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Magic and Mystery in the Art of Katrien De Blauwer

Katrien De Blauwer's work is infused with psychological overtones — like viewing two or three frames from a film noir movie, only reassembled into something even more mysterious.  This sense of mystery and voyeuristic approach rarely allow the viewer to see full faces. We see the backs of people, parts of stories, shards of images that build a poetic whole. Her work is masterful and beautifully composed.

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The Aviary: New Photographs by Sara Angelucci

A month ago, I was fortunate to be able to sit down with Toronto artist/photographer and videographer Sara Angelucci, who discussed with me her recent body of work. The project is called Aviary, and the images she showed me were fantastic.

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Interview with Artist Henrik Drescher

Henrik Drescher is what I call a natural. Making images is simply an extension of his being… like breathing. Drescher is an artist who seems to have total command of mind, materials and hand. His work hits squarely on my sensibilities. I guess I am a fan.

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Exploring Art Environments

SPACES is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) public benefit organization incorporated in 1978 for the purposes of identifying, documenting and advocating for the preservation of large-scale art environments.

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Our Shared Past

When Jefree Shalev transferred some 45-year-old family films to DVD, he discovered a new world of his parent’s past life. Intrigued, he froze certain scenes for closer inspection and discovered certain “moments” he felt might gain power by sharing the images with others. Together with his girlfriend, photographer Carolyn Brass, they selected 175 film stills and dispersed these intimate family images with the Florida art community. The idea eventually manifested itself with the exhibition “Our Shared Past”.

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Why Won’t My Doll Sell on eBay?

From Chatty Cathy to Pee-Wee Herman, to the movie Chucky, sentient dolls have occupied the imagination of children and adults in literature, photography, theatre, and film. The photographs I have selected here, taken straight from eBay as found and produced strictly for the idea of “selling” a product — has, as Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling once said in a rather famous phrase: “unlocked a door with the key of imagination.”

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John Foster and his wife, Teenuh, have been longtime collectors of self-taught art and vernacular photography. Their collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for five years and has been featured in Harper’s, Newsweek Online and others.


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