Q + A TIME

What is it about cars?

They are the one of just a few things that manage to transgress genders in childhood play. The best ones are angular – forget bubble cars. I love a boy racer, the classics that make you swoop your head round till you can no longer see it, a jeep, or anything in matt black. Cars can make brilliant adverts and this is especially true of the vintage posters, sometimes witty, sometimes corny but always beautifully conveyed. They make me think of road trips and freedom. They can double up as homes too.

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Models. a] Eva Herzigova by Terry Richardson for Harpers Bazaar magazine.

b] Vogue UK, 1991, by Arthur Elgort

c] Naomi Campbell

d] Kate Moss

Broads. a] Self Service magazine

b] Tuesday Weld in Los Angeles, 1965.

c] Jacquemus campaign a/w 2012. L’usine

 

Q + A TIME

What are you on?

Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist born and raised in Washington, DC, who now resides in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has been an artist for many years but it is only now with his project concerning drugs, that he is beginning to gain international fame. The majority of his work is self-portraiture and his work surrounding the theme of drugs are no different. What is unique about them, is that he is under the influence of a certain drug while he draws himself and the results are very intriguing. All of which,  he claims, to be given to him by doctors and associates he has come to know through living in his area for so long. While some manage to induce the thought that you could gain a rather pleasant experience with their childlike colours and content expressions, others are more dark, more tetchy and do well in posing as an almost anti-drug campaign poster. There are around 50 of these, so would be ridiculous to post them all but as always here are a few that stick out to me, go HERE for them all.

1 sm Glass of "real" Absinth (not the fake crap)

1 sm Glass of “real” Absinth (not the fake crap)

15mg Buspar (snorted)

15mg Buspar (snorted)

Bath Salts

Bath Salts

2 bottles of Cough Syrup

2 bottles of Cough Syrup

1 "Bump" of Crystalmeth

1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide

Hash

Hash

Marijuana (Kine Bud)

Marijuana (Kine Bud)

1/2 gram Cocaine

1/2 gram Cocaine

100mg Seroquel

\ 100mg Seroquel

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 caps onset)

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Marilyn’s lipstick print. Taken on the memorable ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ night.

…because less is MORE

less is more because more is a bore

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The Gold Painted Stripper by Weegee. 1950.

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Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield flauntin’.

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The good ol’ days of Burton. Edward Scissorhands. 1990.

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Girl and her pet monkey along the Arabian Sea. Mumbai, India.

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Deforestation.

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Brandi Quinones by Ellen Von Unwerth. 1999.

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Naomi putting it down!

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Anna Nicole Smith swingin’.

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Wrapped up in cotton. Still from Home. 2009. Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

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1960 by Dagoberto Martinez.

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Potts Point by Andrew Stark.

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People watching. Elliot Erwitt. Madrid, Spain. 1995. Clothed on the left, nude on the right.

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by Andrew Stark.

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2 More Minutes by Josef Smukrovich. 1962.

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Gli Italiani Si Voltano by Mario De Biasi. Milan. 1954. ‘The Italians turn’

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A stripper named Dee Light by George Silk. Wallingford, Connecticut. 1966.

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by Alba Yruela Xifro.

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Photo used for a Chakachas record cover. Chakachas LP. 1972.

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Full moon, Half moon, Total eclipse!

Nina Leen – c.1940

 

Bob Landry – 1946

…because LESS is a snore

more is more because less is a snore

Arnie’s days of flexin’.

Helen Levitt. New York, 1988. Why not have 3 instead of 1?

 Helen Levitt. New York, c.1940. Why not play on top rather than down below?

Sippy Mask by Jennifer Maestre.

An Afar bride from Djibouti.

 

Naomi Campbell. Vogue Italia, July-August 1990.

Oxford Market. 1968.

Fruits by Luis Venegas. Madrid. 2010.

Condiment Magazine. Issue 1. 2010.

Edward Burtynsky. Factory Worker Dormitory. Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China. 2005.

Ryan O’Toole Collett. Barcelona, Spain. 2009. Go HERE.

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Where the realms of public and private become intertwined.

60 Minutes Silence. Gillian Wearing. 1996.

Gillian Wearing – an artist known for her controversial and provocative art. Her work is the epitome of contemporary art, as it attempts to unearth issues in new and intriguing ways. I am not a particularly big fan of her work but do rather like this piece and used it to illustrate a point in a previous essay. Although it appears as a still image here and in most places on the internet, it is in actual fact a video installation, a mighty long one at that, racking up a total of sixty consecutive minutes. The officers, who are in actual fact volunteers, are made to sit or stand as still as they possibly can for the whole duration! For the minutes I have watched of it, they all seem to do the task justice but of course cracks begin to show. The initial stillness that is seen at the start, develops into slight motion as each officer allows their individuality to be shown through fidgets, twitches and facial expressions. It is interesting how it proves individuality breaks through the facade of uniform. One male participant lets out a significant scream at the end, reiterating the effect control has on the individual body.

Subcultures are always a fun topic to look at and with the Exactitudes project by Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, this idea of uniform is explored further through photos of different subcultures from all over in their matching -yet slightly altered clothing. Group identity does not always have to be limiting, it can be a positive form of unity and clothing helps to establish it. Dress codes of specific groups is a way for individuals to belong while simultaneously expressing uniqueness from others. It is a type of catch 22 situation, as individuals attempt to be different but end up looking the same as those who are into the same sort of style or scene. The project began it 1994 with the pair photographing the gabba movement in Rotterdam. The photos are taken in a studio and when the people are approached they are asked to bring the outfit they are in, along with a few others, the outfit most suited to the look of the group is the one that makes the cut. In order to choose the pose of each group, they ask the individual who they believe best embodies the look to strike a few poses and pick the best one from the lot. Then all the rest of the participants of this subculture must follow suit and imitate the chosen stance. Look at the wonderful pattern made on their homepage, produced with the repetition of ‘personal’ identity.

All in all, a very cool project. The website lets you have a peek at them all in close detail so it is possible to see the individual through all the monotony.  Go HERE to explore more.

Gabbers. Rotterdam. 1994.

Gabberbitches. Rotterdam. 1996.

Flygirls. Rotterdam. 2002.

Brats. Rio de Janeiro. 2000.

Roffas. Rotterdam. 1999.

Bimbos. Rotterdam. 1996.

Massalas. Rotterdam. 1999.

Skaters. Rotterdam. 1997.

Chillers. Rotterdam. 1999.

Cappuccio Girls. Milano. 2011.

Uomo Espresso. Milano. 2011.

Donna Decaffeinata. Milano. 2011.

Social Club. Praia. 2004.

Showpieces. Beijing. 1989.

Mothercare. Casablanca. 2000.

Moroccies. Rotterdam. 1997.

Supporters. Rotterdam. 1997.

Boubou Logo. Evry. 2009.

Praise. Amsterdam. 2006.

Bonitas. Rotterdam. 1997.

Smas. Rotterdam. 1997.

The girls from Ipanema. Rio de Janeiro. 2000.

Bouncers. Rotterdam. 1998.

Butchers. Rotterdam. 1998.