Look! Animals!

29 04 2010


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)


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