Johnson Tsang (previously) continues to create spectacularly emotive ceramic sculptures of the human face. The Hong Kong-based artist’s latest series, Lucid Dream II, features surreal contortions that squish, wring, melt, and stretch. Titles like “Remembrance,” “Extrication,” and “Unveiled” suggest an exploration of the liminal space between the conscious and subconscious, in addition to the self and other. Tsang uses plain, unglazed clay, eschewing typical lifelike details such as color, hair, and apparel, to focus the viewer’s attention on the universally-relatable expressions of each of his imagined subjects. You can see more of the sculptor’s completed and in-progress work on Instagram and Facebook.
“Here and There”
“Here and There” detail
“Work in Progress”
“Under the Skin”
“Love in Progress”
“Falling in Love”
When he picked up a camera in 2013 in preparation for a hike, Ruairidh McGlynn saw the world anew—and ever since, the Scottish photographer has been training his lens on the remote and beautiful parts of his homeland.
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Photography Zines and Books No: 40
Yeet, it has been quite a while. Finally we’ve had a moment to run through some of the pile of zines that make their way to JCH HQ. It always puts a smile on my face seeing the passion and care that goes in everyone’s work and I hope to be able to share with more frequency but for now here’s the latest batch.
I never get tired of seeing great new work and sharing it with all of you. But I need you all to keep on sending them in. Keep them coming by following this link.
I love all of the books and zines and they are all proudly displayed on the shelves in my office.
What was Golden Went Grey by Jake Ricker
Street photographer extraordinaire Jake Ricker gives us What Was Golden Went Grey, a zine focused on the Tubbs Fire in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, CA. The Tubbs Fire is the most destructive fire in California history burning 36,807 acres, destroyed 5,643 structures, and killed 22 people. The destruction spread over 57 square miles and caused over a billion dollars in damages.
He focused the images within a square mile of Coffey Park in Santa Rosa, one of the harder hit areas by the massive flames. These photos were taken between the early afternoon of Monday October 9th and the evening of the Tuesday October 17th, 2017. All photos were taken on 35mm film.
The sheer destruction and havoc wreaked reminded me very much of visiting Fukushima after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. I love how we start off with warmer-toned color photos that subtly get cooler in tone then melds into the black and white images at the end of the zine. What was golden went grey indeed.
The zine is 9×6 in size and every zine comes with a 4×6 print pack with 5 signed prints. All zines are also signed & numbered.
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Jake Ricker Website
Jake Ricker Instagram
Dispatch vol.1 by Brent Kollock
Brent Kollock in his latest 82 page zine gives us two photos essays of typical and quintessentially western Mexican traditions. The first of these follows the Charreada, traditional Mexican rodeo, and the Charro cowboys. These photographs in the first essay were taken in Jalisco, Mexico from January thru March of 2018.
All photos are black and white and filled with dramatic action shots as can be seen above. The matte printing adds a nice rawness and edge to the images as well.
The second essay gives us a glimpse of small town carnivals revolving around festival days in western Mexico. Photographed in Jalisco and Nayarit between 2017 and 2018, one can sense the quaint old-school feel to these major community events. Nostalgia for me has always straddled a strange fine line between fondness and sadness and these images evoke the same feeling.
All images have a corresponding number to their lower right and can be ordered as archival prints. You can pick your copy up at https://www.brentkollock.com/product-page/dispatch-vol-1-summer-2018
Brent Kollock Website
Brent Kollock Instagram
Records of Taean by Jackson Hung
Records of Taean is collection of individual photos that Jackson Hung took during his two year stay in Taean, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea. It was an ideal locale for him when teaching in Korea, being able to explore the beaches, coastline and life in such smaller villages.
Being a once a teacher myself, albeit in Japan, I can feel real close to the details and scenes that caught his eye and decided to capture. Nothing overly dramatic or flashy, just subtle scenes that capture the spirit of a small coastal town.
You can check out the rest of the book here: https://issuu.com/jacksonhungphotography/docs/records_of_taean_1
Tokyo Eye by Luca Sidro
Luca Sidro is an emerging Italian photographer based in Milan that won the Special Prize at Fotoleggendo 2012 and in 2017 he was recognised by the Magnum Photos Agency with an award for a single image at the RATP Paris competition. This image appears in Tokyo Eye.
Tokyo Eye is a series of photos taken on the streets of Tokyo and the everyday details of the city are illuminated and the beauty within them is revealed here.
Beautifully printed, the colors radiate like a Wong Kar Wai film. The zine is packed with bold lines and wonderful graphic elements. It has given me a new appreciation for little textural details that I just walk by everyday in Tokyo.
