Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ruud van Empel: Photoworks 1995-2010

Dutch visual artist Ruud van Empel (1958) hardly needs any introduction. He is one of the most extraordinary photographic artists at this time. Van Empel has developed a unique working method within digital photography. The images he compiles display a hallucinatory world primarily populated by children and dreamy adolescents. By referring to immemorial notions of virtue and innocence, Van Empel's works are interesting from both an art-historical and cultural-historical angle.

Feast for the eye
Despite all their marvelous beauty, these works are far from unambiguous. Something is not quite right. What is real and what isn't? And is it all quite as endearing as it appears at first sight? This aspect gives the work of Ruud van Empel a fascinating depth, in addition to the enormous spread of color and wealth of detail that make his work a feast for the eye.

Held at the Groninger Museum, the exhibition Ruud van Empel. Photoworks 1995-2010 is the first large-scale museum overview of the work of Van Empel.

World 19, 2006

World 29, 2008
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

World 26, 2008
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

Moon 7, 2008
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

Theatre 3, 2010
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

Untitled #1, 2004
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

Brothers & sisters 4, 2010
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

Generation 3, 2010
@Ruud van Empel / Flatland Gallery

Ruud van Empel. Photoworks 1995-2010
September 10 - November 27, 2011
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fashion on the Dance Floor

Invariably seeking to blur the lines between the garment and accessory, Bliss Lau the half Chinese and half American designer represents the juxtaposition of culture, design and aesthetic. A graduate from Parsons School of Design, Bliss first launched her handbag collection and later on transitioned the collection into the distinct body-jewelry of today. All of the jewelry is created and designed three-dimensionally using traditional garment draping techniques. For each season, Bliss focuses on a new part of the body to enhance and decorate.

To present Bliss Lau F/W 2011, French photographer Eric Guillemain captures ballerinas performing "le pas de deux"...

@Eric Guillemain

Stylist Christian Stroble

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Peter Lindbergh: " L'Ange "

On a cloudy day, an angel has landed on a beach somewhere in France..... Model Daphne Groeneveld alongside with French actor Pascal Greggory are featured in this romantic photo shoot by Peter Lindbergh for Numero Magazine September 2011 issue.

@Peter Lindbergh

Monday, August 22, 2011

Iain McKell: The New Gypsies

London based photographer Iain McKell offers an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of a real and raw group of present-day nomads whose culture is built around ideals of freedom, nature, and simplicity. The New Gypsies are British horse drawn travelers. The movement began in 1986 when a group of Post-Punk Anti-Thatcher protesters headed out of London into the English countryside.

Iain McKell spent the last ten years documenting and living with travelers of all ages: parents, children, couples and loners. His use of fashion aesthetics, a romanticized pallet of colors, and his intentional rejection of many of the visual traits of traditional documentary photography, offers a beautiful series of photographs of this invisible and ignored community.

Known for his work around youth subculture, Iain McKell's photographs have appeared in numerous major publications such a i-D, V, Italian Vogue and Sunday Times.

@Iain McKell

Courtesy Iain McKell / Clic Gallery, NYC
The New Gypsies at Clic Gallery, NYC
August 29 - October 2, 2011
Opening reception and book launching
September 15, 6-8pm
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Divine Hats in Divine Elegance

Gorgeous model Astrid S features in this dramatic fashion shoot by photographer Bo Brinkenfalk for Schon magazine. The classic shapes and styles of the past are reborn in " Divine Elegance," and the hat collection designed by stylist Gordana Zlatanovic is stunning.

Divine Elegance