‘If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough,’ said Robert Capa. Scot Sothern’s 1990 project Low Life portrays the prostitutes he meets and sleeps with, accompanied by diary entries in which he’ll describe his day: friction with the ex-wife, tenderness towards his son, visit to a hooker. You can’t get much closer than that.
To listen to Brooklyn band Natureboy is to enter a submerged world. When I first heard them perform live, I was hypnotized. The second time, I walked up to singer-songwriter Sara Kermanshahi and asked her if she wanted to collaborate. The result is the music video Sugar, from their forthcoming album, The Sweep.
Skype is mainly for mums who miss their study-abroad kids, or for long-distance lovers. But Gabrielle Bell, the mind and hand behind alternative comics Lucky and Voyeurs, and collaborator of Michel Gondry, has found the best use of the software yet. She’ll do a tiny watercolour portrait of you over Skype. The results are gorgeous.
On the internet, the words “erotic art” usually lead to black and white amateurish pictures of someone’s wife sitting next to a window. But Christopher Cumingham seems to be walking the unbeaten path, trying out new ways to excite both himself and his audience. Not safe for work. Not safe for art, in fact.