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Sunday
Feb052012

Paolo Roversi at the Wapping Project Bankside

Self Portrait by Roversi

Paolo Roversi was born in Ravenna Italy in 1947. His passion for photography began as a teenager during a vacation in Spain in 1964. In 1970 he started collaborating with the Accociated Press, his first assignment was to cover Ezra Pound's funeral in Venice. In 1971 he met Peter Knapp, art director of Elle Magazine. At Knapp's invitation, Paolo visited Paris in 1973 and never left.

The British photographer Lawrence Sackmann took Paolo on as his assistant in 1974. Roversi credits him for teaching him all he knows today about photography. Sackmann always use to say "your tripod and camera must be well-fixed but your eyes and mind should be free."

On View from Feb 03 - March 31  

For more Information go to the Wrappping Project Bankside site here:

Thursday
Feb022012

Steven Spazuk

Selfportrait, 2007 soot on paper 80x119 in. 

composed of 272 pieces that fit into a shoebox 

Steven Spazuk is a French Canadian artist who has been working with a technique he developed in 2001 that allows him to use a flame from a candle or torch to create his paintings with the trails of soot that remain. Tools manipulate the soot left behind on thick paper to develop gossamer transparencies, volkuptuos spheres with ephemeral halos and x-ray like images of the soul's body.

He works in large composition as well as smaller pieces of paper that assemble to form a large portrait mosaic. Paint is also incororated in to his work on occasion for that splash of color.

 

Saturday
Jan212012

Vanessa Beecroft

Beecroft "White Madonna with Twins" (2006)
Vanessa Beecroft is an Italian contemporary artist. Her work is a fusion of conceptual issues and aesthetic concerns with focus on large-scale performance art. Beecroft’s installations typically involve groups of nude models and question representations of the body, beauty and identity. Each performance is made for a specific location and often references the political, historical, or social associations of the place where it is held. Beecroft works  in various mediums such as photography, drawing, painitng, sculpture and performance. Beecrofts' works often touch on ideas current with fashion. She says, "I like when fashion destabilizes society in a subtle way, using tradition to break it, like YSL, Margiela, Helmut Lang.


Vanessa Beecroft Animation photo above by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello

To see more of Beecroft's work go here: 

or Here Artsy.net

 

Tuesday
Jan102012

Carnal Knowledge by Malerie Marder

Malerie Marder lives and works in Los Angels, She studied at Bard
College with Stephen Shore and at Yale University with Gregory
Crewdson, Phillip-Lorca diCorcia and Nan Goldin. Carnal Knowledge is
Marder's first monograph wonderfully published by Violette Editions.
The preface is by Gregory Crewdson, texts by Charlotte Cotton and
novelist James Ellroy, and short stories inspired by Marder's work by
A.M. Homes, James Frey and Bruce Wagner. In addition you will find a
candid correspondence between Malerie and Philip-Lorca diCorcia

The photograph pictured above of Marder intriged us. We asked her if it was a
self-portrait and she said it was taken by a former boyfriend, the
novelist Thomas Leveritt. A character named Ariel Alkali can be found
in Leveritt's book "The Exchange Rate Between Love and Money" based on
Marder.

Tom was kind enough to share an excerpt from the book:

‘Watcha doing?’ says Ariel, smiling down at him from long legs, shaking out a tangle of glossy hair, and removing an overcoat to reveal an olive-green vest ripped open from bellybutton to collarbone, but held together with maybe fifty gold safety-pins. Eyes as blue as perfume ads. Something of a rarity, a half-Croatian half-Czech Ashkenazi artist, and stone cold the most beautiful woman in Sarajevo.

Below works from Marder found in Carnal Knowledge...

 To read more about Marder's book go here:

To read more about Leveritt go here:

Friday
Jan062012

Christian Schoeler

Christian Schoeler is a contemporary painter know for his watercolors and oil paintings. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.  He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts  and has exhibited his works in Cologne, Düsseldorf, London, Miami and Paris. He describes his work with these words: ecstasy and loss, adolescence and vulnerability, beauty and decadence. We agree...

TO SEE MORE OF HIS WORK GO HERE: