‘ROLLER DERBY KISSES’ SPORTS BEAUTIFUL BRUISES

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It’s that old saying come to light, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  In this case, artist Riikka Hyvönento finds beauty in a roller derby girls’ occupational hazard turned accidental canvas.  Inspired by the feminist, communal spirit of the sport her work reflects the community, fragility, and personal strength of the women who play it.

Roller Derby is high-octane, aggressive, physically demanding competitive contact speed skating sport that originated in the United States (hello Philly Roller Derby Girls).  One gnarly side effect is the technicolor rainbow of bruises the players sport after a particularly rough game.  Bruising is a trophy in this sport – a proudly earned right of passage from a well-played game. 

Hyvönen spent the last year collecting photographs of roller derby girls’ bottoms and converting the bruises – which she calls ‘kisses’ – in giant pop artworks.

“I am objectifying these women totally. But I am doing it exactly in the way they objectify themselves,” Hyvönen says.

“The players fall, and although it hurts, they get up smiling: after the match they are immensely proud of their bruises. Posting photos online and competing in who’s got the most colorful, biggest bruise, is a phenomenon: it would be a shame if no one saw the sign of bravery after a well-played game.

Hyvönen portrays the feminist, communal spirit as one of the essential characteristics of the sport. Even the titles of her works are inspired by the comments posted under the photos the girls have shared on social media:

Oh, Lord. Is That the One That Looks Suspiciously Like My Wheel?! God, I’m Sorry To Have Marked You So :( … Um, Think Of It As A Love Bite? xx” – The Finnish Institute in London

‘Roller Derby Kisses’ is part of an exhibition at the Finnish Institute in King Cross, London, it will run until August 20, 2015.

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Coney Island Art Walls Moves In

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It’s a mini version of Wynwood Walls sitting out in Coney Island amidst the backdrop of amusement rides. MOCA Los Angeles director, Jeffrey Dietch’s art project “Coney Art Walls” has brought some additional color to a neighborhood already known for its flair. It’s finally open to the public now, this myriad of 30+ gated (yup, you read that. Some people just can’t behave) popular & cult fav artists murals.  Some celebrate Coney Culture, while others are indicative of the artists’ style. We love that the Bowery is now home to more than just Nathan’s (yes, I know technically Nathan’s is on Surf Ave, but the walls sit right behind it, so I’m using the reference anyway).

I love a good Nathan’s hotdog during my summer Coney stroll, but I fear I’m going to have to leave it behind in favor of the popular Williamsburg hipster food market Smorgasburg, a version of which is encased in the maze of walls – now I can knock back a beer and some grub while surrounded by visual candy.

Whether you want to call it street art or an open air contemporary art stroll, it’s great to see New York graffiti legends like Futura and Lady Pink sharing the same space as the activist art of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh or the flashy lettering from London artist, Ben Eine. There’s just so much going on, one can’t claim to be bored.

We visited Coney Art Walls last week, so enjoy some of our pictures until you can get out there and see it for yourself. We’ll spare you the pictures we took of our fried anchovies from our favorite Smorgasburg regular Bon Chovie … they are a work of art in themselves.

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh makes an appearance at Coney Art Walls

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SET IN THE STREET: The Ultimate Selfie Zone

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Set in the Street is an ongoing art project started by Photographer, Justin Bettman.  Bettman, a 23-year-old California native was looking for a way to save money on studio space. He and his collaborator Gözde Eker, starting kicking around ideas until they decided “Why don’t we try to shoot these outside?”

Their work questions our perspective — a trick of the eye. At first glance, on close inspection the scene played out before you seems normal. But when you’re pulled back and you see the entire picture, that’s when you realize you only had half a story.

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The sets they use for the shoots are foraged from unwanted furniture and materials, most of which they find on the street. After shooting the initial photos, the sets are left up on the street with a sign that invites folks to shoot their own photos and post them using the hashtag #setinthestreet.

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Acid Mass by Joanne Leah

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Brooklyn Photographer Joanne Leah left us the most unusual message accompanied by photos from her latest series ‘Acid Mass’.

