Posts Tagged ‘mystery

10
Jul
12

Reiko Imoto : ‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series (Photography)

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Reiko has a unique eye and her works look mysterious and surreal, yet the subject matter that she captures are from her everyday life. Inspired by her own inner reality, subconscious world, dreams, childhood memories, psychology, Surrealist paintings and films, fairytales, music, poetry, and every single ordinary thing she sees that give her many perspectives. She is mostly interested in things which we only can see when our eyes are closed, such as dreams, memories, imagination, and so on. [Profile]

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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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‘Dreams of The Amnesiac’ Series
Gelatin silver prints
11 x 14 inches
2008
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This body of work is about my feeling of forgetting. Sometimes I cannot remember my dream after waking up, even though I know I had a dream and I try to recall it very much. What I remember is only a feeling or mood from the dream without visual evidence. I try to imagine things, or people’s faces as the keywords that might have been in the dream. However, there is only a mood of mystery, melancholia, nostalgia, or happiness remaining in my mind; as if I remember the smell of a particular food, but I do not remember what the food could be at all. In such occasions, I feel as if my memories and dreams are trapped in a “drawer” of my subconscious mind and I cannot find a “key” to open it and to see inside, where there would be something important for myself. I imagine that people who have amnesia must feel something like that all the time. I once had a chance to ask a question to a psychologist who studies dreams, “Do amnesiacs have dreams of their old memories?” The psychologist answered me, “Yes. They have such dreams, but they never remember what they dreamt about.” Throughout this project, I have tried to express my own feelings of a forgotten, unknown memory, imagining an atmosphere of dream visions that would never have remained in an amnesiac’s memory. Exploring the feeling of forgetting might not be as valuable as focusing on exploring the feeling of remembering in our lives. However, recognizing the existence of forgetting, as a part of the workings of the mind, might set us free from our own “mind drawers”. – Reiko Imoto : Artists Statement

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Reiko Imoto : Website

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27
Nov
10

Fernell Franco : ‘Amarrados’ (Bound)

Fernell Franco
‘untitled’
‘Amarrados’ (Bound) series
gelatin silver print

Fernell Franco
‘untitled’
‘Amarrados’ (Bound) series
gelatin silver print

Fernell Franco
‘untitled’
‘Amarrados’ (Bound) series
gelatin silver print

Fernell Franco
‘untitled’
‘Amarrados’ (Bound) series
gelatin silver print

Fernell Franco
‘untitled’
‘Amarrados’ (Bound) series
gelatin silver print

Fernell Franco
‘untitled’
‘Amarrados’ (Bound) series
gelatin silver print

Fernell Franco (1942-2006) is considered one of the few photographers who developed a distinct lyrical view of the shift toward modernity in Latin America. The exhibition ‘Amarrados’ [Bound] focused on the Amarrados series comprising large-scale black and white photographs developed by Franco in the early 1980s. ‘Amarrados’ [Bound] was the first solo exhibition devoted to the artist in the United States.

It featured twenty vintage prints and a number of preparatory studies that Franco produced in order to create the series. He conceived his photographs in street markets in Colombia and other Latin American countries from the 1980s onwards, featuring wrapped up devices and isolated inanimate objects typically used by informal vendors to protect their merchandise. His images are devoid of human presence, conveying death, solitude, violence, abandonment, and mystery. [Americas Society]

Fernell Franco : Website – Series

08
Oct
10

Luis Mallo : Open Secrets (Photography Series)

“Open Secrets (GEH albums)”
Luis Mallo
C-type print
2009

“Open Secrets (MCNY)”
Luis Mallo
C-type print
2008

“Open Secrets (MCNY Clothing Storage)”
Luis Mallo
C-type print
2008

“Open Secrets (BM Tunics)”
Luis Mallo
C-type print
2008

“Open Secrets (SSR1)”
Luis Mallo
C-type print
2006

“Open Secrets (Crates)”
Luis Mallo
C-type print
2006

“The places I’ve chosen to photograph for this project are concealed or out of bounds (at least to the general public), but most significantly, they are used to contain and preserve valuable objects. Some of these sites for example, include storage areas from major art museums. I have for some time been interested in photographing these ‘hidden’ spaces as a way to reveal some aspect of their functionality, but in fact, what draws me to these environments is really their inaccessibility, their mystery. They characterize a disciplinary and rigorous formality, which I find visually arresting, yet at the same time they feel intimate and familiar. There’s also the general significance: they personify the obsession associated with our need to protect and preserve our artistic history as well as our own cultural identity imbedded in these precious objects.” Luis Mallo

Luis Mallo : Website

Luis Mallo : Sicardi Gallery

Luis Mallo : Hasted Hunt Kraeutler




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