Archive for November, 2011

Richard Renaldi – Beautiful Strangers

Posted in Photography on November 3rd, 2011 by Moose – Be the first to comment

At first glance, Richard Renaldi’s portraits taken across the United States are little more than candid portraits taken with a really nice single-lens reflex camera. Obviously the portraits are well thought out and put together; the portrait artist definitely knows how to frame a photograph. Sure they capture a beautiful part of Americana, with the normal subjects in their mundane tasks or living their average lives to which everyone can relate. What stands out in these photographs is the relation of the subjects chosen for the photographs.

Sondra and Erin, PA, 2011

Sondra and Erin, PA, 2011

There is none. In his collection Touching Strangers, Renaldi’s focus was to find two complete strangers who happened to be near each other who, for one moment, would meet, share a photograph, and then go their separate ways. It is likely that the subjects might never meet again. Yet in the brief instant the artist catches on film there is a familiarity and comfort between some of the models who despite all appearances have only met just before the photograph. Note that this is only for some of the models, as many of Renaldi’s pieces show a stiffness about them where some participants are undoubtedly uncomfortable with their present situation.

Elizabeth and Brandon, PA, 2010

Elizabeth and Brandon, PA, 2010

Julie and Xavier, IL, 2007

Julie and Xavier, IL, 2007

It is simple to understand the awkwardness of some of the photos despite the amateur models. The one condition that Renaldi required of all of his subjects is that they must be touching in some fashion in the photograph. The contact helps visually confuse the knowledge that the models are strangers with evidence of some sort of feigned relationship. When all is said and done, the compositions bring forth the question of our interpersonal relationships, and whether there is pretense in the connections of family, friend, and lover.

Eddie and Winnie, NY, 2011

Eddie and Winnie, NY, 2011

Tim, Victoria and Derek, NY, 2008

Tim, Victoria and Derek, NY, 2008

Portraits, or mere snapshots? You make the call.

Richard Renaldi’s personal website and photography blog.
Richard Renaldi on Time

Maurizio Anzeri – A Stitch In Time

Posted in Embroidery, Fiber, Photography on November 1st, 2011 by Moose – Be the first to comment

What do you do with old portraits? Portraits of people long forgotten. Portraits ready to be thrown in the bin, or filed away in a drawer that will likely not be opened again for a long time. Many people truly enjoy the nostalgia of black and white photographs, even if the subjects are unknown to them. But whence comes the artistic value of the photograph? It would appear that Maurizio Anzeri has found this unique aesthetic and would very much like to share it with us.

Round Midnight

Round Midnight

Following a study in ink drawing and embroidery, the Italian-born artist began stitching on photographs, using the unique geometry of the figures to direct the outcome of the final product. Symmetry, rhythm, form, function, order, and cacophony—all hidden behind the familiar lines of the human form. The focus of Anzeri’s photo-sculptures (a term he coined for his pieces) is often solely the face of the subject. Crafting masks with fiber, Anzeri paints a new character on the old portrait, one found burrowed beneath the formality of the camera displaying solely what it can see.

Marcel

Marcel

Robert

Robert

The compositions flow between the bold and the beautiful, highlighting features about each figure. The color choices are often striking, standing out against the monochromatic or sepia tones of recorded light from times forgotten.

Nicola

Nicola

Rita

Rita

Anzeri works now out of London and has been featured in the Saatchi gallery as well as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and his work has been featured in original commissions for Dazed and Confused.

Nadia

Nadia

Should the needle and thread be left to the tailor, or can you stitch emotion into a still frame? Vote below.

Maurizio Anzeri at Yatzer, Saatchi Gallery, BALTIC, and Dazed and Confused.