Jimmy Nelson’s Astonishing Photographs Of Societies On The Brink Of Extinction

JIMMY NELSON

JIMMY NELSON

JIMMY NELSON

JIMMY NELSON

Jimmy Nelson captures the last glimpses of dying tribes in Africa, Asia, South America, and Siberia.

The photos are part of Nelson’s series “Before They Pass Away,” a captivating set of photographs that beautifully capture the purity and authenticity of a dying culture.

The homogeneous characteristics of today’s digitalized world compelled him to document a timeless document of these tribes.

“In all this homogeneity, people no longer think that their ethnicity and authenticity is valuable. They think what’s valuable is what they see here,” he said, gesturing to the many indistinguishable laptops that sat on almost every table in the crowded cafe before pointing to his heart, “and not in here.”

Since 2009, the photographer has been traveling through the most remote areas of the world in order to capture the “pure beauty in their goals and family ties, [and] their belief in gods and nature.”

With genuine interest and purpose, Nelson embeds himself in the culture of these tribes without judgement. Whenever I see a project of this kind (one that captures the lives of non-western peoples), I feel as though the westerner capturing and creating a narrative based on what he sees, tends to have an air of superiority. In small ways, the images become these objects of amusement. Nelson, however, is appreciative of these cultures, not because they are exotic, but simply because they carry, through their rituals and social rules, an imminent duty to preserve and nurture their culture and social rituals in ways that are, in fact, absent in Western societies. (via huffpost)

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Walter Robinson Criticisms Of Consumer Culture

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I’m fascinated by the human drive to possess material objects and by our intransigent attachment to the things we own. In my work I investigate the ways that consumer products have been crafted to perpetuate hunger for more. Brand and corporate logos, mascots, cartoon characters, advertising text and signage are the semiotic sources I draw from.

Robinson subverts meanings of familiar brands and Western cultural symbols by tweaking their scale, context and color.

With marketing and adverting psychology in mind, Robinson uses seductive surfaces, saturated color, bling and glitter to draw his audience to examine their own relationship to consumer culture and it’s effect on the environment and world events.

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NADA Art Fair Miami 2013 Highlights

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NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance), founded in 2002, is a not-for-profit art fair that showcases international galleries in New York, Miami Beach, and Cologne. NADA’s exhibitors are a breath of fresh air; the young vibe, the weirdness, and progressiveness of this exposition is hard to dismiss.

Here, I gather the most interesting works at the expo:

Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu sculpts and stages grotesque figures. In this particular set, it seems, are two very strange looking dogs(?), wrapped around sleeping bags. I’m not sure what is artist is going for here, but it seems to me that he is trying to set a scene, and a specific one at that. Both ‘dogs’ are covering their eyes, they are wrapped tightly, and they hovering amongst themselves; might it be that these are scared ‘dogs’ at an estranged camp of sorts?

Jonathan Torres, a Puerto Rican artist, creates half-animal, half-human sculptures, that are brightly colored and full of feathers. They are on the floor, nor are the hanging from the upright walls, instead they appear in odd places, throughout the tiny booth of the http://crenaz.byethost22.com/.

Pulse Art Fair 2013 Miami Highlights

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Sculptures by Leandro Asoli – Antena Studio

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Mounir Fatmi, Mecanization No.2, 2011 -Conrads Duesseldorf Gallery

PULSE Art Fair in Miami opened its doors on Dec.5th, 2013. The fifth edition of the fair brings forth an interesting mix of sophisticated, and classic works that offer a critical and progressive edge. Some of the most world-renowned artist are showcasing here, amongst them, William Eggleston, Zanele Muholi, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Here, I have compiled a short guide of highlights that appeal to the Beautiful/Decay aesthetic:

Guatemalan artist Leandro Asoli creates these decorative, religious icons covered in colorful children’s stickers featuring some of our favorite cartoons and superheros: Superman, Dora the explorer, Spongebob, Lisa Frank, Spiderman, etc. The juxtaposition of these two things, religion and children’s television/book characters, creates interesting parallels between the concepts of idolization, religion, and popular culture.

