What is the difference if I am here or not here? – project, backsides

December 21, 2014

Yesterday I took the long overdue better photos of the newspaper articles that I glued on the backsides of the large drawings for the 2011 Kyoto “What is the difference if I am here or not here?”-project.

Josiane Keller - Little Nationalist boxed up

Josiane Keller “Little Nationalist boxed up” (2014)

In March 2011, during the time of the sea quake, tsunami and consequent accident in the nuclear power plant I was staying long term in Kyoto, supposed to do a show together with Yasuo Imai http://www.yasuoimai.com/ at JARFO http://www16.plala.or.jp/jarfo/ .

We had agreed to do the show during Golden Week in May already before the disaster happened,  and decided on a topic on personal loss. We adjusted the theme a coup,e of times and finally end of March I decided to leave due to uncertainties about health risks due to radiation in the atmosphere. We still did the show, but instead of hanging the actual ten drawings I created I took photographs of them, which were faxed live to the gallery during the opening night.

Josiane Keller - Little Nationalist - Kimura Minako, 3-3 bad and good

Josiane Keller “Little Nationalist (backside) – Kimura Minako, 3-3 bad and good” (2011)

On some of the backsides I had glued paper snippets of newspaper articles of the time from Japan and abroad, documenting the development of the situation. You can see these images here or together with the drawings on the front under this category:

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/japan-not-japan/311-what-is-the-difference-if-i-am-here-or-not-here-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/

Josiane Keller - A BRIDE - Experience SECURITY at a REASONABLE cost

Josiane Keller “A BRIDE (backside)- Experience SECURITY at a REASONABLE cost” (2011)

Josiane Keller - A BRIDE - At present, residents within a 20-km radius have been ordered to evacuate

Josiane Keller  “A BRIDE (backside) – At present, residents within a 20-km radius have been ordered to evacuate” (2014)

Josiane Keller - A BRIDE - I wonder if all the truth has been told in the news reports

Josiane Keller “A BRIDE (backside) – I wonder if all the truth has been told in the news reports” (2011)

Josiane Keller - Mami - It's just a matter of time before the leaks into the ocean grow

Josiane Keller “Mami (backside) – It’s just a matter of time before the leaks into the ocean grow” (2011)

[*click on image for full view]

Josiane Keller - Wettlaeuferin - voluntary evacuation zone

Josiane Keller “Wettlaeuferin (backside) – voluntary evacuation zone” (2011)

Josiane Keller - Wettlaeuferin - Those who came out last week despite the warnings

Josiane Keller “Wettlaeuferin (backside) – Those who came out last week despite the warnings” (2011)

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Once more Lee: Lee in a green dress (at an art opening)

December 20, 2014

Lee in color, specifically in a green dress:

Josiane Keller - Lee in a green dress (at an art opening)

Josiane Keller “Lee in a green dress /at an art opening” (2014)

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Kazuo Ohno mini clip on art, life, Butoh and Antonia Mercé ‘La Argentina’

December 19, 2014

The magnificent Kazuo Ohno in a mini clip, talking about art and life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paHf7Dfaky4

here the link to his studio-website:

http://www.kazuoohnodancestudio.com/english/

Kazuo Ohno

Kazuo Ohno

and since it is mentioned so often when people talk about Kazuo Ohno but never (?, rarely!) shown, here an old clip of the dancer that inspired him so much: Antonia Mercé ‘La Argentina':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjH5Tirus7k

La Argentina (Antonia Mercé) 1930

“‘La Argentina’ Antonia Mercé” (1930)

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More of Josette

December 19, 2014

More Josette-shots, very interesting to explore with color as well:

Josiane Keller - Josette 5

Josiane Keller “Josette 5″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Josette (diptych)

Josiane Keller “Josette, diptych” (2014)

of course I was thinking of this one by Brassai:

Brassai - Fille de joie, quartier Italie à Paris - 1932

Brassai “Fille de joie, quartier Italie à Paris” (1932)

She is just fabulous. I am still wondering how such photographs can be so “decorative”, despite the subject matter, but the same question applies to Antoine D’Agata’s work.

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53T_6

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Evening shooting with Josette

December 18, 2014

Meet Josette, getting ready and going to work (definitely my alter ego):

 Josiane Keller - Josette

 

Josiane Keller “Josette” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Josette going to work

Josiane Keller “Josette going to work” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Josette 2

Josiane Keller “Josette 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Josette back

Josiane Keller “Josette back” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Josette 3

Josiane Keller “Josette 3″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Josette waiting

Josiane Keller “Josette waiting” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Josette working

Josiane Keller “Josette working” (2014)

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Reflections on BLOG writing

December 18, 2014

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* Reflections on BLOG writing: originally I had started this BLOG with the 2012 “Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me”- project, a collaboration with street youth at p:ear in Portland, OR:

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/now/each-reflection-of-myself-echoes-a-different-emotion-at-me-20-heroes-from-the-city-of-roses/

http://pearmentor.org/

I had exhibited and taught workshops at p:ear some years before, but at the time this project was a distance project and based on personal interviews collected from homeless and transitional youth. I started the BLOG in order to communicate to the participants in this project the various steps of it as I was going through them. Since I created stand-ins from ceramic I had to design, form, fire, decorate and photograph them. I kept the language of the BLOG deliberately casual as well as descriptive to keep it interesting and accessible for this particular group of people who I was collaborating with at the time.

