Matilda Aslizadeh is an emerging Vancouver artist who completed her undergraduate work at University of British Columbia and has recently completed her MFA at University of California, San Diego. She has exhibited her work in TV or not TV: LA Freewaves Festival of Experimental Media Arts in 2002, the Atelier Gallery, Vancouver and the Surrey Art Gallery. Sunday is her first solo exhibition in Vancouver. (Photos via Pari Nadimi Gallery)
” I remember being about 9 years old and watching one of the films my dad picked up from the store in town. It was the first time I watched Paris Texas, a classic American Art-House Film, directed by Wim Wenders in 1984 and set around a place in the south of the US. I don’t remember much from that time in my life but I do remember being mesmerised by the arresting imagery of the desolate landscapes and hauntingly beautiful music that accompanied the long scenes of nothingness. It’s also the first time I can remember being conscious of craft, of quality in creativity and being truly captivated by a visual story. Its probably around the same time I picked up my mums Pentax Asahi Spotmatic and began to burn through the family rations of film, taking pictures of pretty much anything. No one complained, or at least if they did, I didn’t care, as the camera seemed to muffle all surrounding noise. Things may have evolved since then but a few things haven’t; I’m still quite obsessed with the idea of craft and the dedication to continuously improve every aspect of it. The success of my work, both personal and assigned, is often due to my team’s continuous commitment to quality. From producers, assistants, stylists, retouchers and the rest – we’re obsessed by the journey of creation and are dedicated to breathing life into an idea or brief. This blog is a little insight into this and the amazing people I work with on a day-to-day basis, and while each assignment brings its own set of challenges, our focus never wavers from our core mission of a dedication to craft and fulfilling promises – On time. Every time. ” – Toby Dixon
Jamie Campbell works with the themes of insecurity, burden, vulnerability and desperation, but does it with self-deprecation and humour and profound honesty, leaving you unsure of whether you want to hit him or hug him.
‘ These awesome photos were made by French photographer Sacha Goldberger. His 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika was feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, Goldberger suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. ‘ (via Theblogismine)
Each model’s clothing in the series was made entirely of real food and depicts a meal that the person was craving. This project was shot in January of 2009 (pre Lady Gaga). 15 designers, led by Ami Goodheart of SOTO Productions, were involved and each garment took hours to cook, create and assemble. The artichoke gown was designed by Daniel Feld and Wesley Nault of Project Runway fame. It took over 6 hours to finish (the model stood the entire time while they attached each, individual leaf). Link here.
Alain Delorme was born in 1979. He graduated from Gobelins in Paris with a degree in Photography. He also has a Master of Science and Technology in Photography from the University of Paris VIII. In this series, ‘Totems’, the composites are recreated on the basis of 6,000 images taken in Shanghai during two art residencies. The loads are exaggerated to emphasize the ‘totems’, which are highly symbolic of the ‘Made in China’ consumer culture. Delorme is represented by Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris. (previously-blogged)
‘ A series of smashed, mangled, shot up and melted apple products are the subject of a recent photography project by a San Francisco-area graphic designer who said he’s trying to make people think about their relationship with these universally beloved gadgets. Michael Tompert said he had spent the last several months purchasing the newest in Apple consumer technology and then creatively destroying the pricey toys. The results, which he photographed, briefly went on display at a gallery exhibition that ran over the weekend at the small live worms gallery in San Francisco. Tompert said the idea for the project came to him after he gave each of his two sons an ipod touch for christmas. He said the two boys fought over one of the devices, which had a certain game on it. fed up with the quarrel, Tompert said he grabbed one of the ipods and smashed it on the ground. ‘ (via Designboom)