Absolutely stunning photographs of people, places, things. I follow Sasha Arutyunova on Facebook, Instagram, and her website. In an age of constant BuzzFeed articles telling me which “10 Photographs Will Inspire Awe,” and “25 Pictures That Will Take Your Breath Away,” and so on, it’s nice to look at an artist’s work as an entire collection and really absorb the way in which they present the scene to you.
Arutyunova’s work varies widely in its subject matter and setting, but I find all of her images to be emotional and contemplative. She is a Brooklyn-based artist (by way of South Florida, by way of Moscow) who finds something worthwhile around her consistently. She also has created some fresh promotion photos for bands and actors and movies. I highly recommend a trip over to her site.
— Al Rosenberg
Wired has a mini review of Strange Weather, a new exhibition at the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin. The works in Strange Weather, by over twenty different artists, imagine what our life might be like after substantive climate change — or as Wired puts it, climate collapse. I’m pretty fond of the cloud machine, but all of the works are technically and aesthetically interesting.
— Megan Purdy
Tanya Tagaq, a throat singer who just won the Canadian Polaris Music Prize for her 2014 album Animism, is also a painter. This was news to me — I found it out after following the singer and artist on Twitter. If you’re familiar with her music — and if not, why not? — then her paintings won’t be a big surprise. They’re vivid, colourful and emotive, much like her live and recorded performances. You can check them out on her site and occasionally her Twitter.
In her acceptance speech, the Inuk singer exhorted the crowd of Toronto music insiders and indie darlings to wear and eat as much seal as possible: “Fuck PETA. Imagine an indigenous culture thriving on a renewable resource.”
But her Polaris Gala performance (3:18:00) was even more hard-hitting, and in some circles, controversial. The ten minute performance — actually a tour de force, no exaggeration — was backed by a choir and violinest, and was contextualized by a scrolling projection of the names of the 1200 murdered and missing aboriginal women of Canada. “You can hear the sound of a people defying genocide,” is how Geoff Berner puts it.
— Megan Purdy