Raymond Depardon: ‘Manhattan Out’ and ‘Adieu Saigon’

What exists of the sensual atmosphere is counterbalanced by scenes like street-side school for teaching the newly-blind how to walk and the mangled bodies, living and dead, just hanging around. By Owen Campbell, ASX, September 2015 2015’s Adieu Saigon is a collection of images shot in Vietnam, where Depardon began working as a photojournalist at […]

Born-Again Ward of the State, Dennis McGrath’s ‘Heaven’

Dennis McGrath’s Heaven approaches the life of Lynwood “Lennie” Kirk, a former professional skateboarder, current born-again Christian and ward of the state of California. Dennis McGrath’s Heaven approaches the life of Lynwood “Lennie” Kirk, a former professional skateboarder, current born-again Christian and ward of the state of California. Heaven is largely comprised of old photographs […]

True Romance – Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles

Romance is inescapable; the L.A. river is maybe the most romantic strip of concrete in the world, the light in the window of a Todd Hido exterior is romantic, just the name “Dennis Hopper” is romantic; romance is inherent to the image. By Owen Campbell, ASX, July 2015 Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles […]

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty Glossy/Dangerous

 Blue Poles, 2007. Enamel on metal, 60 x 72 inches   Medusa was in various forms of legend alternately beautiful and hideous; a telling difference, in that it suggests either extreme is equally liable to turn a man to stone.   The words Pretty/Dirty, the title of Marilyn Minter’s current exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum […]

Dis ’ Selfie Shtick – An Exercise in Brand Promotion

A short history of the selfie would trace the transformation from tawdriness for all to kitsch, for some.   By Owen Campbell, ASX, May 2015 Dis, #artselfie, is a fun book that only half-bears the scrutiny it invites. The premise, that the collection of selfies taken in art spaces points toward a new method of […]