I kept writing the BLOG since and posted about following projects, during 2012/13 I worked on three commissions, an introductory stop-motion animation commissioned by Jordanian director Muawia Attalah /JOODfilms as intro-clip for his short film “SHALAM?” (2013)

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/moving-image/shalam-introductory-stop-motion-clip-director-muawia-attalah-jood-films-2013/

a cover illustration for the book “SOMEWHERE IN A TOWN YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED SOMEWHERE” by Nina Hart,

http://www.josianekeller.com/2014/11/28/somewhere-town-never-knew-existed-somewhere-nina-hart-sunder-press-2014-book-cover/

and a film prop for a documentary on a street poet and peace activist from Cleveland, Ohio /USA (currently this film is still in production).

I further created two stop-motion animations in a work-intensive technique based on still ceramic models,

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/moving-image/sallie-gardner-at-a-gallop-2013-moving-image/

and: http://www.josianekeller.com/category/moving-image/i-anyways-live-until-i-die-the-film-2014/

It seemed to make sense documenting the  creation of these projects, particularly long-distance collaborations or commissions in production diaries, as well as writing about them in a casual and for everyone accessible language.

By now I am working mainly on photography based on self made models (mainly from ceramic) and explore through this questions of photography as well as sociology, i.e. “feminist” (or are they?) topics.

The market for this work are arenas promoting conceptual / fine art photography and lens-based media. I am questioning the best way as well as style, if there even should be any, to keep writing this BLOG about my current work. The casual style I used writing about the former community-based projects is in context with my current work no longer suitable. At this time I have not come to finalized conclusions, please consider this BLOG a work in progress and expect further changes.

[I started thinking about this on particularly 4th December 2014 preparing for an opening in Chicago, but had only two weeks later the time to write it down to some extent clarified, wondering even more IF and if so WHERE on the BLOG I should post it. For this reason, for time being, I am posting this twice.]

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Second shooting day with Lee, indoors

December 17, 2014

Second shooting day with Lee, (who is still very pregnant):

Josiane Keller - Lee pregnant

Josiane Keller “Lee pregnant” (2014)

As so often, two shots that are very similar and that I like for different reasons, so I am having a hard time to make a choice. Lee again, same pose:

Josiane Keller - Lee pregnant 2

Josiane Keller “Lee pregnant 2″ (2014)

…who, by the way, has a very petite back, somewhat in contract to her impressive front:

Josiane Keller - Lee's back (at an art opening)

Josiane Keller “Lee’s back (at an art opening)” (2014)

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Lee pregnant

December 17, 2014

Josiane Keller - Lee

Josiane Keller “Lee” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Lee 1

Josiane Keller “Lee 1″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Lee with a black car

Josiane Keller “Lee with a black car” (2014)

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Second shooting day with Vicky: bondage

December 15, 2014

Second shooting day with Vicky we tried some bondage.

Josiane Keller - hairy ear

 Josiane Keller “hairy ear” (2014)

… well. Anyways, here is Vicky:

Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage 2

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage 3

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage 3″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage 4

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage 4″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage 5

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage 5″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage 6

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage 6″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Vicky bondage 7

Josiane Keller “Vicky bondage 7″ (2014)

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Photo shoot in the library with Vicky

December 14, 2014

Photo shoot in the library with Vicky:

 Josiane Keller - beautiful behind

Josiane Keller “beautiful behind” (2014)

Josiane Keller - beautiful front

Josiane Keller “beautiful front” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Vicky

Josiane Keller “Vicky” (2014)

Edward Weston would have loved her! Nobuyoshi Araki would love her. (I love her, too.)

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Second day photo shoot: ‘Portrait’ of Agnes

December 12, 2014

Second day photo shoot with Agnes, topic “Portrait”:

 Josiane Keller - Agnes 1

Josiane Keller “Agnes 1″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Agnes 2

Josiane Keller “Agnes 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Agnes' left eye 2

Josiane Keller “Agnes’ left eye 2″ (2014)

I prefer the next shot:

Josiane Keller - Agnes' left eye

Josiane Keller “Agnes’ left eye” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Agnes' lips

Josiane Keller “Agnes’ lips” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Agnes' right eye

Josiane Keller “Agnes’ right eye” (2014)

compare with:

Robert Doisneau, Untitled (no date)

Robert Doisneau “Untitled” (no date)

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Photo-shoot with Agnes, ‘Bride’ topic and a homage to Uemura Shoen “Ghost with Sword”

December 11, 2014

Photo-shoot with Agnes:

Josiane Keller - Agnes

Josiane Keller “Agnes” (2014)

my favourite shot out of the whole set:

Josiane Keller - Agnes with mask

Josiane Keller “Agnes with mask” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Agnes with a veil

