Pick of the Week: Fischerspooner New Truth

fischerspooner new truthFischerspooner: “New Truth”

Fischerspooner: New Truth edited by Meredith Mowder is a book about the art and journey of the band Fischerspooner in the beginning. It`s 336 pages, and large format bombard you with a well curated and exact viewpoint of how Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner formed the band in 1998 and made their amalgamation of sound, art, and everything performance art,  the art pop project that just happened to release music. Fischerspooner is one of those bands of my 20`s who were my soundtrack to everything I did, even though their music itself seems so random and hard to pinpoint what exactly made it brilliant and meaningful. For my group of friends at the time Fischerspooner was EVERYTHING, and I think out of us 10 or so people we had never actually even seen Fischerspooner madness live. We just fed off of the music and videos, insane interviews and the rumblings of what happened live in New York. These two art majors from the Art Institute of Chicago made this happen from what appears to be a shear will to make music and preform, and I can tell you the amount of time in the book during interviews that Casey Spooner talks about experimental theater will make you roll your eyes a little. The book is love letter to this aspect of the band, as it documents the 1998 to 2003 period of their `band ‘career in-depth to an extent I think only a truth lover of art would appreciate (and maybe an appreciation of the band). The art pop performance project entailed a group of 25 performers and artists at the beginning and this book shares much of their story as the two central figures. There are ticket stubs, slides, album artwork, set lists, grainy photos of shows, professional photography of set and props, and wigs. There is also essays by curators and others in the art scene and an interview of Casey and Warren to give context to what you`re viewing. The book is largely trying to give the background to the project itself, and all the little elements that were obsessed about and apart of each unique performance during the beginning. Yes, there is a full page of a fake moustache, followed by a press photograph of a member of the band wearing it. That`s what you should expect when going through this book, if nothing else. And yes, I loved it, every moment of it.

a look at book:

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Double Exposure: Assemble the Empire

dada double exposures (6)dada double exposures (10)dada double exposures (9)dada double exposures (2)dada double exposures (7)dada double exposures (5)dada double exposures (11)dada double exposures (4)A collection of portraits of my best friend Ana taken while I was in town (Vancouver) last summer for a week. We managed to take these on my very last day there at the school yard where we spent way too much of our early 20’s in. I know you’re thinking “why did you hang around an elementary school in your 20s?” ….well for 5 years it was the only thing in between my apartment and her’s and we really liked midnight walks. It’s pretty hard to imagine that I went from living less than a block away from her to seeing her twice in 5 years. Have to admit I miss her face so much, but going through and editing these photos really made me happy. The perfect birthday gift for me would be to spend it with her, but another year passes and that’s just not in the cards. Hope you enjoyed these, and if you want to see some non-double exposure shoots I took of her I posted some awhile back, here!

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52 Weeks of Self-Portraits

11/52 Alternative Personality

dada double exposure self-portraitToday’s self-portrait features one of my mixed media masks. The mask was made with a self-portrait photograph, it’s hard to tell it me since it looks more monster than myself but that’s what I love about it. The whole image is really inspired by a portrait of my best friend that I was working on last night. The portrait was in color but I had converted it to black and white and I kept thinking how I don’t shoot very much in black and white and thought I’d try it out for this week’s 52 Week photo. I’m happy with the results but wish I had more chances this week to take photos. Montreal needs to stop raining, it’s no fun.

Inspiration:

“I got supplies, you got demands
I got the sense that you can’t understand
I got supplies, you got the demand
I got the feeling you don’t give a damn

You can have it all
Anything you want
You can have it all
Everything I’ve got”

Fischerspooner “Supply & Demand”

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Projector Photography: Shadowplay

Me and Victor had some fun a few weekend’s ago with my projector and I had my first chance to do projector photography that I’ve been excited to try. I setup my projector in the main room of the apartment with a photograph of cherry blossoms that I took projecting onto the wall (can’t wait until I have a project screen setup in there). Then I setup my camera on a tripod (I only used the tripod for photos of me, the ones of Victor are taken by hand). We wore blank white masks that I use for to make my portrait masks so the projected image would really translate well. These are a few results, excited to think of new ideas and try this again in the future. Let me know what you think in the comments!

I suggest listening to Joy Division’s song “Shadowplay” while looking through these…

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The White Witch

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白い魔女 (Shiroi Majo)

“Kagira re ta jikan no hazama de kaze ni somari
Tachidomaru ore wa dare?
Arifure ta kotoba no hazama de koware te iki
Kurikaesu koko wa doko?

