Five months ago, Tatia Pilieva‘s First Kiss video had us all blushing when she asked us to examine the vulnerabilities that arise within the complexity of sex. Undress Me is Pilieva’s latest social experiment which asks 20 strangers to undress one another and then jump into bed. While her latest viral video definitely had me feeling uncomfortable and a tad giddy, it seemed (to me anyway) way less intimate and shocking then her first doc. What do you think? Spoiler alert: I totally laughed out loud when the man ripped open the woman’s trousers. He definitely destroyed that zipper! S.
Tim Archibald, a San Francisco-based photographer started photographing Elijah, his 5-year old autistic son, as a creative outlet while dealing with his son’s diagnosis. This portrait project titled Echolilia, like most uninhibited artistic expressions, helped to bring Tim and his son closer together. What struck me most about these story-like photos — was not just the unique perspective of Elijah, but the delicate world in which he lives. As a viewer, I couldn’t help but attempt to envision his isolated world. Echolilia has been turned into a beautiful book! Check it out and get a signed copy on Tim Archibald website. (photos via mymodernmet.com) S.
“When my head is in the typewriter the last thing on my mind is some imaginary reader. I don’t have an audience; I have a set of standards. But when I think of my work out in the world, written and published, I like to imagine it’s being read by some stranger somewhere who doesn’t have anyone around him to talk to about books and writing—maybe a would-be writer, maybe a little lonely, who depends on a certain kind of writing to make him feel more comfortable in the world.” —Don DeLillo, the Art of Fiction No. 135
Photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs since 2007 which focuses on two or more strangers physically interacting with one another, creating a strangely intimate series entitled, “Touching Strangers”. His subjects’ poses are directed of course, yet nothing about these photos feel forced or awkward to me. While researching this project, I came across a fabulous quote from a video produced by Live Leak: “Most photographers capture life as it is. With these strangers, Richard Renaldi has captured something much more ethereal and elusive. He shows us humanity as it could be. As most of us wish it would be. And as it was, at least for this one fleeting moment in time.” A book of Touching Strangers is apparently in the works after being group-funded on KickStart for $80,943. (God, I love the internet!) I’m so excited to get my hands on this book when it becomes available. I think it would make for an incredible coffee table book, yes? Oh, and this video is just awesome! Enjoy, S.
Plato Warhol Jay-Z I’m not a fan of Wonder Bread but this is incredibly cool! An Oakland-based artist, Milena Korolczuk, known for her work in film and photography, has tackled a new medium: Wonder Bread. The series was born out of Korolczuk’s need to keep her hands busy while eating breakfast each morning — because eating wasn’t enough! Oh, those artists… Check out the rest of the photos here. (via thisiscolossal)
I’m a sleeper (I require 8 full hours of shuteye) and a big napper (especially after lunch) and if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you’d know that I’m fascinated with daydreaming (see all my daydreaming posts here). When I came across, Sleep, a time-lapse photography series by the now deceased, Ted Spagna, I was truly taken back by the images he artistically captured of snoozy humans in tangled sheets. The book Sleep, will be available this September which chronicles the photographer’s career. Doesn’t it look great? I need this book! Read more about Spagna and see more of his fabulous photos here. S. (via sho and tell)
Well, I for one adore coffee… not a day goes by that I don’t indulge in a cup or two three. Mike Breach, a barista extraordinaire, uses coffee as his preferred medium, painting everything – and everyone — into his lattes. I love the idea that these little works of art are made for the sole enjoyment of the drinker, and then gone in mere seconds. I think I want one! What do you think? Don’t forget to check out Mike’s tumblr blog here. S.
Check out this wonderful and touching documentary short directed by Josh Bogdan and Ryan Lasko about Lasko’s grandfather, Hal Lasko, a 97-year-old who uses Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 to create artwork that has been described as, “a collision of pointillism and 8-Bit art.” Hal who is legally blind can take up to two years to complete one project, “If it takes me two years to do that, I can spend it. I’ve got a lot of patience, that’s what you really need anyways” PS: My favourite part is when Hal goes to FedEx Kinko’s to get his painting “out of the computer”. Enjoy! S. (source: via thisiscolossal.com)
Rome-based Russian artist, Ekaterina Panikanova uses open-faced books, carefully aligned with one another, as a large canvas for each of her paintings in a series titled Errata Corrige. Her work explores deep childhood memories such as images, traumas and experiences that we all uniquely endure and then later carried over into our adult life. This excerpt from My Modern Met sums up Panikanova’s work nicely: “Like a hidden message or puzzle, her works are applied across unspecified pages on each book. Furthermore, with some of her paintings (which are more like installations), there is a puzzling three-dimensionality to them as the pages are not bound down. Instead, they flow freely and add not only layers, but also a sense of texture to the piece.” I think Panikanova’s work is absolutely magnificent, wouldn’t you agree? Check out more of her work here. S.
When I first came across Alyson Provax’s time wasting experiment on Etsy, I was at a coffeeshop and I let out a startled gasp! (and then quickly apologized to the irritated man beside me) It was like bumping into a kindred soul on the street and feeling that instant, glorious connection. The Portland-based printmaker’s documentation on time nicely narrates my own relationship with the ticking clock. I am wildly interested in time; I obsessively think about how it works and often ponder why it sometimes rapidly speeds up for one person, yet slows down for another who also occupies the same space. And then on occasion it seems to go missing, doesn’t it? Poof. It’s gone. I know that there is a 3-month period of my own life that feels unaccounted for – it’s as if it never occurred at all. There is a wonderful interview on her time wasting experiment here. This is a great excerpt: As the project goes on I have become more restrictive in my definition of what a waste of time is. I see it as any situation that I feel was …