Monday, January 23, 2012

Erratic Photography: Todd Hido

Today I'll show you an American photographer named Todd Hido. I saw his new book, A Road Divided, at the Photo L.A. art fair a couple of weeks ago.

His work speaks of longing and loss, of family and his own complicated childhood. He likes to drive around on dark, atmospheric days and take pictures as he finds them, with no fuss and no artificial art direction or lighting. He says, "Shooting through the window started by accident. It was raining one day when I was taking pictures in the suburbs, and I stopped at an intersection. All the water rushed off the roof of the car and poured down the windshield, making this wonderfully expressive scene in front of me. I quickly snapped the shot and moved on." You can read a short interview with him here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dabs Myla & The Spirit of Christmas

Late last month, my buddies Dabs and Myla painted a huge mural on the street art complex that Branded Arts has been organizing at Washington and National in Culver City. Finishing up on Christmas Eve, they then took photographer Carlos Gonzalez with them as they went about their annual holiday ritual, which their mural celebrates.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Take a stand against PIPA and SOPA today.

Go here to email your senators and congressmen today, and let them know that we must stop the Senate's Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from ending the internet as we know it.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Erratic Photography: Nobuyoshi Araki

Here is another photographer I think is really interesting, and whom I see a lot at art fairs, Nobuyoshi Araki. You have probably seen his work before.

He is very influential on many of the painters I know. A lot of his work is kind of kinky, but also can be playful and whimsical. He says that many his photographs are like foreplay, but that the really good ones are orgasms. Here is an interesting interview he did years ago with Nan Goldin.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Erratic Photography: Simen Johan

For reasons that are too complex to get into right now, I've been spending a lot of time looking at photography lately, so I decided to start a new feature here, a weekly mini-profile of photographers I find interesting.

I saw this photograph by Simen Johan at the Pulse art fair in Miami. It was kind of confounding. It couldn't possibly be real, but it felt very alive. It reminded me very much of the paintings of Walton Ford.

I realized when I got home that I actually own Simen Johan's first book, Room to Play, which was published in 2002. It's very different... dark creepy photographs of children, mostly.
He says, "In my animal images, there's an escape and denial going on, where the actions taking place seem to emerge from this very need to forget or escape the unknowability and transience of life.”

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Allison Sommers' "Potter's Field"

Tonight at Thinkspace will see the opening of Allison Sommers' latest body of work, "Potter's Field." A fascinatingly noxious layer cake of bestial warfare, medieval tortures, meaty inspections and rough beasts slouching toward their doom, her work simply must be seen in intense proximity to be believed. You can learn more about Allison's visceral underworld from this revealing conversation we had a couple of years ago. For a little lagniappe, Esao Andrews' spooky yet sensuous exhibition "Nowhere" will also be on view in the main room.

"The Second Passage"

"Brass Tacks"

"Base Camp"


Andrew Hem's Blue Mood

Don't miss your opportunity to see the latest piece from Andrew Hem tonight at LeBasse Projects' preview show. Though set in a dim blue gloaming, it bursts with energy and animal magnetism.