“What Has Been Will Be Again” by Photographer Jared Ragland

Jared Ragland is a Birmingham, Alabama-based fine art documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. With the support of the Do Good Fund and Magnum Foundation, his ongoing series, “What Has Been Will Be Again,” is a photographic survey of his home state of Alabama. Tracing the steps of conquistador Hernando de Soto, uncovering locations of former indigenous habitation and removal, visiting sites along the fight for civil rights, and bearing witness to what Ragland describes as the “scars inflicted by ongoing systemic racial, ecological, and economic injustice,” the…

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“Crudités” by Photographer Svava Tergesen

A series of inedible food sculptures by photographer Svava Tergesen. Made during a time when Tergesen had lost her appetite due to illness, the project became a way for Tergesen to ‘consume’ the food without actually eating it. The use of disguise and ornamentation, food and fabrics, is also meant to provoke questions about and reimagine experiences of domesticity, gender, labour, and identity. As she states: “Although I work primarily in lens-based mediums, I often incorporate elements of sculpture, collage, and textile art, as well as techniques from disciplines lateral…

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An Oversized Zipper Ship Opens the Sumida River Flowing Through Tokyo

 Art Design #boats #Tokyo #water #zippers December 3, 2020 Grace Ebert  Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki long has wondered about what lies beneath the surface of Tokyo’s Sumida River, a question he’s symbolically remedied with a sleek vessel that unzips the middle of the waterway. Suzuki’s “Zip-Fastener Ship” mimics the ubiquitous closures as it separates the central river with a wake that splays out just like the teeth-lined tape. Completed in 2004, the silver vessel grew out of an idea Suzuki had in 2002 after he watched a ship…

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Paper Torsos Covered with Ancient Chinese Paintings by Peng Wei Reimagine Femininity

 Art #body #painting #paper #sculpture December 3, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Peng Wei, courtesy of Tina Keng Gallery, shared with permission Through delicately layered flax and cotton paper, Peng Wei (previously) reconceptualizes common notions of femininity. The Chinese artist casts figurative sculptures depicting only the human torso, which are shapely in front and abstractly gathered in back. Inky tableaus of spectral figures, scenes of war, and domestic tasks all evoking ancient Chinese narratives—like Paragons of Feminine Virtue by Ming-dynasty thinker Lv Kun and Qing-dynasty novelist Pu Songling’s…

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Intense Emotions Overwhelm the Figures in Stefan Zsaitsits’s Graphite Illustrations

 Art Illustration #black and white #drawing #emotions #graphite December 3, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Stefan Zsaitsits Despite their uncanny elements, the black-and-white worlds of Stefan Zsaitsits (previously) deftly encapsulate the ennui and angst of modern life. The meticulously cross-hatched scenes depict solitary figures in states of psychological stress as they wrap their bodies around docks, cry profusely, and find themselves stuck under a thundercloud. Some of the lethargic, anxiety-ridden figures literally are overwhelmed by the atmosphere or shown putting on a happy face. Zsatisits recently compiled 21…

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