Shooting outdoors separated photographer Herb Ritts from
studio-based New York peers. In addition to Malibu and El Mirage, Ritts
used a rooftop studio. He established a fun, “organic” working
environment, enabling him to cajole his subjects and develop an
“anti-glamour” style of celebrity photography.
Tyler Shields’ Klout Score is probably through the roof. Although he is prone to superlatives,
someone less familiar with his work might find this statement mere
braggadocio. But Shields credits his online presence as the reason he is
so successful as a multi-disciplinary artist.
The god in Manifest Gallery’s Deus Ex Machina does
not arise from the traditional machine (that crane elevating a Greek
actor of ancient times to meet a plot need for divine intervention), but
instead from our handy modern device, the camera.
It’s appropriate that Project Obscura at
Northside’s Prairie Gallery opened before FotoFocus officially kicks
off Oct. 5. After all, the camera obscura (Latin for “dark chamber”) led
to the modern camera.
The young women photographed in Another Me: Transformations from Pain to Powerhave
all been victims of kidnapping or outright sale of themselves into sex
slavery. One is as young as 8 years old, none are more than 22. Rescued
and placed in the Sanlaap Shelter in Kolkata, they found returning to a
self they had lost hard going.
Stuart Fink’s Shape to Shape at
Brazee Street Studios’ gallery One One bristles with energy, mostly
dispenses with narrative (who needs it?) and includes paintings as well
as sculpture. Best known as a sculptor, Fink studied to be a painter and
never really gave it up.
See Unrealized and Unforeseen, Antonio Adams’ solo show at
Thunder-Sky Inc., and leave feeling a bit more special, even if you
aren’t on his list of “good celebrities,” superstars and Divas of Pride.
Just witness the transformative power of art.
Music of Change: Hymns, Blues & Rock at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center ultimately succeeds in providing a fascinating journey
through the roles black music have played in America’s history,
eloquently showing how African-American music has been celebration,
protest, spiritual uplift, a means of communication and information
sharing … sometimes all at once.
Former visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Fashion Department Henry Navarro has returned to Cincinnati for Mis-Measured and a site-specific fashion-based public art project inspired by Cincinnati itself.
Jerome Jaffe is a character. With his thick New York
accent, wiry frame, perma-five o’clock shadow and penchant for
misnomers, he’s kind of a minor celebrity in his home base of Brighton
in the West End. He recently bought Rake’s End from
long-time area resident/developer Fred Lane, and is determined to
see the bar succeed.
NVISION, Emily Buddendeck's quirky venture at
4577 Hamilton Ave. in Northside, has grown steadily during its
four-and-a-half years of existence. “I opened on Leap Day of Leap year, Feb.
29, 2008. The day seemed appropriate because the shop was even more of a
leap during a recession, but it really merged the various things I had
been doing, career-wise,” she says.