The image above is from “The Average Faces of Women Around the World.” I’m not sure about how scientific this project is but the idea is interesting. You can make your own average face here.
The Average Faces are reminiscent of this project.
Last week David Rosenberg wrote an article about plastic surgery recovery. “Stark Portraits From The Plastic Surgery Recovery Room” includes stunning and chilling photographs of women post surgery created by Ji Yeo. Here’s an interview with the artist.
This image by Zanele Muholi from 2009 is lovely and runs along the theme of this post. I found it alongside a call for papers on Visual Activism.
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Body, Lifestyle, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: activism, Color, cosmetic surgery, ehtnicity, faces, gender, global, Ji Yeo, photographs, plastic surgery, race, sex, world, Zanele Muholi | No Comments »
Image from Joseph Maida’s series New Natives (Hawai’i)
Huffington Post’s article, “8 Scantily Clad Reasons To Rethink Your Understanding of Masculinity” written by Priscilla Frank. Reviewing Joseph Maida’s photographs, “Far removed from your typical headshot, Maida’s photos capture the wide variety of men who happen to find shelter on the tropical islands, combining blatant sensuality with traditionally masculine and feminine poses.”
Knife and Fork shared an interesting article about male eating disorders posted on Jezebel, “I’m an Alcoholic Dude With an Eating Disorder. Hi.” written by stand-up comedian Jamie Kilstein. In a comedic but poignant tone Kilstein explains, “I would tell people that if they ever did a Behind the Music-type special on me, it would be the lamest one ever. Instead of a heroin or a crack addiction, it would just be me on the road after a gig, naked in a bathtub, surrounded by stuffed crust pizza boxes sobbing into my phone, ‘YOU DON’T KNOW ME!’”
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the male body in contemporary South Korean art for Art Radar Asia. I touch upon the urger to prefect the body and ways artists alter the actual human figure through their art.
On a different note, take a look at this man’s collection of Barbie dolls!
As I write this post some artists come to mind such as Dutes Miller, this exhibition, and of course some of these dudes. Speaking of, have you seen Ai Weiwei’s latest? According to Art Radar Asia, “… bloody performances, simulated sex and government repression can still provoke art audiences.”
If you’re interested, here’s some recommended reading regarding South Korea and masculinity: Sun Jung’s Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Oldboy, K-Pop Idols and Stephen J. Epstein and Rachael M. Joo’s article “Multiple Exposures: Korean Bodies and the Transnational Imagination.”
Posted: September 8th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: Ai Weiwei, alcoholic, alcoholism, Art Radar, Art Radar Asia, Barbie, body, comedian, comedy, doll, dolls, Dutes Miller, eating disorder, Huffington Post, Jamie Kilstein, Joseph Maida, Knife and Fork, male, masculinity, Priscilla Frank, Rachael M. Joo, repression, sex, simulated sex, South Korea, stand-up, Stephen Epstein, Sun Jung | No Comments »
Image of Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show (source)
Article on Art Radar: nudity to challenge state corruption in China, an interview with Kimsooja (who represents South Korea in the Venice Biennale this year), an interview with Afghanistan’s first female street artist, and finally, I was thrilled to see an article on Young Sun Han! Hang grew up outside of Chicago (and has since lived all over the world). I had the pleasure of meeting him last year. Some of his work addresses his North Korean heritage.
Last spring I had the privilege of seeing Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show at the MCA in Chicago. The experience was shocking, liberating, energizing, and hands down the most intelligent and provoking work I’ve seen on a stage. I also saw a talk with Lee before the performance and met her briefly afterwards, she was humble, intelligent, and gracious. This week I was thrilled to see a piece about her “We’re Gonna Die” on the New York Times. Here’s a clip about it on NYT (I love that the next clip is about Avenue Q) and Lee’s Viemo stream.
I always enjoy immersive art via DesignBoom.
Have you heard of the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania? The name of the museum doesn’t revel the content of the collection: sex and death. Here’s an article about it from the New Yorker.
Doosan Gallery in Seoul just opened the exhibition The Next Generation. Someone go take a peak for me!
Five films for those who are involved in the arts via Art Radar. I show Un chien Andalou to my students the second day of class!
Hazel Dooney on the gallery system.
Some portraits on DesignBoom: Kim Jong Il framed in pink, colorful x-rays, and lego heads.
A little bit of nepotism, my sister just moved to England and started a new blog to document the experience with her stunning photography and marvelous writing. She used to write here.
