I’ve only just returned to the list of names I jotted down at London Art Fair back in January (rediscovery is so exciting) and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the best of the bunch on here. First up is New York based photographer, Karine Laval. I’ve always been fascinated by images of the human body and water so it’s no surprise that Laval’s series of poolside photographs grabbed my attention. Her images of bodies submerged under water are utterly compelling in their focus on the natural process of distortion and intense colour.
They make a vibrant contrast to much of Laval’s other work which heavily utilises light to create sunlight saturated images that are bare by comparison. This, however, is no criticism. There’s something very intriguing about the whiteness of her island images, for example, where the sand and sky are barely separated by a thin strip of blue sea and seem to go on forever… A landscape of dreams. At least that’s what it looks like to me – it’s hard to imagine such brightness with wind and rain slapping against your window.
View Laval’s full portfolio here: http://www.karinelaval.com/. It’s also well worth checking out her videos via vimeo. There’s a few very hypnotic and brilliant shorts including this one of a professional dancer performing underwater:
Contemporary photographer, Tierney Gearon has built herself a very solid reputation in the last ten years and rightly so. Her work is intensely colourful and imaginative – the sort of thing you’d like printed on a huge poster on your wall, though it also feels incredibly private. Gearon herself claims that ‘My work is like a diary. I do it for my soul.’ So in a way, when you look at her photographs you’re become a sort of voyeur. It is for this reason that her debut series ‘I Am Camera’ caused so much of a stir. People found something uncomfortable and inappropriate about the images of her children playing or posed in an adult-like manner. Indeed, there is something uncomfortable about her artistic vision, but though surreal and often otherworldly, it’s also relatable and powerful emotive.
All of three of her photography series have a dreamlike quality, but it’s ‘Explosure’ that’s really bewitching. By double exposing images inside a camera, Gearon has created a collection of images that are so chaotic and bizarre that it’s hard not to be drawn to them. Each image documents a spontaneous collision of different worlds. The figures are out-of-place, but somehow it all seems perfectly natural, as if that’s where they were meant to be all along. It’s hard not to believe these extraordinary images haven’t been photoshopped or retouched, but it just goes to show the world’s beautiful enough without technology.
All images featured here are from ‘Explosure’ and have been taken from Tierney Gearon’s website, where you can view the whole collection along with her other exhibitions: http://www.tierneygearon.com/
It’s also well worth watching her collection of short films in collaboration with the New York Times Magazine Hollywood Heroines Oscar 2012. Haunting stuff:
Unlike the title of this post suggests and perhaps disappointingly, this is not a blog post about recipes and sex, but a post about the work of PES. PES, or Adam Pespane as he’s lesser known, is an American director and stop motion animator of numerous short films and commercials. Instead of using actors and actresses, however, he uses chairs, hand grenades and dice (amongst many other inanimate objects). In his highly imaginative scenarios, influenced by Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer he manipulates every day objects to make cookery videos or in the case of roof sex, a rather raunchy video of two chairs having sex. Fresh Guacamole is his latest offering, released in 2012, and is the shortest film ever to be nominated for an Oscar.
Hit the jump to watch ‘Fresh Guacamole’. Make sure your sound is turned up, as the sound effects really make it:
Most of PES’s films can be found on YouTube.
WATCH THIS SPACE: Rumour has it PES is currently working on his first feature film.