This summer, with the help of Project Pressure and you, Danish Photographer Peter Funch will travel to Washington State’s Mt. Baker for a project that blends both art and science. By recreating famous pictures and postcards from the often photographed mountain, Funch will be documenting climate change and illustrating glacial movement through contemporary photography. Here, we talk to Peter about Expedition: Mt. Baker.
How did this project come about?
It started in 2010 when I was on a job in Greenland. I had to take several low altitude flights over glaciers. It was amazingly beautiful, but underneath my awe was the wrenching notion that these monuments of ice are so fragile – that they may one day flood everything I once knew. This paradoxical feeling led me to photograph them as much as I could and is now driving me to Mt. Baker.
Were you previously aware of Project Pressure?
I met the founder, Klaus Thymann, in London over a decade ago. We Danes tend to stick together so it wasn’t long after I moved to London that I met Klaus. We remained friends and kept in touch after I moved to Brooklyn. I heard about it through him and saw it gain momentum with articles by the BBC, the Guardian, and NASA by supporting Project Pressure with scientific data.
What type of work will you be producing?
I will be producing two types of work: one is scientific and the other is artistic. For the scientific work we need to replicate different points of view around the glacier from historical photographs. We chose Mt. Baker because it has a very long and rich history of photographic documentation. These replicated photographs of the glaciers are linked with GPS coordinates so people can go back and reshoot the image again and again. These images form what we call a “comparative timeline”, which is what we use to see how the glaciers will change over time. The more data points, or photographs, we can put in the timeline the more accurately we can extrapolate climatic predictions. This is why this work is invaluable to climatological research… and everyone for that matter.
The other part of the project is for me to create artwork that hopefully gives a more relatable perspective on Climate Change. It didn’t make sense for me to replicate some photographs, pack my bags, and leave. I am an artist and this subject deeply affects me. So not all the images I take will be for research. These images will be based on the collected references such as postcards and the work of Ansel Adams, which I will more or less recreate, but for the purpose of evocative visuals and inspiring a narrative in the viewer. In tandem, I will also be creating RGB Tricolor separation images to evoke changes over time: trees growing, landscapes changing, and, of course, glacial retreat.
For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Evan Rossell to share his favorite place to eat. Evan, aka STINK ONE, is an artist from California who recently appeared in the splice-of-life documentary short “Nothing Stops Detroit.” Continue reading for his answer.
Here’s a detail of a bigger map featuring the LAPD’s Citywide Gang Injunctions.
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Hugo Kaagman has been active on the streets since 1978
This section from Colin Read’s skate film TENGU: God of Mischief is perfect.
Rolling Nowhere, Part Two by Ted Conover
A quasi-legal, father-son mission to train-hop through the changing American West
Art Basel, Swiss Basel, Basel Basel. Whatever you’d like to call it, the OG Basel fair is a breath of fresh air from its Miami spawn. Seriously, Swiss air is so clean that I didn’t even smoke a cigarette in the country because I wanted a lung cleanse. Anyway, here’s an abbreviated look through some pretty great artwork at the fair. I say abbreviated because my camera battery died and I couldn’t be bothered going all the way back to Zurich for my charger. Enjoy.
For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Stefan Marx to share his favorite place to eat. Stefan is an artist and illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany, who is known for his playful line drawings and fantastic zines. Continue reading for his answer.
INSA and MADSTEEZ get large and animated in Taiwan.
Daytime hooking in Manhattan in the 1980s. Photos by Steven Siegel
Following the success of their annual Burger Week, the Los Angeles phenomenon known as The Oinkster share with us the recipe for their Cheesesteak Burger Of Philadelphia. Grill it up, Burgerlord.
The Cheesesteak Burger Of Philadelphia
4oz Angus Ground Beef Patty
3oz Thinly Sliced Chuck Roll
Small Handfull of Sliced Red and Green Bell Peppers and Onions
Two Slices of Provolone Cheese
French Bread Burger Bun
Photographs by Bob Mazzer, currently on display at the Howard Griffin Gallery in London.
“While working as a projectionist in a porn cinema in Central London during the 1980s, Bob Mazzer began photographing on the tube during his daily commute, creating irresistably joyous pictures alive with humour and humanity. This photographic social history then remained unseen and unexhibited until recently begin discovered.”
Photos by Christos Katsiaouni
Eventually we’ll broaden this to LA, and then the world. But for now, standout shows in New York City.