Contemporaneous Extension


“Squeeze through between the either and the or”

((BIG-UPS TO GOETHE AND JUICE))

National Geographic is about to announce the winner of their yearly contest. Photos are judged on creativity and photographic quality, spanning the standard categories of ‘people,’ ‘places,’ and ‘nature.’ They’re gone through eleven weeks of submissions, here are a few of my favorites from the last two weeks.

Bakhtiyor Rasulev, 'Inside of Hot Air Balloon,' 2010 ((Places - Week 10))

Bakhtiyor Rasulev, 'Inside of Hot Air Balloon,' 2010 ((People - Week 10))

Abubakir Balfaqih, 'Qat Market,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Abubakir Balfaqih, 'Qat Market,' 2010 ((People -- Week 10))

Pisati Beniamino, 'Burma,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Pisati Beniamino, 'Burma,' 2010 ((People -- Week 10))

Radoslav Tsvetkov, 'Bulgarian Easter,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 11))

Radoslav Tsvetkov, 'Bulgarian Easter,' 2010 ((People -- Week 11))

Brian Bielmann, 'Crazy Train,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 11))

Brian Bielmann, 'Crazy Train,' 2010 ((People -- Week 11))

Emilie Perret, 'Jade et la poupée,' 2010 ((People -- Week 11))

Emilie Perret, 'Jade et la poupée,' 2010 ((People -- Week 11))

Elmar Akhmetov, 'Fisherman,' 2010 ((People -- Week 11))

Elmar Akhmetov, 'Fisherman,' 2010 ((People -- Week 11))

Rasmus Hartikainen, 'Tjörvafell, Hnausapollur - Iceland,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Rasmus Hartikainen, 'Tjörvafell, Hnausapollur - Iceland,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Alison Domzalski, 'The Grandstand,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Alison Domzalski, 'The Grandstand,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Gail von Bergen-Ryan, 'Sand Stripes,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Gail von Bergen-Ryan, 'Sand Stripes,' 2010 ((Places -- Week 10))

Jay Brazzell, 'Weather phenomenon over Silvercreek Colorado November 2009,' 2010 ((Nature -- Week 10))

Jay Brazzell, 'Weather phenomenon over Silvercreek Colorado November 2009,' 2010 ((Nature -- Week 10))

 

 

 

I was introduced to MediaStorm via Benny Norman, a very dear friend of mine. He participated in their media workshop this past November. Each team of three people spends a week generating a story for the website, which includes photo, video, and audio material. His story was one observing and investigating the owner of Paris Blues, a classic bar in Harlem home to the zoot-suiters and jive turkeys of my fantasies. Get the full video HERE.

 

 

 

In looking for emerging artists, I’m intrigued by the several assistant-oriented shows in the last six months. It is a great outlet to show the paradoxes of influence, the individuality peeking from beneath the apprenticeship. Like Marianne Boesky’s Employee of the Month show at the end of the summer or 92Y’s most recent Off the Clock, I am psyched to check out Allan Nederpelt’s take on the concept in their most recent 2-weekend show Team Work. Consisting of over 70 artists, which could be either a buzzkill or fascinating, the PR claims that it unites the immense number of minds who “work collectively to assist a major figure in the art world.” Whether they all work for the same artist or not is a little unclear, but judging from the amount of names I don’t recognize I’m planning on checking the show out this weekend. Its open Dec 11-12, 1-6pm or by appointment.

 

 

 

I discovered G-Spot Brooklyn in looking through the GutBox artists in preparation for their show (Closing tonight at YGallery!) and was intrigued. It’s located in Greenpoint, curated by subtexture and tfuk, and features everything from coffee mugs to collages.

 

Ray Sell, 'Superman Does Not Approve,' mixed media

Ray Sell, 'Superman Does Not Approve,' mixed media

 

 

LASTLY, LET’S GET WEIRD with one of the most significant Surrealist pieces of film on this planet. (Thanks, Dali)

 

Still from 'Un Chien Andalou' (Dali/Bunuel) 1928

Still from 'Un Chien Andalou' (Dali/Bunuel) 1928

Still from 'Un Chien Andalou' (Dali/Bunuel) 1928

Still from 'Un Chien Andalou' (Dali/Bunuel) 1928




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