6 Days to Halloween: Twisted Fashion Photography

Hi everyone! Fashion photography at its….strangest? Miles Aldridge’s work isn’t necessarily “Halloween” material, but I find strangeness and uniqueness, and even a taste of the macabre, in his fashion photography which is why including him in this year’s countdown. He just had a show in LA titled The Pure Wonder at the Fahey/Klein gallery which I, unfortunately, just missed.

I’m including some images of his work and please visit an LA Times article about him here and to visit his website, go here to view more of his phenomenal work. Enjoy!

‘Til next time!

From The Pure Wonder exhibit 2015

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I Only Want You to Love Me #4 (featured in his exhibition of the same name in 2013)

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From the Vogue Italia spread titled “Like a Movie” based on the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, 2010

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12 Days to Halloween: Disney Hauntings

Hi everyone!

Growing up in southern California, it was always nice to brag that Disneyland was kind of in our backyard. I, personally, have never outgrown the magic of Disneyland and, one day, I will surely have my wedding there… But one thing I didn’t know was that there is a lot more to the Haunted Mansion than meets the eye. In Sunday’s Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times, an article gives some hidden information that only deepens mysteries about the Mansion such as the tale of the sea captain, his wife, the murder, and the ghostly hat box. Have you ever seen any of them? Me neither. But they’re there! (Except for maybe the murder. It almost was…)

I’m including a video created by the Disney History Institute in which questions about the Hatbox Ghost are analyzed, and should you want more information about the Mansion, you can visit Doombuggies.

Pirates of the Caribbean has always been my favorite ride, but I will definitely be paying closer attention to the details the next time I’m visiting the Haunted Mansion. Who knows, perhaps I’ll spot the sea captain’s ghost wandering around or maybe I’ll find Constance’s pearls…

‘Till next time!

Servin Candorville in the Black Ground

Today I conclude Black Artists Week. I had so much fun looking up different artists, and learning about them, that I’m somewhat sad it’s over. It makes me wish I had taken an Art History class in college!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back next week with a new topic! ‘Till next time!

1. Michael Ray Charles (1967- )

Born in 1967, Michael Ray Charles was born in Lafayette, LO and spent most of his childhood growing up in Los Angeles, CA, New Orleans, LO and St. Martinville, LO. He studied design and advertising at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LO before getting a BFA degree. He got his MFA from University of Houston, Houston, TX and began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, TX in 1993. His work and research is rooted in analyzing historic racial stereotypes of African Americans both in how American history views African Americans and how they view themselves as a result of demeaning stereotypes. He often employs black caricatures and stereotypes such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom to comment on current racial attitudes. He is no stranger to controversy but always has supporters and hailed as daring for pushing people to question society. He has been involved in numerous documentaries including Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” in 2000 of which he was the subject. He continues to exhibit in national and international venues. He lives with his family in Austin, TX. (For more information, please visit here.)

Here is one of Charles’ caricatures from his fictitious product line called Forever Free. This is titled “Servin with a smile” (1994):

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Another from his Forever Free series, #9, (1997):

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2. Julie Mehretu (1970- )

Julie Mehretu was born in 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is best known for her heavily layered abstract paintings and prints. She was the first child of an Ethiopian college professor and an American teacher who all fled the country in 1977 and moved to East Lansing, Michigan where her father got a teaching position at Michigan State University. Her art overlays different architectural features such as columns and facades with different geographical schema like charts or building plans and shows them from different perspectives: aerial, cross-section and isometric. For example, her Mogamma: A Painting in Four Parts (2012) is four giant canvases that relates to “Al-Mogamma” which is the name of the all-purpose government building in Tahrir Square, Cairo which was where the 2011 revolution occurred and architecturally symbolizes Egypt’s post-colonial past. She has had many solo exhibitions in museums such as the Guggenheim in New York, NY, the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany, and in London, England, just to name a few. She continues to work and lives in New York City with her partner, Jessica Rankin. (For more information, please visit here.)

Here is the 1st Panel of Mogamma: A Painting in Four Parts (2012):

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All four panels of Mogamma seen together:

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Merehtu’s Black Ground (2006, ink and acrylic on canvas):

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3. Darrin Bell (1975- )

Born in Los Angeles, CA on January 27, 1975, Darrin Bell started drawing when he was 3. He’s been published in the Daily Californian since 1993 and was an editorial cartoonist during the 1990s for the Los Angeles Times and other California newspapers. He is the first African American to have two comic strips syndicated nationally. His cartoon Candorville can be found in the Los Angeles Times (and I will occasionally read it when I have time and not working on my show). Bell is also a storyboard artist and he lives in Los Angeles, CA. (For more information, please visit here and here.)

Here is one of Bell’s books; the cover is a great example of his art:

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A plug for his other comic strip, Rudy Park:

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