Look! Animals!

29 04 2010

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Let’s all take a little time out for some visual quietude… Ah… That’s better.

In a world gone mad, sometimes all we need to make us feel a little better is a picture of an animal. A beautiful picture of an animal. In its natural habitat. Looking windswept and majestic. Reminding us of some of the things that really matter in life. Guaranteed to turn a frown upside-down. Renowned U.S.-based wildlife photographer, Nick Brandt, who in a previous incarnation was a successful maker of music videos and directed Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ clip, is holding an exhibition of his work at the new Brighton-based photography gallery, Source Photographica until Wednesday 12 May.

(Images by Nick Brandt, via sourcephotographica.com.au)

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Michael Jackson vs. The Chapman Brothers’ “Bad Art For Bad People”

11 03 2009

Page 68. Well.

Ever had one of those “hmm… now where have I seen that before” moments?

Exhibit A – Lot 800 in the forthcoming April auction of Michael Jackson ephemera, salvaged from the Faversham-esque halls of Neverland Ranch.

Exhibit B – Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Fuck Face (very, very, very NSFW. I mean, REALLY NSFW. I’m not kidding around here. You have been warned). As exhibited at the prestigious White Cube Gallery in London.

An uneasy resemblance, really. Something as innocent as a be-skewered, basketball playing child is suddenly imbued with an uncomfortable double meaning, whether rightly or wrongly.

Moral of the story? Context in art is everything.

Michael Jackson auction image: via Lisanti Quarterly