Matthew Stone - Handmade Artist Book

Anteism is pleased to announce a limited edition artist book which features Matthew Stone's work from Optimism as Cultural Rebellion.

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This handmade book is available in the Anteism Shop

Matthew Stone - Optimism as Cultural Rebellion - Exhibition tour from Matthew Stone on Vimeo.

The Hole is pleased to announce the first comprehensive gallery exhibition in the United States by British artist Matthew Stone.

The exhibition will focus on the intersections between the ideas, photography and sculptures that define Matthew’s work. Alongside his sculptural installations of photography, he will also be presenting a performance at the gallery titled “Anatomy of Immaterial Worlds” (November 3rd at 9pm) as part of the visual art performance biennial PERFORMA 11.

Two large wooden planes bisect the gallery walls and provide a rhythm for the navigation of the space. Photographic nudes printed directly onto birch panels are cut, hinged and folded along the walls and across the floor, in what uber-curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist has described as “a-perspective constellations”. In one work titled “Forever Rules” a large photographic nude is cut into hundreds of squares and attached to fabric that passes through an oak dodecahedron and cube, draping down onto the floor. Whilst Plato’s divine geometry is honored in part, it is simultaneously corrupted by the poetic complexity and beauty of the human body in action, flowing through and against the rigid logic of its geometric counterparts.

The title of the exhibition “Optimism as Cultural Rebellion” should be considered a one-line manifesto, perhaps a “mini-festo”. Since 2004 Matthew has developed a personal philosophy of Optimism, defining it as “the vital force that entangles itself with and then shapes the future.” This timely position permeates all of his activities. Matthew Stone operates as an artist in a total sense: his very being, his community, his lifestyle and its expression dictate the creation of his interconnected works. As well as creating photography and sculpture he works in multiple worlds as curator, philosopher, performer, musician, facilitator and cultural provocateur.

Matthew was born in 1982 and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London with honors in painting. After leaving college he masterminded the art-collective-cum-scene !WOWOW! in squatted South-London buildings. Their group shows and parties in empty buildings attracted audiences of over 1500 people and a performance event at the Tate saw a record 4000 people in attendance. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at V1 Gallery, Denmark; Galerie Paul Freches, Paris; Boyschool, London; Gea Politi, Milan, and Union Gallery, London. I first came across Matthew’s work when Terence Koh presented Tianhuang Dadi at Asia Song Society on Canal Street in 2007.

Recent photographic projects include a collaboration with Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci for the cover of the 20th anniversary issue of Dazed & Confused magazine and a fold-out sculptural cover for the current Flaunt Magazine. He composes original music for close friend and collaborator, fashion designer Gareth Pugh’s shows and has directed music videos for acclaimed British bands These New Puritans, S.C.U.M and for New York lo-fi band No Bra.

More about Matthew Stone:

Matthew Stone is an artist and shaman. These two interconnected roles are defined by his activities as photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, Optimist and cultural provocateur. Stone’s work and thinking goes far beyond the remit of his art, and his power of existence is recreating the role of the artist in the 21st century. Recognising this, The Sunday Times recently placed him at number one in the arts section of their “Power players under 30” list.

After Graduating from Camberwell Art School in 2004, with a first-class degree in Painting, Stone spearheaded South London’s !WOWOW! art collective, organizing guerrilla art exhibitions and throwing London’s most notorious and decadent squat parties. Dazed and Confused magazine featured the collective, claiming the children of !WOWOW! “would live on in legend for years to come.” and i-D Magazine described Matthew, saying “He gave birth to a happening, and all of a sudden, in his wake, London was exciting again.”  In 2008 — !WOWOW! took over Tate Britain — attracting a record 4,000 people, who came to witness one of his performances.

Stone’s whole being is geared toward a life lived as art. His personalised definition of Optimism as a method for avant-garde thought and art practice, inverts the nihilistic cultural dialogues of the late twentieth century to create a necessary space for vibrant new ways of being. Saatchi Online said that Stone’s work “definitely points to the art of tomorrow, I think, an immaterial quality equal parts idealist belief and cynicism, working as an alternative, very palpable reality running along the rest of society.” Esteemed curator and ex-head of the Royal Academy; Norman Rosenthal said simply “he has invented a new ‘ism’—Optimism.”

