Stezaker makes collages of old images–classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations–into new images.
I can’t even imagine the pain he must have felt cutting up old bromides–I was almost emotional looking at this work just thinking about destroying these images to create new ones.
Pair IV, 2007
Marriage XXXII, 2007
Mask LXV, 2007
If you’re lucky enough to be in London right now he has an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery that you should go to and tell me all about so I can live vicariously through you (please).
*note: apparently “Steaz,” “Steaze,” or “Steazy” has a variety of meanings according to more urban sources. I simply shortened the artist’s name because I wanted to sound gangster and clever, and I am not implying any other meaning by this hyphenation other than to be witty.
Today my post is actually something I have to do for school, but it was pretty amazing and inspiring so of course I had to share.
For my Art in the Elementary School Studio class we’ve been divided up into small groups and asked to research an artist to theoretically introduce to elementary-aged students and present ways in which to integrate the art with other subjects relevant to the students, as well as the artist.
So pretty easy right? Haha, well… with the artist my partner and I are doing our research on, it is.
“Callie” Curry aka Swoon is an amazing Floridian turned New York street artist. Utilizing blockprinting and wheatpasting as her main medium, Swoon creates beautiful images of the people around here. (For a more in depth description of her work and intentions visit Philagrafika 2010)
We’re basing our research off of this clip, which along with the website mentioned above, I believe give a pretty great summation of what everyone is Swoon-ing over.
I’m really excited about this body of work by Sarah Hobbs, because it addresses a variety of psychological states that Hobbs represents in exaggerated fashion.
Untitled (memory loss)
The work is not extreme or intensely beautiful (although I do love the memory loss image), yet I’m really drawn to the concept. If I was back in Conceptual Strategic Photography I would have loved to address this idea.
This series is a response to the current movement to eliminate plastic bags from consumer use due to their negative environmental impact. Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is based on a plastic bag I have collected in a shop or on the street. I hand-embroider the icons and text onto bridal organza and then form the material into the life-sized shape of the bag. The sculptures are delicate ghosts of the original bags, mass-produced plastic replaced with soft, tediously worked fabric.
Simply beautiful. Her work made me think of Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
and her body of work Shopdropping.
Faded Glory Ruched Shoulder Tank (China Red), 2003
Originally purchased on June 18, 2003 for $9.77 from the Wal-Mart store in Berlin, Vermont.
The clothing was duplicated by hand, matching pattern, fabric, and embellishments. The tags
from the original item were sewn into the duplicate. The duplicate was returned to the rack in Wal-Mart for potential sale at $9.77.
Left: purchased item – Right: photograph of duplicate.
Maintaining an almost whimsical approach to the subject, both artists have very similar views on mass production and consumerism. The delicacy and craft devoted by each, lends even more to the shrouded meaning both are trying to exude via their work.