Scraps : Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert

 

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Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert is a young Berlin-based photographer who, through his intimate portrayal of stripped down youth, aims at seizing what he calls a person’s « zero point » – that’s to say the instant of surrender when the essence of his subject gently surfaces.

 

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His ongoing Photographed By project playfully challenges the notions of author and subject, picturing him being photographed by various artists & socialites, and he even argues that « The artist is dead, the real artists are the viewers and consumers of art. Art is a process of contemplation and has nothing to do with the object.”

 

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Baisers,

E.

 

More at :

http://josephwolfgang.ohlert.de/

https://www.facebook.com/ohlertjosephwolfgang?fref=ts

Event : 2013 Hyères Festival

 

Dear readers,

 

From the 26th to the 29th of April, the Villa Noailles will host the 28th edition of its yearly festival celebrating innovative fashion and photography. I thought you might want to catch a glimpse of the work of the ten designers this year’s jury (presided by Felipe Oliveira Baptista) carefully selected.

For the dejected few – me included – who won’t be able to fly to the south of France, a live broadcast of the catwalk shows will be displayed at the Palais de Tokyo on Saturday at 8pm.

 

Tomas Berzins & Victoria Feldman

Tomas Berzins & Victoria Feldman (Latvia & Russia, womenswear)

Herning Jurke

Henning Jurke (Germany, menswear)

Camille Kunz

Camille Kunz (Switzerland, menswear)

Yvonne Poei-Yie Kwok

Yvonne Poei-Yie Kwok (Netherlands, womenswear)

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Xénia Lucie Laffely (France & Switzerland, menswear)

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Satu Maaranen (Finland, womenswear)

Marion de Raucourt

Marion de Raucourt (France, womenswear)

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Damien Ravn (Norway, womenswear)

Shanshan Ruan

Shanshan Ruan (China, womenswear)

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Xing Su (Canada, womenswear)

 

I should probably be fair, tell you how gifted they all are and wish them all good luck… but I’d rather tell you I have a bit of a preference for Xénia’s & Damien’s work.

What about you ?

 

Baisers,

E.

 

Trailer featuring Suzanne Von Aichinger here

Scraps : Ruvan Wijesooriya

 

Dear readers,

Here’s the work of another photographer that is definitely worthy of your attention.

 

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Ruvan Wijesooriya is a New-York-based photographer who’s gained recognition through his snapshots of concerts & bands (such as LCD Soundsystem), his nightlife photography and countless fashion editorials. He also orchestrated interactive exhibitions of his work at which the audience could take his pictures back home if they left a note in exchange.

 

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I am fond of his seemingly-genuine, somewhat hectic style, his eye for deep, vibrant colors and the touch of surrealism that you can find in some of his work (look for visual and mental associations) – but I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

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http://www.ruvan.com/About-Ruvan-Wijesooriya

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Baisers,

E.

Scraps : Harley Weir

 

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Living and working in Berlin, London-born photographer Harley Weir (24) develops a softly faded, youthful & colorful aesthetic reminiscent of the work of Ryan McGinley or Wolfgang Tillmans. She often playfully edits her photographs by hand.

 

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Her fashion work notably includes photographic series published in AnOther Magazine, Citizen K and Dazed&Confused as well as a campaign for Adidas x Stella McCartney and a short video that perfectly encapsulates Meadham Kirchhoff’s SS13 menswear collection :

 

 

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Further reading (interview in Bullett magazine) :

http://bullettmedia.com/article/exposed-harley-weir/#3

 

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More about Harley Weir :

http://www.mini-title.com/Harley-Weir

http://vimeo.com/harleyweir

 

 

Baisers,

E.

redéfinissons les limites de la beauté

 

C’est un grand débat à la rédaction : alors que je suis un inconditionnel de l’imagerie brute de Faure, Arbus ou Teller, mon compère Brau (Romain de son prénom) s’extasie devant la figuration très travaillée d’Ingrid Baars. Il est vrai qu’à la base, je suis moins sensible à ces images étant donné que je suis un partisan de la photo représentative et non du concept de déformation. Enfant de la génération Photoshop, je ne supporte plus de voir des visages « inhumains » (cf. la dernière couverture du Harper’s Bazaar chinois avec Sarah Jessica Parker) ou des personnes avec trois bras ou une jambe. Photoshop a détruit par l’abus les atouts bénéfiques qu’il aurait pu apporter et j’en fais un rejet presque automatique. Je préfère une photo ratée mais expressive à une photo retouchée soi-disant à la perfection mais sans âme. Pour moi, cet art doit s’en tenir à son but premier : capturer dans son intensité vivante un moment, un état, un personnage pour le figer comme un souvenir, laissant ainsi une trace palpable.

 

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Vision très intellectuelle qui se défend de celle de l’artiste, où celui-ci pense d’abord au voyage qu’il va faire en admirant l’œuvre. Le débat est intéressant car il amène à la réflexion. Or, mademoiselle Baars provoque cette réflexion. Alors que Brau m’emmenait, ronchonnant, dans une galerie, pendant Paris Photo pour contempler le travail de la Hollandaise, je suis resté figé, intrigué. Sa vision iconographique, ses collages coupés recoupés possèdent une puissance qui est impossible à éviter. Alors se posent les questions : où commence l’art ? Où se termine la photo ? Car les faits sont bien là ! Ingrid Baars est une artiste contemporaine qui se sert de la photo comme un peintre de ses pinceaux ; c’est sa matière première et non son rendu fini. Loin de vouloir montrer une chose précise, l’artiste se focalise sur des corps pour les distordre jusqu’à créer des hybrides de couleurs et de formes. Un parti pris qui permet au spectateur non pas d’émettre un jugement mais a contrario de se créer sa propre histoire. Il est alors alléchant d’avoir une œuvre qui n’impose pas un point de vue mais qui offre le choix d’en créer le contexte. En rendant sa photographie presque abstraite, Baars offre à son spectateur le choix ultime de l’interprétation personnelle. 

