Monday, August 30, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Q: Why did you decide to create Jacques Magazine?
A: We started Jacques Magazine in the spring of 2009. We really believed that Amjerica in particular needed a men's magazine with more class and more sophistication than what was currently available. Of course there are a lot of magazines on the newsstands today, but so many of them look exactly the same and seem to follow the same formula. So we definitely wanted to do something that was unique, but also very true to ourselves.
Q: Being centred in New York, are their certain sexual, cultural manifestations, subcultures there influencing your work with Jacques?
A: Not that I can think of ... I am born and raised in Manhattan, but as far as I can tell, the New York City of today is a very conservative place. I find places in the U.S. like Florida, Nevada and California much more liberated than New York. If anything, we find most of our influences outside of the city, in the more mainstream cultural heart of postwar America. I would say, with sadness, that the New York City of today is not particularly inspiring.
Q: How do you find the models you work with in Jacques?
A: We try really hard to find the right girl for the magazine. We definitely have a specific look and feel we are going for. We prefer to use girls that are American, and girls that have not done a lot of modelling in the past. Generally, I would say most of the girls featured in the magazine are really sweet people you would love to sit down and have a conversation with. Generally, quite a wholesome group and a lot of fun.
Q: Is it true you guys shoot everything on film and do not retouch?
A: Yes! Absolutely. It is one of the parts of Jacques that is unique. There are so many bad photos out there and the digital equipment is really not what it should be, even today. We really prefer the aesthetic and feel of analog film. Also, there is a much wider range of cameras to work with when you are shooting film, from old Rolleis to 35mm Nikons to Polaroids, etc. I guess you could try to simulate these film effects in Photoshop, but why bother? None of our photos ever seem to need retouching.
Courtesy of KC
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
1. For Japanese, Korean, and other languages that do not use Roman letters, Kawara uses Esperanto to write the date.
2. On December 28, 1972, Kawara wrote, in Swedish (because he was then in Stockholm), the last of these subtitles: "I don't know." Since then the only subtitle has been the weekday on which that Date Painting was executed. This last testimony can be seen as yet another instance of Kawara's increasingly radical intellectual skepticism.
3. Jean-Paul Sartre's novel La Nausée, 1938 (Nausea), had a formative influence on the young Kawara. Since the 1970s, however, he has become more engaged with the ideas of the Russian-Armenian mystic George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, for whom linguistic communication was inadequate in the search for a "primordial condition," a state of consciousness or "aspect of the mind higher than ordinary thought."
4. These telegrams followed three he sent for the "18 Paris IV.70" exhibition: "I am not going to commit suicide—don't worry" (December 5, 1969); "I am not going to commit suicide—worry" (December 8, 1969); and "I am going to sleep—forget it" (December 11, 1969).
5. In 1962 Kawara visited the cave paintings of Altamira, which made a profound impression on him. Rather than considering them prehistoric, he saw them as "beyond history" and "beyond language": for him, they make a direct appeal outside time. Moreover, given that they were executed in artificial light, they bear witness to an extension of diurnal time unprecedented in human history.
6. In the mid-1960s Kawara made a number of works involving braille or self-invented visual codes. See Jonathan Watkins, "Where 'I Don't Know' Is the Right Answer," in On Kawara (New York: Phaidon, 2002), p. 82.
I really love this work, no need to write that other than a blogger conversation tonight where people were saying opionless posts were worthless. I beg to differ but there was mine, hence posting. I'd say it's pretty bloody obvious I like something if I post it!
Dia Art Foundation, Stockholm