I’m mesmerized by these swimmer images created by artist Maria Svarbova that are based on old Soviet photographs of swimming pools. A native of Slovakia, Svarbova’s human subjects become mechanisms in rigid composition. I find a cold comfort in her work. For more examples and information, see this post at Colossal by Kate Sierzputowski.
Although Black Mountain College no longer exists, the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center continues to celebrate that unique community of artists in Asheville, NC. A current exhibit, Begin to See, features photography by artists who are best known in other media. The list includes: Josef Albers, Hazel Larsen Archer, Josef Breitenbach, Harry Callahan, Trude… Continue reading Begin to See: Photographers of Black Mountain College
Photographer Maureen Drennan was featured in a recent Huffington Post piece on artists repositioning themselves for the upcoming Trump presidency. I was moved by her strength and faith in the power of the artist. “I believe the role of an artist is more important than ever and ideally should compel and challenge us to think in… Continue reading Maureen Drennan
Using an iPhone and an app, Benjamin Lowy has created “Walkscapes” —single images that are compiled from 30-100 frames taken on a walk. Lowy says this about this new work: “We live in this time where we’re given these tools, and we all follow instructions to a tee. The digital world is so precise that… Continue reading The Walkscapes of Benjamin Lowy
Simon Beck walks miles through snow to create amazing art. Check out this story and stunning photographs from My Modern Met about his temporary wonders. Beautiful!
Last week Oliver Sacks shared these jellyfish on twitter. The underwater photos are taken by Alexander Semenov, a Russian biologist. So beautiful! [via Colossal]
It happens to most creative people: one day Stefan Hengst found himself in a bit of a lull. In his effort to jump-start his creative process, he did a yearlong iPhone photography project that he called “My Daily Poetry Fix.” He collected snapshots he took with his phone each day and shared a few on Facebook Soon patterns began to… Continue reading My Daily Poetry Fix by Stefan Hengst
David A Brown created an Optical Chapel in an office space that was once an optician’s office in downtown Houston. The installation incorporated 11,000 photographs. The project was featured in FotoFest 2012.
The urban lyrics of Robert Montgomery are nested so tightly into the cityscape, you might not notice. But they are there, each of them, a ghost in the machine. Check out his site here. (via My Modern Met)
From Moco Art: Vicki DaSilva uses tube lamps to create photography based on light graffiti. DaSilva uses this medium to create site-specific installations loaded with socio-political commentary. The single frame time exposure light paintings are made by moving the lamps either by hand or along tracks to create fields of light. Her current show of… Continue reading Never Sorry by Vicki Dasilva
They told me, fetch the jawbreaker They told me, take down the wash They told me, any day now, any day They told me, one book?—as good as another They told me, ’til someone loses an eye They told me, gravity is deafening Nancy, they told me, Nancy with the laughing face They told me,… Continue reading On the perilous effects of buried alien spacecraft by peter jay shippy
Because I open my mouth too wide Trying to take in the curtains behind us And everything outside the window Except the little black dog Who does not like me So at the last moment I shut my mouth. Because Cipriano de Rore was not thinking When he wrote his sacred and secular motets Or… Continue reading Why I Am Not a Good Kisser by Mary Ruefle
If the heron comes in low over the marshes, if it shadows the car as you drive west toward the sea, breakwater holding the lip of the coming tide at bay while the autumn sun cast one gold and pink sheen over the grasses like a spell, like all the secrets you tell yourself while… Continue reading Cusp by Melanie Braverman
I had a dream I was a satellite and then I woke and I was still a satellite. Signals shot through me like birds in the dark. I was transmitting something. Cubes of essence stolen from the Moth Man. Snowflake after snowflake like jellyfish drifting through the void above a balcony in Brooklyn. My friends… Continue reading Snowliloquy by Ben Mirov
Yeah, I still love buttons. [photo by monkey123 via flickr]