 

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Ce qui est intéressant c’est que le processus créatif est lui-même hybride : à la fois photographe, à la fois artiste, Ingrid Baars est aussi métissée que ce qu’elle produit. Inclassable et réellement talentueuse, la Hollandaise a le don de redéfinir les limites de la beauté. Cette innovation très moderne permet à la dame de poser un nouveau regard et de sortir des clivages. Son esthétique labyrinthe permet de se perdre dans une fantasmagorie qui lui est propre, voire unique. Ce qui est certain, c’est que je suis ressorti moins strict dans mes idées. Pourquoi ne pas laisser sa place à la modernité ? Pourquoi vouloir obligatoirement ranger dans des cases ce qui ne devrait pas l’être ? On demande aujourd’hui à l’artiste quel qu’il soit de se surpasser dans sa créativité.

Ingrid Baars se pose alors en pasionaria de ce nouveau mouvement qui teste jusqu’à éliminer les frontières entre plusieurs écoles. Hormis l’intensité que peuvent amener ses œuvres tant dans l’émotion que dans le questionnement, Baars délimite une nouvelle forme d’expression, certes difficile d’approche mais terriblement actuelle. Une femme qui vit donc avec son temps, utilisant tous les moyens techniques à disposition pour exposer aux yeux de chacun ses rêves, son monde et ses idéaux. Rien qu’avec cette méthode et surtout cette envie de travail, Ingrid Baars fait preuve d’une générosité démesurée, complètement altruiste, que peu d’esthètes sont prêts à nous offrir dans cette société « marketé ». Rien que pour ça, respect face à cette idole d’un mélange de genres improbables qui retourne les cœurs autant que les cerveaux…

 

Ingrid Baars expose du 16 mars au 17 avril 2013 à la galerie Pien Rademakers (KNSM-laan 291) à Amsterdam et sera à Paris pour un show unique entre performance et exposition en novembre! À ne pas rater.

 

Bien à vous.

Delicate immobility & Faint melancholy

 

I met up with Romain at the end of an unexpectedly warm winter afternoon and savoured a cup of bergamot tea while we talked about anything from French cultural heritage and so-called seapunk style to his inspirations and work process.

 

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Between two sips of tea and a cigarette, I recalled I had first happened upon his work a few years ago and something in it had instantly struck a chord. Was it the delicate immobility, the faint melancholy of his pictures – or perhaps the way he artfully captured light ? I may also have been seduced by the subtle duality of his work, which often blends the refined and the trashy, the quaint and the new… but was most probably touched by his genuine love of fragile, somewhat tainted beauty.

 

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Now a twenty-four-year-old student in fashion design at the Arts Déco, Romain tells me that photography will remain his own intimate form of art and that he is not that interested in making money from it – he would rather turn to art direction.

 

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Romain is passionate about art history and visual culture, seems to love music, and absorbs anything that, he feels, relates to his aesthetic universe made of little treasures and memories. He loves collecting tiny objects, fragments of old pictures, and other precious scraps that he then gathers in various notebooks for future use. For this protean artist, photography seems to be just another way to express the intricacies of his vision.

 

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Before creating a series of pictures, Romain always has a specific idea of what he wants to obtain. As his mental image starts shaping long before he actually shoots the series, he thoughtfully declares that his approach to photography tends to be more intellectual than intuitive and that he composes his pictures in the manner of classical painting. He knows what hues he is going to use, what shades he wants to conceal or enhance on the model’s face and, above all, how he wants the light to suffuse the scene. Romain will then revolve around his practically static model and take a few photographs, using one single roll of film.

 

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In spite of the somehow remote and ethereal quality of his photographs, Romain’s artistic sensibility remains very modern, and so is his recycling of internet culture as well as fashion and cultural undercurrents. He has also directed a few videos and, while he finds filming more difficult to handle, he is particularly eager to work with this medium, which he feels comes closest to the mental representations of our generation.

 

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Hoping to leave you with the irrepressible desire to learn more about him, I wish you a lovely day.

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Baisers,

E.

 

Find out more about Romain Le Cam here :

http://lecamromain.com

http://romainlecam.blogspot.fr

http://vimeo.com/lecamromain

Scraps : Cindy Sherman

 

Let me draw your attention on Cindy Sherman, a famous American artist whose work you’ve probably have heard about already since it was exhibited at the MoMA in NY last year and at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris last September – the former being a retrospective of her work and the latter a series of photographs in collaboration with Chanel.

 

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She also collaborated with the make-up brand MAC quite recently (that is in 2011), had previously team up with Juergen Teller (a great photographer I should write about soon) on a Marc Jacobs ad campaign in 2006, and worked for Comme des Garçons on another campaign in 1994.

 

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Having said that, besides her fashion-related body of work, she has created striking pictures addressing such fascinating matters as identity, femininity and the way it is looked at, aging, myths and fairytales, sex, and the abject (aka what you don’t really wanna know / would rather ignore about your own body).

 

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Two things you must know about her are that her photographs are always untitled and that she has always been working on her own and on herself, entirely creating her uncanny characters, taking the pictures and editing them in her New-York-based studio.

 

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Now, take a close look at the pictures I gathered for you here.

 

Baisers,

E.

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