As odd as it may seem to some, there are people who find Star Wars very arousing. Sure the lightsabers are phallic and there's a lot of heavy breathing, but canoodling with a Stormtrooper? “Dreaming of the Dark Side” is a photographic editorial of a young girl - dressed as a Twi'lek- lustfully dreaming about Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, too.
Note: Today is the official Star Wars Day, so tweet this with #starwarsday!
Recently shot by Marie-Louise Cadosch of Marc & Louis photography (as a tribute to the photographer's Star Wars-loving sister Kathrin), the editorial stars the beautiful Maura Waller from OPTION Models dreamily cavorting with members of the Dark Side.
Swiss Garrison provided the photographers with Darth Vader and the stormtroopers and the makeup was done by Lilith Amrad.
Behind the Scenes video:
Photographer: Marie-Louise Cadosch
Makeup Artist: Lilith Amrad
Model: Maura Waller @ OPTION Model Agency
Costumes: Swiss Garrison (Darth Vader and stormtrooper)
Kathrin Phan (tentacles), Marie-Louise Cadosch (twi'lek dress)
Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2008 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM All rights reserved.
About Marc & Louis:
above: photographer Marie-Louise Cadosch and production manager, Gian Marc Cadosch
Marc & Louis Photography is a team of photographers who do far more than just conveying the ineffable. They are creators and ambassadors of art which fuels the imagination. Their images are coined by a wide range of influences that still manage to accumulate to form one harmonic overall picture. They tell stories one cannot grasp at just one quick glance. Their images are mystical, dreamful and emotional, almost as if they are drawn by eras, separated by a hundred years, yet they still harbor authenticity and harmony.
Marc & Louis follow a distinctive style that can be found in each and every picture. A style that never bores the eyes of the beholder. Their attention to detail and authentic scenery grants every image an individual ambiance, transforming it into one beautiful piece of art and the story behind it into an epos.
Marc & Louis find the inspiration behind their visual tales in movies and music. They prefer using reality as a setting since natural environments combined with extreme or atypical props allow for a much broader range of possibilities. Marc & Louis images are meticulously prepared works of art which capture moments, emotions, even dreams and coalesce them into one memorable story.
Since I began this blog in 2007, one of the continually most popular posts has been that of a beautiful photography book featuring the sex appeal of hirsute males; Hairy, by Robert Greene.
What may surprise some of you is that photography is merely a one of the talents of artist Robert Greene whose painted works are critically acclaimed by the art world and whose pieces are featured in the newest Chanel boutiques in Los Angeles and Soho.
above: Robert Greene's black and white abstract works are the perfect compliment to architect Peter Marino's Chanel Soho and Los Angeles boutiques
For the past two years, Robert has been preparing for a solo exhibit of his abstract pieces at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York, which will open tomorrow, May 5th, and run through June 18th.
Showing you these extraordinary paintings on a blog simply does not do them justice. Greene is known for his oil paintings celebrating color and texture created through a methodical and intuitive process of painterly construction, meticulous deconstruction and repositioning of oil-on-vellum strips.
The paintings are mounted on quarter-inch-thick aluminum panels and hang virtually flush with the wall, creating a sleek, distinctive, object-oriented style. The work conveys a modern, refined elegance through a unique surface balancing individual mark-making with systematic precision. Throughout the exhibit Greene refers to modernist painting traditions such as the stripe, the grid, the monochrome, all over composition, cut-ups and gesturalism.
Brian in situ:
Each of the gallery's five rooms will contain multiple works allowing Greene to explore dynamic color relationships between the paintings. Each abstraction is titled after a person or reminiscence, alluding to portraiture and intimacy through formal means. James, a work consisting of three seven foot wide panels of white, textured, finely cut and reassembled strips of paint, is titled after the artist's brother. Bobby, the artist's childhood nickname, is a bright, warm, gold and white painting of thinly cut horizontal strips inspired by Greene's memory of his grandfather and father's jewelry business.
Other works in the show explode with color, vibrancy and have sensuous, tactile surfaces. In one of these, Giancarlo, Greene pays homage to the spirit of 1960s Italy with broad colorful stripes under thick strokes of white.
Luc + Martin, 2010:
Here's a 2009 interview with Robert about his latest works from BOMB Magazine:
Greene’s paintings have been included in the Whitney Biennial and are included in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was the subject of a retrospective at the Stedelijk Bureau Museum in Amsterdam. His work is included in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe. Recently Greene has created works commissioned for Chanel boutiques worldwide.
Robert's abstract works are featured in the Chanel Boutiques in Soho and on Robertson Avenue in Los Angeles as shown below:
images courtesy of the artist and the Robert Miller Gallery
Robert Greene At The Robert Miller Gallery
May 5, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Opening: Thursday, May 5 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Robert Miller Gallery
524 West 26th Street
New York, NY
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For further information, please contact the gallery at 212.366.4774 or via email: email@example.com
The classic Periodic Table of Elements becomes a tabular display of the worst elements of humankind in the Periodic Table of Social Issues by Dorothy, an art and design collective in Manchester.
Limited 1st edition print of 100.
1 colour screen print poster on 170gsm uncoated art paper
H60 x W80cm
Purchase it here.
above: model Eniko Mihalik made up and lit to appear both 10 years old and 60 years old
This beauty editorial is not new, it's actually from Paris Vogue, November 2008, but it's so interesting, I wanted to share it with you.
Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, whose amazing work I shared with you here, model Eniko Mihalik appears to be 6 different ages. With make-up and lighting only, she is captured as a 10 year old, a 20 year old, a 30 year old a 40 year old, a 50 year old and a 60 year old through the fabulous styling by Carine Roitfeld (who was the Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue for a decade) and make up by Lisa Butler.
As a 10 year old:
As a 20 year old:
As a 30 year old:
As a 40 year old:
As a 50 year old:
As a 60 year old:
In case you're wondering, Hungarian model Eniko Mihalik was 21 years old when this editorial was shot.
From May 6th-May 27th, Josh Hadar (above), founder and owner of Hadar Metal Design, an eco-friendly design group that creates one-of-a-kind custom bikes and environmental installations, will launch his first showcase at 285 Lafayette St. in New York City.