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Pirelli Calendar 2018 by Tim Walker & set designer Shona Heath captures the surreal world of dreams.... inspiriert von Alice in Wonderland & Black Power

Mit großem Knall präsentiert PIRELLI die Vorschau auf den 2018 Kalender, der von Starfotograf TIM WALKER umgesetzt wurde. Dieser holte schwarze Stars wie Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o oder Sean Diddy vor die Kamera und inszeneirte diese gewohnt detailverliebt vor surrealer Kulisse à la Alice im Wunderland. ALs Creative Director stand ihm Shona Heath beiseite. Die erste Ausgabe des Bildkalenders des italienischen Reifenherstellers erschien 1964. Im Laufe der Zeit wurde der PIRELLI Kalender zum Inbegriff von Erotischer Fotografie. Fotografen wie Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts oder Karl Lagerfeld gestalteten bisher den Kalender.

"His 12 months evoke the fable first published in 1865 by the English mathematician and writer reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the well-known pseudonym of Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Inspired by this fantastic narrative, Tim Walker's images are tableaux vivants full of allusions to unlikely situations, to illusory proverbs, cited with a constant reference to English culture. Many great artists, whenever they refer to this fairy tale, have in fact created a new version, Tim Walker and his interpretation are the last example, through images, apparently far from the most famous representations, featuring 17 characters from the world of fashion, music, cinema and the underground universe.

The artist behind the visionary sets of Tim Walker’s Alice is Shona Heath. Shona is one of Britain's leading creative directors and set designers, whose prolific work in fashion imagery has, for the last 15 years, encompassed disciplines such as photography, film making and fine art. Shona’s vision could be described as a play of scale and colour, a mix of handcrafted and experimental materials, always contemporary, with a feminine touch. Shona's passion for creative image making and storytelling comes foremost making her sets and installations memorable, whether in stills photography or film. She is happiest working and presenting fresh new ideas and brainstorming concepts of any kind right from the start of a project, right up until the physical execution, on which she is very hands-on with everything from set, costumes, styling and editing.

“There is an energy I want to bring to pictures; I want to believe in them as stories. If I fool myself, I have done my job. Set design is more like three-dimensional collage, making new stories and relationships with objects, colour, textures and places. Discovering how the three-dimensional turns into the two-dimensional, to somehow help capture the energy and put a lid on it, is like getting a fluttering moth into a jar.”  Weitere Infos zum Kalender direkt via PIRELLI.
23.07.2017 // show complete article

'The moment when a person changes into an image...' die klassischen Geschwister-Portraits der Finnischen Bild-Poetin Nelli Palomäki - als Ausstellung bei Gallery Taik Persons und als Preview auf GoSee

Gallery Taik Persons präsentiert die Ausstellung 'Shared' von Nelli Palomäki, erfolgreiche Absolventin der Helsinki School und Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. 'Shared' erkundet das komplexe Thema Geschwister, ihre menschlichen Beziehungen und familiäre Bindungen. Die Porträts zeigen Kinder und junge Erwachsene in verschiedenen Situationen und Konstellationen. Einmal Freund, einmal Feind engste Verbündete, stärkste Rivalen – die subtilen Hierarchien der Macht unter Geschwistern verschieben sich ständig. Eine herzliche Umarmung kann innerhalb von Sekunden in ein erhitztes Ringen umschlagen: Dies ist das geteilte Leben von Geschwistern.

Mit ihren Porträts ersucht Palomäki Facetten des Thema Geschwister in körperlicher, psychologischer und emotionaler Komplexität zu erfassen. Obgleich fast jedes Porträt im Vorhinein sorgfältig geplant und inszeniert ist, wird stets ein Element des Akzidentellen beibehalten, wodurch das Werk mit unvorhergesehenen Resultaten und Enthüllungen animiert wird und ein magisches Eigenleben trägt. Hierbei stellt der Akt des Posierens einen ausschlaggebenden Moment dar, in Palomäkis Worten, „der Moment, in dem ein Mensch sich in ein Bild verwandelt.“ Die Art und Weise, wie die Modelle sich selbst wahrnehmen und präsentieren bestimmt darüber, welche Geschichten anhand ihrer Porträts erzählt werden, ob beabsichtigt oder nicht.