Posted: August 11th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Sunday Morning Coffee, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: A Friend of the Family, Afghanistan, Art Radar, Art Radar Asia, Australia, Avenue Q, body, Chicago, China, Design Boom, DesignBoom, dictator, Doosan Gallery, England, film, full frontal, gallery system, Gao Brothers, Hazel Dooney, Italy, Kim Jong Il, Kimsooja, Korea, Korean, M. Hunter K., MCA, MCA Chicago, molly korroch, MONA, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Old and New Art, naked, nepotism, New York Times, New Yorker, North Korea, nudity, NY Times, NYT, Seoul, sister, South Korea, South Korean, street art, Tasmania, The Nowhere Years, Un Chien Andalou, Untitled Feminist Show, Venice Biennale, Vimeo, We're Gonna Die, Young Jean Lee, Young Sun Han | No Comments »
Image via Art Space China
I just finished reading “Jin Xing: China’s Transsexual Star of Dance” a chapter from Celebrity in China edited by Louise Edwards and Elaine Jeffreys. The chapter reviews various writing and interviews about the dance star Jin Xing. In doing so, the authors Gloria Davies and M. E. Davies unfold an analysis of Jin Xing’s experience as a public figure who is a known transsexual in China.
I was struck by the conclusion of the chapter (190-191),”…her gender conformity has enabled the media to narrate her life the way she prefers it: namely, as the story of a talented dancer who achieved fame and success, who ‘cured’ her gender dysphoria to become the woman she had always felt herself to be. This is not a story that challenges the sexual binaries (whether of man/woman, masculine/feminine, straight/gay) that rule our lives. Rather, it is a story that confirms how powerfully those binaries continue to rule our lives.”
The conclusion highlights a cut and dry perspective of gender and sexuality adopted by Jin Xing. It is important to consider that lens in regards to transgender. That being said, to me gender and sexuality are much more messy than that.
Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Body, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: binary, Celebrity in China, China, dance, Elaine Jeffreys, feminine, gay, gender, gender dysphoria, Gloria Davies, Jin Xing, Louise Edwards, M. E. Davies, man, masculine, sexuality, stright, transgender, transsexual, woman | No Comments »
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1975 via The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Art Space released their second volume of How to Pronounce Artists’ Names. I’ve heard Robert Mapplethorpe’s last name pronounced two ways and had to scour Youtube videos to make sure I used the correct pronunciation for a lecture. These two volumes would have been helpful then! I hope they keep it up! Here are Volume 1 and Volume 2.
Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: Art Space, pronunciation, resources, Robert Mapplethorpe, teaching, Youtube | No Comments »
Image via Art Asia Pacific
Can you imagine going about your everyday activities nude? Art Asia Pacific ‘s Michael Young wrote about his experience at artist Stuart Ringholt‘s naked tour of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He begins his article describing what he and his wife “wore” in the nude and continues to describe the less than enlightening experience of the tour. Read Young’s account here.
The New York Times’ Mark Whittaker also wrote an account of the tour. Ending on a more uplifting note, the conclusion, was similar to Young’s in that the experience of the art was not enhanced by being naked.
Recently on May 25, in conjunction with the exhibition <laughter>, Apexart in New York City hosted one of Ringholt’s tours.
Would you go?
Posted: June 1st, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: Apexart, Art Asia Pacific, bodies, body, laughter, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, naked, naked tour, New York, New York City, New York Times, nude, Stuart Ringholt | No Comments »
via Art Daily
Pictured above, Anton Corbijn poses infront of his photographs of Ai Weiwei (left) and Damien Hirst (right). According to ArtDaily other artists in Corbijn’s series include Gerhard Richter, Alexander McQueen, Richard Prince, Iggy Pop, Anselm Kiefer, Tom Waits, Peter Doig, Bruce Springsteen, Lucian Freud, and Karel Appel.
On another note, Ai Weiwei’s dioramas of his time imprisoned by the Chinese government and don’t forget his new single “Dumbass”.
Posted: May 30th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: "Dumbass", Ai Weiwei, Anton Corbijn, Artdaily, China, Damien Hirst, Germany, New York Times | No Comments »
From Flesh Love by Haruhiko Kawaguchi via Art 21′s Pinterest
In Flesh Love couples are vacuum sealed together while Japanese photographer Haruhiko Kawaguchi quickly snaps photos. Read more about it on Huffington Post and Feature Shoot. If you can handle it, here a video of the process.
Posted: April 7th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: Art21, body, Feature Shoot, Huffington Post, Japan, Japanese, Love, Pinterest, vacuum sealed | No Comments »
via Design Boom
Images taken by David Oliete of the Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain.
Posted: April 6th, 2013 | Author: Kate | Filed under: Art Review, Body, Visual and Critical Studies | Tags: body, David Oliete, Design Boom, DesignBoom, human tower competition, piles of bodies, Spain, Tarragona | No Comments »