Where should a history of the body in art begin? I am not thinking of a dry history, but one that takes account of our own bodies and those around us? Because there seem to be a lot of bodies around. A magazine ran a cover feature on the world's thinnest celebrities (Lara Flynn Boyle? Calista Flockhart? I don't know, I only saw the publication in passing, but she was very thin). Another ran a cover showing Abi Titmuss in a sapphic embrace with Victoria Silvstedt; in the same week a supermarket chain announced such covers would be hidden from view. A television drama about plastic surgeons in Miami has won an Emmy. A documentary on McDonald's-fuelled obesity and another on the pornographic film Deep Throat have received theatrical releases and excited reviews. A bodybuilder-turned-actor is the most popular politician in America. Clearly, the body matters; perhaps more so than at any other time in history. I am 40 years old, six foot tall and weigh less than thirteen stone. It doesn't sound bad, so why am I so worried about my visibly bulging stomach?
Davin Youngs describes himself as being "painfully midwestern." Which in fact is the exact reason why I found an immediate attraction to his photography. His work voices the reality of living in one of Chicago's many once rural suburbs and in way is redolent of the feelings I have when going back home. Another great aspect to his photos is the level of personal signification they hold, revealing an intimate view of ones life there instead of giving a more common or general outlook. Davin Youngs.
+It's interesting to note that even though I don't know the people, Davin's portraits all seem to have a certain familiarity to me. He seems to master finding those who are truly Midwest Americans.
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Discovered him on the website of London based gallery IBID. Olivier Richon seems to take note from Jan Fyt and other 17th century Dutch still life painters in his photography. Combining similar elements à la the use of dogs and titles like 'The Hunt' he connects these analogous qualities to modern themes and ideas in a very controlled manner. There is also a very simplistic style the Lausanne native promotes throughout his work, impressive in itself the style gives off a feeling of deep meaning through its ambiguity. Knowing he received a Masters of Philosophy by thesis and project sort of makes sense of all this, it also admits to why he seems to borrow from past Dutch masters to tackle today's socially impounded ideas through the use of objects.
The Hunt. It is now our business not to let the beast get away.
I am about to begin my new major this fall at RISD: Furniture Design. I was just thinking I would share a few of the pieces I have created. This first bowl was created in my foundation 3d class. I basically took a log from RISD grounds, drilled a bunch of holes into it, and then carved and smoothed the inside. I would say I learned the first and most important thing about furniture from this project and that is; use good materials. The log was rotten so it had holes I needed to patch (these are evidenced on the outside) and a giant crack through the middle. Then I learned a lot about finish. I used red spray paint for the inside and polyurethane on the outside. See how glossy it all is? that was intentional but I have since learned you can be much subtler with finishes.
For me, what was cool about these boxes is that I made them entirely from scratch. I had to design and fabricate hinges, handles, and latches. This box was made to look as if it had been on a farm or something for 30 years by grinding down the paint and blackening the exposed metal. I also learned how to hammer-out a design. By putting the truck on the lid I thought maybe a child's toy box, hmm?
This last box was the "final" design. It has dividers in the inside the exact size of tubes of paint and a larger slot for paintbrushes. Once again I fabricated all the hinges, handle, and latch, and of course the box as well. The focus here was on the finish, I made as clean as possible all of the pieces and really learned how to effectively use spray paint to get an even finish.
This summer I have been interning at a framing shop, E. Gard Fine Framing, here in Portland. In exchange for my help, Eric (shop owner) let me build a piece of furniture using his shop. Once again I had little time (about 3 days) and couldn't really build a table or anything large, since I wanted to be able to bring it to school with me. So, I decided I could use some drawers for my desk at school. We decided we would focus on the finish of the piece, the knowledge Eric has on finishes is astounding; I once spent an entire day triple-coating spacers for frames (paint, sand, paint, sand, paint, steel wool). So we put the piece together relatively fast in order to focus more time on the finish.
Exonemo is a japanese artist group formed in 1996 by Sembo Kensuke and Yae Akaiwa. They are interested in the growing influence of electronic media in our society. Their portfolio is mostly installation based as well as online works. Their website has a great overview of their work. Especially check out Natural Process (see more by clicking on 'process flow' at the bottom) and iCuts.
flatflat is a collection of handmade audio files, jpgs, gifs, and texts. flatflat is the digital igloo of Peter Segerstrom.
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