Friday, February 26, 2010
Swansea Love Story is no Romeo & Juliet story transferred from the streets of Verona to those of South Wales, no matter what the name might suggest. Instead, filmmaking duo Andy Capper and Leo Leigh provide us with a staggering documentary that attempts to get under the skin of a small selection of the many drug addicts living in the city.
As raw and unflinching as the film is, it is this pervading sense of affection that moves the film out of the realms of relentless bleakness. To sustain such a mood for the duration would turn the work into an unwatchable parable, but low crew numbers and uncomplicated vérité camerawork allow the humanity of the addicts to shine through. The subjects of the film are not characterised solely by their addictions: they are as fallible as any human beings, and they deserve our attention as such.
Whether it be the strange painting of a wizard hanging in the Special Brew can-filled front room of Cornelius’s sister, the deep and passionate love for Swansea City F.C that hopeful-reformer Dennis sings about in his blood-splattered new flat, or the incongruous box of Sugar Puffs that sits on the shelf behind ‘The Famous Clint,’ it is these tiny details that colour their world in and show us that, despite what statistics or tabloid coverage might sometimes tell us, these people should not be demonised.
The beauty of Leigh and Capper’s film lies in it’s simplicity, making it clear that to cast these people aside would be pure folly. Swansea Love Story is socially-aware filmmaking of a very high standard which deserves an audience not only because of its sensitive portrayal of a topic so often reduced to newspaper bylines, but because of the undeniable quality of craft and compassion shown by these relatively unknown filmmakers.
Watch all 6 episode of the documentary HERE
Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo is a Korean-Italian American artist who was born in 1983 Busan, South Korea and raised in NYC. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland majoring in painting and minoring in Anthropology before transferring to The Academy of Fine Arts, in Cracow Poland. Upon graduation Christa moved to Berlin where she currently lives and works while tackling her life long fear of the dentist. She is represented by The Kuma Galerie. See more Work by Christa HERE
Thursday, February 25, 2010
charles clary is an emerging american artist who specializes in creating relief sculptures using layers of hand cut paper. clary's work is tactile and colourful and extremely intricate. each piece is composed of multiple layers of paper that are stacked on top of each other to pop out from the wall or move inwards. most of clary's pieces take the form of canvases mounted on the wall. these canvases are cut into revealing the layers beneath them. these layers are intricately cut and inspired by natural and organic forms like bacteria or topographic formations. here is collection of new work by clary, prepared for an upcoming show exhibit in march.
Imagine you are 8 or 9 or 10 years old. You are invited to a birthday party, a costume party, and encouraged to dress up as a creature of your own wild imagination. How would you imagine your alter ego at age 10?
Colin Christian was born in London on March 30, 1964 to a loving and outgoing mother. He disliked school, and apart from art classes, found the whole thing rather frustrating and useless. At the age of 15 he left school and lived for a year in Morocco with his mother, brother and sister. He found the cultural differences to be very liberating. Upon his return to England at the age of 16 he worked at a record store, and in 1982 became a DJ and stage manager for a large nightclub in the south of England. This is where he met his wife, Sas, in 1989.