"I deal with growth and our problematic way of seeing ourselves. I’m very much focused on the act of posing and on the moment when a person changes into an image. However there is a certain melancholy in my work, and I guess this is born from the miserable idea of time passing and us not being able to really go back to the moment. Through photography this becomes very concrete," wie sie in einem Interview den Sony Awards verriet.

Nelli Palomäki - Shared
Eröffnung: 30. Juni 2017, 18 – 21 Uhr
Ausstellung: 1. Juli – 9. September 2017
Gallery Taik Persons

22.06.2017 // show complete article

GoSee loves ... Jim Jocoy 'Order of Appearance' - Casemore Kirkeby zeigt eine fotografische Dokumentation von San Franciscos Punk Club Szene von 1977-1980 und als Bildband bei TBW Books

Die auf Fotografie spezialisierte Galerie Casemore Kirkeby aus San Francisco hat ein ganz besonderes fotografisches Schätzchen aufgestöbert - eine spannende Doku der damaligen Punk-Szene der heutigen Tech-Metropole nahe des Silicon Valleys... Das Opening fand am 16. Juni statt, am 15. Juli gibt es einen Artist Talk zwischen Jim Jocoy und dem Historiker Sam Lefebvre bei Casemore Kirkeby. Und für alle, die es nicht in die Bay-Area schaffen - Fotos hier bei GoSee und das gleichnamige Buch erschien kürzlich bei TBW Books.

"In 1976 at the start of the San Francisco punk scene, Jocoy became a student at UC Santa Cruz. By 1977 he had dropped out of school and turned his attention to the club scene. Jocoy obsessively photographed what was in front of him – in bedrooms, bathrooms, strip clubs, at punk shows at Mabuhay Gardens, alleyways and bars. Jocoy found outlets for showcasing his photos in his own punk/art zine, Windows and Orphans, as well as in seminal SF zines Search and Destroy, Research, and Punk Globe.

During this time Jocoy’s photos were shown in public only twice, the first, a show held at San Francisco State University featuring the Xerox color prints he’d produce during off hours at the photocopy shop where he worked, and later as a slide show presented at William Burroughs’ 70th birthday party in 1984. It wasn’t until many years later, through a series of serendipitous events, that Sonic Youth frontman, Thurston Moore, and fashion designer Mark Jacobs collaborated to produce what would become Jocoy’s first and highly praised book, We’re Desperate (Powerhouse, 2002), widely regarded as a celebration of the scene’s influential fashion.

Unknowingly foreshadowing the AIDS epidemic that would grip underground communities throughout the country, Jocoy’s photographs evoke an intimacy no unlike that felt when viewing the work by Nan Goldin, combined with the underground compulsion and clout found in the photos of Katsumi Watanabe and Karlheinz Weinberger. In the main gallery, Casemore Kirkeby will share Jocoy’s rarely glimpsed view of the punk scene, illuminated quiet and intimate moments of barely post-pubescent youth applying makeup, readying themselves for an evening out, diving full stop into the dark of night.

Born in 1952 in South Korea to his Korean mother and a U.S. Army solider, Jocoy was given two names: an American name, Edward Monfette, and a Korean name, Hyoung Su Lee. After divorcing, his mother married another soldier, Robert E. Jocoy, and at age six he was given a new name, Jimmy Jocoy. In 1969 the family settled in Sunnyvale, California. Jim Jocoy still resides in the Bay Area after a career working in UCSF’s Therapy Department. He maintains friendships with many of the subjects he photographed 40 years ago...."

Jim Jocoy - Order of Appearance

June 16, 2017 – July 29, 2017
13.06.2017 // show complete article