We’ve been huge fans of Reuben Wu since the beginning years of the blog so we wanted to share this weeks SF gallery show with the readers. Info is above, i’m very jealous since i’ll be on the East Coast.
Somewhere between 1970s concept album art, expeditionary imagery, and Surrealist painting is where Reuben Wu’s photographs steadfastly sit. His are pictures made in the real world, however, through collapsing time and merging processes, the real is transformed into the surreal, evoking a response simultaneously familiar and foreign. The photographs amplify the strangeness of place and speak to Wu’s individual experience within it.
The remnants of his processes –chemicals dragged arduously across the sensitized paper surface, infrared film shifting the world’s natural hues, light leaking into the camera and hitting the film plane —leave traces of their varied journeys embedded in the final image. Wu’s physical journey is a similar one; he treks with cameras in tow to places that, for most of us, are left to those who fall into the category of “explorer”. Considering the lengths he travels to make his photographs, the unpredictability of Wu’s materials is not exactly what we’d deem trustworthy. The resultant images delineate from the expected photographic trajectory and provide a mode of looking that is equally experiential and aesthetically unique.
Reuben Wu (b. 1975) is a photographer and musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. He received his MSc in 1998 from the University of Liverpool.
We’ve released a new Tycho single and a GMUNK-directed video to go along with it. Lot’s process over at GMUNK’s blog. Enjoy! Cover Art Credit
Design & Layout: Scott Hansen (Tycho)
Photography: Lukas Furlan
Video Credit List
Director: Bradley G Munkowitz
Assistant Director: Ian Colon
Executive / Line Producer: Andrew ‘Demansky Devankeys’ Devansky
Concept: Bradley G Munkowitz, Ian Colon, Joe Picard
Director of Photography: Joe Picard
1st Camera Assistants: Magaera Stephens, Noah Hassie
2nd Camera Assistants: Dakota Wilder Smith
Grips / Lighting: Tej Verde, Dakota Wilder Smith, Patrick Walsh
Props design and fabrication: Conor Grebel, Mike Williams
Practical FX design: Conor Grebel, Mike Williams
Lead Actress: Hannah Helena Bjørnø
Lead Actor: Eone Darke n’ Cray
Makeup: Melissa Capistrana
Production Company: Ground Control UK
Executive Producer: Michael Stanish
Editors: Bradley G Munkowitz, Ian Colon
Post Facility: Glassworks UK
Colourist: Matt Hare
Flame Artist: James MacLachlan
Process Photography: Dan Cowles, Maris Curran, Dakota Wilder
Process Editorial: Cyrus Tabar
Camera Rentals: Chater Camera, Keslow Camera
Equipment Rentals: Little Giant Grip & Electric
Extra Special Thanks: Autofuss + Bot & Dolly, Ghostly, Tycho
Luigi Ghirri (1943 – 1992) was an Italian photographer and writer who pioneered colour photography in the vein of conceptual and contemporary art. Although he was recognized and exhibited extensively while alive, full appreciation for his work has occurred posthumously. You can read a more extensive bio and view more of his images here and here.
I find his work appealing primarily because of the nostalgic colours of Kodachrome film, but also for his compositions. He definitely had a certain wit about him, as well as an ability to see and capture moments that others might otherwise miss. As one article states, “…His pictures are not acts of mimesis or replication but ways of exploring reality. They are investigations of the unknown and examine the spiritual and the immaterial world. Photography for Ghirri was a form of poetry and a means of communication; it was a mental habitat where boundaries and territories intersect and fluctuate…”
In a time where the devaluation of music seems to be at it’s peak, fans and audiences expect every release to be either for free or donation based, which forces musicians to tour extensively or resort to day jobs in order to support themselves. Deru, an electronic artist who questions this establishment, explores an innovative release of his latest album, 1979. His approach influences listeners to place themselves in an appropriate listening environment, delivering an entirely new experience.
To help him with his vision, Deru enlisted a team of people including the visual artist, Effixx, who collaborated previously on the Outliers, Iceland: Vol. 1 project.
I sat with Deru & Effixx to discuss the themes and concept behind 1979:
Been looking forward to this Young Marco album release for a while. I could only find a preview of each track for you guys but something is better than nothing. The older I get the more I want summer to sound like this album’s vibe. The record sits somewhere in between this visual I have of an old desktop computer sitting in the Caribbean’s and a clear plexi rain stick being pointed at the sun and looked through.
This intro and outro by ESPIRIT is becoming what I keep looking for in summer listening, its the tone, everything is tweaked effortlessly, just slowly cruises by your ears.
Didn’t expect this from the PAN label for some reason. Its a bit more “ghetto youth internet music” and less serious experimental.
You ever stare off and daydream about being really good at fighting and your muscles flinch because you felt like it was almost real? me neither. Well Tallesen just made the soundtrack for that experience.
Urulu is becoming one of the most reliable House producers that always dials in the right about energy on top of melody. Here its not too much House chords or lush Tech House, just a great formula post the early 90s inspired material.
Yesterday I came across the reel of Jason Drew and was floored by these visuals. Still images really don’t do it justice but check out the work that Jason, Andrew Jones and crew at Future Deluxe did for Nervo. Would love to see these in person, colors and animation are hypnotic.