April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
SALT Galata’s Open Archive is a project space which “explores possible relationships between archives, democracy, and transparency,” in line with SALT’s belief that in order to be of value, archives must be available to all.
O Zamanlar Konusuyorduk (It was a Time of Conversation) is SALT’s second Open Archive project. It was a Time of Conversation deals with the art scene in Turkey in the early-mid 1990s, a time when, according to the project’s organizers, “institutionalization was still at a minimum.” The documents, videos, and other sources in It was a Time of Conversation focus specifically on three exhibitions from this period: Elli Numara / Ani/Bellek II (Number Fifty / Memory/Recollection II), GAR (Railway Station), which ran for just a single day in 1995 at the Ankara Train Station before being closed by the Station Directorate on grounds of immorality; and Küresellesme – Devlet, Sefalet, Siddet (Globalization – State, Misery, Violence), a parallel exhibition of the 4th Istanbul Biennial in 1995, dealing with individual and state violence.
When: February 8 – April 22
How much: Free
March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
pop.see.cul : Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Ignacio Torres : I am a Texas native who recently moved to New York to work as a photographer. The last few years I attended the University of North Texas where I received my BFA in Photography.
pop.see.cul : Did you always want to be a photographer?
Ignacio Torres : As a young kid I was interested in photography but it was nothing I seriously pursued until high school. I was first interested in filmmaking and went into college thinking it was what I wanted to do. After taking my first film related class I realized my interest had shifted to the glossy images I saw in magazines. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a fashion photographer.
pop.see.cul : Where do you usually get your inspiration from?
Ignacio Torres : Lately I go people watching in the city for inspiration. It sounds cliché but I can spot someone and I immediately start visualizing a photo in my head.
pop.see.cul : Can you explain your project called ‘Stellar’?
Ignacio Torres : ‘Stellar’ is a celebration of life and humanity. My interest in science and visual language merged through this specific project. I wanted to communicate our cosmic origins in a straightforward and captivating manner.
pop.see.cul : What is your typical day like?
Ignacio Torres : Most of my days begin with early breakfast and answering emails. It then proceeds to catch up with blogs, news, etc. Most of my day is spent researching, reading, watching movies and organizing my life.
pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future?
Ignacio Torres : I want to make more work and shoot new short films. I would also like to do some work with Opening Ceremony in the future.
pop.see.cul : How would you describe yourself in general?
Ignacio Torres : Positive, outgoing and comical.
pop.see.cul : Who are you favorite photographers?
Ignacio Torres : I love the work of Hedi Slimane, Robert Longo, and David Armstrong.
pop.see.cul : Do you think it’s difficult to be a successful photographer nowadays?
Ignacio Torres : I think it is extremely difficult. It is saturated with photographers
out there and having to constantly reinvent yourself to stand out is a difficult task.
pop.see.cul : Any advice for young talents like yourself?
Ignacio Torres : Be assertive with anything you do!
pop.see.cul : Famous last words?
Ignacio Torres : Thank you for your time!
Check out his website here
March 27, 2012 § 1 Comment
Collages by law student Dessi Terzieva
“In the process of cutting pictures from old books/magazines, I get to know my characters and their story, ultimately to make them my own. By giving them a new reality, they give me a voice. Each collage is the equivalent of a diary entry - I am speaking to you and others, telling you how I feel, what I think, what I crave, and what I despise.”
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March 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you are about to visit Istanbul (or live in Istanbul) there is one exhibition that should be at the top of your to do list : Van Gogh Alive. It’s simply breathtaking. You enter the exhibition and you feel like you’re in another world. It’s a huge space where Van Gogh paintings surround you and tell you a story. You hear classical music,such as Gymnopedie #1, that match the paintings and you read inpiring quotes from Van Gogh. It’s one of those exhibitions that you want to see again because it gives you peace and take all kinds of negative thoughts away; it lets you forget all your worries.
Van Gogh Alive will be going on until the 15th of May at Antrepo 3 (Karaköy-Istanbul). Thank you for the Van Gogh photos Ece!
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January 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Paulina Otylie Surys, a London based Polish artist and photographer who makes use of hand-developing and hand-colouring techniques in the darkroom. The results are simply breathtaking. To see more of her work have a look at her website.PeccaviAlcyone
January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
pop.see.cul: Firstly, can you please give us a brief description of what you do and what your background in the creative industry is.
