road to nowhere
November 30, 2008, 8:32 pm
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I want to be here. Phototgraphy, Corey Arnold. RYAN DYE

November 26, 2008, 10:28 pm
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1. What motivates you?
To fashion’s credit, there is a sense that the best images, however hyperbolic or sexy, belong most to the symbolic realm. I like to think I’m motivated by deep psychic impulses and symbolic residues. I take comfort that these forces often bleed through in a picture. But mostly when I wake up in the morning, I just think, man, how great would it be to take a big pink photograph today, something really colorful? Sometimes it feels that simple, even though I don’t like to admit it, but then I look back and notice all these undercurrents.

2. Who/what are your greatest inspirations?
I’m loose with my inspiration. Sometimes I muse on Yves Klein, but you don’t have to think I’m like Yves Klein. I might muse on Chuck Close, but you don’t have to think I’m something like Chuck Close, either. I like to muse on Art with a capital A, though I do spend energy thinking about the lowly tactics of art-making, too. If someone were to gossip that Richard Avedon only ate spoons-full of peanut butter during formidable periods in his career, I might begin to muse on this, another drop in the bucket, a small thought rippling among bigger ones. But most importantly, there is a broad context to this kind of thought: it happens in the context of art historical discourse. Any history-minded Artist can be fodder for inspiration. That’s one side of the inspiration coin.


The other side of the coin is folksy and personal. It’s about finding inspiration in natural phenomena, a position that is outside history. You kinda have to think like a loner to access it. For example, sometimes I’ll leave New York City, get away from people obsessively plugged in, obsessed with historical context. I’ll meet one of those romantic characters taken with a brand of aesthetic fancy that’s particular to remote places, to loners. Take the country guy who spills his Coca-Cola onto the blacktop of the fast food restaurant’s parking lot and declares it beautiful. Sure, everything is beautiful, I get that. I find inspiration in solitude, just phenomena and me. Ultimately, though, I think this particular force performs more like the antagonist within my inspiration dialogue. I don’t favor it.

Man Ray’s often an inspiration, no getting around that. I gravitate toward image engineers, and I’m skeptical of purists. I like photo that borders on illustration; I like painting that’s more like photo. It’s a contrast thing. I think about the old-fashioned fine-art cameras which used to be the domain of graphic designers. Is that photography? Is George Lois a photographer? I don’t know. Is there a difference between art and photo? Kind of, or, at least, I like to make that difference when it’s useful. Contrast is where I find inspiration. Almost all of my time is spent thinking about contrast, both technically and figuratively.

3. How do you describe your artistic style to someone who has never seen any of your photos?
Sometimes people will tell me my pictures are unplaceably retro, and then other times I’ll hear I’m photoshop obsessed, digital to the extreme. I don’t spend much time on either distinction, both of which are probably true. I’m more inclined to let a concept’s needs dictate. I’m willing to use different contrast each time, different techniques according to the project. Despite this, I notice something idiosyncratic and consistent happening, picture to picture, shoot to shoot. For example, I’ll set out to make the brightest, happiest picture–the big pink photograph, as I described before–to make something one dimensional, a one note symphony. When I’m done I’ll look back at the image and notice a hint of antagonism that lingers, a darkness. Can I say this is my style if I’m unaware I’m doing it as I do it?


4. Who is the most important person in your life?
Since we met years ago, I don’t think think I’ve had an artistic thought that hasn’t been bounced off Michelle Lueking. She’s involved somehow in every step of my pre and post production process. This has been the case for over a decade, in every medium I’ve explored, but especially photography. She happens to be a photo retoucher/printer by trade, so, her influence is especially strong, if not dominant, in my photo work. I recognize that the computer is possibly more powerful than the lens at this point. We’re both really humble about that shift.

5. What projects do have on the horizon?
Michelle and I have Art projects running which we’re producing ourselves. They’re collaborative and based on the dialogue we’ve been having since art school. For a long time, we’ve wanted to use photography to do something other than sell clothes. We’ve aspired to operate in the tradition of grand thematic photography, so, we started asking, what themes are left to explore? What hasn’t been visually exhausted by greats such as Diane Arbus or Nan Goldin or Avedon? Continue reading


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November 25, 2008, 4:40 am
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plastic_surgThe man is a genius. RYAN DYE

November 24, 2008, 4:09 am
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If you’re looking for some good collage and gore, go check out the Kuildoosh show at Brooklynite Gallery. Crossing the pond from South West England the three members of the crew blend Dada and Futurism with all the sexuality, humor, and aggressiveness it deserves.K$

Crystal Methods
November 21, 2008, 5:57 pm
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crystalsI would love to have experienced Roger Hiorns piece ‘Seizure’ in the Elephant & Castle flats in London. He filled an entire apartment with 90,000 liters of copper sulphate solution poured through the ceiling. The crystals grow and completely take over every room, from floor to ceiling to light fixture to sink. While the crystals are beautiful, they’re also aggressive, making the space less than comfortable to live in. Thanks to Cool Hunting for the tip! K$

iza grzybowska
November 20, 2008, 8:20 pm
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112008_polandHave a shoot coming up in Poland? Call these dudes. RYAN DYE