JOHNNY MILLER & BAPTISTE LIGNEL: “Coney Island” (2009)

Sometimes the combining of two items, two individuals or two styles, two colors, or two races, two nationalities or two emotions, two boys or two girls, two sexes or two places… or two ages or all of these things… sometimes these things can work together to create a result that goes far beyond the simple […]

Ron Jude: “Emmett” (2010)

By Doug Rickard, ASX, October 2010 The “past” is like a magical beast. At times, it makes me want to cry as a pit in my stomach hits with the power of a ton of bricks. At other times, I want to cackle and howl like a hyena as visions flood the head, pouring out […]

An Inversion Taking Place in Asger Carlsen’s ‘Wrong’ (2010)

 Yes, we don’t so much like these “gross” ones, the odd color ones and the misshapen ones. By Doug Rickard There is an inversion taking place here in that which is Wrong. Yes, an inversion taking place as elements and features, constructed from “normal ones”, are twisted into creatures. Replace and deface, erase and retrace, […]

ED TEMPLETON: “Deformer” (2008)

By Doug Rickard The “Epic Experiment to Break Ed’s Spirit” would begin when little Ed Templeton was just a wee young lad. A cast of characters were put into motion that would attempt to affect and influence Ed, to “deform” him and to warp and bend his pure and unblemished shape. The roles that they […]

Juergen Teller – “The Master II” (2010)

David Hockney smoking, Bridlington, 2008 If one is properly exposed to it and assuming that one has an “eye” for these things, Juergen Teller’s “aesthetic” becomes very recognizable. Not quite so much as to harm the effectiveness but much. Yes, in his case, this is a good thing. If pressed for a brief description, one […]

Chris Shaw: “Life as a Night Porter” (2006)

  The graveyard shift is no doubt a motherfucker.   By Doug Rickard, ASX, June 2010 The graveyard shift is no doubt a motherfucker. You try to force your body and its natural clock over to an artificial one but it never really adjusts so you just live in a weird sort of phantom world […]

Robert Adams -“Summer Nights Walking” (2009)

By Doug Rickard, ASX, April 2010 As the summer night falls and the crickets chirp, the sky slightly aglow from the street lamps, the stillness comes. And the stillness of the summer dark lays over the land like a warm blanket surrounding a child and it becomes a paradox. The blanket gives the impression of […]

Shootin’ range traps, “Holy F-K’s” and claps in THE GREAT UNREAL.

  Shootin’ range traps, “Holy F-K’s” and claps in THE GREAT UNREAL.   By Doug Rickard, ASX, March 2010 Into the wind, and the never-ever-end of the great-wide-open beckons… so off you go and it gusts in ear and it whispers, “have no fear”. Down the road you fly… pulled forward as the dust lights […]

VICTOR COBO: “Remember When You Loved Me”

“Remember When You Loved Me” By Doug Rickard There is a place of inner dreams… a love thirst of viscious longing that can inhabit the body, fill the mind and suck one inward with the relentless force of black hole gravity. The pull is ferocious as the fantasies grow. And isolation from society becomes a […]

Sally Mann’s ‘Immediate Family’ – The Unflinching and Unafraid Childhood (2006)

To her, they were little more than tender, maternal photographs of her children. Yet to others, they were child pornography, and the mark of an irresponsible mother.   Sally Mann’s Immediate Family: The Unflinching and Unafraid Childhood By Valerie Osbourn, October 27, 2006 In the fall of 1992, a traveling exhibit opened at the Institute of […]

Jim Goldberg’s ‘Raised By Wolves’ as a Non-Fictional Multi-Media Narrative

While we as viewers are aware that Goldberg is as present in the scenes as the characters themselves, the teens seem to forget about him and allow him to record their most private moments. Raised By Wolves as a Non-Fictional Multi-Media Narrative By Sarah Wichlacz “It’s not like you can go home and watch TV.” […]

Untitled by Diane Arbus (1996)

Untitled by Diane Arbus, New York, Aperture 1995 By Elsa Dorfman Originally published in The Women’s Review of Books, January 1996 Best known for her portraits of people who live on the margins of society – giants, midgets, freaks, transvestites, nudists – Diane Arbus is an undisputed master of photography. Her work is in every […]