I came across this photo series of Kenadie Jourdin Bromley, a little girl born with a condition known as primordial dwarfism. Having never heard of the condition, the angelic looking little girl’s beauty reminded me of Ron Mueck’s sculptures in which he redefines human scale.

I came across the fantastical work of Ryohei Hase, a Tokyo based illustrator. I’d really like the painting below to hang above my couch; it would certainly make for a good conversation piece.

Thunder is threatening us with showers in NYC. I’m glad it held out for today, instead of last night when I attended a Rooftop Films event at The Old American Can Factory. I caught the New York premier of In a Dream, a documentary in which the director investigates his own father’s quixotic and obsessive life as a mosaic artist. The film has recently been acquired by HBO Documentary Films and will air early 2009. Keep an eye out, it’s a pretty special film.

Back in my college years, I abandoned work on a screenplay that dealt with a peculiar love story that never could be. A socially awkward woman with a penchant for taxidermy was to meet her soul mate who unknowingly had the touch of death, literally. The more I watched the stop-animated films of Jan Svankmajer, the more this unreasonable tale seemed to make sense to me. I even knew who I would cast to play the parts if the film were to come to fruition. The lead would be played by the always bizarre Amanda Plummer; opposite her would be the chameleon Ted Levine.

Now that I have discovered the taxidermy art of Sarina Brewer, I think I just may feel invigorated enough to rekindle this old concept.

When I came across Alex Sandwell Kliszynski’s human barbie doll photo series, I was instantly reminded of popular new trends in body augmentation. Procedures like “labia conturing” and “pelvic fitness” have become popular in a world in which people are increasingly concerned with a perfect appearance like dolls. This very notion of human perfection makes me think of Leni Riefenstahl and her fascination of people as statues.

Leni Riefenstahl was a controversial filmmaker and one-time Nazi propagandist. She had been commissioned to document the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. An ex-dancer, she was obsessed with the human body and particularly was intrigued with an idolized form. Throughout several of Olympia’s sequences, the most chiseled of humans are likened to Greek gods. Many critics have pointed out that these visual metaphor’s may also be a tribute to fascist ideal’s of a perfect Aryan race.

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Mark Bryan’s paintings are quite satirical and concerned with the world we live in. The one below is entitled, The First 1000 and was created in 2004. I think it is a strong reminder that thousands of people are being killed and maimed in Iraq with no signs of an end to the war.

I came across the work of a young photographer named Lissa Rivera. Her environmental photos of educational institutions are intended to simply portray and allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions. I was particularly excited to see the contrast of subject matter between this work and her newer self portrait series posted on her blog. Rivera seems to be completely comfortable switching between photographic genres.

Doug Pray is a documentary filmmaker who has made several films that deal with the creative fruit of counter culture. He was commissioned by Clorox to make this short film documenting the making of a reverse-graffiti mural by Paul “Moose” Curtis. The mural is created by simply washing away dirt. Its good to see a chemical company like Clorox starting to think in a greener way.

 

 

 

At a BBQ last night, a friend told me about the new website of avante-garde filmmaker and writer Jonas Mekas. Though in his 80’s, the site is testament to Mekas’ active career and passion.

Mekas has always been concerned with the preservation of cinema and the importance of bringing film to the people.  As a founder of The Anthology Film Archives, he has done just that. This is his foray into the modern world of the web. The site offers previews of work that can be downloaded for a modest fee. In addition to Mekas’ own films, works by other filmmakers including: Kenneth Anger, Marcel Duchamp, and Jim Jarmusch are available for download. The site is a wonderful example of how the web has put the power of distribution back into the hands of the creators.

I’m itching for some more ink. Instead, I’ll share the work of Chris Odonnell, the artist I want to do my other sleeve. The arm in the picture below belongs to my better half, Mandy.