The photographs were an array of unclothed bodies strewn about in colorful backdropped narratives — a mysterious trip through surreal, fairy tale crime scenes. Her ritualistic images draw from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and self identity.

The series would not be complete if we did not include that eerie opening that grabbed us at first read…

“When I was a child, I would explore the woods behind my house. I ventured alone, following a small creek. One winter day, I deviated from my usual path. As I walked, I heard a man shout. A pack of barking dogs ran toward me. I immediately dropped to the snowy ground and pretended to be dead. I held my breath. The dogs surrounded me, sniffed and snorted. I had never felt that kind of fear before, the fear of being eaten alive.”

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Photographer Seemingly Preserves His Subjects in Honey

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Blake Little photographs his subjects (ranging in age from 2 – 85 years) covered in gallons of honey – dripping and shining – caught in encapsulating moments of movement and stillness. The shots have the appearance of excavation photos; humans encased in amber suspended in time, evoking a preservation of humanity.

“Preservation began through a process of experimenting with honey. Initially, I started shooting the way it pours and drips on just the face or specific areas of the body. After several sessions, it became clear that completely covering the figure as much as possible and with varying thicknesses created a quality that I had never seen before. The honey has a way of diffusing the personal qualities of the subjects, often making them unrecognizable and democratizing their individual traits into something altogether different and universal.” [Source]

Blake Little’s exhibition Preservation opens at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles on March 7th and runs through April 18th.

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The Preservation Book will also be available at preservationbook.com.

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More from Images Mumbai’s Month Long Street Art Festival!

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We’re coming into the homestretch of St+art India’s month long street art festival in Mumbai – aptly named St+art Mumbai.

Mumbai’s month long street art festival (Nov 7th -30th) has welcomed some of the most talented Indian & International street artists to transform their buzzing city with murals, installations, workshops, and performances. The festival’s goal is to promote street art on Indian landscapes as well as provide a platform for artists to collaborate on a global level. Since Nov 7th, I’ve referenced the hashtag #startmumbai hundreds of times – each time I was surprised and elated to see not only the range of art but the different ways people captured and responded to the work. Whether walking out of their homes to watch or taking a quick snapshot on the way to work; Mumbai was watching…and so were we.

Here’s a roundup of pictures from weeks two and three of the festival.

Various locations in Bandra, Dharavi, Kala Ghoda, Pedder Road and Versova and will also be featured as a part of the Street Art Project by Google.

Keep up with Mumbai’s Street Art Festival with these links – Facebook: www.facebook.com/startindiafoundation / Website: www.st-artmumbai.org / Hashtag- #startmumbai

Thanks again to St+art Mumbai for keeping us in the loop! Special thanks to all art lovers that allowed us to use their amazing Instagram shots!

Photo credit  – Akshat Nauriyal (unless otherwise noted)

 

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Artist: ANO / Based out of: Taipei, Taiwan

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Artist: ANO / Photo Credit @udaykhambadkone

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Artist: Gomez / Based: ROME, ITALY

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Artist: Yantr / Based: ASSAM, INDIA

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Artist: Tona / Based: HAMBURG, GERMANY

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Haunting Double Exposure Portraits Give A Delicious Slip Out of Reality

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Some of the best mistakes in photography are double exposures…or so I think. It’s like being caught in a parallel universe…stuck somewhere in between the places you’ve been and the places you dream about. As if you could be grounded one second and take flight the next.

Enter the haunting layering of untold stories seen through London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten‘s double exposure portraits. Fullerton-Batten is known for using cinematic lighting, and beautiful backgrounds to frame her subjects in a aura of intimacy and grace.  These double exposure prints are from Batten’s personal collection… in her bio “She insinuates visual tensions in her fine-art images, and imbues them with a hint of mystery, that combine to tease the viewer to re-examine the picture continuously, each time seeing more content and finding a deeper meaning with every viewing.”

These photographs are no exception.

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Images from the first week of Mumbai’s Street Art Festival

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The goings on in Mumbai right now involve a lot of paint flinging and aerosol spraying.

