Archive for August, 2009

C'est Comme Ça

August 13, 2009
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Photographic: 15-09

August 10, 2009

photographic_15_09

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Send an email (subject: Photographic: 15-09) to horses [at] horsesthink.com with your name and mailing address.

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*This photograph is no longer available.

Growing Up John Hughes Style

August 10, 2009

16_candles“What’s Happening Hot Stuff” from Sixteen Candles

I have been thinking a lot about John Hughes since his untimely death last week and it’s funny that I have never really given any thought to how vital many of his films were to my teenage sanity and over all education in life.

I know that I usually think of Star Wars as being pivotal or more accurate would be E.T. as I remember when that movie came out and the craziness it was to get into those packed theaters. But sometimes the simpler comedies and unblockbuster-like films of John Hughes are more enduring.

I can easily recall seeing Sixteen Candles many times over and reciting all the memorable lines by heart. The same could be said for The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and of course Weird Science.

Which teenage boy growing up in the 80’s could avoid being mesmerized, confused and amazed by Kelly LeBrock?

Let’s also not forget Planes, Trains & Automobiles, another great one with crazy and obnoxious fellow traveler John Candy. I guess Judd Apatow is closest thing we have to the new John Hughes but I don’t think they are really the same thing.

Anyway, I don’t have any deep thoughts about all this, as it’s just been something on mind.

Portraits of Theo

August 9, 2009

A few years ago I placed an ad on Craigslist seeking portrait subjects.

There was nothing really novel about this and I know that many photographers have used Craigslist in the past to find people to photograph.

I was intentionally looking to force myself to make portraits. One of the first people to respond and one of the first people I eventually photographed was this man by the name of Theo.

theo

Over the years I have come across other portraits of Theo and a couple of those are shown below.

I like the idea of this comprehensive and multi-faceted portrait or representation of one person who seemingly enjoys being photographed by various people. It would be great to curate a complete portrait of Theo by combining all the portraits of Theo that have been made over the years into a single cohesive exhibit.

I don’t expect that the photographs will prove anything about Theo in the end let alone define portraiture in any meaningful way, but at the very least we will have spent some time looking and trying to understand something about someone we don’t really know.

From Boru O’Brien O’Connell’s project Mavericks & Daydreamers:

theodore_boruobrienoconnellTheodore, 2007 by Boru O’Brian O’Connell

From Maciek Jasik’s A Thousand Souls:

maciek_jasikTheodore by Maciek Jasik

I am almost sure that I have seen other portraits of Theo as well around the internet so if you know of any others, post a link in the comments and I will add them to the post.

Photographic: 14-09

August 7, 2009

photographic_14_09

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Basil Wolverton and John Currin

August 7, 2009

wolvertonBasil Wolverton, Heap from 1955

Forget the mostly boring summer group photography shows in Chelsea and settle in for two amazing and inspirational drawing exhibitions:

Basil Wolverton at Gladstone Gallery and John Currin at Andrea Rosen Gallery.

currinInstallation view of John Currin: Works on Paper at Andrea Rosen

These exhibitions require some extended time and effort on your part because there is just so much work on display but it’s a worthy cause to be sure and quite an interesting dialogue that can be had between the two artists.

Although they are separated by a couple of generations, I wouldn’t be surprised if Currin was influenced and inspired by Wolverton’s quirky and bizarre work.

Don’t miss them as they both close towards the middle of August.