Posts Tagged ‘haunting

23
Apr
12

Azurebumble : ‘AI : Series’ (Photography Book)

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Recently, I’ve curated a number of image series by photographers from ‘Flickr’ on my blog ‘Aesthetic Investigations’. Subsequently, I thought it would be interesting to document these works in a book. Therefore, i’ve arranged a collection of ’39’ abstract and minimal photographic series by these ’32’ artists. A selection of pages from the book can be viewed below, a full book preview can be seen: HERE

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Thank you to everyone who contributed their images to this project.

All graphic content and curations by : Alan Wilson ( azurebumble )

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Book Cover
Front & Back Pages
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Introductory Pages
Copyright & Contents
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Introductory Pages
Tags, Artists & Series Thumbnails
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Photography Series
Gianni Galassi
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Photography Series
Teresa (Colourful Life) & roB_meL
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Photography Series
Camilo Todemann & Olli Kekäläinen
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Photography Series
Brancolina & Barbara Stumm
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Photography Series
Françoise Lucas & Leonie Polah
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Photography Series
Julian Gomez & Tom Mclaughlan
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Artists

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Alec Cheer……………………Annemie Hiele……………………..Azurebumble……………………Barbara Stumm

Brancolina………………….Camilo Todemann…………………..Daniel Molina…………………….Fernandoprats

Françoise Lucas…………….Gianni Galassi…………………….James Withey……………….John Kosmopoulos

Julian Gomez……………Krystina Stimakovits…………………Leonie Polah………………………….Lillykeeper

Lord Jezzer…………………..Lucie Bourassa…………………..Mark Valentine…………………..Olli Kekäläinen

Peter Moons…………………..Phédia Mazuc……………………..Rita Vita Finzi…………………………….roB_meL

Shari Baker……………………Steffen Tuck………………..Teresa (Colourful life)…………..Tom McLaughlan

Visualisarium…………………..Wilma Eras……………………Wouter Hogendorp……………………….Zel Nunes

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VIEW FULL BOOK PREVIEW AND PURCHASE HERE

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05
Apr
12

Dirk Braeckman : Photography

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‘N.P.-P.O.-04’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘C.O.-I.S.L.-94’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘R.P.-B.X.-00’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘NN’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘S.H.-L.O.-05’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘NN’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘S.H.-S.A.-05’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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‘N.P.-E.D.-04’
Dirk Braeckman
Photograph
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When we see photographs by the Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman installed in museums, we seem to be looking at photographs that aspire to the condition of painting. They’re large (he likes them to be life-size.) They’re unglazed (he wants no interruption to the eye.) They demand as slow an act of looking as any painting. They’ve the same richness and variety of tones of grey as works by Richter or Celmins. Indeed, Braeckman’s most famous photograph, C.O.-I.S.L.-94, is of a painting. Before printing he re-cropped it so we see nothing of the frame or surroundings. But this is no normal reproduction of a painting: the light catches the bumpiness of the painting, the lines made by the vertical stretcher bar.

Every scratch or nail is as clear as a blemish or mole on a person’s face. A banal painting becomes a beautiful photograph, at once meditative and haunting. Yet Braeckman is seeking neither to be a painter manqué nor to supplant painting. When he talks about photography, he could easily be talking about painting: A photograph is, in fact, nothing more than a surface made up of blacks, whites and greys. This entirely abstract vision for me dovetails with what is pictured in the photo: a portrait, an anecdote. … It fluctuates, in my own work too, between abstraction and representation; between the object, the material and the representation, the reality behind it, the so-called real image.

“There are few photographers more committed to the specifics of their own medium. Rather, his antipathy to easy snapshots, his concern with the mysteriousness of banal things and rooms, with letting a place reveal itself slowly through time, means his work runs in parallel with certain kinds of painting but retains its photographic status. Like some other recent photographic works, they hang more comfortably alongside paintings than many photographs in the past.” ~ Tony Godfrey (2009)

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Dirk Braeckman : Website

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04
Mar
12

Christophe Agou : Street Photography

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‘Under a Cloud Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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‘Under a Cloud Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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‘Reel Fiction Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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‘Life Below Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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‘Life Below Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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‘Life Below Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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‘Reel Fiction Series’
Christophe Agou
Photograph
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Since the early 1990s, Christophe has been building a body of work that takes an allusive approach to the human condition, he’s noted for his intimate and personal documentary black and white and colour photographs. He’s extended his expression into making assemblages and short films, always working intuitively. His intimate images both haunt and intrigue us, creating an rich, layered visual language. bio

