11 02 2012

I have all these old tapes, music, movies and look at the possibilities. Really nice work. Its reel love.


The Experience

Erika Iris Simmons aka iri5, is a self-taught artist currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. In her incredible series titled Ghost in the Machine, Erika uses film from recycled cassette tapes and old film reels to create fantastic portraits of iconic artists and musicians. Below is a small sample of this wonderful series. You can find the complete gallery on iri5′s Flickr page.

Bob Dylan

The Dude Abides


“In this series I showcase a number of portraits of musicians made out of recycled cassette tape with original cassette. Also included are portraits made from old film and reels. The idea comes from a phrase (ironically) coined by philosopher Gilbert Ryle, a description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging.” – Erika Iris Simmons

The Clash



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Gildo Medina

11 02 2012

We were in  college. Drunk. On the subway. There was a beautiful woman across the car. A few years older than us. She looked like a model. On a runway. I started to make fun of her. Of her false beauty. Which wasn’t true. She was beautiful. My friend next to me kept nudging me. Leave her alone. But I couldn’t. Then we got off. She had never changed her expression. Had absorbed all my venom. I was ugly.

Gildo Medina seems to have a similar difficulty. There is a dark side of his work.  A hatred of women. Beautiful women. Maybe manufactured beauty. It all gets mixed up in the end.

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