Nathaniel Russell: I went to college and studied printmaking. After graduation I moved to California and worked in a couple printmaking studios. I made artwork and tried to show it as much and do as many things as I could. I made a lot of posters for bands, album artwork, and t-shirts. Eventually I started a blog where I post art, photos, and writing semi-regularly. I started making shirts for my friends at mollusk surf shop, more album artwork, and more posters and zines. These days I live in Indiana and make prints and drawings, post stuff on my blog, design shirts and album covers fairly regularly and try to do good work for myself and others.
pop.see.cul: Has there been a particular project you found to be the highlight of your career so far?
Nathaniel Russell: I was awarded the art park/atlantic residency in Byron Bay, Australia last year. I went there for a month and made art, made new friends, and hung out. It was pretty amazing and one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
pop.see.cul: What is your typical day like?
Nathaniel Russell: I wake up, take the dog for a walk, make coffee, do some e-mails, eat breakfast, work on whatever design, layout, or illustration gig I have at the moment until lunch, take a break and eat lunch with my girlfriend, get back to work, go for a walk again with the dog, maybe play guitar a little, make dinner, maybe work a little more on a drawing or in the sketchbook, watch a tv show or a movie, read a book, sleep, start all over. Some days I go visit my grandma.
pop.see.cul: What are your plans for the future?
Nathaniel Russell: I want to travel more and meet new people. I want to make better art and music. I want to get a cabin in the woods.
pop.see.cul: Can people buy your work? (if yes, from where?)
Nathaniel Russell: Sure. I have a website (nathanielrussell.com) that has a link to a store. I sometimes have art shows where things are for sale. Mollusk in San Francisco sometimes has things laying around of mine.
pop.see.cul: Has there been any moments where you thought of leaving everything behind to pursue another career?
Nathaniel Russell: I used to drive a van for a record label and deliver boxes of records. In retrospect it was kind of nice to have a straightforward task to do and to just do it and not be stressed out about it. Sometimes that sounds attractive again. I would sometimes like to work in a record store again or run a coffee shop.
pop.see.cul: You also write and play music as Birds of America. Isn’t there anything you can’t do?
Nathaniel Russell: There are so many things I cannot do that it would blow your mind. I really don’t think I can do all that much more than anybody else, it’s just what we choose to work at and pursue. I don’t think I’m any more special than anybody else.
Gif - Cruising
January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
Years ago, Pierre Balmain represented a certain idea of elegance, but as a label it was also very firmly established in the everyday world. The 1970s gave birth to the Ready-to-wear phenomenon and Balmain was one of the first brands to actually capture this trend. The brand successfully kept this trend going, presenting us not easy but ‘easier to wear’ pieces. It’s quite nice to know that high end collections do not have to be extraordinary and over the top. They don’t have to be pieces of art (not that there’s anything wrong with that); they can just be simple but still glamorous; easy but highly detailed.
Paris, April 26th 2011, The house announces their new creative designer Olivier Rousteing. And everyone asked themselves: Will his first collection be a hit, or is he doomed to stay in Christophe Decarnin’s shadow? The answer was a relief; the new collection was an evolution. The collection focused on Balmain’s roots, sending beautifully ornate tunics down the catwalk under embossed gold jackets or white suede blazers. Of course, the skin-tight leather trousers were still there with crystals and studs (probably to ensure a smooth transition).
Here are some backstage photos from the Spring/Summer 12 Balmain show.
Backstage images are taken from Self Service Magazine.
January 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
Animated GIFs have turned into quite a movement on blogs and tumblrs all over the internet this year. As a special Christmas gif(t) to us, 10 very talented german artists are taking the animated GIF out of the internet and putting it into a live exhibition. You can see their work at iheartBerlin.
“The Future is Glamorous” by Katja Hentschel, 2011, www.katjahentschel.com
“Looking Backward // Moving Forward” by Hara Katsiki, 2011, www.inklovespaper.com
“We will be equal” by Katja Hentschel, 2011, www.katjahentschel.com
“Dead Hipster” by Clemens Poloczek, 2011, www.ignant.de
“Smoking won’t be banned” by Florian Kolmer, 2011, www.kolmer-photography.com