Archive for ‘Photography’

October 29, 2010

Dave Murray’s Art is Viciously Fantastical

by Matt Forcey

Dave Murray is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and digital media. Falling, Jumping, Mirrors, Office Plant, Shark, Cans, Skies, Stars, Frisbees, Bats, Ghosts, Boxes, Boulder, Rocks, Legs, Cones, Balloons, Mandalas, Skull, Cheerleaders, Sports, Politics, and much more. – via

I stumbled upon Dave, well not so much Dave, but his wickedly funny “Self Portrait as a Dinosaur with Dog”, on display at the School of the Art Institute’s Boomerang exhibition space on Wabash, between Madison and Monroe, in Chicago. 

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September 15, 2010

Smolder and Shoot: Photographer Tasya Van Ree & Her Muse, Amber Heard

by Matt Forcey

By Anne B. Kelly

If Ellen von Unwerth and Helmut Newton had a love child, the result could be photographer and rising art star Tasya Van Ree.  With heart and soul laid bare and often decorated in inky poetry, Van Ree’s high contrast portraits manage to appear both fashionably staged and caught in-the-moment, documenting her very personal relationships with her subjects. Stir in a bit of the occasional circus-like atmosphere of Los Angeles celebrity and the photos are sexy and striking.

She attributes photojournalists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Weegee as her main source of inspiration: “There is this undying interest with the traditional seduction of black and white film. It captures the internal dialogue of whatever it is that you’re shooting, and exhibits it in a revealing way. I think there’s something quite alluring about it. Something genuine.”

Van Ree herself, willowy and exotic, was born and raised in Hawaii, and with her long dark hair and trademark black hat (she won’t reveal the origins of her style), knows the power of her own image in self-portraits. But it is actress Amber Heard (Zombieland, Pineapple Express) who is most frequently the subject of her photographs.

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September 6, 2010

Hurry Up and Wait: Photographers-Turned-Truckers Peek into America’s Trucking Subculture

by Matt Forcey

In summer 2008, at the height of the U.S. financial crisis, husband-and-wife photographers James Tribble and Tracey Mancenido packed up their NYC apartment and hit the road to document one of the more obscure necessities of American consumerism first-hand. Armed with little more than a commercial license, tips from Tribble’s truck driver dad and a few large-format cameras, the dynamic artists embarked on their new career as truckers.

The resulting body of work, a series of tenderly contemplative portraits and still-lifes, opens 9 September 2010 at NYC’s Sasha Wolf Gallery, revealing a rarely-seen side of the greasy culture responsible for supplying the country with everything from scrap metal to Toy Story 3 dolls.

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To learn more, their blog on the project is full of updates and insights they posted while on the road. For those in NYC, see the haunting pictures in person at the Sasha Wolf gallery before the show closes 23 October 2010. 

Via Cool Hunting