One of the most talked about exhibitions at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, FECK:ART took shape as the area’s emerging artists toiled to answer one question: can art succeed where porn fails: to actually turn us on? Their diverse and dazzling output celebrates ‘beautiful obscenity’ while challenging pornography’s status quo.
Abigail Ekue is a New-York based creative whose photography has been widely exhibited in the Big Apple and published by everyone from The Huffington Post to Mouth&Mouth. She uses her camera to explore body image, sex and sensuality, and the visceral human experience.
Born in Denver, Colarado in 1958, Francesca Woodman trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Rome (1977-78). After her return to the US, she worked as a photographer in New York until her suicide at the age of twenty-two. Woodman’s remarkable black and white photographs often depict the female form and feature the artist as well as other – mostly female – models. These images are often staged in dilapidated interior spaces where the human body is allowed to merge and blend with its surroundings. She produced unconventional portraits and self-portraits in which faces are often blurred or concealed. These eerie, ghost-like images create a strong sense of psychological unease.
Julie Cook is an award-winning artist specialising in photography-based projects and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at University of East London. The politics of looking and the relationship between private and public are amongst the themes that bind together her impressive corpus of work.
RORY MIDHANI is a freelance editorial/narrative illustrator interested in telling stories within a single page. The work he enjoys the most is creating scenes of real and imagined places, with an emphasis on character. Click on the image to see more of his amazing work.
CLARISSA COZZI is an illustrator, living and working in Milan. To see her Gallery Feature, click on the image above
'In Marbles, a series of photographs of male Greek marble statues, the images are closely cropped and focus on specific parts of the male anatomy. The final photographs are enlarged with the intention of producing an indecipherable photograph oscillating between landscape and medical documentation.
Photographer Szymon Brodziak is Poland's answer to Helmut Newton. An Economics graduate with a passion for photography, Brodziak's evocative images in the past have won him numerous awards. For a slideshow of his work for Lascivious lingerie is available to view here.
From the 22nd August to the 27th September, Richard Saltoun gallery will be exhibiting a series of feminist works by photographers Alexis Hunter and Jo Spence. Both women display a resistance to rigid gender roles and societal expectations in their work, addresses themes such as trauma and social change. Details of the exhibition, curated by George Vasey, can be found here.
El Libro Malo, 'The Bad Book'; a provocative title for Ivana Ford's new book of erotic photography. Exploring the sensuality of the female form, she describes the photos as "manifestations of lust". A self-taught photographer, Ford has been published in a number of erotic magazines and books, including Robinson's The Mammoth Book of Erotic Women in Photographs and Playboy. The book is self-published, and was crowd-funded, while the subject matter is highly personalised. "All my desires, vanities, obsessions, demons: everything is revealed in these pictures," states Ford.