Who knew that before he was Ice Cube, O’Shea Jackson was on the path to becoming an architectural draftsmen? Sharing his thoughts on the brilliance of designers Charles & Ray Eames, the video, as a part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, is a lesson in history and architecture. Celebrated for creating the Eames Lounge Chair amongst other notable creations, the couples contributions to the realm of architecture and furniture design are nearly unparallelled. Beautifully shot, I find myself more pleased to see Ice Cube in this than Are We There Yet? Hit the play button and see for yourself. Thanks Jatan.
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Utilizing photography as a means to empower children, photographer Raul Guerrero traveled to Tanzania this past summer to share the joys of photography with students. Giving disposable cameras to nine children, Raul let the students photograph their own environments, providing a unique glimpse into the children’s everyday lives. Hoping to create a photography book from the children’s photographs, Raul has created a Kickstarter to help fund the development of the book. Chatting with him about his experiences in Africa, Raul offered his insight into the challenges of the project and what he wants people to take away from his work.
Photography By Leonard Nimoy
You know it’s funny, the concept of beauty and all. Who decides that kind of stuff anyways, and why do we seem to always abide by their definitions? It’s the television and magazines that do it to us. But we’re the ones that reinforce it.
I think we just need to have our own personal standards for shit. Our own set of values and what not. We don’t have to subscribe to the trends of the day, rather, we can create our own. I think that’s what Leonard’s getting at in this project. His photos challenge our general notion of feminine beauty, offering a fresh and pleasantly honest depiction of what beauty means to him.
“I asked them to be proud,” said Leonard. “A condition they took to easily. Having completed the compositions that were initially planned, I then asked them to play some music that they had brought with them, and they quickly responded to the rhythms, dancing in a free-form circular movement within the space. It was clear that they were comfortable with the situation, with each other, and were enjoying themselves.”
At the end of the day we just gotta be happy with who we are, and if we’re not, take on the responsibility to change. We got one life and one body. Much love to the big girls, the small girls and everyone in between.
They are known as the Black Hebrew Israelites. A community of 300 African Americans who at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, uprooted their Chicago community in search of sanctity abroad. Finding their home in the Negev Desert of Israel, the community forged a new culture, blossoming into a flourishing village of over 5,000 citizens today. Their community, known as the Village of Peace is founded upon the virtues of health, family and enlightenment.
Drawing their practices from the Torah (Old Testament), The Black Israelties do not consider themselves “Jewish” in the conventional sense, although their practices are influenced by the ancient text. Self-sustaining, self-governed and self-educated, the community has managed to exclude many of society’s ills from their livelihood. With no guns, no gambling, and no homelessness or alcoholism, the seemingly utopian lifestyle of the Black Israelites allows us to reconsider the values of our own culture at home.
Traveling to Israel in the Summer of 2010 to visit their friend Shaleem whose family lived in the town of Dimona, it was there that brothers Sam and Ben Schuder first learned of The Village of Peace. Receiving valuable perspective on life within the village, Ben and Sam left Israel determined to return. In 2011, after months of preparation, the brothers returned to Israel with their Berkeley-based crew, Niko Philipides, Aaron McCreary, Jack Madigan, Vincent Hobbs, and Brandon Katcher to learn more about the culture of The African Hebrews. Their documentary in production, entitled The Village of Peace documents the history of the Black Israelites, while highlighting the significance of their legacy. Currently in post production, the initiative can be supported through Kickstarter, as the team is welcoming donations to help present the film to world.
Standing alongside Yung Rizzle last night, faced with the question of what to watch, Russ’ recommendation of Man On Wire came to mind. Not to be confused with Denzel Washington’s 2004 action drama Man on Fire, Man on Wire tells the tale of Philippe Petit, a French high-rope artist whom in 1974 gained global notoriety for walking across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on a wire.
Having seen the towers in a magazine six years before, walking the across quickly became Petit’s dream and obsession. Studying nearly every facet of the towers, Petit built a team of supporters to help him infiltrate, scale and walk the towers. Considered by many as the “artistic crime of the century,” Man on Wire is the story of Petit’s extraordinary pursuit to the top of the World Trade Center. Considering the beautiful archival footage of Petit and insightful interviews throughout, it’d be a crime to not recommend the film to you.
Moms and dads are great. Well, some of them kinda suck, but mine were pretty awesome growing up. They taught me a lot, and gave me a lot, and I’m thankful every day for it. It’s always a trip meeting other people’s parents though. Sometimes it’s that lightbulb moment where the whole of that person’s personality seems to make sense, even after just one encounter. For better or worse, we take on just about everything they have to give — issues, quirks, funny looking facial features and all.
Terry, whose folks split up when he was just four, recently took the opportunity to celebrate his parents, in all their peculiar, idiosyncratic glory. His father Bob, once a famous fashion photographer, and mother Annie, a former Copacabana dancer and lover of Jimi Hendrix, both make compelling subjects, offering the audience an intimate look at a part of Terry’s story. Touching and candid, but not without Terry’s characteristic edge, these images will only be at Half Gallery in New York until Sunday, but feel free to buy the two-book box set here.
