Check out the new work by Vancouver-based artist Rebecca Chaperon. Chaperon’s paintings act as a means of storytelling, as landscapes meet flat geometry and emotive undercurrents. Born in England in 1978, Rebecca attended Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC where she studied fine arts until graduation in 2002. Her work is exhibited/collected internationally and recently shown (2014) in Vancouver, LA and San Francisco.
Her process often begins with the idea of place. We see paintings of dark landscapes that seem to stretch infinitely, a doomed place invented by the artist as a theatrical stage where various protagonists bravely live out mysterious vignettes. The setting becomes a representation of the internal landscape of the artist, or more specifically the small brilliant garden of creativity that exists within. On the visual journey through Chaperon’s work we are immersed in surreal versions of the world, places that waver just outside of our perception.
We have long been distant admirers of the work of Richard Long, and his “Art made by walking in landscapes, photographs of sculptures made along the way” body of work. After seeing his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2006, in an exhibit called The Path Is the Place Is the Line, we became even bigger fans. Born in Bristol, England in 1945, and has shown internationally since 1968. His last major exhibition was at the Tate Britain in 2009. These particular landscape images range from the 1960s to 1980s, and are all shot in black and white.
In the last year I would say the place that feels most like home is my car. But currently I’m on a couch in New York City.
What do you take pictures of?
This is a tough question. The best way to put it is that I take pictures of instances that take place in life that resolve to a great scheme of things. A follow photographer and I were discussing how the definition of being a photographer isn’t the act of taking a picture anymore. That more so a craft with the result of digital cameras and chips and such. The strange thing is that I hadn’t taken a picture in about 2 month up until recently. Yet my friend was saying that I was still a photographer because I would see though instances in which a picture was actually happening in real life. So I suppose I say all that because I trying to take those instances whether they be portraits, situations, environments, or spectral. Read on
Some times when people are a little crazy its hard to listen too, or take everything they say seriously. Eric had been talking about re-planting things in strange places. He will find a hole in the wall and take a vine from another wall and plant the vine in the hole. Usually Im just like whatever Eric!
Anyway Eric was leaving town and I took him and his lady to one of my favorite spots on the water, as a kind of going away adventure. This place is usually where homeless people sleep, but recently someone built a a rock garden there. And it was in this place where Eric did his good bye planting, documented in these pictures.
Logan, Utah. That is the place to have your kids spend Christmas. Mayor Randy Watts is a happy man today. With 26 percent of its residents under age 14, two candy stores, six toy stores, and a better than eight in 10 chance of having a white Christmas, Logan, Utah, gets top billing, according to Daily Beast.
This place is a classic, right there on Van Ness and Geary in San Francisco. Tommy’s Joynt. We used to hear stories from our grandparents about hitting this place up back in the day, about how Tommy’s Joynt was the spot. Well, we have never been, but we might head over there this weekend and watch some games on one of their hundred TVs.
Great photo of JR taking a book back to Kenya with him, the place of some of his best work. This is the great part, the book is a “non – commercial book has been spread to the community, signed by the women from the project. The same action have been done in Spain, Brazil and now Kenya.” JR just keeps keeping it smarter and smarter.
He also went back to Kenya and completed some rooftops that he started in 2009, check out the shot below…
You got to wonder who comes up with these lists, but Yahoo came up with the top-10 best US cities to be single in, and apparently New Orleans is #1. Not sure about you, but Mardi Gras doesn’t really look like the place you want to date a girl from, because that drunk pearl thing would be annoying.
Rounding out the list…which seems like a list that took 3 minutes to set up.
Miami, Austin, NYC, Las Vegas, Chicago, Nashville, Houston, San Francisco, Providence.
England is still the place to be right now. London Miles Gallery, in collaboration with Los Angeles Thinkspace Gallery, will present a group exhibition featuring a bold selection of international artists from the burgeoning New Contemporary Art movement.
After over a year in planning and a volcano delay, Art From the New World by Corey Helford Gallery opened at the Bristol City Museum. With almost all of the 45 participating artists in attendance, it was the place to see and be seen.