This is a first solo exhibition for Larisa Fuchs, the Ukrainian-born artist, designer, photographer and founder of insight photo|graphic. The show is a collection of dramatic images in light and color of an eclectic group of performers and events. The 86 colorful art prints comprising the exhibit can be seen along the 800-foot concourse of the Chelsea Market May 8 - June 18.
Antony and the Johnsons
The Dresden Dolls
The Machine (with Stephen Bard)
CHARM Sessions (Baby Dee, The Wiyos, Sxip!Matta, Scotty the Blue Bunny, Dusty Limits, Ill Spokinn, Haale)
King Gypsy Rockers Massive (Hungry March Band, Zagnut Orkestar, Elyas Khan - Nervous Cabaret, Inna Barmash - Romashka, Slavic Soul Party with Kristina Melike, World Inferno Friendship Society)
Baby Dee Benefit (Baby Dee, Shara Worden, Curtis Eller, The Wiyos)
MSC Studio Korean Drum+Dance Performance
Chaos and Candy (Adam Dugas, Casey Spooner, Jeremiah Clancy)
Live photography is one of my two favorite kinds to create (travel photography is the other). I believe that a good live photo is compelling regardless of whether the viewer recognizes the performer, as it captures the unique magic of the moment. The best event photos, then, are the ones that convey the feel of the show even if one were never to learn a thing about the performer. See, for example, how the photos of Antony and the Johnsons capture the dramatic, theatrical energy of the group, or how the Dresden Dolls' pics breathe with raw, intense energy. Lenny Kravitz epitomizes rock stardom, while the trippy lights of The Machine echo the psychedelic experience of Pink Floyd.
These photos are of some of the best performers I've met over the past few years, most of them New York-based. Perhaps the one common thread for this eclectic group is that the live shows represented here are all amazing to experience in person: I highly encourage you to check the bands' sites for tour dates. Some of these artists will also be joining me as part of the artist reception for this show, Sunday, May 14, 6pm.
The artist reception will take place in the exclusive 5,000 sq ft event space in the Market, Sunday, May 14, 6pm-11:30pm. It will be an opportunity to celebrate New York's vibrant creative scene, with art installations, food and drink, DJs and dancing. Many of the musicians featured in the show will be in attendance, joining in an open-jam style session. There will be three acoustic live performances (6pm-8pm):
Luminsecent Orchestrii: an explosive mash of Romanian Gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats and Appalachian fiddle.
The Wiyos: Sweet, sexy and romantic vaudevillian ragtime blues, hillbilly swing and old time country...music filled with blood, whiskey and sugar.
Sxip!Matta: international circus and theater composer Sxip Shirey and amazing human beatboxer Adam Matta creating unique soundscapes utilizing mutant harmonicas, bullhorns, whistles and found objects.
You can find details on all special appearances and surprises at the reception from GeminiAndScorpio.com, our usual party throwers.
Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Larisa Fuchs is a modern Renaissance woman. She received her BS in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from New York University and attended British Insitute of Florence, traveled the world as a student, photographer and band manager, and has been an apprentice and assistant to world-renown sculptor Greg Wyatt for the past decade. Larisa is the founder and creative force behind insight photo | graphic, a boutique company providing graphic and web design, photography, event planning and promotion services to a host of clients in the arts, events and entertainment industry. She designs and co-authors Gemini and Scorpio's Fabulous Guide to Online Dating, a website and series of infamous offbeat, creative singles and non-singles events, which she organizes. She is also a classically trained fine artist with two permanent public sculpture works.
Larisa specializes in unposed, intimate shots created without use of flash (using available/theatrical light), such as concerts, performances, fashion shows, low-light parties, etc. Her fearless and chameleon nature has led her from Renaissance Faires to fetish clubs to off-off-off Broadway shows to political protests to wild Carnival celebrations to black tie charity events; from New York to San Francisco to Texas to Italy to Israel to Croatia to the Edinburgh Fringe. Her dramatic imagery has been a favorite on official websites for musicians and lighting designers. Larisa's personal photo work favors live shows and travel photography, again creating dramatic, almost abstract, imagery using available light.
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