Thursday, April 30, 2009

Birth Control

Mechanical Methods of Birth Control from the Illustrated Birth Control Manual, Valeria Hopkins Parker M.D., Cadillac Publishing Co., 1957

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Delicate lace insects from the series Winter Bugs by Spanish designer Ana Gómez.


From the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2009 Coture Collection

Sunday, April 26, 2009


dreamy gaze girl looking in the ghost house
2008, woodblock, 150 x150cm

dreamy gaze girl 6, 2008, woodblock, 91 x91cm

girl and rock, 2009, woodblock, 150 x150cm

bury deep in the ground, 2009, woodblock,  220 x242cm

Japanese artist Kenichi Yokono makes elaborate images through a process of woodblock carving. While woodblock is a traditional printing making form, Yokono kills the possibility of the multiple when he stills the process and presents the slab of wood as his art. His images, rendered in gleaming white and crimson red, reference comic books and slasher films and often portray scantily clad women alone in the woods. The doom is impending, as the solitary women are enveloped by their blood drenched environments; like a still from a horror movie, danger is always implicit. 

Yokono's works are on view at Mark Moore Gallery until May 16, 2009. You can read an interview with the artist at


Images from Chinese photographer Luo Yang's photostream Girls

Little Fever

images from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown

Friday, April 24, 2009

Playing House

Holly Andres stages quiet and introspective moments of childhood in her photographic series, Stories from a Short Street. 

Amber, 2006 Fuji Crystal Archive Print 31" x 39"

Ashley, 2006 Fuji Crystal Archive Print 31" x 39"

Fiona II, 2006 Fuji Crystal Archive Print 31" x 39"

Stories From a Short Street is an on-going photo project inspired by the unique experience of growing up as the youngest of 10 children. For this series, I have created a fictitious group of siblings that are loosely based on archetypes of my own family. Each image is constructed to enact a specific moment, communicate identity through space, and depict a psychological portrait.

My photo process has been informed and influenced by my early training in traditional painting, my interest in religious Renaissance art, and my nostalgia for childhood television programs such as the After School Specials and Little House on the Prairie.

I am interested in revisiting, recreating and preserving history, and am fascinated with the interweaving of fact and fiction, and finding a place in which autobiography and fictitious narration come together.
-Holly Andres, Artist Statement 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Images from  Polaroid 100 Project by Lina Scheynius 

Charming Augustine

Paul Régnard photograph of Augustine

Image from Charming Augustine, 3D 16mm B/W - 40 minutes

From Zoe Beloff's website:

The film is inspired by series of photographs and texts on hysteria published by the great insane asylum in Paris in the 1880's under the title of the Iconographie photographique de la Salpetriere. It is an experimental narrative based on the case of a young patient, Augustine. At fifteen she was admitted to the hospital suffering from hysterical paralysis. The doctors were captivated by her frequent hysterical attacks. They appeared extraordinarily theatrical and photogenic. She became the star, the "Sarah Bernhardt" of the asylum. Yet at the same she was deeply disturbed. She had visions and heard voices. She hallucinated.

The film explores connections between attempts to document her mental states and the prehistory of narrative film. The role of the motion studies by Marey and Muybridge in the birth of cinema is well known. However while they attempted to study the mechanics of the body, the doctors at the Salpetriere, working with similar cameras, aimed to unlock the secrets of their patient's minds.

I wish to show how patients like Augustine supplied the psychic drive that would come to flower in the works of D.W. Griffith. Thus the language of the film changes; at first it is simply a medical document, then it becomes is an indication of Augustine's interior perception, her hallucinations. Finally she becomes "disenchanted" both in the contemporary sense of that word and in its original meaning of being awakened from a magnetic sleep or hypnotic trance.

To conjure up a time just prior to the invention of cinema I shot the film in a stereoscopic format to suggest a different direction that cinema might have taken had it been invented in the 1880's. Ultimately what I wish to convey is a fragile, spectral, what if...a moment in time when the moving image was on the brink of existence in a form not yet standardized.

Zoe Beloff will screen Charming Augustine and Shadowland Or Light From The Other Side at REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater, Monday April 27 8.30pm, 631 W. 2nd Street Los Angeles in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Photographs by Tania Leshkina

Fluid Net

Ozon Hairspray Commercial from the Prelinger Archives

Thanks to Geoff Brown for sending a link to the archive.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Exquisite Corpse

Details from Prada's Fall 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection


images from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown


Long Red Hair from KimberlyD's photostream

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Images from Katya Ford's photostream


Image from Nové Domácí Léčení, date unknown

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Jeanne Dunning, The Blob 4, 1994

Jeanne Dunning, The Blob 2, 1994

Read a short article on this series here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Memento mori

Images from Mikaylah Bowman's photostream
Read an interview with the young artist at Privelidge House