“All this happened, more or less”
P.P.O.W Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC (3rd Fl)
Glaessner combines familiar objects with misunderstood and idiosyncratic portraits, often laden with humor that counterpoint her macabre imagery. An exploration of memory, personal history and ritual, Glaessner’s work questions the way in which we relate to and envision our past. Her most recent paintings depict a highly detailed mythology of post-human existence on earth that features anthropomorphic, gelatinous figures in familiar, yet toxic, landscapes. These organic creatures appear as if born from natural forms, like tree trunks and rock formations, in attempt to reconstruct lost histories through the detritus left behind. - thru Aug 15
2014 - Film Diary
Kaidan | Masaki Kobayashi | Japan | 1964 | 8.5
Luo Changwei - Da Qin Island (2012)
"Da Qin Island was first set up by Chinese officials in 1924 as a colony to separate leprosy patients from the general population, but in 2011, the last 40 patients were transferred back to rehabilitation facilities in mainland China.
Before the move, Changwei traveled to the isolated island for several months to document the patients and their way of life.
The images reveal a marginalized group still coping with life on the outside. Da Qin Island was, and perhaps still is, a place frozen in time and hidden from most of the world, yet Changwei’s narrative also includes the beauty of the locale, albeit one whose wondrous beaches act more as a barrier than a place to bask in the sun.”