Your Own House: Maurice Van Es

From the series “The Past is a Strange Place” via Maurice Van Es

Way, waaaaaay late, but check out my feature on Dutch photographer Maurice Van Es over at Paper Journal. I looked at and discuss a few of Van Es’s projects, including To me you are a work of art, The past is a strange place, and Textures of childhood. He’s got some really great images, and straddles the lines between dreamy and crisp, and claustrophobic and familiar in a very interesting way. An excerpt:

In To me you are a work of art, he trains his camera to Duchampian ‘sculptures’ created by his mother – a pile of folded towels, two remote controls stacked upon one another – making his parents’ home a sort of museum to the art of domesticity. Van Es’s photographs are remnants of everyday existence, modern ruins and ziggurats and pyramids of domesticity unwittingly cast in cloth or wood. They are accidental monuments to a crisp moment, a memory preserved in pixels. Yet they are terribly familiar. According to Van Es, ‘You can find these traces in your own house too.’

I’m really excited to watch Van Es and see where his career grows from here – the dude’s like 24 years old and churning out some fantastic stuff.

via Maurice Van Es

I’ve got a few more projects in the works for Paper Journal that are coming soon, including a piece on one of the exhibitors at this month’s New York Art Book Fair, so keep an eye out for those.

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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).