Work by canadian artist Marcel Dzama.
“Casi razÃ³n. Poco menos que razÃ³n. Deslizamiento de algo que no quiere alcanzar la razÃ³n, para no quedar anclado en su acotada zona. La pretensiÃ³n de querer tener razÃ³n, desvÃa el pensamiento y lo convierte en rÃgida estatuaria mental. Contenerse en algo menos que razÃ³n quizÃ¡ permita, en cambio, atisbar otros territorios mÃ¡s libres de la creaciÃ³n humana, como la poesÃa o ciertos inesperados paisajes de la imaginaciÃ³n. Un poco menos que razÃ³n puede llevarnos a algo mÃ¡s que razÃ³n.”
Tunnel, by Thomas Demand
Says The Exposure Project blog:
Ubuweb recently added a short film byÂ Thomas Demand to their archives. EntitledÂ Tunnel, the film, much like Demand’s photographs, is a meditation on the mass media’s pervasive influence over the viewing public. Ubuweb states:
“The film presumably shows a fast-paced tracking shot through the tunnel in which Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash. At first the viewer seems to remember seeing these images in the media. But in reality the set is a true to life, cardboard mock-up of architectural details. Under closer inspection, one also realizes that instead of reproducing reality Thomas Demand creates a perfectly-constructed model world. The cleverly-lit cardboard scenery takes up an incident of recent history and, in doing so, mirrors the illusionary features of what appear to be familiar images. The film literally reflects upon the model of our relationship to images from the mass media. In the process, the construction, representation and repetition of reality create a complex weaving of connections. That the accident used as the theme was the result of a hectic, car chase caused by paparazzi lends the work yet another aspect of the reflection of the media.”
After posting the new photo series by Â MilagrosÂ de la Torre, I remembered that our dear Bernardo Loyola (from VBS.tv) had told me, over Spanish tapas in Brooklyn, that VBS had recently interviewed Miguel Caballero, “the Armani of Bulletproof clothing”.
Click play, click click.
And take a look at Milagro’s work (a few posts below) if you have not seen it yet.
Images by Milagros de la Torre. From the series Bulletproof.
It is said that Milagros de la Torre investigates the censored and the forgotten along with the fearful, the painful, and the fragile. And the underlying violence that begets these states and sensations is often hidden in the fold of certain unassuming objects. Such as clothes.
TheseÂ in particular, in the imges above, were designed by Miguel Caballero: the ‘Armani of the armored clothing’.
Says the ICP website:
“Throughout her career, Milagros de la Torre has explored the traces of hidden and often violent narratives to reveal their broader social and political implications, particularly within Latin America. Her most recent series, Bulletproof (2008) reflects her fascination with objects that reveal histories of violence and power. Beguiling in their apparent simplicity, these photographs use a straightforward approach to record what appear to be everyday articles of clothingâ€”a t-shirt, blouse, or sports jacket. These are in fact armor-plated designer garments sold in luxury boutiques, whose purpose is to inconspicuously protect the wearer from gunshot wounds. Photographed on their hangers against a blank background and printed at life-size, these disembodied garments float in the frame as though awaiting the viewer to claim them. Small clues reveal their true function: a hint of the armored breastplate is just discernible under the light blouse, the small zipper on the t-shirtâ€™s hemline provides a clue as to how the armor plate is inserted and removed, the “platinum” garment labels indicate the level of protection provided. Currently worn by politicians (including, allegedly, President Obama on Inauguration Day) and the rich and famous, such bulletproof clothing caters to an elite clientele that has come to expect the discrete protection offered by these armor-plated garments.
Bulletproof is included in Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, on view through January 17, 2010. Other artists include Barbara Kruger, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman and Hu Yang, among many others. So if any one is around New York…
(We will soon meet and chat with Milagros here in Mexico City; expect a TÃ³xico interview soon.)
(Gracias Milagros por las imÃ¡genes)
“The ninth floor is just like any other floor in a Manhattan building, but in this case it is the apartment where a group of addicts buy and sell drugs, sleep, argue, make love and fight. For almost three years I followed the stories of the ninth floor and of its residents”
Photos by Jessica Dimmock
(Click photos to enlarge.)
Jessica Dimmock lives in New York. She graduated in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Center of Photography. Her work was published in Aperture and The New York Times Magazine.
Jessica also won the 1st edition of the “F Award”; created by FABRICA (creative think-tank based in Italy).
Images by Mexican photographer Vida Yovanovich, from the series Soledades Sonoras.
Vida has spent many years traveling around Mexico, photographing women in jail. Her main topics–both in this series and in former work–are abandonment, marginalisation, injustice, courage, vitality and survival.
(Vida took the Martin Parr TÃ³xico Master Class, as well as the one with Christopher Doyle.)
On Saturday I met film director Lorenzo Fonda (also part of the ex Fabrica family) who is here in Mexico to present his documentary on Blu.Â News on this tomorrow. But meanwhile, click on video to see Combo: a great new Blu animation, created in collaboration with David Ellis.Â (And if you are left hungry for more, click here for another of his classics.)
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
October 18, 1956
Dear Mr. Warhol:
Last week our Committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing entitled Shoe which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum.
I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.
Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.
Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your generous expression of interest in our Collection.
Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Director of Museum Collections
P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the museum at your convenience.
(Transcript ofÂ letter that was sent a few years before Warhol became famous)
(Via Letters of Note)