Next, we have Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi whom constructs lively collages out of used prayer rugs. This particular work, lends itself to heated controversy, as the usage of said rugs to make artworks is pretty much an atrocity within the Muslim faith. By using prayer rugs as his material of choice, the artist violates the religious object, leaving his audience to be exposed to a deconstruction of religious dogmas and ideologies.

Miami Art Basel 2013 Highlights

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Jake and Dinos Chapman, ‘In Our Dreams We Have Seen Another World’ , 2013 -White Cube Gallery.

Yesterday was Miami Art Basel 2013’s preview, and B/D was there to get the scoop on Basel’s most innovative and interesting works. Here we’ve picked out a few pieces that caught our eye. Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Jakes and Dinos Chapman’s diorama fuses sensitive religious themes with mass branding and symbols of the global fast food chain, McDonald’s. The rather crude, and disturbing maquette juxtaposes, or rather, finds parallels between what seems to be violent scenes of apocalypse and crucifixions, and the globalization of American fast food chains. The artwork exudes great hostility; it truly makes for an uncomfortable yet very entertaining, and satisfying viewing. The piece pinpoints and creates controversy, as it look at a global economy superpower through the eyes of uncensored, critical, and dry humor.

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Evan Penny, ‘Female Stretch, Variation #2’, 2011- Sperone Westwater Gallery

Evan Penny’s sculpture was probably one of my top personal highlights from Basel. ‘Female Stretch’ is strange and confusing to look at. The artist accomplishes a flat look out of a three-dimensional sculpture. Besides the bizarre proportions, which I hope you can appreciate through the photos, I can say that Penny’s craftsmanship shines quite brightly through the sculpture’s accuracy when it came to small details. Hair, eyelashes and skin textures are almost impressively realistic looking.

Takahiro Kimura’s Imperfect But Beautiful Faces

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Japanese artist and illustrator Takahiro Kimura believes that true beauty lies within imperfection. Through his collage work, Kimura tries to expose the vulnerable yet beautiful nature of the human spirit by creating distorted human faces. To achieve a ‘distorted’ aesthetic, the artist cuts and rearranges different images, which he creates, to form one.

Though I am quite interested in various aspects and contradictions which people have inside, I attempt not to think about them in the stage of creation. I’d rather devote my attention to  line and exquisite balance of form, mass, composition and color so that[..] the said factors can stand out.

Although his work is lively, there is still a visible hint of darkness that creates an interesting  paradox- there is, in fact, a great amount of imperfection within the obvious beauty of these human faces.

Dirds- The Internets Latest Gift Is Cute/Disturbing Bird-Dog Mashups

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‘Dirds’ is a series of Photoshopped images that combine the heads and bodies of birds and dogs. We’re not sure exactly who started this new internet craze but we have to admit that we can’t stop looking at these perplexing creatures.

Although they are incredibly cute, you might still find yourself thinking about how these flying pup hybrids are actually quite disturbing.

Photoshop allows us to have more power than ever before. We can literally make anything  come to a tangible existence.

What do you think about these ‘creations’?

Joseph Loughborough Draws The Dark Side Of Human Nature

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British artist Joseph Loughborough creates dark and grotesque , yet delicate and beautiful charcoal drawings that challenge and trigger existential questions and anxieties.

Loughborough’s trademarks an expressive,  impulsive  and honest style that strikes as vague at first; however, a closer look reveals deep and thoughtful technical decisions that render his concepts fairly well; his choices are simultaneously charming and intimidating.

Through his eerie,whimsical subjects, whose faces are usually deconstructed, Loughborough renders the grim side of human nature: sin, desire, fear and anxiety over one’s own absurdity.

I can understand why my work is considered dark but I have never really looked at it in this way. I have always intended it to be revealing, honest and expressive. Some of the pieces act like a personal exorcism through which I try to express, rather than deny, the emotions I encounter. Through my drawing, I strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition and question how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires.

(via Feather of Me)