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Friday, April 4, 2008

A Sad Day 40 Years Ago

Remembering Dr. King: blog.magnumphotos.com

Site of MLK Jr. Assassination, Memphis © Emily Shur

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More Animals in Art: Nicole Jean Hill

I guess this is the day for posting about work where animals served as inspiration or metaphor or gave insight into our collective existence.
A few weeks back Amy Stein blogged about Nicole Jean Hill's Critters series.
This collection of images is definitely my favorite of Ms. Hill's work (but I am fond of her Mounds too). The images are funny, absurd and on another level tragic. More telling about humans and than animals, the imagery is very open to anthropomorphic interpretation. This series reveals an uncanny eye for observation in Hill and I find the work compelling.

Ryan McLennan: From Fur to Bone

More good stuff out West:
Ryan McLennan's (another favorite) "From Fur to Bone" Show opens this Saturday in Los Angeles at Kinsey/Des Forges -- the show will run through May 10th, 2008.

From Fur to Bone © Ryan McLennan/Kinsey/Des Forges

Opening Reception: April 5th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00PM
Kinsey/Des Forges
6009 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA

And coming in November 08 back East:
Ryan McLennan & Amy Ross at Transmission Gallery in Richmond, VA

Animal Spell: Justin Gibbens + Amy Ross

Wish I was in Seattle for this one -- Amy Ross is one of my all time favorites:

Animal Spell: Justin Gibbens + Amy Ross
Punch Gallery
119 Prefontaine Place South,
Seattle, WA
April 3 – 27, 2008

Opening Reception:5-8pm

First Thursday, April 3, 2008

also check out each artists respective website (and Amy's fantastic blog):
Justin Gibbens
Amy Ross & her blog Nature Morph

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sun Moon Lake Quilts & Other Greenish Things

My friend Aretha forwarded me a link to The Story Of Stuff yesterday. The Story of Stuff reminded me about a lot of things that I already know (but sometimes put out of my mind) and it reminded me about things I know that The Story Of Stuff did not mention - such as the fact that in the sixties we had 2 Billion people on Earth and now we are over 6 Billion and they predict we might be as many as 9 Billion people by 2050!
As population grows it will become more and more critical to be greener and to consume less. So don't upgrade to that next phone quite yet . It's overwhelming to think about all the things one should do differently, but as Aretha so wisely said to me once, start by doing what you can. Something is better than nothing. And I think this is true.
I do not eat meat or fish, I avoid dairy, I buy organic & local food whenever I can, I make a lot of my own cleaning products or buy green cleaning products, I drink filtered or distilled tap water, I take the stairs instead of the elevator, we installed new windows in our home which helps conserve energy, I started using grape seed oil instead of traditional body lotion for moisturizing, I furiously shut of all lights, I use shades to further control temperature in my apartment, I do shut off my computer when I don't use it and at night (except the night when my computer does the automatic backup). And I don't make people feel bad (or call them selfish) who do not want to have kids ;)

Help preserve this for yourself and the next generation © Nina Buesing

In the spirit of trying to be greener and a more responsible consumer I wanted to highlight Sun Moon Lake Quilts & Baby Blankets- made responsibly and beautifully.
Take a look here: moonchingwu.com

recycled cashmere throw by Sun Moon Lake Quilts

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Todd Hido

If you are interested in contemporary photography and particularly American landscape and you are in New York tonight (-- and your are not going to hear Jhumpa Lahiri speak) you should go see Toddd Hido lecture at the Aperture Gallery - 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor at 6:30 PM.

Conversations with Charlie

I just posted Charlie Rose's conversations with five extraordinary women photographers (Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin & Taryn Simon) to the Nymphoto Blog, take a look here.
I wanted to single out the(se) women photographers for a moment,because I do think they deserve a special moment of recognition -- at the very least from me and particularly the older generation.
I also wanted to post this conversation by Charlie Rose with legendary Richard Avedon - an oldie but a goodie.