After its successful first edition in Delhi, the St+art India foundation has brought their popular street art festival to Mumbai.  ‘Over the month of November 2014, Mumbai will see some of the most talented Indian & International street artists transform this already buzzing city with murals, installations, workshops, performances, walks and talks on the street. The festival aims to promote street art on Indian landscapes as well as provide a platform for artists to collaborate on a global level.’  Various locations in Bandra, Dharavi, Kala Ghoda, Pedder Road and Versova and will also be featured as a part of the Street Art Project by Google.

Here are some of the first pictures of the murals completed during week one of the festival.

Keep up with Mumbai’s Street Art Festival with these links – Facebook: www.facebook.com/startindiafoundation / Website: www.st-artmumbai.org / Hashtag- #startmumbai

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Artist: Pedro Campiche / Website / Instagram

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Amitabh Kumar mural in progress in Bandra.

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Amitabh Kumar ( @amitabhkumar ) working on his mural in Bandra, Mumbai.

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Anpu & Nora in front of their mural.

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Tika & Anpu’s finished mural in Pali Village.

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Swiss artist,Tika + Dehli based artist, Anpu collaborate on this piece in Bandra.

 

Thanks to St+art Mumbai for all the media goodies.

Cool Photo Credit:  Akshat Nauriyal

I FOUGHT THE LAW

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.
In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.

In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.

Strange laws still on statute books make for interesting subject matter when it comes to this ongoing photo series ‘I Fought the Law’ by Olivia Locher.  Locher cleverly parodies the bizarre nature of these unusual US state laws with scenes that prey upon the prohibited acts.

Who knew it was illegal to back pocket ice cream in Alabama?

She says: “Using early pop art as inspiration, I intend to defy rules and regulations across all the remaining US states.”

Way to go rebel! Maybe I’ll start putting my Good Humor bars in my back pocket once I’m over the Mason Dixon line too.

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In California Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

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In Utah no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.

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In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

 

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

 

In Delaware it’s illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting”around the waist.

In Delaware it’s illegal to wear pants that are “form-fitting”around the waist.

 

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

 

In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.

 

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In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.

 

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All images © Olivia Locher

PORN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY (NSFW)

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Brian Steinhoff’s attempts at lessening the shock with a skin trade of floral patterns doesn’t make me blush any less. Matter of fact, I debated whether or not to add NSFW to this post. But my eyes were quick to replace grandma’s bad wallpaper for skins tones and fleshy parts.

Steinhoff’s creative form of discussing the “banality of censorship” makes me think of those late nights trying to bring in films I ought not – trying to make out bodies through the fuzz and static. What I couldn’t see was quickly replaced by my wild adolescent imagination. With form and shape still intact does Steinhoff’s series really hide anything? Or does it represent the things/images we inevitably can’t control?

*See more images from the series Porn for the Whole Family here.

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A PHOTOGRAPHERS TELLING OF PANDORA’S JAR

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19-year old Aliza Razell is exploring a perfect blend of reality and myth in her photo series, Anesidora. 

Inspired by Greek story of Pandora, the first women on earth who Zeus gifted a special jar on the day of her marriage to Epimetheus. Zeus ordered that the jar not be opened but a curious Pandora opened the jar releasing all the bad things in it out into the world.

Razell’s burst of watercolors splash across the muted tones of the photographs spilling out into the other realm of the image creating a new twist on an old tale.

Find more of Razell’s work on Flickr.

Zeren Badar’s ‘Accident Series’

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Self-taught photographer Zeren Badar describes his latest photography project, Accident Series as “rich, conceptual, sensual and anti-formal” turning “pre-existing works of art into Duchampian ready-mades”. Indeed he is exploring his Dada influences with a peculiar combination of photography, painting & collage. These collages are made with found objects, covered in food, laced in strong shadows and layering effects to give a three dimensional sense to his work.

Badar hopes these copies of old masters paintings will evoke the viewers memory. The artist explains, “By using unexpected juxtapositions of objects, I try to create ambiguity and pull viewers attention deeper into my photographs.”

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*Zeren Badar is a self-taught photographer who lives currently in NYC. He is originally from Turkey. He is obsessed with art.
He enjoys long walks all around Manhattan and take long breaks at art shows.

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