Nicole Salgar is one of those street artists who can stop you dead in your tracks. Her epically sprawling and impossibly intricate murals transport viewers into an electric fantasy. Drawing inspiration from everywhere from Barcelona to Gotham City, she and her partner Chuck Berrett add otherworldly texture to the busy streets of New York, inspiring moments of introspection and creative rebirth within even the most hurried passersby. Below, Salgar answers ... Read More
Grab your candy-cane latte and get ready for some Christmas cheer: the photographer Ed Wheeler has inserted himself into all your favorite works of art... as Santa Claus himself. The gleefully silly and surprisingly earnest self-portraits situate the Santa legend within beautifully anachronistic moments in the Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism, and even early Modernism. Wheeler and his bearded alter ego impersonate everyone from Venus to Jesus to ... Read More
The photographer Lauren Poor can rarely be contained by the medium of photography; she builds monuments to fairy worlds, and she’s even turned her own apartment into a magical universe all its own. In her recent series Shrines, she examines the intersection of photography and fantasy, reconstructing visions from her own childhood dreams. Through the use of painting, dolls, and costuming, Poor is able to transcend the photographic and enter into a ... Read More
From today until March 2nd, we the public have the honor of gazing upon Thomas Kluge’s ginormous portrait of the Danish royal family at Christian VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg before it retires to the Fredensborg Palace to live with the family.
Kluge spent four years on his masterpiece, but it hasn’t been well-received. Because it’s, well, kinda creepy. Prince Christian, the young heir to the throne, stands in the ... Read More
If you’ve ever seen Toddlers & Tiaras, you’ve probably noticed that its allure lies in large part in our society’s obsession with what many consider to be unnatural or freakish. The beauty pageants shown take female beauty ideals to a upsetting extreme of sexualized infancy; toddlers parade on stage in Pretty Woman’s prostitute outfit and the like, wearing heavy make-up and fake adult teeth. So much of the series’s premise ... Read More