Monday, March 26, 2012

Erratic Photography: Alejandro Chaskielberg

I recently encountered the eerie, timeless work of the Argentinian photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg. He recreates scenes from his experiences living among the peoples of the Paraná River Delta, casting real people in imagined situations based on their lives.


He shoots his scenarios at night, lit by the moon, flashlights and strobes. Because there are only three nights a month where the moon is full enough to provide enough light, he spends the rest of the month planning, pre-visualizing and building relationships with his subjects as he sailsthe Paraná. He says, "I think of my pictures as slides of unfinished stories, having a script in my head. The images are carefully planned after days of observation, and they only have a body when the large-format camera initiates the slow subordination of the capture. It will take from five to ten minutes until this thick darkness sprouts what was secret."

"Roland Paiva's Radiance"

"Her Own Water"

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tessar Lo's "Past, Present, Past-Present,"

For all you dreamers out there, Tessar Lo's latest exhibition opens this Friday, March 30th at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto. I'll be making the trip there as usual, so I hope to see you there — you won't want to miss Tessar's latest explorations of the nebulous realms of the unconscious. If you're new to Tessar's work, check the interview we did last fall for his first European solo exhibition.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Erratic Photography: David Maisel

New York photographer David Maisel explores the related processes of memory and excavation, as well as the aesthetic and philosophical impact of man's mismanagement of the environment. His project History's Shadow is a series of rephotographed x-rays of antiquities taken for museum conservation.

History's Shadow GM3

Terminal Mirage is a collection of vividly hued, almost abstract aerial photographs of evaporation ponds in Utah. Library of Dust is a document of hundreds of efflorescing copper canisters filled with cremated human remains that were left unclaimed for decades in the basement of an empty psychiatric hospital. His otherworldly images unveil the beauty of decay and give form to the forgotten.

Terminal Mirage 24

Library of Dust 1834

History's Shadow GM12

Terminal Mirage 13

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thomas Doyle, American Dreamer

Tomorrow, March 8th, a remarkable museum exhibition entitled "American Dreamers" will open at the Centre for Contemporary Culture at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy. The work of 12 American contemporary artists will be on view, each presented in its own room of the palace. The artists featured are Thomas Doyle, Laura Ball, Nick Cave, Patrick Jacobs, Will Cotton, Adrien Broom, Adam Cvijanovic, Richard Deon, Mandy Greer, Kirsten Hassenfeld and Christy Rupp.

Thomas Doyle "Acceptable Losses"

Excitingly, my very own Thomas Doyle piece, "Acceptable Losses," will be showcased. In fact, it has been at the forefront the exhibition's promotional campaign. Thomas tells me these posters are all over Florence.

According to the curator,
"The exhibition comprises a reflection on the work of artists who use fantasy, imagination and dreams to build alternative worlds to the increasingly complex reality of life today. Some condense the essence of reality into miniaturised systems while others expand outwards into space, and yet others feed on fantastic, dreamlike images or reflect on such symbolic themes as the home and the family, or the mass media imagery, which play even today a central role in the construction of the myth of the American way of life."

Nick Cave - Sound Suits

Laura Ball "Growing Pains"

Patrick Jacobs "Fairy Ring with Dandelions"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Erratic Photography: Vladimir Syomin

Today I'll show you Vladimir Syomin, a Russian photographer who has been called "a Dostoyevsky with a camera."

With the eye of Pieter Brueghel and the compassion of Van Gogh, he somehow captures the exuberance and endurance of the Russian people in unforgiving tones of grey. He said, “I shoot photographs about the Russia that is beyond the fringes of our television civilization. It is a Russia isolated by destroyed roads and vast woods. In this Russia, villages are ruined, the roads are muddy trails and people don’t feel a sense of hope.”