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Photography

Rosemary Laing’s Partially Constructed Building Embedded in the Australian Landscape

August 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson


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First off: yes, these are photographs, no Photoshop at work here. This set of five panoramic photographs by artist Rosemary Laing shows the framework of an inverted, partially-completed building (though at times the photographs themselves are inverted) embedded in the Australian landscape around Cooma, New South Wales. The series, entitled Leak, examines ‘the encroachment of suburban development and the socio-economic and environmental pressures on the Australian landscape’ and each photograph is named after characters in Patrick White’s novel The Twyborn Affair (ie. Jim, or Prowse). Read more over on Art Blat. Aside from my love for skewed and dramatic perspectives in photography, these images are tickling many wonderful parts of my brain right now. I can only imagine the larger impact of seeing these as they’re meant to be seen as enormous prints, framed in white on a gallery wall.

 

 



Design Science

WWF: The World is Where We Live

July 26, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This is a fantastic new promotional short from the WWF. I can’t imagine how much thought and planning went into each one of these shots, from the use of color, to the choreography, and camera work. What a wonderfully executed vision. (via lustik)

 

 



Art

Al Farrow: New Reliquaries. Religious sites built from ammunition and firearms.

May 3, 2011

Christopher Jobson

San Francisco artist Al Farrow uses ammunition and parts from firearms to build miniature churches, synagogues, and mosques. This is heavy stuff, literally and figuratively. Meighan over at My Love for You just stopped by Catherine Clark Gallery where he’s showing some of his latest work, and captured some awesome shots. The show runs through May 28. (images via my love for you and catherine clark gallery)

 

 



Science

It’s In Your Hands

March 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Another stellar video promoting World Water Day, filmed and directed by Andrew Hinton of Pilgrim Films. Shot in India, the short clip won a YouTube nonprofit video award on Saturday and has since been viewed over 150,000 times. (via it’s nice that)

 

 



Design

Chiditarod 2011

March 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This weekend amid freezing and blustery conditions Chicago held its annual Chiditarod race. For those of you who are unfamiliar the Chiditarod Urban Iditarod is a combination pub crawl, costume contest and charity food drive, and if that’s not enough for you it’s all centered around a race where teams push decorated shopping carts across the city for most of the day, pausing at 11 strategically placed recovery checkpoints, that is: bars. This year the Chiditarod raised over $14,000 and collected 10,000 pounds of canned food for the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. Awesome. Thanks to Kirstie Shanley for the photos.

Side note. My cousin Ed Stielstra is at this very moment racing across the frozen Alaskan tundra in the actual Iditarod. So far he’s traveled 272 miles and still has all 16 dogs with him which is a great sign. Good luck Ed!

 

 



Art

Peace Strike [Update: Boy Soldier by Schoony]

January 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This is an incredible piece of work, a Hans Soloesque slab containing a child representative of Diane Arbus’ Boy with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park. After quite a bit of searching I’m unable to locate the artist, but it appears to be a piece submitted to Peace Strike as part of their current collaboration with Art Below via this brief interview on Don’t Panic. Anybody have some info?

Update: This piece has been attributed to Schoony. (thnx, stephen)

 

 



Art

Between the Lines

January 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

“Between the Lines” is a 2007 piece by artist Ariana Boussard-Reifel. The book is a white supremacist screed that Ariana eviscerated, word by word. I contacted Ariana by email and this is what she said about the piece:

Between the Lines was completed in 2007. It is a white supremacist text that I cut every word out of. Essentially imposing the doctrine of color-based segregation on the book itself, removing all the black from the white, and rendering it meaningless as a consequence. It was part of a series that was a response to the rise in power of The World Church of the Creator, a vitriolic white supremacist group. Also in the body of work is Like Mother Like Daughter, a performance piece and now a group of photographs that I made with my mother, and Hate Begins at Home, an installation piece in which LMLD is projected.

Learn more about her other works via her website.