Photogrpahy By Rodrigo Abd
I often find myself complaining about trivial situations. Not on a grand scale– trust me, life is good– but more so on the miniscule. The “fuck, I have to stay an extra 30 minutes at work,” kind of complaints. Those complaints that come from a warped perspective that befalls those that live this alarmingly pleasant American life. I think in a lot of situations money and status dictate what we complain about. It’s like certain people can afford to complain about certain shit. Only certain people can complain about Pandora not working on their smartphone. For others, the thought will never cross their mind.
Fortunately, images can serve to inform us while also providing insight into that which we don’t know. This recent photo exhibition by the Boston Globe on the Mines of Guatemala City does just that. Documenting the grueling work that many of Guatemala’s citizens endure to eke out a living, Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd reveals the challenges that many face just to survive. Digging through trash dumps for pieces of scrap metal to sell, a good day could earn a digger twice the daily minimum wage. A dose of perspective for your Tuesday afternoon.
You have to give it to the artists that go above and beyond. Earlier in the year, for Justin Vernon, that meant giving us one of the year’s coolest albums, a follow up to his debut that wasn’t just self-assured; it was gorgeous on all fronts. Now, as the year’s starting to wrap up, Bon Iver’s Bon Iver will see a deluxe re-release on Jagjaguwar, which naturally, is accompanied by a full-length visual for every song, billed as the “comprehensive vision for the record captured in moving picture”. Like the music its accompanied by, each video focuses on feel and atmosphere, using natural scenery and texture to make its distinct impression. Kaleidoscopic images, flowers blooming, waves crashing, smoky fog — it’s all in the interest of creating an experience. Read on for the rest.
There’s something incredibly eerie about these images. In a lot of ways, a project like this blurs the lines between art and photojournalism as well. Stumbling upon an abandoned psychiatric hospital, artist David Maisel found himself fascinated by what he saw, finding a tragic beauty in the surroundings. Most intriguing to him though, were these aging copper canisters, which contained the ashes of thousands of former patients, left unclaimed after their deaths between 1883 and the 1970s, when the hospital closed its doors. Capturing shots not only of the canisters, but also of the hospital and various found objects, Library of Dust encapsulates a haunting piece of lost history powerfully:
The approximately 3,500 copper canisters have a handmade quality; they are at turns burnished or dull; corrosion blooms wildly from the leaden seams and across the surfaces of many of the cans. Numbers are stamped into each lid; the lowest number is 01, and the highest is 5,118. The vestiges of paper labels with the names of the dead, the etching of the copper, and the intensely hued colors of the blooming minerals combine to individuate the canisters. These deformations sometimes evoke the celestial – the northern lights, the moons of some alien planet, or constellations in the night sky. Sublimely beautiful, yet disquieting, the enigmatic photographs in Library of Dust are meditations on issues of matter and spirit.
Photography By Max Gibson
“Should I grab my camera?” I thought. Another memorable experience slipping through my fingers due to a lack of initiative. Another night where I bring my camera only to leave it in my bag. “It’s not the right time,” my unconscious self says, thrusting me further into the downward spiral of inactivity. But tonight would be different. Grabbing my camera half way through Blood Orange’s one man set on Monday, I snapped as many shots as I could.
It’s funny though, imperfection and all. Sometimes your worst mistakes turn out to be your best, and accidents can turn into masterpieces. I still don’t know how to use a camera, but I do know when to click the shutter. Don’t let the fear of it “not being good enough” stop you from creating something real. You never know who your not-good-enough work may touch.
And Blood Orange was great by the way. His sound is transcending which makes for an eclectic audience. Obviously “Sutphin Boulevard” and “Dinner” were standouts, but his set was enjoyable throughout. I’m sure I’m not the only one who had a good time. Check out his latest album entitled Coastal Grooves here.
Download: Blood Orange – “Bad Girls”
Paintings By Ana Elisa Egreja
Situating tropical animals in vibrant interiors, Brazilian artist Ana Elisa Egreja has recently released her latest series of paintings entitled, Interiors. Not to be confused with Roy Lichtenstein’s Interiors from a few weeks ago, Ana’s work takes on greater significance upon closer examination. A Leopard sitting at a dinner table, becomes a leopard sitting at a dinner table with a plate full of birds of paradise, surrounded by more birds and an iPhone? It’s these details that make Ana’s work compelling; a creative interpretation of the bonds between nature and civilization.
It was a couple of weeks ago now when Ryan came into my room eager to show me a video he refused to preface. “Just watch it,” he said, “Just watch it.” It took about a year to load, but once it did, I was astonished by the subject matter. I don’t want to give away too much here, but it really goes to show how far one could take the art of documentation.