Ishi wo yami ni some te
Iki wo tatsu koto mo kantan de
Dakedo mada honno sukoshi kimi ni furete itai
Ikiru koto wo yurushi te kure masu ka?

Aru hizashi no tsuyoi asa,
Me wo hiraki namida ga hajimete imi
Ni fure rare ta ki ga shi tan da
Soba ni kimi ga iru to naze da ga kanashii

Hitotsu ni nare nai no wa naze ?
Te wo hiraki koware sou na kotoba de mo
Tada hitotsu de mo ii
Sono mune ni tsukisasaru hodo no yaiba wo kokoro ni kure”

Dir En Grey “Ware, Yami Tote”

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I asked Ana to choose some lyrics or a poem to go with this series because I knew she would come up with the most amazing ones and she didn’t disappoint. If you want to listen to the song, check it out here.

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Self-Portrait Sunday

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“The thing that leaves you in the darkness is her.
The thing that maybe once seemed harmful is her.
The lamp, the car, the door.
The lamp, the slip, the floor.

You wouldn’t eat unless I told you so.
I never knew that you would burn it so slow.
The mouth, the breath, the smoke.
The mouth, the breath, the choke.

Who would have thought,
I’m maybe caught.
Who would have thought,
I’m maybe caught.
Lover, don’t do anything!
The choke.
Lover, don’t do anything!
The choke.

The thing that leaves you in the darkness is her.
The thing that maybe once seemed harmful is her.
The lamp, the car, the door.
The lamp, the slip, the floor.

Is this attention just a burden to bear?
A sick reminder that I didn’t care?
The mouth, the breath, the smoke.
The mouth, the breath, the choke.”

Austra ‘The Choke’

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Self-Portrait Sunday

citizen erased, citizen erased phography, dadaist photographyI love this dadaist piece from my backlog. I’ve had it hanging in my house of years, and I cannot wait to one day blow it up and have it in a gallery. This piece is very much of the definition of what I love about photography and art and what I want to bring to the world. My fluffy stuff it like my ‘everyday’ photography but this is really my passion.  As a self-portrait I think this says everything about me, I can see so much of my past in my expression. In a lot of my work my expression is very blank, I really like being a canvas for what else is happening around me. This photo employed a lot of my who I am, and I find that beautiful to see.

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Saturday Review: Ghosts of the Black Chamber

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Ghosts of the Black Chamber:
Experimental, Dada & Surrealist Photography 1918-1948

“Surrealism lies at the heart of the photography enterprise: in the very creation of a duplicate world. Of a reality in the second degree, narrower but more dramatic than the one perceived by natural vision” The quote is by Susan Sontag and is how this great little book starts. Featured are 85 different artists who did photography in the early 1900’s from these 3 movements. It starts off with a 5 page introduction into what artists were doing with photography then and about photography in general. Then it gets right into providing you shots taken by these artists and a mini-biography about each. Certainly most are very brief only being 1 page long, biography including example photos. I mean 85 artists in a 128 pages book means there is not a lot of space for more. However the book is really about showing you ALL the artists doing photography back then instead of just highlighting a select few and it makes sense since most of the featured artists were poets, painters, film makers, sculpture and everything in between so sometimes they didn’t have much in the way of photography. That doesn’t mean that their photography was any less important to the movement of photography, which made the most gain as a popular art form in this time due to the camera were becoming more readily available and cheaper. There are also very few artists apart of the surrealist movement as whole who did just one thing. And that’s really the joy of this book, being able to see all the obscure artists or people who I knew for their other work. Not to mention the photography, this book is packed with photography gems, some of the likes haven’t even been investigated further in modern photography so they look fresh and revolutionary still in a time where cameras are something everyone has, and anyone can take digital photos. My breath got taken a way several times while looking through this book especially while looking through the bizarre and strange works of the Dadaist. There is very few works in here that are boring and not worth your time to look at. I don’t think I could have asked for a better book to highlight dada, experimental and surrealist photography. For anyone who is into these movements or wants to see early 1900’s photography I strongly recommend you pick up this book. Or as a fan of any of these artists, Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Duchamp, Max Ernst, some of the most well-known Dadaists and Surrealists, definitely you will enjoy the artwork featured in this book and seeing maybe a side of them you hadn’t seen before or if you like looking at all black and white photography. For someone who has no interest in these movements or earlier photography it is probably not the best book as that is the clear audience it’s aimed at and you may find, as people do with my own Dadaist photography that its simply not your thing and too bizarre for you.

Check out below for select photos taken of the book:

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