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Asger Carlsen

January 4th, 2011 by admin

Odd photographs, which leave the inner-narrative of the image unfinished, are my kind of photographs. I like Mr. Carlsen’s work, and in particular his series entitled Wrong, for the same reason I find it nearly impossible to watch horror movies while I very much like the films of David Lynch.

Playing Favorites

January 4th, 2011 by admin

I am often asked who are my favorite photographers or whose work I like. I don’t know really. I am pretty poor at playing the favorites game–double points for obscurity–or talking about what work I like; I like a lot of work made by photographers who have been boxed in various genres. When put on the spot, I generally go big (and maybe wrong): Philip-Lorca diCorcia or Catherine Opie say. Thing is, there is work I like, then there is work that quietly influences my work, and then there is the interweb.

The great thing about surfing the web with a mouse or a pen is that you can stumble across urls belonging to artists whose work you might never encounter otherwise. My modus operandi is to bookmark the urls and plan on returning later, which inevitably I never do. I therefore decided that it might be easier for me to post the urls here, a photo or two to boot, and a few sentences about why I like what I like. My posts are purely for my reference and enjoyment but don’t let that stop you from settling in with a bag of buttered popcorn and having a jolly good time yourself.

This photograph was made by two of my favorite photographers Oliver Chanarin & Adam Broomberg.

Once When I Was

January 3rd, 2011 by admin

My girlfriend JenniLee, Fashion Director at Antenna Magazine and stylist in her own right, recently created a style blog entitled Once When I Was. Biased though I may be, I am fan (and a contributor) and so I thought to blagh and biggup her up here.

The Grid: SVA Show

August 9th, 2010 by admin

Here you have it: the culmination of nine weeks of straight work summed up in one photograph. If you want to see each portrait, and I suggest you do as the grid does not do them justice individually, check my website. Stay tuned as a longer post about my experience during the SVA summer residency is in the works.

SVA Show Tonight

August 5th, 2010 by admin

Check it. I have an opening tonight (apologies to the blogosphere for the late notice.) If you didn’t know about it, now you do. I will be showing new work, which will be featured on my website and blog at a later date. If, however, you are in NYC and want to see the work on a white wall, me in my favorite white kicks, make an appearance, make a cameo, or stay for the evening.

I BLOG

June 23rd, 2010 by admin

I am attending the summer residency in photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and I have been asked to blog about my experience for SVA. I feel like a real blogger, not a just man with a blog but a veritable rubber-stamped blogger. If you want to read why I am not getting much sleep these days, why I generally eat dinner at 11 pm (two beers and a small portion of Vegetable Mei Fun from Hood Hing, my local bullet-proofed Chinese restaurant), and why I am usually up before sunrise, then check out my first post for the school entitled IN THE PRESENT TENSE.

New Project: Present Tense

June 8th, 2010 by admin

I am starting work on a new project entitled PRESENT TENSE.

The premise is pretty simple: I am looking for subjects to engage in an activity/exercise while I take pictures of them. The activities/exercises run the gamut, ranging from doing shots of take-your-pick liquor to running sprints to dancing about to singing karaoke to chopping onions to sitting completely still to telling a joke or a story. These are only but a few examples. The activity/exercise will be agreed upon in advance by the subject and myself and regardless of the chosen activity/exercise, I will ask subjects to repeat whatever they are doing for the duration of the sitting. All photographs will be portraits.

The aim of the project is to get subjects to forget about the camera, to forget themselves, and to push them to be as present as possible.

I need many subjects and if you or someone you know would like to participate, please emailme

Think Marina Abramović meets Philippe Halsman meets Tim Gardner meets me.

Hope you can make it.

Small Victories

May 23rd, 2010 by admin

My blog begins with a happy bang and an appropriate title.

Last Friday, I awoke to an email from the Canadian artist Jeff Hamada who runs BOOOOOOOM! a killer art/photo site to let me know that I made the cut. My photo, featured here, was accepted for a group show entitled Small Victories at the Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong. I am tickled to think that a photo of mine is hanging on a wall in a gallery in Hong Kong while I sit and drink my morning coffee in Brooklyn.

Here are some photos from the exhibition, which were taken after all the booze had been consumed and most folks had left or so says Jeff.