at edge of the map, where strange creatures rule the seas.
zoe: twenty-five & in new york city.
I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction and poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose) someone will try to make you feel lousy about it.
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THE BALLERINA PROJECT
One of my favorite NYC sights is seeing dancers warming up in the subway…have you experienced it? You’re waiting for the train and all of a sudden the person standing next to you starts to do a plie. There’s just something about that kind of beauty against a urban backdrop.
Which is why I’m equally fascinated with a photo series that’s been around for sometime now, The Ballerina Project. It’s an ongoing project by Dane Shitagi that depicts ballerinas amongst organic backdrops.
The project has been going steady for 10+ years in New York and now it’s trying to move on to a new phase – mini documentaries to compliment the photographs. Dane hope these will give new audiences a more complete and accurate representative of ballet to help sustain its future.
**STORY was originally written for ARTNERDNY
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The Photorealistic Space Arts of Jeremy Geddes
Jeremy’s process of oil on linens look so realistic I’m halfway convinced he has in his possession an interdimensional camera that takes pictures from another Earth, which he conveniently bundles as “paintings” to us gullible denizens of Earth-1. It would make sense with how photorealistic the levitating and often falling astronauts that populate his worlds. Most of his work is sold out, but keep checking his sites at the links below for updates on available prints.
Artist: website / blogspot
I had the pleasure of seeing some of these paintings at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC in December. Incredible work. Every painting has a subtle shift in perspective that makes you feel like you’re falling, somehow. Gave me vertigo.
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