Alex Prager, the Los Angeles based photographer just revealed her newest series Week-End with back to back openings, the first at Yancey Richardson in New York on January 14, 2010 followed by an opening at M+B in Los Angeles on January 30, 2010. This series Week-End acted as a seamless continuation of her last two series Polyester and Big Valley, perhaps pushing the boundaries of normality or lack there of a bit more. The work is some of the best color photography out there and has a great cinematic quality to it. Compared to photographers like Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston and Guy Bourdin, one could only be so lucky to be placed among these heavy weights. Growing up in Los Angeles, Prager’s surroundings are clearly a strong influence in her work. The highly stylized photographs focus on young women dressed in 60’s styled retro clothing, disguised in wigs, in somewhat of damsel in distress situations, straddle fashion editorial and fine art photography. Definitely go check out the exhibits, worth seeing.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles appointed Jeffrey Deitch, the well-known gallerist and art dealer, as its new director. Deitch, known for his non-traditional exhibitions and outside of the box forward thinking has a lot to offer. Thank god there is finally something exciting happening on west coast in the art-world (nice move MOCA). There are mixed feelings about this choice circulating around, but there is no doubt that this is going to change the Los Angeles art scene and in my opinion for the better. This is definitely a loss for New York and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to Deitch Projects.
Banksy, the internationally-known British street artist with a completely anonymous identity, literally set up a pet shop in New York in the fall of 2008. Here’s the catch there were no animals in this pet shop, only animatronic animals executed in typical Banksy fashion. This installation was loaded with social commentary and was executed exquisitely, too bad I never saw it in person, the videos and images do the work justice.
I know this is going to sound insane and completely irrelevant, but I just can’t get over this story. In Bankok, a circus dwarf named Od was accidentally swallowed by a hippo named Hilda. Hilda was waiting to appear in the next performance and was clearly bored by Od’s act, because she was mid-yawn when Od bounced sideways off of the trampoline and straight into her mouth. The crowd started cheering, thinking it was part of the act. Poor Od, this may have been his best performance, but sadly was his last. R.I.P circus dwarf.
At a point in time, I had this idea, kind of like what Claire Mccardell did, but more extreme, I decided that accessories and garments should be attached. I mean how convenient, right? On a sunny day you just happen to have your hat attached to your dress, no big deal.
Well Todd Solondz, this may have been your only hit, but I must say you kind of went in and out with a bang. After watching this cult classic at least 50 times and sometimes at work, I realize how much I relate to Dawn Wiener, weird right????? She is the epitome of cool or maybe it’s just her being so uncool that makes her so incredible. I mean, just look at those dance moves. As a side note, I really love that graphic designers chose to use the ransom cut out font for the movie poster, nice touch.