Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits.
Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-80) is a series of 69 black and white photographs of the artist herself enacting various generic female film characters from 1950s, and 60s Hollywood, film nior and European art-house films. Her aim is not to recreate the scenes but to re-examine women’s stereotypical roles in history and contemporary society.
Sandy Skoglund is an American photographer and installation artist. She creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.
THE COLD WAR 1999 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
SHIMMERING MADNESS 1998 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
WALKING ON EGGSHELLS 1997 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
CATS IN PARIS 1993 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
BODY LIMITS 1992 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
GATHERING PARADISE 1991 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
SQUIRRELS AT THE DRIVE-IN 1991 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
THE GREEN HOUSE 1989 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
MAYBE BABY 1983 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH 1981 Copyright Sandy Skoglund
All images copyright of the artist: http://www.sandyskoglund.com/
“Monette & Mady” by Swedish photographer Maja Daniels is a photo series about the Parisian identical twin sisters. They have lived their entire lives side by side. The two sisiters are not only dress identically, have acted, modeled and performed together for most of their lives.
Kazuo Ohno, was a Japanese dancer and one of the pioneers of Butoh (“dance of utter darkness), the influential Japanese dance-theater form. With its playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, characters with whitened faces, its slow movements and physical distortions, Butoh was a reaction in part to the horrors World War II.
Ohno’s solo performances were irresistibly powerful. A humanist, he communicated the themes of the form through recognisable characters, most often flamboyantly female.
Ohno had continued to perform beyond his 100th year, until his death in 2010 at the age of 103.
London based artist Zuza Mengham teamed up with British fragrance makers Laboratory Perfumes, created a series of unique scent-inspired sculptures. Transforming intangible aromas into solid objects, Mengham used coloured resin sculptures to represent five signature scents through form and colour.
AMBER: Mengham envisions grassy, woody notes with green and red
GORSE: Zesty Gorse is translated with pale yellows and pinks
SAMPHIRE: Layers of indigo evoke oceanic Samphire
TONKA: Slate powder creates a mottled base to represent the Tonka bean
ATLAS: The brand new fragrance uses amber and ochre hues
Masahisa Fukase was a Japanese photographer, celebrated for his deeply autobiographical work depicting his domestic life. Fukase’s career is often listed as two monomaniacally consistent phases: before his wife Yōko Wanibe left him, when he photographed nothing but her, and after the breakdown of his marriage, tormented by heartbreak, he photographed nothing but ravens.
The Solitude of Ravens was the last book Fukase personally made. The blurry, grainy black and white images are symbols of his grief and a personal statement of loss at the breakdown of his marriage to Yoko. The book was first published in 1986, just a few years before he plunged into a coma after tumbled down a flight of stairs at his favorite bar. He died in 2012 after lying for 20 years in a coma.