Josiane Keller “Agnes with a veil” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Agnes with a net

Josiane Keller “Agnes with a net” (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Agnes with net 2

Josiane Keller “Agnes with net 2″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - Agnes homage to Uemura Shoen

Josiane Keller “Agnes homage to Uemura Shoen” (2014)

compare with the original inspiration:

Uemura Shoen - Ghost with Sword - 1923

Uemura Shoen “Ghost with Sword” (1923)

*more information about Uemura Shoen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uemura_Sh%C5%8Den

**here a BLOG with more samples of her paintings: http://m.blog.daum.net/_blog/_m/articleView.do?blogid=0kkGe&articleno=1488

Josiane Keller - Agnes as a bride

Josiane Keller “Agnes as a bride” (2014)

compare with:

A Bride

Josiane Keller “A Bride” (2011)

*for more info see: http://www.josianekeller.com/category/japan-not-japan/311-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-disaster/

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Detect – align – represent – classify: “DeepFace” – electronic face recognition, a paper by CVF (Computer Vision Foundation)

December 11, 2014

“In modern face recognition, the conventional pipeline consists of four stages: detect => align => represent => classify.”

That’s how the article on facebook’s controversial electronic face recognition program starts, which you may have read about on HuffingtonPost in an article “Facebook’s New ‘DeepFace’ Program Is Just As Creepy As It Sounds” by Dino Grandoni earlier this year:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/facebook-deepface-facial-recognition_n_4985925.html

Here once more the article:

http://www.cv-foundation.org/openaccess/content_cvpr_2014/papers/Taigman_DeepFace_Closing_the_2014_CVPR_paper.pdf

Josiane Keller - reflection

Josiane Keller “reflection” (2014)

Josiane Keller - reflection 2

Josiane Keller “reflection 2″ (2014)

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A photograph taken from a photograph: fake memory of my father #1, #2, #3 and #4

December 9, 2014

Josiane Keller - fake memory of my father #1

Josiane Keller “fake memory of my father #1″ (2014)

This is a photograph taken of a photograph probably my taken by my mother of my father during a family vacation in the 70’s carrying me on his shoulders. Soon after my father should die in a car accident and by now, after having moved xyz times from country to country I have only this one photograph of him left. I do not look at it very often, usually it is somewhere tugged away in my personal things, and the memory of my father has faded away since a very long time, and although I miss the presence of a father this presence is quite faceless, his voice is a little more stuck in my memory.

This photograph has become a “memory” of him.

But the actual photograph shows him carrying me, so in reality it can’t possibly be a true memory of mine, because sitting as a young child (half asleep) on his shoulders I would have had a totally different perspective of him.

And so, although it doesn’t feel that way, it is a fake memory of a my father.

 Josiane Keller - fake memory of my father #2

Josiane Keller “fake memory of my father #2″ (2014)

Perhaps memories are rather black/white? Also, the date of such photo is a big question, the original photo was taken during a winter vacation between 1973 and ’74, but I took the photo of the photo in 2014, and am trying to make it more look like the way the image in my memory is looking right now.

Josiane Keller - fake memory of my father #3

Josiane Keller “fake memory of my father #3″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - fake memory of my father #4

Josiane Keller “fake memory of my father #4″ (2014)

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Cloud ocean and reflections on BLOG writing

December 8, 2014

Josiane Keller - cloud-ocean

Josiane Keller “cloud ocean” (2014)

A succession of 16 photos, seemingly taken at an ocean shore of large waves and sea gulls.

In reality this was a strange cloud formation and what comes across as perhaps a lit boardwalk is the roof of a factory; yes, there were actually sea gulls, that much is true.

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* Reflections on BLOG writing: originally I had started this BLOG with the 2012 “Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me”- project, a collaboration with street youth at p:ear in Portland, OR:

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/now/each-reflection-of-myself-echoes-a-different-emotion-at-me-20-heroes-from-the-city-of-roses/

http://pearmentor.org/

I had exhibited and taught workshops at p:ear some years before, but at the time this project was a distance project and based on personal interviews collected from homeless and transitional youth. I started the BLOG in order to communicate to the participants in this project the various steps of it as I was going through them. Since I created stand-ins from ceramic I had to design, form, fire, decorate and photograph them. I kept the language of the BLOG deliberately casual as well as descriptive to keep it interesting and accessible for this particular group of people who I was collaborating with at the time.

I kept writing the BLOG since and posted about following projects, during 2012/13 I worked on three commissions, an introductory stop-motion animation commissioned by Jordanian director Muawia Attalah /JOODfilms as intro-clip for his short film “SHALAM?” (2013)

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/moving-image/shalam-introductory-stop-motion-clip-director-muawia-attalah-jood-films-2013/

a cover illustration for the book “SOMEWHERE IN A TOWN YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED SOMEWHERE” by Nina Hart,

http://www.josianekeller.com/2014/11/28/somewhere-town-never-knew-existed-somewhere-nina-hart-sunder-press-2014-book-cover/

and a film prop for a documentary on a street poet and peace activist from Cleveland, Ohio /USA (currently this film is still in production).

