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While debate regarding unauthorized use of Facebook pics rages on, a photograph from the pre-digital age has gotten one indie group in some serious trouble. Former fashion model Ann Kirsten Kennis is suing buzz band Vampire Weekend for a cool $2 million, claiming a 1983 photo of her was used in their Contra album cover art without her consent.
Kennis, who currently resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her family, was reportedly very surprised to see her doe-in-headlights likeness in a preppy Polo shirt on the Contra cover, when her daughter showed her the disc earlier this year. "Her daughter came home one day and said, "Hi, Mom, see your picture?'" Kennis's lawyer, Alan Neigher, told Entertainment Weekly. Neigher also told EW that the photo was never intended for professional use. "It was taken by her family. It was a Polaroid, not a modeling picture," he insisted. "Her mother was a chronic Polaroid snapshot-taker, and used to sell whole archives of photographs to these shops, five bucks a hundred or whatever. Her mother may have given away to a charity bazaar a whole ream of photographs. We just really don't know...[Kennis] has no idea how that photograph got into the photographer's hands."
The photographer in question is Tod Brody, who along with Vampire Weekend's record label, XL Recordings, is also named in Kennis's $2 million misappropriation-of-identity lawsuit. See, Kennis claims Brody duped Vampire Weekend into believing he was the photographer who had shot the Polo pic, and that he forged her signature (as "Kirsten Johnson" in one spot and "Kirsten Johnsen" in another, Neigher says) on the photo's release form. Brody of course has denied this, telling EW: "Ms. Kennis's claim that I didn't take the photo is blatantly false. I took the photo in 1983. The photo was in my possession the entire time, for 26 years, until it was delivered to Vampire Weekend." (Incidentally, the photograph seems to have been removed from Brody's website, www.todbrodyphoto.com, although it was once included in the Portraits section under the file name "Kirsten.")
The band, who reportedly paid $5,000 to use the picture, have also issued their own formal statement: "As is standard practice, Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of Contra pursuant to a license agreement that contains representations and warranties authorizing this use of the photo. Now that a lawsuit has been filed, we look forward to having the matter resolved in court."
So there are several questions here. First, who took the photo--Kennis's mother or Tod Brody? And if it was the mom, then did Brody really forge Kennis's signature and claim he was the real photographer? And if so, how did he think he'd get away with such a scam, since it was inevitable that Kennis would eventually see the cover? (After all, the album did debut at number one on the Billboard album chart in January 2010, so it was hardly obscure.) Conversely, if it was Brody who took the pic, is it possible that Kennis failed to read the fine print and didn't realize she was signing away rights to the picture 27 years ago?
And finally, did Vampire Weekend have any responsibility--as Kennis alleges--to make sure the photo release form's signature was legit? It's unclear just how much the band knew about their cover model before this lawsuit; when asked about the girl in interviews at the time of Contra's release, they gave deliberately vague answers. Lead singer Ezra Koenig told MTV News: "We know where the image came from, but we're not being very specific about her. We don't know her or anything....there's just something infinitely fascinating about a nice portrait of somebody, especially when she's got this ambiguous look, and people can read a lot into it....It makes you realize how much you can imagine about somebody when you know nothing about them, based on only a few signifiers."
The mystery surrounding the enigmatic golden girl on the Contra cover continues, although not in the way Koenig may have imagined. Kennis retired from modeling years ago; additional photos of her, from either the past or present, professional or candid, are seemingly non-existent on the Web (even the profile pic on what appears to be her private Facebook page is a photo of a dog); and she's refused to speak to the press thus far (she did come to the phone when the Village Voice rang her recently, and was reportedly polite, but declined to be interviewed). Perhaps when the reclusive ex-model finally appears in court, we'll all find out the real story behind this now-infamous photograph.
Jul 21, 2010
"Yo maldigo los jodidos triángulos ▲△ ▲△ ▲△" Says Jovan.
Jovan and his drawings are fun and careless, with pastel colors and diamond faces.
I came to his blog with a Heartsrevolution drawing and the rest of his stuff is all heartwarming.
Don't know what's up with the rhyming....
a bit more...
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As you know anything with lines and lights make me gaga (not the lady whore) so when reading though Patternity It's pretty hard to ignore what their up to. Their community project, celebrating the mundane and the magnificent is far from insane, I's brilliant. Yes, almost everything that includes the elements described above, I'll usually over react in full awe. Below is the projects explanation, which is called "A TAPESTRY OF DALSTO". Que difruten...
A TAPESTRYBringing together a cross-section of handpicked, Dalston-based creatives, we briefed each to conceive & produce a pattern-based piece, taking inspiration from the many historical & cultural influences that the area encompasses.The artists were asked to consider the patterns & textures that surround them daily ‘from the mundane to the magnificent’& use them to develop original one-off works. Displayed together these pieces represent a tapestry of the area – from day into night – by its resident creatives.
“Our aim with A TAPESTRY OF DALSTON is to showcase, through the medium of pattern, the creative talent that abounds in Hackney, giving those individuals the cultural melting pot of their home neighborhood as inspiration. As with all our work at Patternity, we encourage people to seek out, appreciate & enjoy pattern everywhere – then use this to bring about something original & exciting” Anna Murray // Patternity
ULTRA VIOLETThe basement & street level lighting up & down the Kingsland Road was also a significant source of inspiration for the lighting of the exhibition for the private view. From dawn to dusk, the illumination & pattern of activity changes by the hour, as with the gallery. Seasonal variations play their part: sunshine or cloud gives way to UV lighting as the day fades.Each work is set in its own time-frame. The pieces produced take on a new presence under the lighting so synonymous with the area. The end result; a tapestry of pattern & light, inspired by Dalson & created by those who live their lives there.12 Months a year in Dalston12 Dalston based creatives12 Everyday starting points12 Magnificent patterned outcomes
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but mine is really bossy
I come home from a day on the golf course
and I find all these messages
scribbled on wrinkled up scraps of paper
And they say thing like:
Why don't you get a real job?
Or: You and what army?
Or: Get a horse.
And then I hear this voice
comin from the back of my head Uh huh
Jul 13, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Barnaby Barford has already been featured in quite a few blogs. Ever sense I started looking at ceramic figures a few months ago, but not traditional ones, random themed, humorous and random characters that were made into ceramic. Barford captured me for that:
"Through his unique works, Barford explores all aspects of our society. Following in the tradition of Hogarth, Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare; with a dark sense of English humour and satire, Barford's work explores and celebrates our human frailties. With irony, he draws a portrait of our contemporary lives."
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 8, 2010
Searching the net, found some really nice illustrations of roosters and chickens. This images were originally chromolithograph plates made for 'The Illustrated Book of Poultry, with Practical Schedules for Judging, Constructed from Actual Analysis of the Best Modern Decisions' by Lewis Wright, first published 1880 are online at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon .It's interesting, cause here in PR the rooster is a very important animal figure, from the traditional cockfights to the many phrases that the fighting rooster took part of. In the following illustrations the animals are a bit more exaggerated as you can see.
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What keeps mankind alive, the fact that millionsTake a look at the lyrics here
Are daily tortured, stifled, punished, silenced, oppressed
Mankind can keep alive, thanks to its brilliance
At keeping its humanity repressed
For once, you must not try to shirk the facts:
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.