Friday Links – 9/20/13

Work from Raimon Guirado: Fausto

Some links to get you ready for the weekend:

  • An interesting interview from Bad At Sports about a new art-based social media site. It seems to me to be pretty similar to a tumblr or Pinterest, but the networking with other art professionals could be neat.
  • The NY Times covered MoMA’s New Photography Exhibition, featuring work by Broomberg & Chanarin, Annette Kelm, and Brendan Fowler.
  • Also on Broomberg & Chanarin (who are absolutely worth a look), the duo just released their new book project, Frozen Chicken Train Wreck.
  • A thought-provoking article from Vice about a new Danish magazine, Illegal!,  which hard drug users can buy for $1.80 and sell to the public for around $5.00. The mission statement is based on giving addicts a way to earn money (yes, with the understanding that it’s probably going back to drugs) without robbing people, shoplifting, or selling their bodies for sex. Vice also asked people on the street whether they thought the model was a worthy one, with some conflicting answers.
  • It’s the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in November, and the always excellent Chris Jones put together this chronology piece for Esquire covering the time from the killing to the moment the new President Johnson arrived in Washington. Great stuff.
  • A wonderful feature on the chaotic capital of the Congo, Kinshasa, and the underground art world that developed out of necessity.
  • Over on It’s Nice That, a spotlight on young Spanish designer Raimon Guirado. He’s newly graduated from university and putting together some killer typography and zine projects. Certainly worth checking out.
  • More It’s Nice That: photographer Daniel Ginns takes shots of painted-over graffiti to create an almost Rothko-esque image.
  • Kemistry Gallery in London just kicked off their exhibition of work by graphic design gods Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast. You’ve probably seen posters or advertisements from these two, and if you’re unfamiliar with them (or their famous firm, Push Pin Studio) then you need to dive in.

Abyss Gazing

Shark, Florida. via Spencer Murphy

Shark, Florida. via Spencer Murphy

Thrilled and excited to have a feature I wrote on UK photographer Spencer Murphy up today on Paper Journal. In it, I looked at Murphy’s series The Abyss Gazes Into You, a pretty fantastic set of images that details life on the edges of progress and documents what happens when the world keeps moving forward without you. A little excerpt:

Murphy seems to be grasping at the ominous cloud hanging in the present, obscuring the future. His work lies in the turbulent, tectonic moment where past and eternity grind into each other.

I’m really looking forward to contributing more to Paper Journal – it’s a pretty fantastic new online magazine covering contemporary photography and visual arts, and the writing on there is, to say the least, fantastic. The website has sections for features (like this), reviews of new photo and artist’s books and some killer long-form interviews with contemporary photographers.

Right now, I’m working on a similar feature on Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, a duo of artists working out of England. They won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize this year for their absolutely incredible book War Primer 2, and are being exhibited everywhere from London to Belfast to Paris to MoMA in New York right now. Broomberg and Chanarin are simply making books and pieces that are light years ahead of anyone else, and it’s incredible to watch and write about.

Broomberg and Chanarin, Holy Bible

More progress: proud to announce I’ll be joining the Blood of the Young team as a media/PR intern for Blood of the Young, an independent publishing house out of Toronto that works with established and emerging photographers and artists with a focus on producing hand-made artist’s books and zines. Go check them out and buy  a watch or something (I have one and love it).