I further created two stop-motion animations in a work-intensive technique based on still ceramic models,

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/moving-image/sallie-gardner-at-a-gallop-2013-moving-image/

and: http://www.josianekeller.com/category/moving-image/i-anyways-live-until-i-die-the-film-2014/

It seemed to make sense documenting the  creation of these projects, particularly long-distance collaborations or commissions in production diaries, as well as writing about them in a casual and for everyone accessible language.

By now I am working mainly on photography based on self made models (mainly from ceramic) and explore through this questions of photography as well as sociology, i.e. “feminist” (or are they?) topics.

The market for this work are arenas promoting conceptual / fine art photography and lens-based media. I am questioning the best way as well as style, if there even should be any, to keep writing this BLOG about my current work. The casual style I used writing about the former community-based projects is in context with my current work no longer suitable. At this time I have not come to finalized conclusions, please consider this BLOG a work in progress and expect further changes.

[I started thinking about this on particularly 4th December 2014 preparing for an opening in Chicago, but had only two weeks later the time to write it down to some extent clarified, wondering even more IF and if so WHERE on the BLOG I should post it. For this reason, for time being, I am posting this twice.]

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A show opening and Murphy’s Law and the moon and traffic light

December 4, 2014

Well, well. Tomorrow there is an opening in a lovely city and my work is in that very opening. And luckily I get the chance to attend this opening, personally. And so, to be prepared for the occasion AND to make a good impression I had ordered some lovely, lovely business cards from a up-and-coming printing business that’s all the rage now, in fact many designers for their playful templates seem to have graduated from Central Saint Martins! Only today I got a message from an equally, no, it is actually a much more well known courier business that due to a confusion during shipping my package with the beautiful cards went somewhere else and will reach me with at least one day delay.

That means: it will not reach me at all before I go to the lovely city… and all lament and crying is, once again, pointless. It’s called: Murphy’s Law.

Well. Never sweat the small stuff and never sweat the small cards. I recall well a certain incident, now over two years ago, where a package with larger cards reached my house, ready to be mailed out as show invitations, only upon opening it turned out it was a complete misprint and that time I almost had a nervous breakdown. I remember it well. Not this time (I swear!!)

We need: a printed sheet with a compilation of seemingly attractive images of my recent work, one large scissors (after we found out that a certain free-for-all-guillotine is blunt = useless, one make-yourself-a-stamp-kit, one business card holder (for later, when you are done) and a ton of patience and laizzes-faire.

It looks like this:

Josiane Keller - Murphy's Law

Josiane Keller “Murphy’s Law” (2014)

And when you are done and all is printed and cut up and stamped and dried and stuffed in your little card holder thingy it looks like this (and you can be proud of yourself!):

Josiane Keller - business card holder

Josiane Keller “business card holder” (2014)

Cute, eh? Like a pocket TV!

Meanwhile always have an open eye for the beauty of the moon and the weird jokes he is pulling off frequently:

 Josiane Keller - moon and traffic light

Josiane Keller “moon and traffic light” (2014)

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Pregnant Madonna – quadruple

December 3, 2014

Finally, hours of carving later, she is finished. Practically was pregnant with herself I suppose.

Here my “pregnant Madonna” as a quadruple image, pre-bisque:

Josiane Keller - pregnant Madonna - quad

Josiane Keller “pregnant Madonna – quad” (2014)

I suppose the Madonna stands for sacrifice and selflessness. Motherhood in general, and at the stage of pregnancy this is particularly interesting, as we obviously got ourselves til there, there is no way back anymore and the way in front of us is so bloody much longer anyways. Besides that we and everyone around us is excited, sometimes our surrounding is even more excited than we are and we have to live up to these people’s mood, otherwise we would spoil their fun, no matter how anxious, exhausted or sick we feel. And it will stay that way for the next 20 years at least. If for some reason the sensation of motherhood will be interrupted that would be even worse. So we have no choice anyways.

…and with this contemplation on motherhood I shall leave, as it is time for bed. Good night!

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Brief interlude: koto song まりつき “Maritsuki” (bouncing a ball) by blind musician 衛藤公雄 Kimio Eto and Ayako Hotta-Lister, composed by blind musician 宮城道雄 (Michio Miyagi)

December 2, 2014

To take a brief break from disaster poetry and other distressing aspects of life on earth, here an incredibly beautiful song played on the Japanese koto by the blind musician 衛藤公雄 (Kimio Eto).

 衛藤公雄 Kimio Eto

衛藤公雄 Kimio Eto (*currently can’t seem to come up with a birthdate, but he is still alive)

(* he seems to be always smiling, and I think you can hear it in his songs, too…)

In fact, the link is to three songs, which describe children’s games and are all very masterful, but the one I love best is the first one, まりつき “maritsuki” (bouncing a ball):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRCfRAYmz7k

A little bit info about him can be found here:

http://www.komuso.com/people/people.pl?person=483

Which is also composed by another famous blind koto player, 宮城道雄 (Michiyo Miyagi). Sometimes it helps to be blind.