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Christophe Agou : Website

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10
Jan
12

Hiro Yamagata : ‘Transient’ Series (Mixed Media)

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This new series, Transient, is a tour de force that celebrates the cosmic dance between tectonic forces and frail temporal overlays in a dizzying and cinematic symphony of monotones. This series ensures this kaleidoscopic artist will maintain his place at the forefront of the visual avant garde. [Ex – Bill Lowe]

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‘Transient’ Series
Hiro Yamagata
Mixed Media
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‘Transient’ Series
Hiro Yamagata
Mixed Media
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‘Transient’ Series
Hiro Yamagata
Mixed Media
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‘Transient’ Series
Hiro Yamagata
Mixed Media
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‘Transient’ Series
Hiro Yamagata
Mixed Media
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‘Transient’ Series
Hiro Yamagata
Mixed Media
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Japanese-American artist Hiro Yamagata marks a dramatic shift in aesthetic in his new series titled Transient. Known through the eighties and nineties as a master of Pop spectacle, Yamagata transforms his passion for dialogue between macrocosmic and microcosmic considerations into a distinctly new pictorial domain. The result is a profoundly introspective examination of the collective and individual psychic template. This interface is depicted in hauntingly beautiful works done in black and white on hand-made rice paper attached to canvas. Often monumental in scale, these works convey a sense of timelessness and impart an isolation that is both compelling and forbidding. This series speaks to the issue of time, place and perspective while its elements insinuate an unfolding apocalyptic splendor which lies just beneath or above our dimension. A global force in contemporary art for over thirty years, Yamagata stakes a claim in new philosophical terrain with this historic series of somber abstractions. The work calls upon his rich heritage and imbues it with his visionary grasp of the metaphysical and the spiritual. He couples this with an exacting mastery of technique and media to great theatrical effect. BL

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Hiro Yamagata : Website

Hiro Yamagata : Bill Lowe Gallery

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27
Oct
11

Alexey Titarenko : “St. Petersburg” Series (Photography)

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“Titarenko is a master of photographic technique, not only with his camera but also in the darkroom, where he produces exquisite prints, some delicately toned, all different…his art, like that of Shostakovich, Dostoevsky and Solzhenitsyn, is bound up with the suffering of the Russian people” WM

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Magic of St Petersburg
alexey titarenko
photography
1995-1997

Magic of St Petersburg
alexey titarenko
photography
1995-1997

Magic of St Petersburg
alexey titarenko
photography
1995-1997

Magic of St Petersburg
alexey titarenko
photography
1995-1997

Magic of St Petersburg
alexey titarenko
photography
1995-1997

“City of Shadows”
alexey titarenko
photography
1992-1994

“City of Shadows”
alexey titarenko
photography
1992-1994

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Major photo series include “Nomenklatura of Signs” (1986-1991), “City of Shadows” (1992-1994), “Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg” (1995-1997), and “Time Standing Still” (1998-1999). In those series Titarenko paints a bitter picture of a Russia (seen through the lens of St. Petersburg), where people live in a world of unrealized hopes and where time seems to have stopped.

“Titarenko presents the city as mystical and eerie, a reflection of the many tragedies that occurred there throughout the 20th century. His key inspiration is not contemporary photographic practice, but rather music, and particularly that of Shostakovich. His black-and-white pictures allow for details that situate the scene in time and place. Many photographers have employed “blur”, but Titarenko applies it to street photography, transforming straight reportage into haunting poetry.” Barbara Pollack

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Alexey Titarenko : Portfolio

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13
Feb
11

James Casebere : Constructed Photography

“turning hallway”
chromogenic print
96 x 120 in
2003

“wrap around window”
chromogenic print
70 x 87 in
2003

“garage”
c-print
72 x 88 in
2003

“dorm room”
c-print
72 x 91 in
2003

“interrogation room”
chromogenic print
71 x 90.75 in
2008

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James Casebere’s pioneering work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. For the last thirty years he has consistently devised increasingly complex models and photographed them in his studio. Based solidly on an understanding of architecture as well as art historical and cinematic sources, Casebere’s abandoned spaces are hauntingly evocative. His table-sized constructions are made of simple materials, pared down to essential forms. [Extract : Bio]

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James Casebere : Website

James Casebere : Photographs




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