Posts Tagged ‘fantasy

02
Aug
12

Isa Leshko : ‘Thrills & Chills’ (Photography Series)

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“Bracing for the Fall”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Girl on Tilt-a-Whirl”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Point Pleasant, NJ #1”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Offering to the Gods”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Pirate Ship, Topsfield Fair, MA”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Swing Ride at the Big E”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Among the Trees”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“The Wave”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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“Coaster at Dusk, Hershey Park, PA”
Gelatin silver print
Isa Leshko
2009
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Amusement park rides terrify me, which is why I began photographing them. I am fascinated by what compels people to surrender themselves to these mechanical beasts. The rides seem to challenge the very limitations of being human. We can’t fly; yet these vertigo-inducing machines allow us to soar through the open air. The experience combines elation with fear; thrills with chills. These images explore the fantastic and sinister place these rides hold in my imagination. With some of these images, I suspend disbelief and embrace the underlying fantasies of these rides. With other images, I examine the tensions that exist between fantasy and reality. I am interested in exploring the range of emotions—from anger to shock to exultation—that people exhibit in pursuit of the amusement these rides are supposed to provide. I create these images with a Holga camera to provide them with a vernacular feel and a sense of immediacy. The camera’s plastic lens distorts the scale of these rides, particularly when they are photographed against an open sky. I also find working with such an imprecise and flawed camera to be a frightening and liberating experience, akin to being on a roller coaster. Artist Statement

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Isa Leshko : Website

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31
Oct
11

Isa Leshko : ‘Thrills & Chills’ (Photography)

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‘Coaster Cables’
gelatin silver print
2008

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‘Coaster Spine’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘Around the Bend’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘Ferris Wheel’
gelatin silver print
2008

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‘Zipper Ride’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘Offering to the Gods’
gelatin silver print
2009

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‘The Claw’
gelatin silver print
2008

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Amusement park rides terrify me, which is why I began photographing them. I am fascinated by what compels people to surrender themselves to these mechanical beasts. The rides seem to challenge the very limitations of being human. We can’t fly; yet these vertigo-inducing machines allow us to soar through the open air. The experience combines elation with fear; thrills with chills.

These images explore the fantastic and sinister place these rides hold in my imagination. With some of these images, I suspend disbelief and embrace the underlying fantasies of these rides. With other images, I examine the tensions that exist between fantasy and reality. I am interested in exploring the range of emotions—from anger to shock to exultation—that people exhibit in pursuit of the amusement these rides are supposed to provide.

I create these images with a Holga camera to provide them with a vernacular feel and a sense of immediacy. The camera’s plastic lens distorts the scale of these rides, particularly when they are photographed against an open sky. I also find working with such an imprecise and flawed camera to be a frightening and liberating experience, akin to being on a roller coaster. [Artist Statement]

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Isa Leshko : Photography

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30
Sep
10

David DiMichele : Pseudo Documentation

Pseudo Documentation, is a series of large-scale photographs depicting grandiose installations in fantasy exhibition spaces. DiMichele creates this work by first building scale models of exhibition spaces, and producing original artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums, which are sited in the spaces and then photographed to create the final works. The Pseudo Documentation photographs are inspired by DiMichele’s background with photography, installation art, abstract forms and passion for monumental museum and gallery architecture combined to create this photographic series of work.

Pseudodocumentation : Salt & Asphalt
Lightjet print
40 x 80 inches
2007

Pseudodocumentation: Branches
Lightjet print
42 x 60 inches
2006

Pseudodocumentation: Broken Glass
Lightjet print
40 x 60 inches
2006

Pseudodocumentation: Desert Disks
Lightjet print
42 x 68 inches
2007

Pseudodocumentation: Hose Drawing
Lightjet print
42 x 55 inches
2007

Pseudodocumentation: Bark Painting
Chromogenic digital print
Edition of 6
42 x 55 inches

Earlier in his career, DiMichele was known for his abstract painting and installation work, which often questioned conventions and traditions of non-objective art. For the Pseudo Documentation series, DiMichele unveils a new body of work that continues these investigations through imagination and manipulation seen in these large-scale photographs. DiMichele’s process is to create three-dimensional models of exhibition spaces and create within that space various art work that are contingent on the illusion of the architecture and space of the model he creates.

The resulting installation model of the exhibition space is photographed and the result creates a complete environment in the scale model gallery. DiMIchele’s idea for this series evolved out of documenting installation projects that he had created, as well as thinking about the nature of art documentary photography in itself. The fact that DiMichele creates artwork that is of a highly representational nature, by utilizing figuration, perspective, lighting etc. is mainly to create works that deal with issues in abstract art.

The models in Pseudo Documentation, playfully allude to the extreme size of contemporary art exhibition spaces such as the Tate Modern, his photographs infer a grandiose scale that matches or exceeds such spaces. Although the photographs are clearly representational in every way, the imagery and subject matter reflect the artist’s interest in the forms and history of modernist abstraction. [K.G.]

David DiMichele : Website

David DiMichele : Kopeikin Gallery




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