Michael Haussman’s “GRAVITY” featured in LA Weekly

10 Great Artworks at Art Platform Los Angeles Art Fair
3. Michael Haussman at Young Projects Gallery

This dispatch from the ugly/sexy aesthetic wing of modern art comes courtesy of video-centric Young Projects Gallery, which presented a series of large-scale video pieces distributed throughout the fair. Considering his career as a commercial, video, and fashion editorial director, it is perhaps not surprising that Haussman would utilize both cutting-edge software and his up-close look at body-image obsession to create this super-creepy video work that transforms footage of a model jumping on a trampoline into an unsettling meditation on the effects of gravity (and by extension, the ravages of aging) on the female body.

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Madonna: Songs We Love – Hear Some Of The Singer’s Greatest Hits, With Commentary From NPR Staffers

August 16, 2011 12:06 PM ET

Keith Jenkins, NPR Multimedia Senior Producer

  • Take a Bow
  • from Bedtime Stories
  • by Madonna

As a magazine photographer who came of age in the 1990s, I owe a debt of gratitude to Madonna. If Michael Jackson introduced us to the concept of music video as short film, then Madonna raised it to high visual art. Just as her music evolved into lush, ever-changing canvases for her various incarnations, the “pictures” of her metamorphoses were often re-created in her videos. They never left much to the imagination; rather, they became your imagination, with Madonna’s vision for her songs drilling into your brain, unlocking your waking eye. Director Michael Haussman’s 1994 “Take a Bow” does that for me; its rich, sensually framed sepia tones only partially obscure the song’s meditations on love, sacrifice and death. Because of its Spanish, Catholic and bullfighting themes, many read it as Madonna’s attempt to lock up the role of Eva Peron in the film version of Evita. I, however, think Carmen, as Madonna gives us a four-and-a-half-minute opera channeling Bizet’s classic, at least in my eyes. “Take a Bow” is a slow, smoldering visual feast, and its music washes over you and gets your blood boiling. You may not walk on water after hearing it, but you may want to get your focus back by walking on broken glass.

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The Last Serious Thing

Last Serious ThingThe Last Serious Thing follows the lives of two of Spain’s most famous matadors, Francisco Ordonez and Emilio Munoz, as they compete during the 1999 Bullfight season. It contrasts the difference between art and sport and rides the tension of one on his way up and the other near the end of his career.

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