Saturday, 27 November 2010

The Girls - The Paper Eaters

The Girls are British artists Andrea Blood and Zoe Sinclair, whose award-winning collaboration began in 1996.
 Currently working as artists in residence, The Girls are exhibiting in a transformed retail space in Southampton, which will result in the publication of two new issues of The Paper Eaters.   Open until 27th January 2011.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010


Thinking about using the body as canvas and how it has evolved and led back to Yves Klein. “Klein experimented with various methods of applying the paint; firstly different rollers and then later sponges, created a series of varied surfaces. This experimentalism would lead to a number of works Klein made using naked female models covered in blue paint dragged across or laid upon canvases to make the image, using the models as “living brushes”. This type of work he called Anthropometry.

Yves Klein: Anthropométrie à Campagne-Première, 1960

The beauty story by Richard  Burbridge and make up artist Lisa Houghton in 10 Magazine employs the photographer's interest in art and the body as canvas and uses make up to explore various art movements and practices by referencing the work of Yves Klein, Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly and the Damien Hirst spin paintings.

The body as art space

In discussion about the work of Nick Knight and Alistair Mackie, the online zine Grateful Grapefruit strikes a comparison between their work 'Body Language' with  that of Lucy Macrae.  It also links it to this video by Delphic, which suggests novel uses of body decoration, linking little cubes, spikes and bubbles with tribal effects.  Directed by Andrew Huang whose work has been featured on faceCULTURE before, this is new cosmetic technology that removes it from being seen as a canvas and instead presents it as art space.

Delphic - Doubt from Modular People on Vimeo.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

The love affair continues....

Charlie Le Mindu SS11 Catwalk Show by Zaiba Jabbar from F.TAPE on Vimeo.

faceCULTURE's love for all things Charlie Le Mindu will never abate.  Long live Charlie Le Mindu!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Dr. Lakra

Untitled (Yokohama doll)

A hugely successful tattoo artist and illustrator, Dr Lakra is enjoying increased appreciation for his non-skin work, where he “tattoos” and otherwise transforms such iconographic images and objects as 50s pin-ups, medical illustrations, Japanese prints, wrestlers, superheroes, and children’s dolls. The poses of the glamour models in combination with the tattooing/illustration bring to mind the Vogue Italia shoot by Steven Meisel, where the viewer is reminded that the artistry in tattooing is not so much to draw attention but to trick the eye into revealing the subtext to the messages within.

Untitled (Cupido Lupita), 2006

Untitled (Hiroshima Tomonohira Take-Emon)

Untitled (Paris et de Hollywood, Lilly Lamont) (detail), 2003, ink on antique magazine

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast.   Collaboration between Mario Testino and Amie Dicke for Visionaire Uncensored.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Speaking tongues

The German tongue is being used quite literally in an ad campaign aimed at encouraging immigrants to learn the language and integrate.  Celebrities from ethnic minorities stick out their tongues for the camera - tongues emblazoned with the German black-red-gold national colours.

It also brings to mind other forms of tongue painting, particularly the one immediately below which signifies speaking out.  However somehow I cannot imagine that the more intricate forms of tongue painting would have been as acceptable for the general public.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

"Please feel free to look gooood!"

Warped vision

Photographer: Wendy Hope
Distorted Beauty, was a group exhibition earlier this year in New York that featured the collaboration between artist and retoucher D Tyler Huff and a select group of commercial fashion and beauty photographers. The title of the exhibition refers to the connection between the fashion and beauty industry’s long-seated practice of transforming the photographic image by means of excessive retouching, ultimately creating a frame for what constitutes conventional beauty. While the current backlash against touching up of celebrities has taken center stage, similar techniques are employed on nearly all beauty and fashion images. The exhibition attempted to examine this state of hidden digital manipulation, and generate conversation about the nature of this controversy, by exposing the degree to which body image is distorted beyond what is “true” or “real”.

Photographer: Indira Cessarine

Photographer: Amber Gray

Photographer: Edwin Ho
Photographer: D Tyler Huff

Photographer: D Tyler Huff