here is of someone dying.

With the addition of Merce Cunningham, it’s proving to be an even tougher year for the loss of incredible and genuine creative talent.

Photography is…

July 22, 2009

so over.

I know they’ve been saying this for years but it feels like it’s really happening this time.

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Julius Shulman, 1910-2009

July 17, 2009

julius-shulman-case-study-houseJulius Shulman, Case Study House, 1960

Julius Shulman, the great photographer of architecture and life died at his home in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the age of 98.

Although extremely well respected and probably considered the godfather of contemporary architectural photography, I think Shulman’s enormous influence will not be completely appreciated for some time to come. Throughout his long career, Shulman was a specialist at giving life to the static built environments he photographed.

Read an interview with Shulman from 1990 here and get ready for a documentary, Visual Acoustics, about his life and work.

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Dash Snow

July 14, 2009

dash-snow-poloroids-dave-schubertDash Snow photographed by Dave Schubert

Sources are reporting that New York City based artist Dash Snow died last night of a heroine overdose.

dash_snow_collageThe End of Living… The Beginning of Survival, 2007 by Dash Snow

Whether you are a fan of his photographs and artwork or not, one has to admit it’s a real shame when someone this young and talented dies.

Read more about Snow in this profile from New York Magazine and see a bunch of his great collages here.

Zen Pulp Master

July 13, 2009

Moving Image Source has a very insightful and deep analysis spanning the career of Michael Mann. Told in five video parts, the first one begins the exploration by looking at Miami Vice the television series which Mann executive produced early in his career.

I’m a definitely a Michael Mann fan and have been for quite some time. There is a beautiful, cold and somewhat calm calculatedness to his films which explode in fits of coordinated and hyper realistic violence. I watch his films with a sense of awe and a keen cinematic attentiveness while also sitting on the edge of my seat.

The funny thing is that I was a total Miami Vice junkie growing up in the 80’s, it was most definitely my favorite television show and I rarely missed an episode. My friends and I would play cops and robbers and of course I always wanted to play Sonny as he was portrayed by Don Johnson in the series. On more than one Halloween night, I can remember dressing up like Don Johnson with the pastel suit and of course the gun holster hung on my shoulder.

Obviously I had no idea until recently that Michael Mann was involved and largely responsible for the Miami Vice series but it’s interesting to think about another major filmmaker besides Steven Spielberg or George Lucas who might have had a strong impact on kids growing up in the 80’s.

Mann’s latest film Public Enemies is definitely worth seeing as it has a lot going for it. I need to see it again as it’s visually challenging and artfully put together. Coming out of Hollywood in these hyper-edited times, I’m amazed it was even made. It’s both an absolute period film set during the Great Depression as well as a thoroughly radical and modern depiction of those times due mostly to the visual language Mann has devoloped and of course the digital video technology he depends on. See it on the big screen if you can.

Photographic: 13-09

July 12, 2009

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Charles Ray – Ink Line

July 2, 2009

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Ink Line by Charles Ray from 1987 (16 Miles of String)

Don’t miss the amazing exhibition of three rarely seen sculptural installation works by Charles Ray on view now at Matthew Marks Gallery in Chelsea. It’s a mind expanding and totally tripped out experience.

The three pieces on view were conceived in the late 80’s and are all outstanding. Ink Line is the highlight but don’t underestimate the power of Moving Wire and Spinning Spot. If you only know Ray from his figurative sculptural work then you will be very surprised at how different this is and also how fresh these works feel 20 years after they were made.

Jerry Saltz wrote a great review in New York magazine a few weeks ago, it’s definitely worth a read.

Curious to See…

July 1, 2009

I’m curious to see these new publications due out this fall from some very heavy hitters :

I’m happy to see that this book wasn’t printed in a megasize. It’s printed at a reasonable 11.5 x 10.5 inches.

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Is this the first serious photography book made with an iPhone?

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This one will probably win the award for thickest photo book of the year, it comes in at over 700 pages. I’ve seen somewhere else that it isn’t one book but actually three separate volumes. We’ll have to wait and see.

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