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Moon (Astronomy Series), 1990

Brian Forrest, Moon (Astronomy Series), 1990 … [Read more...]


Impressions upon taking leave of  Balenciaga in Spain, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, March 26-July 4, 2011. This major exhibition traces the deep influence of the Spanish masters—from Zubarán, Velázquez, and Goya to Picasso and Miró—on the protean Balenciaga's designs. It also investigates the legacy of his native Spain''s religious dress and ceremony, it's lavish royal court, the tradition of flamenco dance, the drama of the bullfight, and the distinctive costumes of the country's diverse regions. As one emerged from the show it was difficult not to want to participate in the romance of the culture and let the influence of this exceptional designer take hold.       … [Read more...]

Sun (Astronomy Series), 1990

Brian Forrest, Sun (Astronomy Series), 1990 … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Woodside, NY

Kristina Fetkovich, Greetings from Woodside NY — Summer was a BLAST! I can't believe it’s really over. I had so many fun adventures right here in Queens, like frolicking amongst the wildlife in Flushing Meadow Park. We traveled outside the borough too, spending long weekends on the longest of islands for fireworks and libations, and taking never-ending drives into the far reaches of central New York State. My sunburns are a distant memory now, but the photos will last a lifetime, so long as I back up my hard-drive! Hope to see you all at Christmas! Luv, kfetko. … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Girl, Iceland

Jen Fong, Girl, Iceland, 2001 … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Glass of Water, 1983

Brian Forrest, Glass of Water, 1983 … [Read more...]

Head with Open Mouth, 1995

Robert Stivers, Head with Open Mouth, 1995 Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of George Stephanopoulos Arnold Tunstall at the Arkon Art Museum, a gem of a museum in a formerly grand industrial city –recently introduced me to the work of Robert Stivers.  Mr. Tunstall had organized an exhibit of 40 of Stivers photographs that the museum owns. The work was striking, and the exhibition –hung in a patchwork style– displayed the work perfectly. It gave the impression that each image was trying to reach out of the frame to say something and consequently the room, though eerily silent, felt activated. The images have a pulsating aura, that might emit light in the dark. The feeling was both disconcerting … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Six Shooters

One winter afternoon, six photographer friends met for lunch to celebrate the unusual circumstance of being in the same place at the same time. The conversation navigated over the usual terrain most photographers cover when sharing notes and photo war stories, and eventually the discussion moved on to the desire to stay inspired, make new work and find a place for our orphaned images. An idea blossomed—to create a visual dialogue with each other–and before we paid the check, Six Shooters was born. Our goal?  To express Six points of view, over Six days, creating a thread of visual connections whether it be through subject, color, light, or gesture, leading the viewer on a photographic journey — a visual train, so to speak, with each image … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Streetscapes

Robert Kato, Stalking the Streets — You're confusing product with process. Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product. That's not art, that's the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on (I'm not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands. — Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Fish Story, 1994     … [Read more...]

The Loupe_Oregon City

Living in the South taught me to appreciate the absurdity of our history. Everywhere you turned was the face of Lee and the figure of Stonewall. Great plantations with weepy oaks still sit majestically along the banks of the James River, looking uselessly beautiful. Idly exploring on a windy Sunday, I found a similar kind of historical humor painted across the sleepy walls of Oregon City, Oregon. The murals, depicting a nostalgic past of ingenuity and labor, contained more people than there were walking the streets of downtown. Please click to enlarge for artwork details … [Read more...]