Stone has provided the soundtrack to each of close friend, designer Gareth Pugh’s fashion shows and films, and was a resident DJ at London’s legendary nightclub Boombox.

Though perhaps most known for his painfully beautiful photographic nudes, most exciting is Stone’s recent move into video. He has begun to direct his own video-based artworks as well as a rapturous, celebrated and daring directorial debut in the form of a music video for cult heroes These New Puritans. Following the video’s release, NME instantly placed Matthew at number 14 in their list of the “50 Most Fearless People In Music”.

Churning bodies dissect rhythmic windows that open onto varied states of concentrated being. A collage of  limbs and interconnected consciousness, involving and depicting transcendental states, meditations and ecstatic dance, spin into contemporary motion. The body is shown and used to free the viewer from their own. Stone’s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity.

Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain. - Biography written by Karley Sciortino.

A Day in the Life: Matthew Stone by KARLEYSLUTEVER

Dark + Speed a photobook by Ryan Thompson

Dark + Speed a photo/artist book by Ryan ThompsonÔªø.

The book showcases a random selection of double exposure photographs taken by the artist since 1997.

Thompson's photographic process explores a technique similar to collage using traditional film and multiple in camera exposures. Often using found typography and cultural icons the artist creates chance alignments of multiple images. The book has a gritty aesthetic due to the printing method. First photo prints were made from the original film. These prints were then photocopied then scanned in on a Risograph duplicator which created the final output. The book was then collated and perfect-bound by hand.

Book Info • 5"x7.5" • 72 pages • Acid Free Paper • Limited Edition of 100

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MADEINVIC Photography Project

MADEINVIC 100 Cameras Photography Project

madeinvic.ca is dedicated to documenting the people in Victoria who make things in Victoria.

Ever wondered what the world looks like through someone else's eyes? Us too. So we're asking 100 Victorian to show us what they see when they look at our city. Madeinvic.ca, in partnership with Street Level Espresso, is handing out 100 disposable film cameras and asking "What does made in Victoria mean to you?"

The cameras are available at Street Level Espresso February 5th starting at noon. On the camera you'll find a number on the bottom and place for your email address on the back. Each participant will have 27 frames to interpret and photograph what "Made in Victoria" means to them. When the cameras are full they can be dropped back at Street Level Espresso. After the cameras are returned, the photos will be processed and posted here. Photos will be sorted by the number on each camera and participants will have the opportunity to comment on their photos after they are posted online. There are 100 cameras available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 1 camera per person. We are encouraging everyone draw and colour on the cameras label, just be sure to leave room for your email address on them too. Please return your camera by the end of February, the sooner we get them back, the sooner we can post them.

  1. First things first, get your camera from Street Level Espresso. While you're there don't forget to get a coffee too.
  2. Start taking photos. We're asking you to interpret and photograph "Made in Victoria".
  3. Keep taking photos until there is no room left on the camera.
  4. Now that your camera is full, bring it back to Street Level Espresso.

After the cameras are returned they will be processed and the photos will be posted here on madeinvic.ca. Each camera has a number on the bottom and the photos will be posted in galleries by camera number. Write your email address on the camera (theres a space on the back), if you do, we will get in touch a couple days before the photos are posted. Once they are online you'll have the opportunity to write something about your photos.

The cameras have a white label, while we love a minimal design and lots of whitespace that isn't why the cameras are white. We choose to have a plain white label on all of our cameras so that you can draw, colour, sign, tag, paint, and personalize your camera how ever you would like. If you choose to colour your camera the label will be saved, photographed and posted with your photos.

We’re defining “Things” in this statement as:

  • a special situation; "it is a remarkable thing"
  • an action; "how could you do such a thing?"
  • a special abstraction; "a thing of the spirit"; "things of the heart"
  • an artifact; "how does this thing work?"
  • an event; "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."
  • a statement regarded as an object; "to say the same thing in other terms"
  • an entity that is not named specifically; "I couldn't tell what the thing was"
  • any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence; "the thing I like about her is ..."
  • a special objective; "the thing is to stay in bounds"
  • a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion; "he has a thing about seafood"; "she has a thing about him"
  • a separate and self-contained entity

Chris Jordan - Receipt for the production of humans

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Chris Jordan's photographic work is a receipt for the production of humans. His series Running the Numbers utilizes a mass quantity of objects to make a whole image. When your looking at the image just remember that your one of those specks which makes the portrait.

