On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever

20x200 can be hit or miss for me. On one hand, it makes works by master artists like the Starn twins or Roger Ballen available to middle class collectors, and it also spreads the word about up and coming photographers like Todd Hido and Eirik Johnson. But it can often dive deep into the twee abyss, cranking out overly cute editions. I don't fault them for it (hey, we've all got to make a living somehow), but I like 20x200 best when it takes risks and puts out thoughtful work from relatively unknown artists. And if that thoughtful work is aesthetically interesting, well then super extra bonus points. Long story short, I like recently published Jenny Odell's work a lot. Thank you, 20x200. You get a gold star from me.

Odell's composite images created from satellite views feature industrial buildings, pools, grain silos, and boats. Voyeurism coupled with a smidgen of melancholy, finished by a dash of slick techno remove, makes for a fine series of work.

195 Yachts, Cargo Lines, Tankers, and Other Ships is available for purchase at 20x200 HERE.

I really hope the pools are up for grabs next...

Stuff You Should Buy Right Now: Roger Ballen at 20x200

I'm never too busy to shop. So despite the fact that we are still cleaning cupcake frosting off the ceiling following Ike's first birthday party, I found a minute or two to sneak in some internet time. And it's a good thing, because 20x200 has been busting out the jamz. If you were Johnny on the spot, you may have snagged some cheap prints by heavy hitters like the Starn Twins and William Wegman, most of which are already sold out. But I am far and away more excited to tell you that Roger Ballen has recently editioned an image, and the small sizes are still available.

A Roger Ballen print for $50! Dudes, that is crazy. Buy it here.

If you've never heard of Roger Ballen, it's ok. He's not as famous as the Starn Twins or William Wegman, but he should be. Since the 1970s, Ballen has been photographing rural villages and their inhabitants in South Africa. Ballen's photos are riddled with metaphors, icons, and wild dreamlike tableaux. Recalling works as disparate as Aaron Siskind and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, the results are often both poetic and disturbing.

Weird? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes.

Ok, friends, I'm off to 20x200 to buy that print, pronto. Oh, and psssssst: the also excellent Eirik Johnson (who I've written about here and here) has a new print coming out this Wednesday, July 14th, so be sure to check it out.

Back Wednesday with an interiors post, I promise...