"The overall impact of these faceless and unknowable beings is of loneliness and isolation even in the midst of the ostensibly jovial and exciting atmospheres of carnival and street. Just as Manos is drawn to scenes of the festive and celebratory, so he is drawn to the outsiders who populate their dark sides; his subjects are poor, disconnected, disabled, mad, homeless, or otherwise lost. Manos would be the first to avow that this is not intended as a definitive image of America, yet the composite soul he shows us resonates with those we find in America literature from Herman Melville to Jack Kerouac to James Baldwin." Extract of Alison Norstrom Essay in American Colour II.
All images © Constantine Manos/Magnum Photos
"Have you ever wondered what ketamine, speed and Prozac really look like? You may or may not be familiar with the sensory experience of the various legal and illegal substances, but we’re pretty sure you’ve never sat down with a microscope and pored over the celestial images that are hiding inside within. Enter German artist Sarah Schönfeld, who’s performed a similar experiment in her project “All You Can Feel.” Whether depicting methamphetamine, heroin or ecstasy, her images present an astonishing side of pseudo-alchemy, the result of sprinkling psychotropics and neurotransmitters onto photographic negatives and subjecting the swatches to the typical photographic process. What remains are tumbling landscapes, planetary scenes and crystallized universes, dancing about in a manner eerily similar to the feelings you might associate with each respective substance.”
Saturday Night by Insook Kim
”Kim’s Saturday Night is the focal piece in this show, reaching floor to ceiling at roughly 10x15 feet. Each room in the hotel depicts a different nocturnal vignette, each drawn from actual newspaper stories and staged in candy-colored light. Boredom and loneliness compete with sexual perversion and violence; pleasure, pain, and emptiness are all on view, separated into isolated fragments. The viewer’s eye travels from story to story, frantically jumping from titillationto sadness and back again.” via DLK Collection
Cuban Posters from the 60s and 70s
© Al Que Quiere, a.k.a. Matthew Sullivan