 宮城 道 Michio Miyagi

 

宮城 道 Michio Miyagi (1894 – 1956)

Link to his site here: http://www.miyagikai.gr.jp/english/music/index.html

You can compare the same song here played by (not blind, still also very beautifully playing) Ayako Hotta-Lister:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft6AooDXip4

I hope you enjoy.

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pregnant lady 2 dark and bright – unfinished, waiting to be finished

December 2, 2014

Too much annoying little schnick-schnack to do, not even little but very annoying, that kept me from sculpture making, which is fun and great and what I would rather do.

So this little lady is standing in my studio wrapped up waiting to be continued and completed, dark and bright, well, with some luck tomorrow is the day and I can get it done, finally, I very much hope so:

Josiane Keller - pregnant lady 2 dark and bright

Josiane Keller “pregnant lady 2 dark and bright” (2014)

 

 

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“The kids are doing okay” – letter on the asphalt in the rain

December 1, 2014

Well. Here’s the thing: I found a letter lying on the asphalt in the rain. Being a enthusiastic collector of handwritten thrown-away shopping lists I thought it might be that. Instead it turned out to be part of a letter which was sent to Lucasville prison.

In a way, yes of course, there is a privacy issue. Someone wrote this letter and it was meant for another specific person that is not me.

The letter going to a prison had to be sent open without envelope. God knows how old the thing is, as why would it lie around on the street in the rain?

And the other side of the situation is the letter is pure disaster-poetry, and I need hours of 3 Penny Opera to get over it. Because it is true and insightful as only life itself can write it and even so, like a color photograph of a beautiful red and orange sun set it is so perfect in what it is it seems fake. But honest to God, I did not write it myself, and I found it like this. And I feel it is as important to show it as any photograph of street life is, because I want to document real life of real people. So I decided to block out the names (the photo seemed far more decorative without the blocks, but hey, I’m doing my best!) and show it here, aware of the fact that this brings controversy along.

Josiane Keller - the kids are doing okay - letter to Lucasville prison

Josiane Keller “the kids are doing okay – letter to Lucasville prison” (2014)

The text reads like this:

“The kids are doing okay, they missing you and wishing you was here with them. I can’t wait til I move so I can get a phone so you and J. can call us. I wish you was here for your birthday so we can be shooting our regular. H. getting taller and maturer

he go to therapy, he clean up act like a big brother suppose to.
He got a new tattoo with my name. He going to get yo name next and M. – M. got a lot of tattoos. She got N. and N. name on her and she got my name on her back. She on probation and they making her get in school and go to parenting class. She also got to get a job. I’m taking my ass back to school so I can have a better job and make money to take care of kids. Well I’m going to bed. …”

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Hairy Man

November 30, 2014

Well, a hairy man:

Josiane Keller - hairy man

 Josiane Keller “hairy man” (2014)

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Johnny putting in his contact lens

November 29, 2014

This picture caused a big discussion in my flat. Oh well.

 Josiane Keller - Johnny putting in his contact lens

Josiane Keller “Johnny putting in his contact lens” (2014)

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The Canary Bird in the Cage on the Balcony of Andre Kertész in Rue Vaugirard and a present containing grapefruit seeds in a nipple-like package

November 28, 2014

Today’s BLOG post shall start with a short thinking piece in the real of physics (and animal behaviorism)

Look at Andre Kertész’ picture “Rue Vaugirard, Paris” (1931):

Andre Kertész – Rue Vaugirard, Paris, 1931

Andre Kertész “Rue Vaugirard, Paris” (1931)

Assume the cage with the canary is being accidentally pushed down or blown down by the wind. Through the sensation of falling the canary, locked inside of the cage, would start fluttering its wings. At the moment the cage crushes onto the ground, would the fluttering canary be injured as it would be injured if it was a non-flying creature or an object like the cage itself, that will be broken, or would it be fine?

Just a question, looking at this photograph. Don’t try it at home, though.

I spent the day scouting down town and took these two images along the way:

Josiane Keller - bulb

Josiane Keller “bulb” (2014)

and:

Josiane Keller - girl

Josiane Keller “girl” (2014)

which go in  my “Not Japan / the faithful representation…”-category.

When I came home there was the most peculiar package for me (nipple-like, by the way!), containing some strange tiny teeth:

 Josiane Keller - grapefruit seeds like teeth in a nipple-like package-

Josiane Keller “grapefruit seeds like teeth in a nipple-like package” (2014)

Thanks, Pippa!!

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Expectation is memory – experience, memory and expectation

November 24, 2014

To what extend do we spend our lives in memory?

Everything we recognize is based on MEMORY.

The memory of having seen, met or understood a certain situation or person or surrounding, we have encountered before.

(And, if they were strong, also the emotions connected to that.)

 

Everything we recognize is based on MEMORY.

The memory of having seen, met or understood a certain situation or person or surrounding, we have encountered before.

(And, if they were strong, also the emotions connected to that.)

Sometimes we don’t remember.