You can pick up your copy at: https://wundor-store.myshopify.com/products/tokyo-eye-by-luca-sidro
Luca Sidro Instagram
Thanks to all the guests for their submissions, it is a really cool thing to be able to share them all with you. And remember, this is open to everyone, all you need to do is send one to me. If you would like to have your zines or books featured then all you have to do is mail me. Hopefully there will be plenty more of you who want to get your books and zines out there to the world. Another installment will be coming soon.
Kirie (切り絵, literally ‘cut picture’) is the Japanese art of paper-cutting. Variations of kirie can be found in cultures around the world but the Japanese version is said to be derived from religious ceremonies and can be traced back to around the AD 700s. In its most conventional form, negative space is cut from a single sheet of white paper and then contrasted against a black background to reveal a rendering. Veteran kirie artist Masayo Fukuda (previously) has been practicing the art form for 25 years and recently revealed what she says is her greatest masterpiece of 2018.
Although the intricate piece looks like several layers overlapped, Fukuda stayed true to the conventional form, using only a single sheet of paper to render her detailed depiction of an octopus. The level of detail at times even looks like a fine ballpoint pen drawing. But a closer look confirms indeed that each and every detail is carefully made from cut-out negative space in the white paper.
If you’re interested in Fukuda’s work, she’ll be showcasing her kirie in a joint exhibition planned for next year. She’ll be showing her work along with fellow kirie artist Jun at Miraie Gallery in Osaka from April 24 – April 30, 2019. (Syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)
Watch a Conservator Delicately Remove Murky Varnish and a Warped Wooden Panel From an Aging Painting
Julian Baumgartner, of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago, condenses over 40 hours of delicate swiping, scraping, and paint retouching into a 11.5 minute narrated video of a recent conservation project. Baumgartner walks the audience through his restoration of The Assassination of Archimedes, which involved cleaning a darkened varnish from the surface of the piece, removing the work from its original wooden panel using both modern and traditional techniques, mounting the thin paper-based painting to acid-free board, and finally touching up small areas that had become worn over the years. You can watch the entire process in the video above, and learn about Baumgartner’s other conservation projects on Instagram and Youtube.
Along Hong Kong’s luxury Causeway Bay strip, Shanghai and Hong Kong-based architecture studio Linehouse has designed ‘John Anthony’: a contemporary, colorful dim sum restaurant that is part Chinese canteen, and part British tea hall.
The 13-meter long Titanosaurus
Following a devastating fire this September, Google has released a virtual tour of the National Museum of Brazil, the country’s oldest natural history institution. The digital recreation is presented by Museum View (which uses the same functionality as Google Street View), and allows visitors to explore the institution’s key artifacts as they were displayed before this year’s tragic destruction. The online tour includes a view of Luzia (the oldest skeleton found in the Americas), 3000-year-old Brazilian ceramics, a collection of butterflies and moths currently under threat for extinction, and the museum’s mummified cat.
It’s estimated that the museum lost up to 92.5 percent of its 20 million artifacts in the fire—global relics, pottery, and animal specimens that had been collected by the institution since its founding in 1818. Its digital remains are the result of a collaborative project between the museum and Google, which began in 2016. Despite the horrific loss, the museum’s director Alexander Kellner expresses strength and hope for the institution’s future in a letter in Google’s Arts and Culture section. “It is important to stress that the National Museum, despite having lost a significant part of its collection, has not lost its ability to generate knowledge!”
You can view the full digital archive of the museum in Google’s virtual tour, and learn more about the museum’s history in Kellner’s full letter. You can view a preview of the collections’s highlights in the video below. (via Artsy)
3000-year-old Brazilian ceramics
The virtual tour of the National Museum of Brazil on Google.
One of the largest meteorites in the world
A raven’s dream. The series “A raven’s dream” is an attempt to deal with the uncanny (“unheimlich”), to dive into an age of innocence where everything seemed to be mysterious, enigmatic, sometimes ominous.
“A raven’s dream” is consisted both of images that can be described as “street photography” as well as from pictures that are “staged”. For this particular presentation, I selected only pictures from the first category. The title “A raven’s dream” is a reference to the works of Edgar Alan Poe.
Photographer: Stavros Stamatiou
Bio: I am an amateur photographer, born in Kozani-Greece in 1965. I studied at the Pedagogical Academy of Heraklion and since 1988 I have been working as a teacher in public education. I currently live in the Municipality of Thermaikos. I am a member of the Photography Center of Thessaloniki, BULB collective and the CLICKERS. I have attended photography lessons with Tasos Schizas and art photography seminars with Plato Rivellis, Stratos Kalafatis, Paris Petrides, and Iraklis Papaioannou. I have participated in workshops with photographers Eva Voutsaki, Nikos Economopoulos, Michael Ackerman, Achilles Nasios and Jason Eskenazi and portfolio reviews with Haris Kakarouhas and Jacob Aue Sobol. I have participated in many group exhibitions and photography festivals and some of my works have been published in reputed Greek and foreign journals – printed and online – and photography websites. My series “A raven’s dream” was shortlisted for the Gomma Grant 2017 and awarded for the Best B/W picture.
