"For the past few months artists Adrian Riemann has been creating a master work that answers these questions. Essentially, Riemann has remixed the characters of the popular 1980s “Masters of the Universe” cartoon series as highfalutin, Justice and Kid Cudi listening, circa 2009 hipsters. On top of that, he styled the characters in designer clothing as if this was a fashion spread in a magazine." hipsters of the universe
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Her work is now one of my favorite sense Pierre Et Gilles. Her extensive portfolio is very impressive and ts really ironic that I like her work sense I've always been terrified of dolls. Don't get me wrong, I still kind of cringe a little bit every time I see puppet on one of her pictures. I guess the concept and idea helps me get through my phobia ajaja.
Interview of Laurie Simmons by Linda Yablonsky I found while doing the research, for Bomb magazine in 1996:
LY So, what came first: the medium or the message? The camera or the dolls?
LS I was drawn to photography by conceptual art. It had never occurred to me to pick up a camera before that. We’re talking 1973 in New York City. I’d had my art education, I’d studied to be a painter, sculptor, and printmaker. I never even considered using a camera until I came to New York and saw what was going on. At that point, it seemed like the only way to go since painting was dead, of course. (laughter)
LY Did you want to be a fashion photographer?
LS Oh. That one I couldn’t figure out. It was certainly a dream. A lot of artists I know had fantasies about being fashion photographers but that was far too outside my realm. I couldn’t have anybody in the studio when I worked, it was such a private activity.
LY Is that what started you photographing dolls and dollhouse life? Having to be alone?
LS Well partly, but it was also a decision not to deal with reality—with day-to-day reality. I didn’t want to go out on the street with my camera, to be a photojournalist or wait for the decisive moment. To have a subject matter I could control seemed to represent everything that photography wasn’t. I wanted to make pictures that were psychological, political, subversive. Images from my subconscious that could inform. I wanted to deal with subject matter, but in my studio.
LY But isn’t portrait photography done in those conditions?
LS Yes, but you’re still subject to the moods and whims of a human. I was doing portrait photography but I was the boss. Nobody could talk back. In the beginning I was doing only interiors without figures believing I could create confusion as to whether the interiors were real or not. I thought I was making magic occur in those photographs, so people wouldn’t be able to tell the actual scale of the rooms. Here you are thinking you’re looking at the real world, when suddenly a giant’s foot walks through. That was the feeling I had. It made me feel hyper-huge.
LY Your pictures are re-creations of real-life scenes on which you’ve superimposed another reality. They’re sort of super-natural.
LS I go for the realism. I’ve always rejected that picture you like (the doll facing a lipstick the same size as she is) because I thought the scale challenged the potential reality of the situation. I don’t want to make supernatural pictures. Characters never fly. I’m not interested in a visual Magical Realism. Given a chance, I’ll always go for accurate perspective and scale in the hopes that someone might believe the scene.
LY So you’re a kind of trickster.
LS I don’t mind being that.
Films made by Simmons
One last piece:
Sep 26, 2009
Written & Directed by Alex Turvey
Exclusively commissioned by Dazed & Confused and featured as part of onedotzero and Dazed's Fashion in Film program at the BFI, Frankenfashion is being screened alongside the works of Chris Cunningham, Solve Sundsbo & Saam Farahmand. In his contribution, Turvey takes inspiration from the mythical Dr Frankenstein who took parts from different bodies to make a new being. Here, a macabre sequence of events sees fashion follow suit, leading to a surreal and transformational climax.
Featuring Wigs and Hair by the Sensational Charlie Le Mindu, Props by MADE and clothes by Nathan Jenden, Rupert Sanderson, Hannah Marshall, Louise Goldin & Manjit Deu.
Track 'Swimming' by Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons.
Frankenfashion is currently touring worldwide with onedotzero as part of the Dazed - Fashion in Film.
I have a friend that I'm positively sure , he will love Gerard Ritcher's work.
"Richter discovered the technique of painting on photographs by chance: whilst using photographs and newspaper clippings as a guideline for his oil paintings, he repeatedly dripped oil paints onto the photos by mistake. The resulting colour effects and the juxtaposition of the different media of photography and painting inspired him to intensely experiment with this unusual combination. "
Sep 24, 2009
with they're tail of a London trip they recently made. Beware of the camera shaking,
you don't want a vertigo meltdown (J/K). Still you can see how this normal woman take on the city,
in adventures of heels and dresses.
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 20, 2009
love love love love love, cant's say how much i love this:
“My project for Versailles mainly addresses the outdoor realm, following an east/west axis across the estate, from the Place d’Armes to Le Nôtre’s formal gardens. I will be placing several works or groups of works conceived especially for this exhibition, which will articulate the continuity that joins the site’s history to its contemporary protraction. This is a project that is dynamic, classical, open and universal, aiming to establish a new bond between visitors to the place and the spaces they come into contact with.”
Sep 19, 2009
Yesterday I went to see another band called SUPERAQUELLO. They have a pretty heavy
fan base here in Puerto Rico. I never heard them before, up until now, but there music is usually
composed by a sweet tune with ironic words. The lead singer has a really beautiful voice
and she dances in a way that really accentuates the bands feel.
Johnathan Cassidy has some really inspirational shit(in a good way, of course) His collages on his sketches have some really great page layouts.
"In the fall of 2006 I started composing various images that I had collected into collages. While this work does contain some minor illustrations of my own, for the most part it serves as a visual record to the trends and styles that have influenced me in this time. The pages above are displayed with my most recent work first and are updated as I complete new spreads"
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
I don't know if its the fact that Ive been going back to ancient Greek sculpture, but experimenting
with photography on that form of aesthetic, (maybe ill post some of the pictures aim talking about later on)
brings me back to a few references that I take from, like the artist Lauris Paulus. Maybe just the fact
that the image is distorted or the use of this classic sculputures is what grabs my attention.
I wanted to share her work. TAKE A LOOK