 

Sometimes we have not experienced it ourselves, but others have told us about it and when the situation comes up  we meet the person we remember what the other person has told us about it, who told us about it after they experienced it, so they were also reflecting onto their memories and so we thinking of this are then reflecting onto another person’s memory, not our own direct one.

Josiane Keller - The Fall of Man - Experience, Memory and Expectation

Josiane Keller “The Fall of Man – Experience, Memory and Expectation” (2014)

Sometimes we have not experienced a situation or met a person yet ourselves, but others have and told us about it and we are about to experience this situation or meet this particular person, and expecting this or the other based on the other person’s memory, who has told us about his or her experiences.

 

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Statistics – peak in views favoring “collarbone” – does this mean people like seeing photographs of collarbones? How about you?

November 24, 2014

How interesting. Yesterday I hit the fan with my generally moderate viewing stats. Within only a couple of hours after putting up the new images I had in total 155 views, of which 11 went to“collarbone”, interesting enough although I updated the image three times during the course of the day,

Josiane Keller - collarbone

Josiane Keller “collarbone” (2014)

and 10 went to “untitled 2″, 5 views went to the post “3 Nudes, …” and 5 views to “untitled 1″.

23 views came through various search engines, 3 through my facebook page (which is tiny, so I can rant without regrets when I feel like it), which means some of my personal friends, 2 through my facebook post of yesterday where I directly put a link to the new post and one through facebook-…, well, I am actually confused what part of facebook after the two earlier ones are covered.

Anyways, since I do not have a facebook fan page the views via facebook should be all private people I know personally.

Oh, and one referral through my Twitter page, which as opposed to facebook is big, open, public and there are plenty of people or galleries or companies on it who i do not know personally and only connect with through my art work.

Generally, these last months my viewing stats were relatively low, which does not bother me at this point, they rise when I have a show on display, and other than that I use the site as an online portfolio. Having said that, a drastic peak in views is definitely interesting to me, especially if it can be triggered. Only funny that it should be triggered by “collarbone” (from clay on top of that!)

Does this mean people like seeing photographs of collarbones?

What about you? Do you actively search images of collarbones online, for instance by typing in the search engine the word “collarbone”?

And if so, is this for the purpose of arousal? (No way…) Anyways, if so, this leads me back to the underlying topic: how can human vision get tricked by photographs in a two dimensional format, small scale and black-white to mistake it for a real-life body part (3D and perhaps not in black and white?)

Or is there a different explanation behind it?

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One for the road: breast

November 23, 2014

Before I go to bed, here is one last one for the road:

Josiane Keller - breast

Josiane Keller “breast” (2014)

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3 Nudes, 2 untitled and one collarbone

November 23, 2014

Have you ever noticed that “Nude” photographs so very often are “untitled” and then a head is missing?

101 Josiane Keller - untitled 1

Josiane Keller “girl” (2014)

Josiane Keller - untitled 2

Josiane Keller “untitled 2″ (2014)

then there are other body parts:

Josiane Keller - collarbone

Josiane Keller “collarbone” (2014)

*I had to overwork that collarbone three times, and then I got this fabulous spam:

“It’s possible that You Also Make All these Slip ups With handbags !” 

Hmmm…. with handbags?

** Further: I got fabulous site stats with this post, but all the rage stopped when I announced the above mentioned ‘spam’ in the headline, which I go into more detail in the following post. So I am taking it out again now and see what happens.

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“Rent-A-Family Fills Emotional Need in busy Japan” by Teresa Watanabe (LAT), Benita Marcussen “Men and Their Sex Dolls” and Koreeda Hirokazu’s “Air Doll” (2009)

November 22, 2014

On stand-ins, read this very interesting article by Teresa Watanabe from Los Angeles Times (1992):

http://articles.latimes.com/1992-05-12/news/wr-1769_1_extended-family

“… A Tokyo company, Japan Efficiency Corp., is doing a booming business renting families to the lonely. It also offers personal assistants to recognition-starved homemakers, sympathetic ears to stressed-out executives, even people to scold for those who are dying to tell someone off but can’t in this culture of restraint. …”

compare to the photographer Benita Marcussen’s photographs of men who have relationships with their sex dolls, recently all over the net:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/live-in-dolls-meet-men-love-4641967

and also:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/18/men-and-their-sex-dolls_n_6181660.html

Benita Marcussen - Everard with 'Anouska'

Benita Marcussen “Everard with Anouska” , © Benita Marcussen

here is her website:

http://www.benitamarcussen.dk/

The topic was discussed many times before, and there are numerous samples which I won’t all list here, only mention this very spectacular, award-winning movie by Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu “Air Doll” (2009), based on the manga series Kuuki Ningyo by Yoshiie Gōda:

Koreeda Hirokazu - Air Doll - 2009

Koreeda Hirokazu “Air Doll” (2009)

watch a clip (in Japanese)  here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI46dEsDaBM

and here on with English subtitles (I do recommend watching them both in that order if you have time and interest, as it is very insightful):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeMfPUOZuy8

 

 

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David Lynch photograph and model “Eve” (and how she really looks like)

November 22, 2014

Here one of David Lynch’s amazing photographs:

David Lynch - untitled - 2009

David Lynch “untitled” (2009)

and here my model for the “Eve” shots (and how she really looks like):

 Josiane Keller - model Eve

Josiane Keller “model Eve” (2014)

Remember? She didn’t make it through the bisque firing…

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More prostitution: a girl versus girl versus a woman and William Morris’ “La Belle Iseult”

November 21, 2014

Some new pics, ‘girl’:

Josiane Keller - girl

Josiane Keller “girl” (2014)

and ‘a girl’:

Josiane Keller - a girl

Josiane Keller “a girl” (2014)

Mind you, there is a difference between a ‘girl’ and a ‘woman’.