Photo credits: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck
Earlier this month NASA’s cryosphere research division, NASA ICE, posted an image of a peculiar iceberg floating near the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Its perfectly rectangular shape and flat surface sparked the interest of many online, but its form is one that is more common than one might expect. Unlike the recognizable pyramid-shaped icebergs, tabular icebergs split from the edges of ice shelves when they become too brittle. In 2017 an iceberg the size of Delaware broke off of the same arctic ice shelf. The iceberg weighed over a trillion tons, and was one of the largest ever recorded.
The recent image of the tabular iceberg was taken as a part of Operation IceBridge, NASA’s extensive survey of Earth’s Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves, and sea ice. You can see the edge of the perfectly formed tabular iceberg in addition to a slightly less rectangular example in the image taken by IceBridge senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck below. A GIF of a plane from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center approaching the iceberg can be viewed their Twitter. (via NASA ICE)
Photo Credit: Reuben Wu courtesy of Coors Light from its Great Big Story video series “Made From Mountains”
In the ever-widening world of drone photography, Reuben Wu (previously) has made a name for himself with his unique images that combine lighted drone patterns with stark observations of natural land formations. Two months ago, Wu travelled to Peru to continue his body of work called Lux Noctis. Peru’s Pastoruri Glacier is a rare remaining tropical glacier, sited at 17,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.
The trip was part of the filming for a Great Big Story (previously) video series titled “Made From Mountains,” and involved research, scouting, and treacherous travel to safely reach the glacier. In addition to the logistical challenges and the frigid, remote location, Wu shares with Colossal, “I photographed the glacier with conflicting feelings. I wanted to show evidence of its alarming retreat, yet I was drawn to the epic scale of the ice which remained. In the end I leaned towards the latter, but each photograph represents a bleak reality, a fading memory of what once stood.”
You can see more of the artist’s illuminated photography on Instagram and Facebook. Wu’s artist book of his Lux Noctis series is available for pre-order and is already almost sold out. Reuben Wu’s “Coors Light: Made from Mountains” episode is featured on greatbigstory.com. (via PetaPixel)
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I post this comic with sorrow, in the knowledge that surely someone has beaten me to this joke.
Designer Rosa de Jong produces micro homes that are built into the side of tiny cliffs constructed out of cork. Her miniature environments are covered in fake moss and dotted with modeling trees, which add an enchanting element to the small homes. Previously she has suspended her creations in glass tubes, which created the illusion that the works were floating in mid-air.
Her most recent pieces hang between two panes of glass and are secured with thin wires. De Jong collaborated with her father to create the wooden frames for the structures, which include tiny wheels that allow the owner to adjust the position of the floating islands. Two of her new works, Remembered and Imagined, will be shown simultaneously at an upcoming dual-city exhibition which opens on August 24, 2018 at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia and August 30, 2018 at Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of the Amsterdam-based designer’s miniature homes on Instagram and her Micro Matter website.
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All photographs © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN
Italian photographer Massimo Listri has spent decades traversing the globe to document the spectacular architecture, sculptural elements, and furnishings of historic libraries. His new book, The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, includes views inside such rarefied locations as the Palafoxiana Library in Pueblo, Mexico and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, France. Listri also includes descriptions and histories of each library. The 560-page tome is published by TASCHEN and available on Amazon and the TASCHEN website.
Klosterbibliothek Metten, Metten, Germany
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France
Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal
Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria
Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbria, Portugal
Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Italy
Strahovská Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic
Japanese musicians Ei Wada, Haruka Yoshida, and Masaru Yoshida create reverberating drum beats on the outstretched tape of cracked open reel-to-reel tape recorders from the 1970s and 1980s. The group, appropriately named Open Reel Ensemble, produces an intriguing timbre that more closely resembles a synthesizer than an analog drum. The group has created the soundtrack for Japanese designer ISSEY MIYAKE‘s last four seasons. You can listen to more compositions by the trio, including this song that mixes their unique drumming technique with a keyboard, on Youtube.
The Kei Truck, or kei-tora for short, is a tiny but practical vehicle that originated in Japan. Although these days it’s widely used throughout Asia and other parts of the world, in Japan you’ll often see them used in the construction and agriculture industries as they can maneuver through small side streets and easily park. And in a more recent turn of events, apparently they’re also used as a canvas for gardening contests.
The Kei Truck Garden Contest is an annual event sponsored by the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors. Numerous landscaping contractors from around Japan participate by arriving on site with their mini trucks and then spending several hours transforming the cargo bed into a garden.
