Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ellen Kooi - Dutch Photographer

Ellen Kooi is a Dutch photographer working mostly with the landscape and the figure. The relationships between the figures and each landscape vary from the magical to the mundane, however what is most interesting is considering how they collectively build to a point that makes you question what is going on for us as the viewer, and further, what exactly is it that Kooi is piecing together here? For me there's something of those strange dreams you tend to have very early in the morning, where things don't quite make sense - and they don't necessarily need to, because there is something beautiful going on - it's a strange void space of timeless slow-motion and quietude. There is this sublime and romantic sensitivity evident in each of Kooi's pictures that captivate me. There's a beautiful sense of stillness, of symmetry and order, of careful construction. They are wonderfully formal, eerily quiet and deeply moving pictures. If you enjoy these pictures as much as I do then click here to see more of her work.

Zwammerdam-kas, 2005. 77 x 150 cm
Velserbroek-de brug, 2000. 66 x 150 cm
Noordoostpolder-polderhuis, 2004. 90 x 112 cm

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Olek: Anything But Camouflage

Great sense of colour and interpretation of objects, spaces and actions. I'm really enjoying this work - thank you to Artlog for bringing this to my attention. I felt the need to share this.

Olek with Naomi White, Intimate Friends, 2010. Courtesy of Christopher Henry Gallery.

Olek is Polish-born, Brooklyn-based artist Agata Oleksiak (“Olek”). Click here to read Cassandra Young's explanation of Olek's work on Artlog.

Olek at New York's Festival of Ideas for the New City

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Matthew Gafsou, ReGeneration2

I'm really enjoying these pictures by Swiss photographer Matthew Gafsou. His work appears in Aperture's ReGeneration2 book and is beautiful.

I'm particularly taken by the awe inspiring beauty of his ALPES series, but you should spend some time looking through his body of work. Very high quality stuff with a wonderfully subdued colour palette.
I've been pining to shoot snowscapes for the last couple years (finding this difficult to achieve in Australia - our last winter was pretty late - now looking at travelling o/s to shoot those ideas).

Click here to see more.