ART CRUSH: JESSICA SLADEK

Chicago-based photographer Jessica Sladek's work? Yep. You guessed it, totally crush-worthy. Her conceptual and narrative-based portraiture explores the connection we have with our environment.... in a super-stylized-rad-storytelling kind of way.

Sladek's Roads series "emerged during the deep, hot summer months, when Jessica ditched the city for the great open roads of America... The landscapes paired with each portrait were created in the area that each subject was discovered."

One can't look at her photos without mentally filling in the blanks... She presents us with a title and a scene - like a still taken from a movie - as our only clues to the narrative. It's up to the viewer to complete the story.

I love learning not only about the artwork, but also about the artists themselves. Cureeo curator Stephanie Coate wrote such an intriguing description of Sladek, I knew immediately I wanted to learn more about Sladek's work... and I kind of wish we could be bffs.

Stephanie says:

  1. Jessica and I met while in a biker gang called "The Queen Bees". We ventured to different neighborhoods in Chicago on our Schwinns, spoke naughty in French and had destinations mostly focused around dive bars
  2. She is just shy of 5ft tall and prefers to roller-skate around her apartment
  3. She rides a leRun - a cross between a skateboard and unicycle

Umm awesome. Can I be a Queen Bee? Je parle français...

See more from Jessica Sladek on Cureeo.

 

Images: Janine, Roads | Alana, Roads | Herman, Roads

This post is sponsored by Cureeo – find artwork as unique as you. All opinions are my own.

The Art of Storytellin

Recently, the lovely Julia asked me: What made you passionate about studying art history and museum studies?

Guys. I actually had a really hard time answering this. I mean, sure, I could have given the cop out answer - oh I just looove eeeet, blah blah blah. Which is true, but why do I love it? I've devoted 6+ years of my life to studying and writing about art, this question deserves a well-thought-out answer.

Why did I study art? Had I really never thought about this before? The more I thought about it, the more I realized art has always been a constant in my life. I'm definitely an over-analyzer and studying art was the one thing I never questioned. I just did it... weird huh? That must mean that it'll come in handy in this life right??

After days (sadly) of contemplating this question, I finally got it. On a fundamental level, the reason I'm drawn to art is: storytelling. Artwork has an especially unique storytelling ability, one that has the capability to unite the masses and transcend time, cultural differences, and language barriers. Pretty powerful, eh? Going to any big city museum is a testament to this... tourists of alllll kinds are there, in the same place, viewing the artwork and learning its story.

Maaaybe I just never really got over loving story time from my childhood... it was my favorite part of the whole entire day, especially with my Dad's awesome storytelling voices. Art history classes were like nonstop story time for adults... I couldn't get enough insider knowledge about Rauschenberg's bed or de Kooning's women... I loved being able to read a painting. Artwork is like a peephole - or a screenshot for all my tech savvy folks - of a particular time, culture, location, person... art and art history are tools for understanding. And since I looove to think and contemplate and over-analyze, clearly this is appealing to me...

And why museum studies? After 4 years of art history in undergrad, I thought museum studies would be a "practical" move... ohh me.

image found here.