James Vance – Dior

Over the years, James Vance has worked as a window dresser, set designer, prop stylist, muralist, graphic artist, event designer, art director, interior designer, gallery director, and just about every job that has now become a reality show on Bravo.  Lately, he spends his time creating works for Bergdorf Goodman such as this gigantic crow holding court in the Dior window at the 2005 trunk show…..stunning!

Kerri Fuhr Glass

Kerri Fuhr is a Canadian glass bead artist specializing in miniature portraits of whimsical animals. She uses a variety of materials such as antique ivory and Italian glass. This bead was handcrafted with Italian glass and wound on a 3/32″ mandrel. The raven is made from thin glass “stringer” and is melted directly into the bead.

To view her collection or get on of your very own one of a kind  pieces, click here.

Kate McGwire

I gather, collate, re-use, layer, peel, burn, reveal, locate,question, duplicate, play and photograph

In an attempt to avoid the puerility of the present, some artists such as Kate McGwire have turned to myth and ritual to find meaning in the now via a gothic surrealism.

Much of Kate’s work references Freud’s ‘Unheimliche’ (the uncanny, or, literally, the ‘unhomely’); the idea, to quote Freud, of ‘a place where the familiar can somehow excite fear’. It also embraces artistic notions of the Abject.

She will take an everyday thing or idea that is intrinsically discomfiting and, by re-framing it, entice the viewer into re-examining   their preconceptions and prejudices – cultural, historical, personal – about the everyday. The viewer’s response is visceral, the impact immediate, the ideas triggered resonating in their mind somewhere beyond rational interpretation.

In her latest installation “Strangeness & Charm”, the use of feathers creates a visual experience of fleeting thought, turmoil, and anything else that might twist through your psyche. Truly breathtaking work!

Link: http://www.katemccgwire.com/

Thank you to Meighan.

Polly Morgan

In 1889 Carl Akeley, working for the Milwaukee Public Museum, created the first total habitat diorama by arranging stuffed muskrats into a facsimile of their natural environment. While the originators of the diorama strove to heighten its sense of reality, many contemporary artists have used the medium’s format to comment on its artificiality or hyper reality.

Polly Morgan is one such fairly new British artist focused on Avian still life. Rather than mimicking the natural setting, she places them in unexpected and wholly unnatural scenes which encourage us to look at them with a renewed perspective. Ranging from the baroque to the hilarious, each piece sheds its typical associations of commonality with her unique style.

View more of Polly’s work: Link

 

This lecture will examine the work of several photographers who use the form of the natural history museum diorama to comment on the connection (or lack of connection) between the human and natural world.

Diane Fox is a Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she teaches graphic design and photography. Fox received her MFA from The University of Tennessee and her BFA from Middle Tennessee State University. Her current body of photographic work, “UnNatural History,” is composed of images shot in various natural history museums in the US and Europe. Her solo exhibits have been exhibited in the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA; Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY; Gallery Stokes in Atlanta, GA; Santa Reparata Gallery, Florence Italy; Apex Gallery, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD; Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN; and Dom Muz Gallery, Torun, Poland among others. You can see some of her work at dianefoxphotography.com.

Ben Hassett

Source: German Vogue

Ben is a photographer and filmmaker who lives and works between NYC and Europe. His life and work have been profiled in The British Journal of Photography and Playboy.

A regular contributor to Vogue magazines worldwide, including French, German and Japanese, he is best known for his striking and sometimes disturbing images of beauty.

Each photograph mimics the sharp intellect, form, and macabre sense of the corvid eye, making Hassett one to adore.

Source: Vogue Paris