Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli



Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker

A NEW CLIP EVERY WEEK HERE

"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford
















4.18.2014

MORPHOSIS

Joselyn Whiteman by Luca Campri for Hunter #24

Ricardo Baldin (part 5)
by Stefano Raphael for Jam Underwear SS14


Lucas Gil by Stefano Raphael
for Rounderbum World Cup 2014


Jacob Bitzer by Justin Mansyur & Marc Sifuentes

Adam Gumula (part 4)
by Rick Day

Andres Kopp by Ronald Luv

Goldenboy by Jeff Bark
@ Hasted Kraeutle Gallery in New York

The photographic tableaux in Jeff Bark’s newest body of work, Goldenboy, exist in an eerily ambiguous time of day, somewhere between the burning, first rays of dawn and the last glow of sunset. Suffused by a warm, languorous light that evokes the close heat of Southern California, and set amidst colors and textures that recall the 1980s, the series was inspired by aspects of his own autobiography. It was in a Southern California backyard in the Eighties that he made his first photographs, and Goldenboy’s protagonist, is the same age as Jeff Bark was during those very years. But the similarities end there, as these works take viewers through a compelling though confounding journey, refusing at every turn to provide satisfactory answers as to what, exactly, is taking place in this young man’s life -and who he will become.
Although most of the photographs appear to take place outside, and have an authentically rich, saturated West Coast palette, every one of them was actually taken inside Jeff Bark’s New York garage, on a meticulously constructed set meant to replicate the California backyard in which he made his first photographs. His insistence on building these complex, intricate sets from the ground up -working in the controlled environment of his studio, rather than at the whim of the elements- is an essential element of his meticulous, time-consuming process. In that spirit, the exhibition includes a site-specific installation that offers a wholly sensory and immersive experience. Soaked in the warm light so masterfully captured in the photographs, and scented to evoke the salt-kissed air of the sea, the installation is fitted with live parakeets, transforming Hasted Kraeutler into Southern California, circa 1980.
Jeff Bark is known for dreamy, atmospheric images that plumb the depths of a collective human experience in the manner of history painting’s grand masters, from Jacques-Louis David to Delacroix. But rather than relate stories of conquest, his photographs explore human life on a closer, more intimate scale, rendering epic the minutia of quotidian existence and revealing the mysteries contained in the commonplace. To that end, Goldenboy is sited inside and around the young man’s California abode, offering a glimpse into the spaces and routines of his seemingly idyllic daily life. But something is always awry: near-appealing symbols of his languid existence are juxtaposed with disturbing, even macabre details. As he sits in a chaise lounge eating popsicles, a dead plant studded by sharp spikes hovers ominously behind him; an elegant arrangement of yellow roses is corrupted by the remains of a keg-party, their roots flooded by empty plastic cups. It’s a disturbing clash of idyll and decay, the indulgent and the morbid. The question persists: will he live up to and embrace his own potential for greatness? Or perhaps he will turn away from it, choosing instead to pursue a darker destiny.
Jeff Bark, who was born in 1963 in Minnesota and is now based in New York, is part of renowned national collections including the Wilson Centre of Photography, the Sir Elton John Collection, and the 21th Century Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. His photographs were recently included in the group exhibition "No Fashion, please !" at Austria’s Kunsthalle Wien, along with such international superstars as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Erwin Olaf, Hanna Putz, Viviane Sassen, Sophia Wallace, and Bruce Weber.
The exhibition starts April 24 and runs through June 14, 2014.

Nuteki - "Fly away"

Nuteki is a rock band formed in November 2007 in Belarus by Mikhail Nokarashvili (lead vocalist) and Kirill Matushenko. As they gained popularity in their homeland, they moved to Moscow, Russia to gain even more success. There, they found new musicians Sergey Shubin, Andrey Ivanov, Igor Narbekov and finally Dmitry Bezborody. The band is now famous in Russia for their spectacular performances. Mikhail Nokarashvili stated that their shows ought to be performed in such a way that the audience would still be interested in watching them even with no sound. Quite a tour de force they take up as a permanent challenge. Which explains they labelled their style as "show rock". They are now back with the acoustic version of their latest English-language hit, "Fly away" pending their next 6-track EP "THE BGNNG". Watch the original video in the expandable. Nuteki were yesterday in Novosibirsk, they'll perform tomorrow just 125mi/200km away in Kemerovo.


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Dominus #8 (part 1)

"Dark horse" is the title of this cover story featuring Colton Szostek groomed by Jeremy Clark and photographed by Sean Gomes for the current issue of American magazine Dominus.