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Blake Little : preservation

Photographer Blake Little is known for his portraits of celebrities, but one of his most recent works didn’t involve any familiar faces. Instead, he created a Craigslist ad in search of models. 90 people answered the call, ranging in age from two to 85-years-old, and none of them knew quite what to expect when they arrived at Little’s studio. But one thing is for sure, none of them could guess Little’s strange request — to film them as his crew poured honey all over their naked bodies.

The idea to pour honey over actors first came to Little when he was taking photos of a “bear-like” man, whom he had hold a jar of honey for the shoot. When Little wasn’t satisfied with his work, he poured honey all over the man

Sacred Art

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Artprize winner of Public and Juried Grand Prize at GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum) in Grand Rapids, 2014

Intersections, Laser-cut Wood, Single Light Bulb, 6.5′ Square Cube, Completed: December 2013, Cast Shadows: 32’x34′

In the ‘Intersections’ project, the geometrical patterning in Islamic sacred spaces, associated with certitude is explored in a way that reveals its fluidity. The viewer is invited to confront the contradictory nature of all intersections, while simultaneously exploring boundaries. My goal is to explore the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic by relying on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, and the interpretation of the cast shadows. The form of the design and its layered, multidimensional variations will depend both on the space in which it is installed, the arrangement of the installation, and the various paths that individuals take while experiencing the space.

The Intersections project takes the seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a Mosque and translates the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture, and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and coexisted in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference. For me the familiarity of the space visited at the Alhambra Palace and the memories of another time and place from my past, coalesced in creating this project. My intent with this installation was to give substance to mutualism, exploring the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence within a public space.

Desert Breath

 

In 1997, she joined with industrial designer Alexandra Stratou and architect Stella Constantinides to create a breathtaking spiral made up of alternating conical dips and protrusions in the Sahara Desert, near the Egyptian town of El Gouna just off the Red Sea. The project, known as Desert Breath, spreads over one million square feet of sand.Egyptian-Desert-Sand-Spiral-4

While the installation is still visible from the sky, there are marked signs of weathering. A body of water that once acted as the work’s center point has since evaporated. The earthen mounds have flattened over time, and cracks can be seen on the overall surface of the piece. For the artists (known collectively as D.A.ST. Art team), Desert Breath’s impending demise is the whole point.

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Success through Stillness

Pick up a few gems and jokes that were dropped during this interview with Russell Simmons. An index of the topics covered can be found below.

1:12 – Russell’s Book: Success Through Stillness
2:20 – The Art of Meditation
7:43 – Russell’s Sex Life
12:39 – Russell on the ’N’ word
19:21 – Russell on Kanye West
27:53 – Russell’s Ex’s
33:40 – Not Giving up on Your Dreams
36:29 – Amina Buddafly
44:25 – Gay A.A.C.P
51:35 – Black Hollywood Slave Movies

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Check out the release of success through stillness. Now available here 

Book Select: Face to Face

“Professor A. Ramachandran has contributed significantly to the Indian art scene. He has been a ceaseless experimenter and a versatile artist. Over the years his paintings have acquired a classical monumentality and his use of medium and colours luminosity. He has also created a substantial body of sculptures. This book of three essays and a photo-essay is being published on the occasion of his solo exhibition in New York in December 2007, featuring faces from Rajasthan, studies of heads in oil and a suite of ten watercolours.f2f The book crystallizes the artist’s philosophy of life and his persona and his relationship with his subjects and himself while distilling his philosophy of the surge of life force in all things in the universe. It highlights his observations about his aesthetics and the evolution of his distinctive visual style, as well as the influences of Kerala and Santiniketan in moulding his artistic sensibilities. His engagement with modernism does not confine itself to expressing himself through an international idiom, but reinventing a traditional idiom to suit a contemporary sensibility. Besides his paintings, he has also created a substantial body of sculptures.” – The Guild