Meanwhile, just for fun, compare “a girl” with William Morris’ painting ‘La belle Iseult’ (revered and in black/white):

William Morris ‘La Belle Iseult’ 1858 reversed bw

William Morris “La Belle Iseult”, reversed bw (1858)

here the original:

William Morris ‘La Belle Iseult’ 1858

William Morris “La Belle Iseult” (1858)

Read more about the painting here:  http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/morris-la-belle-iseult-n04999/text-summary

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Brief interruption: no yahoo mail, an undersea cable is severed and a cable repair ship has been mobilized

November 21, 2014

No yahoo mail today, instead, we are learning this, an underwater fiber cable is cut (imagine this!) and a cable repair ship has been mobilized and will be at the site this weekend (fascinating, even if it is annoying, it is ALSO fascinating, think about it…):

“Users of Yahoo Mail have experienced disruptions for the past two days as the result of what the company says is the severing of an undersea cable. The worst affected regions seem to be the Eastern USA and Western Europe. A message on Yahoo’s Help Central web page says:

“Some Yahoo Mail users are experiencing delays in accessing and viewing their mail. We’ll be posting updates regularly on this page to keep everyone informed of our progress. Thank you for your patience as we work to fully resolve this.”

“We are aware that Yahoo Mail is slow or inaccessible for some of our users. The issues were a result of an underwater fiber cable cut, caused by a third party while fixing a separate cable. The engineering team has rerouted email traffic to mitigate accessibility issues. A cable repair ship has been mobilized and will be at the site this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience as we certainly understand email is a critical service for our customers.”

http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2382951/yahoo-mail-down-as-undersea-cable-is-severed

 Josiane Keller - an undersea cable is severed and a cable repair ship has been mobilized

Josiane Keller “an undersea cable is severed and a cable repair ship has been mobilized” (2014)

If you didn’t quite understand the image: you are looking from under the ocean up to a cable (THE cable responsible in the above story) and a ship that has been sent to the rescue…, well, if you still don’t get it, never mind!

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Eve under the bridge

November 19, 2014

Remember little Eve who exploded in the kiln during her premature bisque firing? Well, as once again it turns out one should never give up hope, as Eve is modeling for me today for an aged prostitute, junkie and alcoholic who lives under a bridge.

Here the shots:

Josiane Keller - Eve under the bridge 1

Josiane Keller “Eve under the bridge 1″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Eve under the bridge 2

Josiane Keller “Eve under the bridge 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - Eve

Josiane Keller “Eve” (2014)

and finally:

Josiane Keller - Eve down

Josiane Keller “Eve down” (2014)

Well. Every work of art is also a little bit of a self portrait.

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The Elephant book cover, fallen lady and Laechelnde

November 16, 2014

The book with the elephant book cover arrived (my personal sample! Hurrah!!) and it looks like this:

Josiane Keller - elephant book cover

Josiane Keller “elephant book cover” (2014)

… again: if you are around, you can go to the presentation on Thursday at MALAPROPS in Asheville, NC: 

http://www.malaprops.com/event/nina-hart-launch-party

And here the pics I took yesterday of the “fallen lady”:

Josiane Keller - fallen lady - by a window

Josiane Keller “fallen lady /by a window (2014)” (2014)

and:

 Josiane Keller - fallen lady 2

Josiane Keller “fallen lady 2″ (2014)

and also:

Josiane Keller - die Laechelnde

Josiane Keller “die Laechelnde” (2014)

(*the smiling one)

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Prostitute picture printing day (14th Nov), Christie’s NY and Triple Elvis-day (12th Nov)

November 14, 2014

The kiln is finished and the firing seems to have gone well without any explosions or breakages, Jenny’s nose seems mended so far. And so we can now proceed to some serious shooting session, only that the first snow has arrived outside, and loads of it, so I need to either integrate that or be creative or both.

I decided this time not to show the kiln opening picture, as it somewhat destroys the illusion.

And instead of shooting again, unless I go out once more (by now it is ice cold and dark) today was anyways spent printing and running out to get more ink, as I ran out of black right in the middle of a print.

