Interdit, 2011by Julie Graham
A Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Shortened versions can be found on several of the Artspace artist pages, and from time to time we’ll run the complete interviews on A+. Our sixteenth artist is Julie Graham, whose dream holiday would be “in a foreign country with lots of light and open spaces, exotic sites and smells…”
An acclaimed DJ, singer-songwriter, and musician, Moby is credited as helping to bring electronic dance music to the masses. World renown, he has toured for the past 20 years and now has captured “the strangeness of touring” in his first book of photographs, titled Destroyed.
Born Richard Melville Hall in 1965, Moby started playing music at age 9 and taking photos a year later—shooting 35mm black-and-white film on a Nikon camera that his uncle, a New York Times and National Geographic photographer, had given him. He studied philosophy and photography in college, where he developed his own film and processed his prints in the school’s darkroom.
Orla by Sigalit Landau
About the Work
Orla is a limited edition photographic print derived from Sigalit Landau’s 2000-04 project, Somnambulin/Bauchaus, in which the artist transformed a truck-mounted concrete mixer into a traveling music box, from which she distributed popsicles in the shape of the Little Matchstick Girl. It is an interpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen story in which, on a cold New Year’s Eve, a poor girl tries to sell matches in the street, and must light them to warm herself. She strikes one match after another, eventually freezing to death.
Any Ever by Ryan Trecartin
About the Work
Premise Fade, 2011 features a still frame from the movie Sibling Topics (section a), 2009, extracted from Any Ever (2009-2010), Ryan Trecartin‘s most recent and epic video work comprising seven autonomous but interrelated movies. The metallic, aquamarine border framing the image simulates the texture of a suburban bedroom wall, taken from another scene from this work.
David Levinthal, Untitled from the series Blackface, 1995. 20×24 Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film, 40 x 33 ½ inches (framed). Courtesy the artist and John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York.
David Levinthal has dusted off the memorabilia that inspired his controversial Blackface photography series, which were banned from exhibition at ICA Philadelphia in 1997, and pulled the remaining 20 x 24 Polaroid prints out of the files for the exhibition David Levinthal: Black Again at John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in New York.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road (Bronson Canyon) by Jeremy Kost
Artspace’s piece by Jeremy Kost is a Polaroid collage of drag queens dressed up for a night on the town in low, soft light. Juxtaposed against one another, the images seem to join together to form a crowd that has bonded together over a long night of revelry.
The drag queens depicted in these photographs, with their blond wigs, tattoos and Lady Gaga leotards, are clearly the belles of the ball. Set against the pink, natural glow of the early morning light, the figures take on additional feminine qualities, making them appear like fairies emerging from the dawn. In the Polaroid at the far right, which is tilted offline from the other two images, a blue-haired figure is separated from the rest of the crowd, suggesting isolation and even vulnerability.
Untitled by Marlo Pascual
SculptureCenter Limited Edition Photo Portfolio 2010 features photographic prints by an international roster of five emerging female artists: Leslie Hewitt, Marlo Pascual, Erin Shirreff, Kathrin Sonntag and Sara VanDerBeek.
In Bodywork Roof, Detroit-based artist Liz Cohen poses in a baby pink bikini on the hood of the Trabantimino, a hybrid car she constructed by melding an East German Trabant – a symbol of the socialist Soviet Union – with a Chevrolet El Camino – the ultimate embodiment of American muscle and over-abundance.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1982. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.
Sean Kelly Gallery and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation have teamed up with 50 Americans of diverse occupations, ages, races and backgrounds from 50 different states to organize a dynamic show of the legendary artist’s photography. Each participant selected a single Mapplethorpe photograph from a group of more than 2,000 images—based on what personally resonated with them. Some contributors knew of the artist’s vast body of work, while others were discovering his provocative and sublime pictures for the first time.