Etymologically, Kama Sutra emerges from the Sanskrit words for love and ritual or the more literal thread. The idea serves as inspiration for the Cuban artist Erik Ravelo, a resident at Fabrica, the artists’ grant institution associated with United Colors of Benneton. In his series, Lana Sutra, meaning both wool ritual or wool thread, Ravelo constructs erotic threaded sculptures made from plaster casts and yarn.
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Heather Hansen, a New Orleans based fine artist, has combined visual and performance art in her totally mesmerizing piece Emptied Gestures, which she describes as an experiment in kinetic drawing. While being filmed from above by photographer Bryan Tarnowski, she uses her entire body as a tool to manipulate charcoal and pastels into imagery over engulfing panels of paper spread on the floor. Her dance-like movements are sensual and organic, creating a painting ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Artsy on Jan 21, 2014 |
Love all things queer, crafty and BUST related? Then clear your calendars on February 1, or at least pencil it in as the day BUST's very own co-founder and editor-in-chief, Debbie Stoller will lead a tour for John Chaich's exhibition, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, currently on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Manhattan. Queer Threads explores the notions of aspiration, socialization, and ... Read More
The prolific African American photographer Gordon Parks carved a special place for himself within Civil Rights Photography; rather than focusing his documentary lens on riotous and violent scenes, he shot color images of African American families engaging in their daily activities. Against the backdrop of mounting political and racial tension and violence, his 1956 series for his LIFE Magazine photo essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden” ... Read More
The best portrait photography is about connection; it’s about breaking through social and cultural barriers that divide us and searching for something universally human within another’s eyes. And yet, we are surrounded by photographs of homeless people that portray them as less than human; too often, they are shot without dignity or respect. These images fail to recognize the homeless as individuals with stories as complex and unknowable as our ... Read More
The glorious lady photographer Elena Shulimova lives on a farm, where she and her sons care for and frolic with dogs, cats, bunnies, and even ducklings. In the vein of other starkly maternal photography like that of the renowned (and controversial) Sally Mann, Shulimova lovingly and expertly captures the innocence and experimentation of childhood within the context of the natural world.
Without a hint of condescension or sentimentality, ... Read More
Meet the installation artist’s Lucy Glendinning’s “Feather Child:” a downey hybrid, the bird/human rests quietly in fetal position, moving only slightly in her sleep. With this offering, Glendinning asks viewers if “we [will] be able to resist” the potential to genetically enhance our human experiences. Inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus, she imagines future humans treating our DNA as a medium of expression and ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman in Artsy on Jan 15, 2014 |
"Ugly has never looked so beautiful" is a phrase that comes to mind when looking at Jessica Stoller's ceramic sculptures. Feminine yet abrasive, this series looks at the female experience through a grotesque lens. I always believed that nothing was more horrific and weird than being a girl. Stoller's works of art purposefully focus on the underlying paradox of femininity, which in one hand is all about pink and ruffles and "prettiness" yet ... Read More
After someone dies, their image and defining characteristics take on new meaning. The first image I recall when I think of my grandmother is often her hand; I imagine it jumping across the pages of fairy tales she read to me, and sometimes I even slip on her opal ring and imagine myself as her, acting out the rhythmic motions. The idea that part of her continues to live within me is as comforting as it is unsettling; although we longer take Victorian-style ... Read More
Mermaid mythology reaches far and wide, informing the ways in which cultures view young women: they are fertile, tempting, majestic, and powerful. Able to empathize with human beings, they inhabit worlds of fantasy and terror, luring fisherman away from their daily catch with sweet music and sweeping gestures of the tail.
In her series Milk & Sea, the photographer Hana Vojáčková imagines the mermaids ... Read More