I can actually show a picture of the printing process, and you can see the prints all over my studio floor drying, (the Mungo complaining since hours the space is so messy he can’t think, but that is HIS problem, I can think perfectly well):

Josiane Keller - prostitute picture printing day

Josiane Keller “prostitute picture printing day” (2014)

I wish I had a pile of money (grant?) to print some of these at least A1 or even larger inclusive the money to frame them then… well maybe at some point. Then again…Andy Warhol’s ‘Triple Elvis’ sold for $81.9m (£51.9m):

Andy Warhol - Triple Elvis

Andy Warhol “Triple Elvis” (1963)

Download PDF info right here (and keep it for next time):

http://www.christies.com/presscenter/pdf/2014/release_pwcfall2014.pdf

The provisional 2014 budget for Medecins Sans Frontieres’ Ebola response in West Africa is €51 million, wasn’t it?… Just saying.

Meanwhile:

http://www.npr.org/2014/11/12/363313707/famous-paintings-sell-for-millions-at-auction-but-the-artist-gets-zero

Hmm…

Triple Elvis

Josiane Keller “Triple Elvis” (2014)

[*puppet created by the genius of Mike Bradley]

Never mind, never mind. Back to more prostitution…

 

 

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Jenny with broken nose im Ofen and Hiraki Sawa “Did I?”

November 13, 2014

Today habe ich Jenny und die Anderen in den Ofen gesteckt, mal sehen ob die gerettete Nase sich ueberhaupt retten lassen will.

Josiane Keller - Jenny with broken nose im Ofen

Josiane Keller “Jenny with broken nose im Ofen” (2014)

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy Hiraki Sawa’s video “Did I?” (2013) on memory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvD9EYKU6Uw

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Test pics – Jenny working with broken nose

November 12, 2014

Jenny (of course she is called “Jenny”, so other way, after all that Kurt Weill I am listening to!) so far only bisqued was not very firm on her pretty legs for the test shooting and fell over, consequently broke her nose. Since the happy days of Johnny and Coraline (my clay-nibbling cockatiels, R.I.P.) I am fast in fixing broken fingers, legs and noses. If already bisqued is a bit more tricky, but at least for the test shoot it was good enough, so here the test pics of Jenny working with a broken nose:

 Josiane Keller - Jenny working with broken nose 1

 Josiane Keller “Jenny working with broken nose 1″ (2014)

and:

Josiane Keller - Jenny working with broken nose 2

Josiane Keller “Jenny working with broken nose 2″ (2014)

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Test pics Little fat prostitute, working and close-up, the elephant may (or may not!) become for sale and Nina Hart’s book presentation at MALAPROPS

November 11, 2014

Here so far this, (she too is only decorated, not fired yet):

Josiane Keller - Little fat prostitute working

Josiane Keller “Little fat prostitute working” (2014)

and two close-ups, honestly, once again, I could not make up my mind which one I prefer, this one:

Josiane Keller- Little fat prostitute close-up 1

Josiane Keller “Little fat prostitute, close-up 1″ (2014)

or this one:

 Josiane Keller - Little fat prostitute close-up 2

Josiane Keller “Little fat prostitute, close-up 2″ (2014)

Any tips or comments are welcome, as ever.

Besides that I am contemplating to sell the elephant from the 2012 project, which is against my principles, but I need to make some money and, well, here we go again:

http://www.josianekeller.com/category/now/the-elephant-somewhere-in-a-town-you-never-knew-existed-somewhere-by-nina-hart/

By the way: the book I made it originally for is going to come out on the 20th and will be presented at MALAPROPS bookstore in the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. If you are anywhere near, go and enjoy!

http://www.malaprops.com/event/nina-hart-launch-party

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Test pics of the pregnant housewife: ‘mom’ and ‘dear memory’

November 10, 2014

Some test pics of the pregnant housewife decorated (but not fired yet):

Josiane Keller - mom

Josiane Keller “mom” (2014)

and:

Josiane Keller - dear memory

Josiane Keller “dear memory” (2014)

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fallen lady- at work

November 7, 2014

This one is tricky in many ways. So far here:

Josiane Keller - fallen lady

Josiane Keller “fallen lady” (2014)

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“Nude” by Edward Weston and “Nude” by me… – first test shots

November 7, 2014

I managed yesterday to finish a new sculpture, she is all nude and I am not sure, if she is going to be one of the prostitutes, she has too much“Eve” in here. (I will try not to kill her by firing her to early…)

Apparently one of Edward Weston’s nude-picture is one of the most expensive photographs ever sold.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Weston

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_photographs

“Nude” (1925), sold at Sotheby’s NY for $ 1,609,000 in April 2008, which looks like this:

Edward Weston - Nude

Edward Weston “Nude” (1925)

*The original is a bit more on the yellowish side, I believe. That is the question: was it yellow when Weston took it or is it yellow now?

Oh well, let’s see.

For now I took some first test shots (of my own model, of course):

Josiane Keller - Nude 1

Josiane Keller “Nude 1″ (2014)

 Josiane Keller - legs

Josiane Keller “legs” (2014)

Josiane Keller - Nude 2

Josiane Keller “Nude 2″ (2014)

Josiane Keller - legs 2

Josiane Keller “legs 2″ (2014)

As you will admit, she too has some fabulous legs. From clay.

Human beings seem pretty basic at times to me.

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