Jordan's new series entitled Midway - Message from the Gyre is gut wrenching. The images are similar in style to a still life of a bowl of fruit, but the bowl is the remains of a young albatross chick. These birds starved to death or suffered from other complications due to eating (what they thought was food ) plastic. These bright coloured, half recognizable shards seem like parasites which have outlasted their host. I don't want to sound like a tinfoil hatter but don't these images seem like a warning sign of sorts???

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"These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent."

BOKAY #001 - Ryan Thompson

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What's BOKAY?
Bokay (Bokeh from the Japanese boke ぼけ, “blur”) is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens.

The Bokay PhotoGiving Project aims to focus on photographers and their work while allowing the opportunity to share the artwork with our peers. It’s easy to overlook photography as a fine art. We are inundated with photographic images daily through advertisement and other media. Photos are so common we may overlook and neglect their importance as art. This project strives to showcase photography as a Fine Art and to help give some white space around the work of talented photographers.

How Does The Project Work?

Here’s how the project works:

Anteism scours the earth for impressive and inspirational photography. We highlight the work of one of these photographers. The photographer's artwork is displayed on the Anteism website along with an interview and a limited number of prints for sale. The prints will be limited to an edition of 25. These prints can be purchased for yourself or sent as a BOKAY to anyone. Think of the BOKAY like a traditional Bokay of flowers. It's sent to a loved one, a friend or anyone you would like to thank. We will personalize the certificate and mail the photo BOKAY off to your recipient. The BOKAY contains an 8√ó10 photo print of your chosen photo + an ornate numbered certificate. These certificates state who has sent the print along with a description about the project and edition information. Example of a BOKAY certificate.

BOKAY CERTIFICATE

*Text from certificate. —————————————————— Bokay - PhotoGiving Project

Bokay or Bokeh comes from the Japanese boke ぼけ, “blur”) and is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens.

The Bokay PhotoGiving Project aims to focus on photographers and their work, while sharing this artwork with the people important to us. It’s easy to overlook photography as being an art. We are inundated with photographic images daily through advertisement and other media. Photos are so common we may overlook and neglect their importance as art. This project aims to bring focus to photography as a Fine Art and to help give some white space around the work of talented photographers. It is also a dedication to the people of importance in our lives. This Bokay is dedicated to you.

This Bokay has been sent by ___________ on April 1st 2008. This photograph is # 01 in an edition of 25.”

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Send a Bokay to a friend, loved one or yourself. • View the BOKAY catalog of photographers • View our catalog of available BOKAYS (Prints for sale)


Anteism /  BOKAY Project #001 - Ryan Thompson

"Spread Eagle"- Rats with wings. Shit hawks. Angels.

Spread Eagle is a photo series about the common seagull. A romantic look at the flight of the seagull in between gorging. After reading Richard Bach's best-selling book "Jonathon Livingston Seagull" photographer Ryan Thompson wanted to capture the potential and character of the average seagull. Livingston wrote "For most gulls, it's not flying that matters, but eating." It's this potential of doing great things to accomplish the mundane that Thompson finds most interesting. He believes that Seagulls gained the ability to fly because of their burning desire for food. They may not recognize all they have accomplished because of their never ending hunger.

Spread Eagle #1 © Ryan Thompson 2009
Spread Eagle #1 © Ryan Thompson 2009

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Spread Eagle #2 © Ryan Thompson 2009
Spread Eagle #2 © Ryan Thompson 2009

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Spread Eagle #3 © Ryan Thompson 2009
Spread Eagle #3 © Ryan Thompson 2009

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Spread Eagle #4 © Ryan Thompson 2009
Spread Eagle #4 © Ryan Thompson 2009

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Spread Eagle #5 © Ryan Thompson 2009
Spread Eagle #5 © Ryan Thompson 2009

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Spread Eagle #6 © Ryan Thompson 2009
Spread Eagle #6 © Ryan Thompson 2009

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JPG Magazine: R.I.P/Free back issues.

jpg magazine logoJPG Magazine is / was an awesome photography magazine, published six times a year by 8020 Media. With a strong community of nearly 200,000 photographers who share their photos and stories online, review the work of others, and help make the magazine by voting for their favorite photos. Now hit by the economic recession, jpgmag.com will shut down.

"We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success."

