"Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition" @ Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Photography // Friday, July 10, 2015
Perfecting compositions with precision accuracy is at the forefront of UCLA Hammer Museum’s current photography exhibition Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, on display through September 13, 2015. This exhibition considers a fascinating paradigm in contemporary photography, and the many ways it engages many of today's most important photographers. Serious photographers have long been suspicious of images that are too beautiful, too "photogenic," or too controlled. 

“Freedom Towers” by Ali Cherkis

Photography // Friday, July 10, 2015
Photographer Ali Cherkis in her series “Freedom Towers,” documents men sunbathing outside of the Freedom Tower. She describes her work as being influenced by the alienation of moving back to New York City. Cherkis writes “Dominating the Manhattan skyline, the Freedom Tower is a symbol of supreme hubris-- the middle finger, the massive cock of America-- and a tremendously profitable real estate venture.

“Parts” by Eva Stenram

Photography // Thursday, July 09, 2015
Artist Eva Stenram began working on her ongoing series “Parts” in 2013. In “Parts” Stenram sources pin-up photos from the 1960’s and alters them so that the model photographed is erased leaving only one of the model’s legs intact. The images thus become strikingly odd and surreal. According to Stenram, “The result is a very artificial and theatrical image even though the depiction of the model is drastically censored and cut.

Creatures Made From Old VHS Tapes

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 09, 2015
Night forbade by a sunray. Not a bird to be heard, not a herd of grass to clench, no vengeful sun to pray. Mysterious, mesmerizing, onilyrical, the V monoliths, somber giants built by Phillip Ob Rey, shaped as monsters of calm flesh limbs, carved into the lumps of the subterranean, revolve around calm crepuscular sceneries, lunar horizons of a frostbitten Iceland, and question the depths of our unconscious on the After, future of the human race.

Tomoko Yoneda’s “Beyond Memory” @ Grimaldi Gavin

Photography // Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Until August 7, an exhibition of photographs by artist Tomoko Yoneda will be on display at the Grimaldi Gavin Gallery in London. The show, titled “Beyond Memory”, has been curated by Paul Wombell and contains images from numerous bodies of work by Yoneda. From structural studies to picturesque landscapes, the collection of images forms a cohesive body of work not only through through their engaging composition, but also through the real life stories behind each photograph. 

Homes at Night by Todd Hido

Photography // Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Todd Hido is a Bay Area-based photographer known for his haunting and ethereal images of homes at night. Glowing and hazy with window lights and fog, Hido’s images transform the banality of suburban streets at night into wonder, tinged with anxiety. Using only available light, the works transcend the natural, giving the impression of some otherworldly occurrence; something familiar, yet vaguely alien. Still, it’s clear Hido remains detached from his subjects, never passing judgement, which allows the viewer to experience the images from their own perspective and become enveloped in the hazy patches of color he has become known for.

"Luminosity" by Joe Michael

Photography // Wednesday, July 08, 2015
No stranger to integrating technology with his creativity, Joe Michael has experimented with a variety of techniques creating 24-hour time-lapse landscape photography and even constructing 3D time-lapse rigs and 360-degree cinema experiences for Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” movie. His most recent project entitled Luminosity explores the species of glow-worms called Arachnocampa luminosa, which are found in limestone caves in New Zealand.

The work of Dustin Aksland

Photography // Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Raised in the California’s farmland and culturally vapid Central Valley, Dustin Aksland made his escape after high school to pursue a life of the opposite, rich with adventure, travel and lots of photography. After attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Aksland moved to New York and has since been been filling his relentless appetite for shooting a wide range of subjects. 

Nikolay Bakharev's Amateurs and Lovers

Erotica // Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Photographer Nikolay Bakharev was an orphan (his parents died when he was four) who worked as a mechanic until he developed his profession as a self-trained photographer. He grew up in East Russia near Mongolia, and still lives in Siberia. His work was featured in the "Ostalgia" exhibition in the summer of 2011 at the New Museum in New York which gathered art from Eastern European countries with a curious nostalgia for a painful past. As a critic in the Economist said: "All of this art is political, by the simple act of its creation."

"Human Dilatations," Photographs by Roger Weiss

Juxtapoz // Monday, July 06, 2015
Swiss photographer Roger Weiss' Human Dilatation series 'does not fear the marks of frailness of the body and its imperfections but rather encourages the female image to appear as a whole: a shape by itself, in a game of istortions that allows one to differently relate to the image, entirely detached from the sterotypical and hypocritical notion of beauty.'

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