“Land Scape” by David LaChapelle at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Posted by The G on January 30, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by David LaChapelle.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

If you are a fan of the surrealistic photographs of David LaChapelle (not to be confused with the comedian whose name is similar but not and it’s unbelievable how many people mix the two up), you will also enjoy his latest exhibit “Land Scape” at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

The sites depicted in this exhibit are of gas stations and refineries and when you take a closer look, you will see that the objects that make up these structures are soda cans, straws and other items that typically spend more time on this planet in land fills than being useful items.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

As always with Lachapelle’s works, the photos are very large and really must be seen in person to grasp detail of each work.  The opening night party was filled with LaChapelle’s admirers from Amanda Lepore to artist Mark Ryden.  It was quite a scene.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

Despite being pretty mobbed, David LaChapelle was extremely nice to everyone and even posed for a photo with yours truly.  Thanks David!

David LaChappelle and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

David LaChappelle and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

David LaChapelle’s “Land Scape” will be on view through March 1st, 2014 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located on the corner of Tenth Avenue and 27th Street.

Review: David LaChapelle at the SVA Theater in New York

Posted by The G on March 13, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by David LaChapelle.

Michael Jackson by David LaChapelle

Artist and photographer David LaChapelle gave a fascinating talk (accompanied by an equally amazing slide show of his work) at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea in Manhattan on March 12, 2012.  The talk was a look through LaChapelle’s life and career that lasted two hours.  LaChapelle covered it all from working for Andy Warhol to his current home in Maui.  I found LaChapelle to be extremely spiritual instead of religious as one would expect from the imagery that is seen throughout his work.  He even said that he doesn’t know what the word “religion” means because (and I am paraphrasing here) once you start to define the infinite, the meaning is lost.

David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle

He also shared stories of some of his infamous celebrity photo shoots and without naming names, he said he has rarely come across someone famous that he’s photographed that he thought was truly happy.  He also spoke of what it was like working with the likes of Britney Spears (though being in the position that so many people would die to be in, she wanted to be anywhere but in her own skin), Hilary Clinton (politicians are some of the most difficult people he’s worked with), Michael Jackson (who knew exactly what he wanted), 2Pac (who was down to earth and trusted LaChapelle’s artistic vision), Whitney Houston (who appeared to be controlled by Bobby Brown) and Michael Jordan (who had so many people in his entourage, his people ultimately put the kibosh on the photo shoot).

The last photograph of Andy Warhol

LaChapelle also talked about his stint in the fashion world, saying that he had to get out of that business because it was destroying everyone around him due to the pressures and control.   As the free talk was primarily for the benefit of students, LaChapelle was sure to give advice he would have liked to have heard when he was at an impressionable age.  He mentioned picking and choosing your battles, but to definitely stand up for yourself when you believe in something very strongly.  LaChapelle also gave the advice to not give up and to pay attention to the subtle signs the universe provides you with constantly.  He also talked about his inspirations to push the boundaries out further by trying to create images that he would want to look at.

From the exhibit "Earth Laughs in Flowers" at Fred Torres Collaborations in NYC

The discussion concluded with work from LaChapelle’s latest exhibit “Earth Laughs In Flowers” which is showing at Fred Torres Collaborations in NYC through March 23, 2012.

“From Darkness To Light” by David LaChapelle

Posted by The G on June 14, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by David LaChapelle.

David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle - Chains of Life

Head over to the Lever House in New York to see a really cool exhibit by David LaChapelle. “From Darkness To Light” by David LaChapelle is organized in 3 sections.  The first is entitled “Raft of Illusion: Raging Toward Truth” and is a collage of photographs, paper, watercolor, pencil and printed materials.  The second section (as pictured above) is called “Chain of Life.”  It’s comprised of chains of photographic paper rings.  There are approximately 14,000 rings!  Impressive enough that so many rings were utilized, but even cooler, when you get closer to them, you see that the subjects in the photographs are nude.

Chains of Life - xxxtreme closeup!

Finally, there is “Adam Swimming Under a Microscope: Plague of an Ancient City” and “Eve Swimming Under a Microscope: Plague of an Ancient City” which are two circles of translucent photographic stickers adhered to windows.

Adam Swimming Under a Microscope: Plague of an Ancient City by David LaChapelle

And here’s an extreme close up of “Adam Swimming Under a Microscope: Plague of an Ancient City”:

Adam Swimming Under a Microscope: Plague of an Ancient City - xxxtreme closeup

“From Darkness To Light” by David LaChapelle is showing at Lever House Art Collection (located at 390 Park Avenue at 53rd Street) in New York through September 3, 2011.

 

American Jesus by David LaChapelle

Posted by The G on July 16, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos of David LaChapelle’s photos by G.

American Jesus by David LaChapelle. Now showing at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in NYC through September 18, 2010.

If you are a fan of David LaChapelle’s work and you live in the New York area, you’ve just hit the jackpot!  The Paul Kasmin Gallery has an exhibit of LaChapelle’s work including 3 images of Michael Jackson that have never been shown here before.  The images depict Michael Jackson as a modern day martyr and as evidenced by his tragic death a year ago, these pictures are downright haunting.  The pictures above and below don’t do the actual photos justice, as I was competing with a heavy glare against the glass they are framed in, so definitely head down to the Paul Kasmin Gallery at 511 27th Street to see these works with your own eyes.  Sha’mon!

American Jesus runs through September 18, 2010.

See another image after the jump.

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G Meets David LaChapelle

Posted by The G on July 15, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

Photo taken with my hand.

David LaChapelle and G

After attending 3 art exhibitions and seeing 3 bands, I figured I’d top the evening off with a visit to Amanda Lepore’s new party Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes in New York, which is extremely cool, by the way.  As luck would have it, one of my photographer idols David LaChapelle was in the house and I got to meet the man that’s taken iconic photos of Cher, David Bowie, Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Amanda Lepore, Whitney Houston, Courtney Love, David Beckham – need I go on?  He also directed Elton John’s Vegas stage show “The Red Piano,” has worked for every cool magazine under the sun, has directed countless music videos and has several amazing coffee table books of his work in print!  Needless to say, the man is a god!  He was extremely nice when I met him, though I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours but I think he was just a bit intoxicated, and by just a bit, it was lucky he was standing.  Regardless, he was wearing a Shepard Fairey shirt and he was extremely nice, so that’s all that really matters to me.  This is a website that does its best to share the love and not talk trash. David LaChapelle – I bow before your greatness and thanks again for being so cool!

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