A Look Through Independent 2015

Art was seen, names were not taken.

In Dogs We Trust: An Interview With Will Robson-Scott & Ollie Grove

The truth of the internet is that it skews terribly towards cats. Today it does not. Here, Alix McAlpine interviews Will Robson-Scott and Ollie Grove about their new book In Dogs We Trust, which spans both sides of the Atlantic to look at the relationships between dogs and their owners.

Alix: I’ve been following you on instagram for a while so dogs as a subject matter doesn’t really surprise me since you post a fair amount of dog pics – did you always have dogs growing up, do you have one now or are you just a dog appreciator?

WRS: Me and Ollie both grew up with dogs, Rusty was my first family dog, a cairn terrier, he was highly excitable and now my parents have Milo, a miniature schnauzer , I’m not responsible enough to own one myself and living in nyc and travelling a lot isn’t a perfect marriage.I prefer dogs to humans.

How did you go about selecting your potential subjects?

WRS: With this sort of project theres a snow ball effect , one person leads to another. The interesting thing about shooting dogs is that people open there door to you and let their guard down. People are proud of their dog similarly to having a family photograph taken. People in the lime light are always a bit more weary of having there photograph taken in intimate situations, but having a canine involved breaks down that barrier

Was there a particular breed of dogs you saw most? Is there a breed-to-occupation or breed-to-region correlation?

WRS: There are definitely dogs that are more “in trend” , you come across a lot of french bulldog and pits/staffies . There is defiantly a trend of west coast bullie(pit bull) breeders, that is comparable to west coast car culture.

Ollie: Staffordshires are the dogs of the uk, loved by as many people as they are feared. Everyone knows of them and everyone has an opinion.
If we didn’t have the dangerous dogs act in the UK then i think we would have a much larger collection of pitbulls which are seen as a loving family dog in the US but as a loaded gun in the UK.

What’s the most extravagant owner behavior you saw? Any ridiculous dog treatment?

WRS: We shot an artist in London called David Harrison, his dogs name is ‘Mr Harrison,” Davids bedroom is like a boudoir from 100 years ago. Attack pit bull training is something to be seen, the dog is triggered by a word, any word and then basically won’t stoop attacking until its called off or gives itself a heart attack

Ollie: There was one dog which i’m convinced got involved in the bedroom of the owners but i’ll refrain from putting a name or breed to them

Some people might see this project as a departure from your previous published work but, it seems you’ve been working on it the whole while. What were some of the challenges or particularities of shifting between projects and making sure this didn’t fall through the cracks?

WRS: Me and Ollie are still actually shooting this project, the book being published was going to be the end of it, but its a project you can stop and start and its something we both enjoy, it makes sense to keep building on it. As far from it being a departure from other work i don’t think it is. It might seem a bit more subdued, but all my work is about people and how they interact with the world and this is very much about that.

Any tips for photographing dogs you could share?

WRS: Get the human in the shot to stay engaged with the camera and then get the dogs attention ,if the human is trying to help get its attention it never works out.

How many dog shits were you subjected to while shooting?

WRS: I don’t think we had many issues with dog shits to be honest.

[Read more]

ArtFits (Vol. 6)

A look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

Location: The Armory Show (03/04/2015)

A Look Through the 2015 Armory Show

The next best thing to being there in person.

ArtFits (vol. 5)

A look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

Location: SPRING/BREAK Art Show (03/03/2015)

“I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd.”

Dr. Seuss’s The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History’s Barest Family

Hot Concepts

A look at some car models from the past 50 or so years.

Found Photos (pt.27)

 
Collected by Dave Schubert while digging through dead people’s stuff at garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets.
 

Sharpie King

A look through some of the super clean drawings in Mike Giant’s new show ‘Colorado’ at FFDG in San Francisco.

Blue-Chip Boombox

A look at some of the functional sculptures in Tom Sachs’ Boombox Retrospective 1999 – 2015 at The Contemporary Austin

50 Shades of Paint: An Interview with Sam Friedman

Tomorrow (2/14) is the last day to see artist Sam Friedman’s ambitious solo show “Happy Places” at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. We caught up with him last night over text message to talk about all things enjoyable.
 
Beaches, sunsets, lobsters, bongs, legs. These are your happy places?

Pretty much. They’re some of the things in life to enjoy.

They all go hand in hand. Can you tell me about the Great Wall of Happy. There’s 50 pieces there. What was the process like to create them?

I worked on all of them at one time. They were all laid out on a wall of my studio, while I was painting them, in a way similar to the way they were hung in the gallery. I liked the way they look on the wall hanging as one unit, but each piece is definitely its own painting.

How many jars of paint do you think you used?

Ha ha Ha ha ha… Honestly, I don’t even have a ballpark idea.

Do you ever see a difference in your subject matter depending on the season?

Nope.

Yeah. I guess a happy place is an all the time thing.

Maybe that’s the goal?

Definitely, it’s my goal in life. Can you talk briefly about the composition of your work? With the exception of the large painting in the back, the subjects are cropped. Is there a way you plan this or is it spontaneous?

Yeah, they are loosely planned out by doing small compositional drawings on file cards. The drawings are usually nothing more than a few lines and a circle.

So what’s next for you? More happy places?

I’ve got some new painting themes that I am working on, but they are top secret.
 

ArtFits (vol. 4)

A look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.

Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni

Location: Petra Cortright at Foxy Productions (2/06/2015)

Page 10 of 184First...89101112...20...Last Page »