30 April 2008
"She sees beauty where beauty can be terribly absent." -Karl Lagerfeld I saw Vee Speers' portraits at Art Chicago this past weekend. At the show her work was carried by the Galerie Anita Beckers in Frankfurt, whose main emphasis is on promoting the work of young artists (not sure if Speers quite fits the profile). All the portraits in her "Birthday Party" series are done on C-Print behind diasecon Aludibond. Vee Speers lives and works in Paris, and the red-light district of the rue St. Denis formed the backdrop for her Bordello series. Deriving her inspiration from the decadence of her surroundings, Speers shot in real bordellos, creating images “between genuine emotion and something more staged…a shift between the real and the surreal.” A companion to the Bordello series is Parisians, inspired by the voyeurism of circus shows. Speers produces her Parisians and Bordello photographs as Fresson carbon prints, giving a sumptuous painterly quality.Vee Speers' most recent work is The Birthday Party, a collection of portraits of children inspired by her daughter's birthday party. Having observed children playing at being adults, Speers imagined what characters they would create if they pushed their role-playing to imaginative extremes. In these photographs she has stripped away the idealistic stereotypes of childhood, capturing them happy to experiment with imperfection and embrace the grotesque. Vee Speers was born in Australia and studied at Queensland College of Art. Her work has been widely exhibited and has been seen in publications including The Sunday Times, Harpers + Queen, Arena, Esquire, and Black and White Magazine. A book of the Bordello series was published in 2004.
Posted by Rachel Landry at 12:22 PM
23 April 2008
The German street performer - Johan Lorbeer. He became famous in the past few years because of his "Still-Life" Performances, which took place in the public area. His installations includes "Proletarian Mural" and "Tarzan", which are famous in Germany. Several of these performances feature Lorbeer in an apparently impossible position. Check out more, you will see the secret of it in the last pic.
Posted by Rachel Landry at 5:44 PM
16 April 2008
Posted by Rachel Landry at 11:31 AM
08 April 2008
Saw some of Karen Zambos' designs this weekend and was absolutely in love... so up my alley! Googled her and discovered she reigns from Chicago! (...obviously got out of the Windy City to pursue fashion but from here none the less!) I have to say I dislike the whole "BOHO" element in design, but, to tell you the truth, it is what I am most drawn to. (and when I say dislike, I mean the fact that it is completely overused, not the actual look...) I love the looks of her design and it's nice to read about someone who hops around from one thing to another... various ventures all pertaining to design. (She started off with belts, then went to clothing, then rounded it out with another accessories line...) I hope to be writing/blogging about myself and my many ventures in a few years time. (I should say I cannot wait instead of hope... I cannot wait to start blogging about my various design ventures!!!)
Posted by Rachel Landry at 3:08 PM