Eyes of Artists

Talking Heads – Remain In Light

Posted in music by Corey Presha on March 2, 2010

– I haven’t posted any music in a while, so I figured I’d post something from one of my favorite bands the Talking Heads. Remain In Light has become my favorite Heads record recently and I really can’t stop listening to it.

The members of Talking Heads wanted to make an album that dispelled notions of frontman and chief lyricist David Byrne leading a back-up band. They decided to experiment with African polyrhythms and, with Eno, recorded the instrumental tracks as a series of samples and loops, a novel idea at the time. Additional musicians were frequently used throughout the studio sessions. The lyric writing process slowed Remain in Light’s progress, but was concluded after Byrne drew inspiration from academic literature on Africa. The artwork was crafted with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computers and designing company M&Co.. Following the album’s completion, Talking Heads expanded to nine members for promotional concerts.


The Koons Collection

Posted in articles by Corey Presha on March 2, 2010

– Very interesting article about Jeff Koons and his personal collection as well as his thoughts on curating a new exhibition at the New Museum over at the New York Times. Although I’m not personally a fan of Koon’s work his collection is amazing to say the least and its a great read.

Reply To This Post

Posted in drawing by Corey Presha on March 2, 2010

– Love this new blog from artist Nathan Vincent called Reply To This Post. A simple idea executed perfectly, the work kind of reminds me of Jason Polan’s Every Person In New York series.

Ripping Off Thomas Allen

Posted in design, photographers by Corey Presha on March 2, 2010

– Found this article on Thomas Allen’s blog through Lesley A. Martin on Twitter last night. The blatant plagiarism is worse than the ongoing Sze Tsung Leong/David Burdeny saga. I can’t believe a “creative” design team would possibly think they could get away with this, its truly pathetic. I like what Lesley had to say “I’m a fan of smart artists using appropriated imagery, but clumsy rip-offs of an artist’s style don’t count,” couldn’t agree more! Below is the the response to Thomas from the agency’s “creative” director.

Dear Mr. Allen,

Inspiration can come from anywhere. We were inspired by your technique just as you were inspired by the artists who painted the original pulp novel covers. So nobody is stealing anything from anybody. Think of all the executions that Andy Warhol’s lithograph technique has inspired. Or that celebrates Shepard Fairey’s style. Or Peter Beard’s. Or Barbara Kruger’s. Or Robert Indiana’s. The list goes on and on. Advertising routinely reflects the society around it and, as a result, what is popular.
Nobody was trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes.


Andy Manson
SVP Creative Director

Action Photographer

Posted in personal by Corey Presha on March 1, 2010

– I just added a new “found” project to my website called Action Photographer. The pictures were taken in my hometown around the late 1960’s and are all of the local music scene. What I especially love about them is they represent the same scene that I grew up going to shows and playing in bands in, just 30 years earlier.
Check them out here.

Daniel Shea

Posted in photographers by Corey Presha on February 26, 2010

– Daniel Shea just updated his website with his beautiful new series Plume a continuation of his earlier series Removing Mountains. Be sure to check out his recent blog posts(1,2) on his travels to Southeast Ohio for a really great insight into the project. He also just booked his first solo showing of the work at the Appalachian Center in Kentucky. Congrats Daniel!

Plume is a photographic exploration of Southeast Ohio and its unusually dense concentration of coal-fired power plants. It serves as a follow-up to the work I made in 2007 in Appalachia, Removing Mountains, which focused on mountaintop removal, a particularly pervasive form of coal mining. Plume follows this coal up river to Ohio, where it is being burned to generate electricity.

© Daniel Shea
See more work here.


Posted in articles, photographers by Corey Presha on February 17, 2010

© Sze Tsung Leong, 2007

© David Burdeny, 2009

I’m aware of their [Esser and Leong’s] work, and my position is, these are fairly common tourist locations,


Ayala Gazit

Posted in photographers by Corey Presha on February 16, 2010

– I’ve know Ayala for about a year now since meeting through mutual friends. It was around the same time that I was able to first see her work while she had a solo show up in the SVA photo building. The work was from her first project “You Don’t Say”, an intimate look into her own family history. As soon as I saw her photos for the first time I knew they were special and throughout the year I found myself going back over the project again and again. I was so excited this fall when Ayala told me that she was going to Australia to begin a new body of work. Before she left she gave me very little information about what she was going to be shooting, just that it again dealt again with putting the pieces of her family history together. What she came back with is nothing short of amazing. Titled James, the project is Ayala’s personal search for the older brother she never knew. The work is overflowing with emotion and Ayala’s craftsmanship leaves me awestruck. Look out for some very exciting things in the near future.

When I was 12 years old my Israeli father told me that I have an older brother named James, who lives in Australia.
James was the product of a relationship my father had with an English woman named Linda, who moved to Australia and started a family.
Uncomfortable in the role of the eldest child in my family, I felt a great need of an older brother.
I became obsessed with the character of James, who quickly progressed into a figment of my imagination.
Unfortunately my father and I never had the chance to meet him. James committed suicide in October 1996. He was only 20 years old.
I needed to learn who he actually was, to know who I’ve been mourning for all these years.
I managed to find a documentary film called “Our Brother James” made by his older step sister, Jessica Douglas-Henry.
By watching the film, I met my brother for the first time.
That was not enough for me and I felt a need to make work of my own.
Thanks to the Tierney Fellowship; I traveled all across Australia in search of his family who, thankfully, accepted me as their own.
The photographs that I have created from this journey seem like an epic tale with many complications and surreal turns of events.
My aim is to create a poetic narrative of images, sound and text. By juxtaposing these fragments a story that is both personal and universal will emerge.

© Ayala Gazit
See more work here and here.

Devin Yalkin

Posted in photographers by Corey Presha on February 15, 2010

– I met Devin a couple of weeks back through my girlfriend and really fell in love with his work. Like other comtemporaries such as Jacob Aue Sobol, Devin’s work is influenced by Japanese greats like Daido Moriyama as he shoots the streets of New York with an arsenal of different cameras. This work is from his project Acoustic Movements, also be sure to check out Aqueduct and his flickr for the most up to date work.

© Devin Yalkin
See more work here and here.

Kilimanjaro Magazine

Posted in Magazines, photographers, shows by Corey Presha on February 8, 2010

– I met kilimanjaro magazine editor Olu Michael Odukoya by chance when he happened to be staying at the hotel that I work at while he was in New York about a month ago. We got to talking about art and photography and his amazing magazine. When I got to work the next day he had already checked out but left me a copy of one of the issues of the magazine. When I got home I was totally blown away, first off it is absolutely huge, I’ve never seen anything like it, the design is insane, it seems like the thing never stops folding out. I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you are in London before February 27th be sure to see the exhibit that Olu just curated called Kilimanjaro Magazine Edits: art, love and everyday life at 20 Hoxton Square Projects featuring the work of Alex Hoda, Michael Samuels, Henry Roy, JH Engstrom, Milton Marques, Robi Rodriguez, Lukas Wassmann and Claudia Stockli.

Some spreads: