Photography On The Piers: 1970′s

Originally appeared on Open Eye Gallery blog, 03.02.2014 Against the grimy backdrop of economic stagnation, unemployment and lawlessness, an opulence of artistic and sexual freedom flourished amidst the dilapidated buildings of downtown Manhattan. The once bustling piers were left vacant and crumbling at the remote edges of the city. Overlooked and sheltered from regulation, the waterfront offered…

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“The Voracity” Anna Williams

From a futuristic feast that is to be seen but not eaten, to a famine stricken fairy tale forest, Anna Williams seeks to re-evluate the very sustenance we need in order to survive. The Voracity journeys through a tantalising scope of visual landscapes from wild fantasy to harsh reality, exploring man’s primal needs and instincts. Yet, these instincts become entwined…

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Review: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013

Review of Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize for Open Eye Gallery  With over 5,000 submissions, the judges of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize sought to uncover works that “transmit the circumstances and character of a sitter.” “Faces are vivid maps of human experience,” believes Dorothee Deiss, to whom the Forth Prize was awarded. The 60 shortlisted…

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Alain Delorme “Totems”

A wise doctor once wrote that life is “a great balancing act.” This was before his appointment with a lanky cat in a hat. Although a discerning piece of advice, Dr Seuss most likely did not mean for this to be taken literally. Yet for many individuals in China life is indeed one gargantuas balancing act,…

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The Wild And The Wise By Charles Fréger

From the ancient plains of Athens, Socrates lay down the prudent words, “In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.” It  awakens only once our cognition takes its brief respite. Built stringently and fundamentally upon social expectations, morals and regulations, it is dominated by…

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Less Americains by Mishka Henner

There’s a well-known quote along the lines of “less is more,” that has grown and transpired within the art world over the previous decades. Mishka Henner seems to have whole heartedly embraced this artistic ideal in Less Americains (2012), a display currently showing at The Open Eye Gallery. Taking the highly praised, pivotal work of…

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