Like another amazing arts magazine (The Drama) which has fallen due to the grueling magazine business, JPG has provided access to download free archives as pdf of previous JPG magazine back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. I downloaded some JPG Mag issues and the photograph collections are truly amazing.

Checkout more JPG goodness at the Unofficial JPG Magazine group on Flickr.

Amy Stein - Domesticated

Amy Stein is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. Amy crafts photographic allegories set simultaneously in a number of different liminal spaces. Her sure and realistic color works manifest the place where the human-built meets the wild, but in addition they show us where the factual descriptive image meets fiction. Despite their apparent realism, her images are posed and constructed, sometimes using models and taxidermy props, sometimes using the bodies of dead or living animals to re-create, record and perform actual events that occurred in the small Pennsylvania town of Matamoras, which Stein has claimed as surely as Faulkner invented and limned Yoknapatawpha County. What at first appears to be a series of photojournalistic decisive moments is revealed, at a second look, to be a powerfully imagined vision that establishes its strength through its very artificiality.

Stein has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, SMoCA and the West Collection. In 2006, Stein was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery-Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. A monograph of Domesticated will be published in fall 2008. This forthcoming book won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival. Amy is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco and Pool Gallery in Berlin.

© Amy Stein - Cover image from the book "Domesticated"

Read an interview with Amy Stein on FeatureShoot.com

LIZ WOLFE - Candy Coated Macabre

© Liz Wolfe

LIZ WOLFE is a photographer from Toronto. Candy, animals, plants and blood all done in a fairy tale fashion. The juxtaposition of bright sugar coated colours with often dark imagery is hard to swallow. Images range from crime scene photos to nature/botanical imagery all from an alternate but parallel universe. There is an attraction to these feminine images but we are forced to look at the morbid truth.  Remember gum stays in your stomach for seven years...

© Liz Wolfe

© Liz Wolfe

© Liz Wolfe

Graffiti Archaeology

Graffiti Archaeology Interface Graffiti Archaeology is a project devoted to the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The core of the project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of graffiti taken at the same location by many different photographers over a span of several years. The photos were taken in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and other cities, over a timespan from the late 1990's to the present.

Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some classic graffiti spots, see what they looked like in the past, and explore how they have changed over the years.

The "grafarc explorer" interface which navigates the various layers of graffiti is well thought out and is a pleasure to use. Along the bottom of the site is a time-line with access points where photos have been taken. When a new date is clicked the image is loaded onto the previous wall with and orange box around the new layer.

This project reminded me of the Brian Jungen exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In one of the displays Brian Jungen used a router to carve out a design into the art gallery walls. The gallery wall had been painted hundreds of times with varying colours. The beveled edge of the carving revealed all the coloured layers of paint like layers of sediment.

Christina Z. Anderson Alternative Photography

Christina Z. Anderson uses various methods to create her stunning photos. A method that Christina uses which really interests me is called gum bichromate printing. Explanation taken from Christina's website. Gum prints are essentially photographically controlled watercolors.The prints are made in a 19th Century process called gum bichromate or dichromate, or gum printing for simplification.Even though the image resembles a color photograph, it is only a fabrication of pigment and hardened gum Arabic.Gum Arabic is mixed with watercolor paint and a photosensitive substance called ammonium dichromate, and painted onto watercolor paper.When exposed to sunlight in contact with an enlarged negative, the gum Arabic hardens into an image that is “developed” in plain water.Where the light hits the most, the gum hardens the most and creates the shadow areas of the image. Where the light hits the least, the gum and pigment wash away proportionately, leaving the highlights of the image.

View more samples of Christina Z. Anderson's photography

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© Christina Z. Anderson- "Crack a Girl's Ribs"  - Tricolor Gum Bichromate

© Christina Z. Anderson - "Staying Put" - Tricolor Gum Bichromate

The Photography of Mr. Toledano

Photography of Mr Toledano The photography of Mr. Toledano's Bankrupt Offices Photo Series reminds me of photos I have seen of the remains of Chernobyl. Places previously booming and bustling but are quickly fled.

"When I started shooting bankrupt offices I found it to be more archeology than photography. Everywhere I went I found signs of life, interrupted."

Mr Toledano - Photography

Another interesting series which Toledano has published a book is entitled "PhoneSex" Mr. Toledano - PHONESEX

View more of Mr Toledano's photography portfolio here.