Other than using the kei truck there are very few limitations and landscapers have incorporated everything from benches and aquariums to elements of lighting into their designs. Judges then rank the entries based on planning, expression, design, execution and environment.
Images from the series “The Darkest Colour,” photographed by Yannis Davy Guibinga, featuring Tania Fines and Madjou Diallo, and with bodypainting by Jean Guy Leclerc. All images via Yannis Davy Guibinga.
Self-taught Gabonese photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga is known for portraits that highlight the diversity of cultures and identities in the African diaspora. His works are often richly hued, with subjects positioned against bright gradient backgrounds or adorned in warm tones.
In his project The Darkest Colour however, Guibinga moves away from his multi-colored photo shoots to focus entirely on the color black and its relationship to darkness, mourning, and death. The series is set in front of a matte black background and features two nude models whose skin has also been painted black. The works seek to unpack the negative aspects of the both the color and its symbolism.
“Black is generally the colour associated with tragedy, death, and mourning, and the act of passing away is considered to be a tragedy in many cultures,” Guibinga tells Colossal. “‘The Darkest Colour’ seeks to redefine association of black and death with tragedy and sadness by representing the act of passing away as more of a relaxing experience.”
The 22-year-old photographer is currently a student in professional photography at Marsan College in Montreal. You can see more of his portraits, like his series 2050 which explores the future of fashion from a black woman’s perspective, on his website and Instagram. (via WideWalls)
UGEARS continues to reveal the mystery of mechanics with twelve new mechanical models available exclusively on Kickstarter. Some designs are inspired by real-life prototypes, while others are original re-imaginings of historical mechanisms and the creatures from your wishlist.
All UGEARS models are made of sustainably sourced wood and are powered by rubber bands, gears, cranks, and gravity. No glue or batteries are required; simply follow the detailed step-by-step illustrated manual with instructions in 11 languages to complete your model.
The Horse-Mechanoid, the Tower Windmill, Aviator, V-Express Steam Train with Tender, a Secret model, the Archballista-Tower, the Stagecoach, the Roadster, the Bike, the Heavy Boy Long-Hauler with Trailer, and Flexi-Cubus will be your companions on an exciting mechanical journey through history.
The UGEARS team is continuously working on fascinating new self-propelled wooden models. With your support, UGEARS can develop more new DIY models all over the world.
Whether you’re a hobbyist, looking for an original gift idea, or are simply curious, UGEARS mechanical models provide hours of fun and the joy of creating. The UGEARS mission is to give an unforgettable time of working together on things that are popular for all ages.
This post was sponsored by UGEARS.
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The Drake Equation should really include a factor for how awful we are.
Geeks of Boston! BAH tickets are selling fast! Get them while they exist, and have a chance to see the more attractive, taller, Canadian version of me, known as Ryan North.
Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika has given a second life to a restroom by reinterpreting its tiled walls as building facades. Each tile features a unique view of a generic rectangular window, offering glimpses into the nuanced lives of individuals. Some windows are closed to the viewer with lace curtains; in others, a person or a houseplant peeks out. The creators share that the photos are from the neighborhood where the bathroom is located. They first made stickers to apply to the tiles, and then experimented with printing the photos directly on the tiles. You can find more projects by Gyva Grafika on Behance and their website. (via Design You Trust)
Brooke DiDonato (b.1990) is a visual artist from Ohio. Her photographs depict everyday settings and objects with a surreal twist, using visual anomalies as a framework to explore the psyche. By challenging the of assumed reality of a photograph, her images lead viewers through a storyline that is both real and constructed. DiDonato lives and works in New York.
A Short Film Captures the Reactions of LA Residents to Viewing the Moon Through a Traveling Telescope
Directors Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet have released another film about the moon after their previous educational short outlining why the 2017 eclipse should not be missed. A New View of The Moon features Overstreet parking his telescope at the cross-section of various LA sidewalks to give spontaneous glimpses of the moon to interested passersby.
Over the course of 18 months the pair brought the telescope to as many diverse locations across the city as possible, making sure not to focus on any specific neighborhood or landmark. Despite the range of individuals that snuck a peek at the orbiting astronomical body, each had the same reaction— complete awe.
“To be able to see it up close and feel like you could almost reach out and touch it, that’s what makes it real to us,” said Overstreet in the short film. “It makes you realize that we are all on this small little planet, and we all have the same reaction to the universe we live in. I think there is something special about that, something unifying. It’s a great reminder that we should look up more often.”
If you are interested in getting your own look at the moon, check your local library. Many across the US and UK rent out telescopes free of charge. For more videos by Gorosh (including this piece where he attempts to view every single piece of art in London in one day) check out his website. You can also view more short films by Overstreet on his website.