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Saturday, October 11, 2008

In a Swedish Mood (More Swedes)

Redhook @ the Ikea © Nina Buesing

Today I enjoyed a perfect Saturday with my husband in the city. We went allover town to take advantage of the beautiful day & to see friends (we even ran into Miss T&T herself on the R train). At the end of the day we took a beautiful free ride on the Ikea ferry to and from Red Hook, Brooklyn. Red Hook is a magical place and we are hoping development will not spoil it. Because of pressure by the community, Ikea had to jump through some hoops to set up shop in Red Hook and I think that was a very good thing. There now is the free ferry, nice landscaping and a park with great views. I think it is a win/win situation.
When we arrived back home I was happy to find the Camilla Engman 2009 Calendar (and two postcards) in the mail. I am so fond of Camilla's work and was sad to miss out on an original piece I had my eyes on at Art Star Gallery (you snooze you loose!). But the calendar is also a treat (and great gift). If you like a copy of the 2009 Calendar you can find it in Camilla Engman's shop at www.camillaengman.com.

from the 2009 Camilla Engman Calendar © Camilla Engman

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New York Vignettes

I don't drink coffee. But the other day when I saw a latte at La Colombe served, I later ordered one, because it reminded me of pictures I had seen on Smosch. I took a picture of it sort of as an homage to Smosch - and these 'postcards' from New York are kinda too .
BTW Smosch A.K.A. Sandra Juto is coming to New York. If you have tips for her of 'must-see/do's in New York, share them with her via the comment section of her New York Guide blog post.

New York Fall 2008 ©Nina Buesing

Alejandra Laviada @ Nymphoto

Please head over to the Nymphoto Blog for Rona's interview with artist Alejandra Laviada as part of our Nymphoto Conversations series.
Alejandra's first US solo show opens this week at one of the best galleries in New York: Danzinger Projects.
So if you are in town, come and see Alejandra's innovative work.

Telephones, 2007 ©Alejandra Laviada

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I Heart Ryan McLennan

Orphans & Humiliation © Ryan McLennan

Ryan McLennan is one of my favorite artists.
After discovering his work via Tiny Showcase some time ago, I was lucky to also acquire one of his original pieces from a gallery and have been following his career ever since.
Ryan is not only an outstanding artist, he is also a nice guy. And I have big proof of that in my house -- waiting to be framed -- the proof is called "Humiliation" and arrived in a giant tube by mail last week.
How did that happen? Well, Ryan suggested to trade some art and I am very grateful to him -- for the beautiful piece of art, but also for the experience of trading my work for his. Acquiring a work through a trade or as a thank you makes it even better.
Conclusion: The 'Interwebs' is magical, because it has completely opened up my world and enlarged my community. A community without borders.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Conversation with Lane Collins

Butterfly & Franklin © Lane Collins

In case you missed it last Thursday, please head over to the Nymphoto blog for my interview with New Zealand based Lane Collins.
Lane's work caught my eye, because of her whimsical & humorous approach -- and for her ability to convey fragility and strength simultaneously.

Bedroomdoor &Angie © Lane Collins

Monday, October 6, 2008

Pitch Blackness

Hank's Book at the Strand © Nina Buesing Corvallo

Hank Willis Thomas' Monogram Pitch Blackness is now available from Aperture.
The other day at the Strand I saw Hank's monogram right next to a Bernice Abbot's monogram.
H.A.N.K.'S. book at the S.T.R.A.N.D.!
It was emotional. Seriously.
Hank is my dear friend and someone who has and continues to have a significant impact on me. I spent my years at Tisch hanging out with Hank, Emily, Pete et al. and living close to the Strand. The Strand proved itself better than the Tisch Photo library in educating me about the history of photography.
The Strand is where you went to get your copy of Irving Penn's Passage, Nan Goldin's Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Richard Avedon's's Evidence, James Van Der Zee's monogram.
It's where we went to buy one another birthday & thank you presents. And after the closing of A Photographer's Place it is the best store in Manhattan for Photography Books (Ursus is good too, but you are more likely to find a bargain at the Strand, plus the Strand is Downtown). So the Strand is a big deal for me and my little posse (right, Emily?!) and buying Hank's book there was special .

Polaroid: The Making of Black Power & Black Power © Hank Willis Thomas

Pitch Blackness is not just a book. It is a history; Hank's memorial & tribute to his cousin Songha Willis and it carries a powerful message of hope and love.
Songha's murder was senseless.
But Songha's memorial service was an immeasurable outpouring of love & emotion. The church was overflowing with people who loved Songha. Everyone came from everywhere. I had never been or have ever since been part or partaken in anything like it.
I cannot come close to imagining the deep sorrow of Songha's mother Leslie, his grandmother Ruth, the many cousins, aunts, uncles & close friends.
During the service I kept looking at Hank (to whom Songha was a like brother)& his family. And the days, weeks, years after --and even today-- wondering if I would have their grace and strength. A grace and strength they shared with Songha.
The last time I saw Songha was the night of my Graduate School Thesis Show, a couple of months before his passing.
We all went out that night to celebrate and at the end of the night Songha walked me to my house -near the Strand- making sure I returned home safe.

Songha Willis