Category Archives: Photography


Here’s footage of a show by Sarah Lucas at Tramway in Glasgow that contains, among other things, 2.5 metre long sculptural erections, smashed up cars and an enormous wanking hand.  Lucas was interviewed about the exhibition – her first solo in Scotland – by Teddy Jamieson from the Herald Scotland.  Describing her more prurient interests she stated: “I’ve always found the penis a really useful sculptural thing. I’ve always said, ‘When in doubt … knob.’”

(Also worth noting is Tramway’s commitment to video documentation of its exhibitions – an excellent resource for those unable to attend a show in the flesh).


Balthus, 'The Room', c.1953

Balthus, ‘The Room’, c.1953

Hisaji Hara, from the series 'A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus', 2009

Hisaji Hara, from the series ‘A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus’, 2009

Promotional still from Lars von Trier's forthcoming film, 'Nymphomaniac'

Promotional still from Lars von Trier’s forthcoming film, ‘Nymphomaniac’, 2014

Hot Photo Friday – Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus, still from 'The Black Bay Sequence', 2010

Elina Brotherus, still from ‘The Black Bay Sequence’, 2010

Some recent work by Lynne Cohen

Lynne Cohen 2013
Cohen 2013
Lynne Cohen Untitled 2013
All works, ‘Untitled’ 2013, 132.0 x 155.0 cm

Pots, dropped

Ai Weiwei, 'Droppin a Han Dynasty Urn',

Ai Weiwei, ‘Droppin a Han Dynasty Urn’, 1995

Maximo Caminero has been charged with allegedly destroying an artwork by Ai Weiwei at the Perez Art Museum in Miami. The local artist picked up and smashed the million dollar work from Ai’s 2006 series Colour Vases in protest against the museum’s lack of local artist displays.  He now faces felony criminal mischief charges.  It’s a curious case of life imitating art; one of Ai’s most notorious works, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) is a series of three silver gelatin prints featuring the artist doing just that.  Describing his protest, Caminero stated: “I was at PAMM and saw Ai Weiwei’s photos behind the vases where he drops an ancient Chinese vase and breaks it. And I saw it as a provocation by Weiwei to join him in an act of performance protest.”  The act was apparently spontaneous.

(And if you’re interested in seeing some of Ai Weiwei’s Colour Vases  in the flesh, there is a suite of them in QAG/GoMA’s collection)

Hot Photo Friday – Jacob Aue Sobol

Jacob Aue Sol

Jacob Aue Sobol, from the series I Tokyo 2008

Merry Christmas!

Martin Parr, from the 'Bored Couples' series, 2003

Martin Parr, from the ‘Bored Couples’ series, 2003

LOL wishes you all the very best for the festive season.  Merry Christmas.
(More regular posting to resume in January…)

Hot Photo Friday – Sylvain Emmanuel P.

Sylvain Emmanuel P., 'untitled', n.d.

Sylvain Emmanuel P., ‘Untitled’, n.d.


Above is an excellent short documentary on expat Australian photographer Polly Borland.  Directed by Alex Chomicz, Polymorpous features interviews with some of Borland’s closest friends, including Nick Cave, Cate Blanchett, her husband John Hillcoat and LOL’s absolute fave writer, Will Self.  The short also covers the development of a number of Borland’s key series, including Smudge, Bunny and her unsettling early documentary series The Babies about…adult babies.  Oddly enough, it was after she completed this series that she was invited to photograph The Queen…

In Melbourne, Borland shows with Murray White Room, who exhibited her 2012 series Pupa last year.  Images from this series have recently been reproduced in a Perimeter Editions publication, ‘You’, that you can buy online here.  In it is a short essay by another pal of Borland’s, Tony Clark, whose work incidentally crops up regularly in the background of Polymorphous.

Hugh Davies vs. Mona Hatoum

Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies, ‘Hair Piece no.1′, 2012

Mona Hatoum, 'Van Gogh's Back',

Mona Hatoum, ‘Van Gogh’s Back’, 1995