Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sarah Illenberger




Sarah Illenberger, Artyschoke
Sarah Illenberger, Artyschoke


Sarah Illenberger, Citrus Solar System
Sarah Illenberger, Citrus Solar System


Sarah Illenberger, Bamboo Aubergine
Sarah Illenberger, Bamboo Aubergine


Sarah Illenberger, Chillis
Sarah Illenberger, Chillis


Sarah Illenberger, Lipstick
Sarah Illenberger, Lipstick


Sarah Illenberger, Cube
Sarah Illenberger, Cube


Sarah Illenberger, Sweet Music
Sarah Illenberger, Sweet Music


Sarah Illenberger, Hairy Apple
Sarah Illenberger, Hairy Apple


Sarah Illenberger, Birne
Sarah Illenberger, Birne


Sarah Illenberger, Soft Brain
Sarah Illenberger, Soft Brain


Sarah Illenberger, Squeeze
Sarah Illenberger, Squeeze


Sarah Illenberger, Fallen Lips
Sarah Illenberger, Fallen Lips


Sarah Illenberger, Pina Colada
Sarah Illenberger, Pina Colada


Sarah Illenberger, Melone
Sarah Illenberger, Melone


Sarah Illenberger, Meloncholie
Sarah Illenberger, Meloncholie


Sarah Illenberger, Soft Heart
Sarah Illenberger, Soft Heart


Sarah Illenberger, Rainbow
Sarah Illenberger, Rainbow


Sarah Illenberger, Slippery
Sarah Illenberger, Slippery


Sarah Illenberger, Granate
Sarah Illenberger, Granate


Sarah Illenberger is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Berlin working at the intersection of art, graphic design, and photography. With a focus on analog craftwork using everyday items, Sarah is renowned for creating vivid, witty images that open up new perspectives on seemingly familiar subjects. Her ability to transform ordinary materials into complex and unexpected visual experiences has been utilized to develop concepts for clients from the fields of culture and business in several countries. In her aim to explore the fertile overlap between art and design, she’s collaborated with numerous photographers and artists, and filled exhibition spaces with self-initiated projects in Paris, Tokyo, and Berlin. – Mary Scherpe

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Gifted

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Sure it's the thought that counts when giving and receiving gifts, but it is probably easy for most folks to remember the best and worst gifts they have ever given or received.

As a kid I really wasn't that great at buying gifts.  Being rather selfish, plus short on cash and ideas, I tended to grab things that were either cheap or convenient, or things that I wished I had.  Like giving my mom an iron or a blender or dish towels or a bathroom scale for her birthday.  Or giving my brother the Styx Paradise Theatre album and a poster of Basset Hounds, just because I liked them.  How horrible!  My little sister wasn't much better at gift giving, buying a size large robe for our petite, bird-boned oldest sister, shrugging and saying, "she can just return it" when I told her it was way too big. 

I have received more than a few crappy gifts myself.  There was the time my parents forgot my birthday and they slipped a $20 bill under my dinner plate.  :[  Or the time my oldest sister scrawled a nasty note all over the Christmas gift she gave me -- something like YOU ARE A LIAR AND YOU DON'T EVEN DESERVE THIS.   Or the time I was perplexed and intrigued by a very heavy gift under the Christmas tree for me -- it was about 8.5" x 11", maybe 2-3" thick, and heavy.  I opened it up and it was a ream of paper.  I was so disappointed.  Or there was the time when a certain someone asked me to front him money so that he could take me out for my birthday.  HUGE GROAN. 

Now that I am old older, I try to be more careful when giving gifts -- paying attention to  others' likes and needs, hopes and dreams.  I try.  But Christmas gift giving stresses me out.  The sheer volume of gifts to give can be rather staggering, not to mention the amount of money needed to do it.  Many times I hurry to get all of the gifts purchased, and then I berate myself for not trying harder and for not taking the time to get better, NICER gifts.  Annoying!

Sometimes people drop hints about things they really, really want.  Sometimes this is extremely helpful.

A while back, I was sitting next to my weirdo nephew Zachary. We were at a family reunion, and we ended up sitting next to each other to eat lunch. Zachary woefully picked at his lunch and grumbled in his monotone voice, "I sure wish I had some pop tarts."  I looked at him, and he sighed and explained, "I really really like pop tarts and my dad doesn't let me have them."  I clucked and agreed that that was a shame, and he said, "Yeah, I'd pretty much do anything to get me some pop tarts."   He made several more mentions of his love/desire/need for pop tarts throughout the day, and all I could think was SHUT UP ABOUT THE GODDAMN POP TARTS ALREADY!   Needless to say, guess who will be giving him a case of pop tarts for Christmas?  ;)


Pop Tart Nation


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Amanda Friedman: Night Landscapes

Amanda Friedman's Night Landscape series is mesmerizing. Transporting us from our busy and chaotic lives, these photographs reveal a simple, beautiful, and somewhat eerie solitude.  By honing in on form, color and contrast, Friedman captures peace, calm and beauty that we don't always take the time to notice.   


Amanda Friedman

Amanda Friedman, Tree, Marina Del Rey, CA

Amanda Friedman, Eagle Rock #1

Amanda Friedman, Coachella, Indio, CA

Amanda Friedman, Bakersfield, CA

Amanda Friedman, Palms, Dockweiler State Beach

Amanda Friedman, Lifeguard Station, Santa Monica

Amanda Friedman, Elysian Park #2

Amanda Friedman, Spotlights, Hollywood, CA

Amanda Friedman, Santa Monica No. 56

Amanda Friedman, Christmas Lights

Amanda Friedman, Eucaluptus Tree, Hollywood, CA

Amanda Friedman, Carmel, CA

Amanda Friedman, Rochester #7

Amanda Friedman, Santa Monica #6

Amanda Friedman, Norwalk, CA

Amanda Friedman, Santa Monica Pier

Amanda Friedman, Collision, Marina Del Rey, CA

Amanda Friedman, Las Vegas Skyline

Amanda Friedman, Santa Monica #1

Amanda Friedman, Bus, Westchester, CA




About the artist....

In 1998 Amanda Friedman received her BFA in Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology. Since then, her photographs have been included in The New York Times, The London Sunday Telegraph, Travel Leisure, Time, Newsweek and Budget Travel. She was a 1999  Surface Magazine Avant Guardian, a 2008 Critical Mass Finalist and placed first for photo essay in the 2011 PDNNational Geographic Traveler World in Focus Contest.

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