New York City Slowed Down by Matthew PillsburyLong-Exposure Photography
The outlines of the people in Matthew Pillsbury’s images seem to be ghostly memories or distant shadows. Crowds rolling through museums, passing art, pausing for a moment and hurrying on. It almost seems as if the photographer unceremoniously turned the tables.
We aren’t the ones observing art but turn out to be the observed. The Mona Lisa with her seemingly omniscient smile looks down on us silently, knowing and almost a bit amused by the fact that she has been doing this for so log and will be doing it for quite some time still. The people, however, rush from one sight to the next, never resting. And yet Pillsbury’s photographs radiate in some way an incredible peace. He doesn’t use additional lighting, but chooses long exposure times which can range from several minutes to hours. ‘In my photographs, I work to capture the experience of that time, both physically and psychologically. Each of the images in this series is an open-ended reflection of our complex and evolving relationships to technology, culture, and to each other.’ Pillsbury states.
Giant ‘Kelpies’ Horse Head SculpturesAndy Scott
Currently in the last stages of construction after nearly 7 years of development, the Kelpies are a pair of gargantuan horse heads by public artist Andy Scott that now tower over the Forth & Clyde canal in Falkirk, Scotland. The sculptures measure some 30 meters tall (99 ft.) and are meant as a monument to the horse-powered heritage of Scotland
Beth Cavener Stichter & Alessandro Gallo Collaborate on Ornate Sculpture:‘Tangled Up in You’
Beth Cavener Stichter’s sculptures have an intensely-visceral quality. The ceramic animals she hand-builds demonstrate an human-like sense of understanding with their sensitive gazes and anthropomorphic eyes. But despite their thoughtful countenances, these characters are also perfectly at home in their animal skins. Cavener Stichter’s work does not shy away from the brutality of the animal world, from its untamed sexuality to its endless cycle of predator and prey.
She recently collaborated with Italian artist Alessandro Gallo , who embellished her latest sculpture, Tangled Up in You, with painted tattoos reminiscent of traditional Japanese tattoo art. The 65-inch-tall sculpture (15 feet total, from the top knot of the rope to the floor) shows a lanky rabbit intertwined with a snake in mid-air. It is unclear whether the two figures are caught in a struggle to the death or a passionate embrace. Tangled Up in You is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Take a look at some detail shots of the elaborate piece as well as some photos of Cavener Stichter in her studio.
‘Tangled Up in You‘ is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art