Contemporaneous Extension


Under/Over

I was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers at MILK’s photography show last week, but figured I’d post the handful of favorites I found.

Kolbrun Thora Love was a stunning conceptual shot. The image submitted was thoughtful and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it, even from across the room. The composition and color blocks were a great example of the juxtaposition between what the eye sees and what actually exists on the picture plane. The mystery in the photographs, although not necessarily overwhelming in number, is striking.

 

From 'untitled II' shown at MILK

From 'untitled II' shown at MILK

 

From 'untitled I'

From 'untitled I'

From 'oaxaca'

From 'oaxaca'

 

 

 

 

Katheryn Love tapped into my love for a well-controlled blur. The commentary on nature interjecting upon human life and vice versa is a conversation that inevitably will never cease and definitely comes to mind in her work. Her images make me think about how difficult it is to remain present in the natural world. Many of her figures seem to be walking in on or out of nature, with those choosing to freeze themselves within it appearing frantic, awe-struck, or lost. Her image was by far one of the most stirring and cerebral (my JAM).

 

from the MILK show

from the MILK show

Clay (also known as Clay Gardner) hit me with his bleached portrait of John Waters. Waters in general is an individual, bursting with the kitschy mischief and delirious fun of the movies’ of his I love. I see a few threads to Terry Richardson, Man Ray, and even a little bit of Avedon in the way his images seem to breath a little bit.

 

Clay, 'John Waters - Camp Magazine'

Clay, 'John Waters - Camp Magazine,' 2010

Clay, 'Katherine'

Clay, 'Katherine,' 2008

Clay, 'Untitled,' 2010

Clay, 'Untitled,' 2009

Bryan Derballa had a pretty artsy print up for being such a photojournalist, which I found out after the fact and is a testament to well-versed photogs. An image from his Summer Camp series was up in the gallery, but in looking into him the stuff he’s shot for WSJ (Fashion Week, NYC Marathon, Urban Gymnastics), its a nice contrast to his clean, vibrant reporting photos. He’s got quite the range, technically and conceptually.

 

From 'Summer Camp' series, in MILK show

From 'Summer Camp' series, in MILK show

From 'Summer Camp' series

From 'Summer Camp' series

From 'Summer Camp' series

From 'Summer Camp' series

 

 

 

 

Mustafah Abdulaziz is someone I’ve been following somewhat peripherally for about a year. I caught up with his work last year at the MJR show at 25CPW (also featuring Luceo), and was happy to see him in the MILK Show. His images are  fantastical, be in in the painterly dispersal of hue or the full-frontal nature of the reality he presents. His compositions are on-point; he must either have a rabbit’s foot in his pocket or an inconceivable amount of patience (among other skillz). His coverage of Fashion Week was stunning, and his most recent feature on the NYT blog ‘Lens’ features his current work with recovering heroin addicts in Philly.

 

'Halloween in the Bywater, New Orleans,' 2010, featured in MILK show

'Halloween in the Bywater, New Orleans,' 2010, featured in MILK show

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