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Postby Joe Cooler » 8/7/2009, 2:18 pm

I believe the CM could benefit from a thread which has the sole purpose of displaying visual art created by those outside our own community. From time to time, I'd like to showcase artists I find interesting. Feel free to do the same.

To start, I'd like to profile Bansky, an graffiti artist working out of the United Kingdom. If you haven't heard of him, you've likely seen his work without recognizing who created it. His work is highly political, filled with satire, but also beautiful. As it stands, Bansky is anonymous. No one really knows who he is. Many claim to have "caught him in the act" but nothing has been proven. His work has captured Britain to such an extent that most of his work is never painted over, despite technically being graffiti.

To see more, visit: http://www.banksy.co.uk/

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Postby beautiful liar » 8/7/2009, 2:32 pm

I love Bansky. And all the controversy over whether to leave his art in place or remove it is fantastic.

a photographer i find both interesting and provocative is maisie crow

http://www.maisiecrow.com/

photography of human subjects carries the ethical question of observation vs. interference. is it exploitation for a photographer who comes from a background of privilege to take pictures of subjects living in poverty? is the impact on the viewer meaningful, or is it akin to staring at a car wreck - making the viewer think "glad that's not me" or "how terrible" but not inspiring change?

click over and view her work. i recommend "love me", but it's all very interesting and well done.
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Postby MindsOnLoan » 8/7/2009, 2:33 pm

Wow, that's really awesome. I really like how he also paints the person who's painting it.
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Postby Joe Cooler » 8/8/2009, 11:14 am

beautiful liar wrote:I love Bansky. And all the controversy over whether to leave his art in place or remove it is fantastic.

a photographer i find both interesting and provocative is maisie crow

http://www.maisiecrow.com/

photography of human subjects carries the ethical question of observation vs. interference. is it exploitation for a photographer who comes from a background of privilege to take pictures of subjects living in poverty? is the impact on the viewer meaningful, or is it akin to staring at a car wreck - making the viewer think "glad that's not me" or "how terrible" but not inspiring change?

click over and view her work. i recommend "love me", but it's all very interesting and well done.


Fantastic. I always have loved photography done in the same vein as hers. Personally I liked the aesthetic of "Lost in plain site" more, but "love me" was more powerful in terms of the story the series told.
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Postby beautiful liar » 8/8/2009, 12:25 pm

"love me" i think really showcases her ability as a photographer to integrate herself into a setting - i mean some of the pictures she got - like the boyfriend pushing Autumn's head towards the faucet - are just insane. the subjects either forgot about her, or were comfortable enough with her there, that she was able to capture them in really candid, and sometimes terrifying, moments.
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Postby AnnieDreams » 8/13/2009, 7:12 am

I think Banksy's so cool. I love the Elephant in the Room photo up on his site.
A friend of mine was telling me how he visited the alley of the cans festival when he was in England last year. Jealous.

I really hope this thread keeps going, because I know way less about art than I'd like to. There's a big art festival/24hourmarathon happening here next week though, so hopefully I'll be seeing some things to contribute!
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Postby Joe Cooler » 8/14/2009, 11:03 pm

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the great photographers of our time. Bresson was one of the first photographers to adopt 35mm. His camera of choice was a small Leica rangefinder simply because it attracted very little attention, allowing him to capture his subjects unobtrusively. He is considered by many as the father of modern day photojournalism, and is one of founders of Magnum Photos.

While Bresson is talented in all areas of his craft, one of his greatest talents is his ability to create multiple points of interest within his photographs. His compositions are layered and complex, allowing the viewer to imagine a story beyond that of the primary subject.

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Postby beautiful liar » 8/15/2009, 1:07 am

i adore that last photo.

this might not be specifically visual art, but i think all artists benefit from being familiar with Jacques Derrida, (arguably) one of the most influential philosophers of the late 20th Century. The man founded the principles of deconstruction, among other things.

Here is a video where he discusses the fear of writing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoKnzsiR6Ss

Photographer Andreas Gursky deserves some attention. He's known for phenomenal pictures of large structures.

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Postby Lando » 8/15/2009, 9:46 pm

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Postby Joe Cooler » 8/16/2009, 3:51 pm

I saw that yesterday on Joystiq. Very provocative and well done, although it will no doubt get quite a few people riled up.
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Postby AnnieDreams » 8/21/2009, 9:56 am

I went to a "Fancy Artist Talks" session last night, and local painter Helen Gregory really caught my attention.

http://www.christinaparkergallery.com/artist_gallery.asp?artist_id=15&pos=1&medium=

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Some of her subjects come from the unseen collections of national museums, it was really interesting to hear her talk about. Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to have much of an online presence.
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