Lately I've been feeling a bit more commercial, so I teamed up a fashion designer by the name of Plant+Animal Studio. I love how she uses organic fibers to create these pieces. "Dark Matter" is going to be one of my newest fashion series...
Now that the book is available through my website www.karenhsiao.com, why not have a Book Signing. Come join me and Victor Lightworship in our duo book signing at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery, this January 4th, 2014. 7pm-10pm. 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles Ca 90027. I will have some prints available during the signing.
I'm starting a on going project called "The Adventures of the Little Pig Girl", it's purely for fun. I love traveling and exploring, so instead of taking boring photos of myself and my traveling companions (which I will still do, lol). I will be taking photos of The Little Pig Girl.
"Karen Hsiao: Black
Cherries" is a full color, 99 pages, 8.5"x 8.5", soft cover book
featuring brightly lit hooded girls.
In my second
book, KAREN HSIAO : BLACK CHERRIES, I uses similar minimalism as I did in
my first book, Karen Hsiao : Rubber Duck. All of the Black Cherry girls are
enclosed in a singular graphic black or red circle. The black and red circle
symbolizes rebellion and lust in its simplest bondage form. The girls are
sexy and sweet, timid and guarded, submissive or dominating, menacing and even terrify. Enjoy!
Lately I've been noticing a sudden interest in bondage and fetish in the fashion and art world. More and more artist (painters, illustrators, etc) especially, and fashion magazines/ photographers are using hoods and harness in their art. I've decided today I have to turn bondage into design. The design of image making and function.
In this set, I wanted to create a more classical and natural sensitivity to these photos. The idea is to combine an equal balance between the model and the hood in which she wears. The first set was shot with the softer intention, which helps to establish a more traditional atmosphere. The second set is shot with higher contrast and harder lighting in order to bring the images back to a more contemporary time.
For awhile Christopher and I have been talking about creating clear hoods for my shoots. I wanted to test out the feel, look, and lighting on plastic. I was curious to see how the face would look underneath the hood and how the skin would capture between the plastic. One quick thing I noticed was how fast the plastic hood fogs up. Christopher warned me this might happen. Nonetheless, I love how these studies turned out. The close face clear hoods on a model reminds me of the Japanese photographer, Haruhiko Kawaguchi. Whom I'm a fan of his work, if you do not know who he is, please look him up. I am definitely going to experiment more with these clear hoods and butterfly jacket.
I added a new category to my store, prints. The prints, selection will house open prints, which means the print itself will not be limited to any print runs. The sizes to these open prints will be between 8.5" x 8.5" to 8.5" x 11" on premium glossy paper. (Prints will not have watermarks on them) It was exciting creating these, and I am aiming to do more along with my concept driven projects. I have a lot in store for the future.
I wanted to let you know we have successfully relaunch our online store. It is now nicer and easier to shop. There's also a ton of new limited edition prints and collectables, like "Black Cherries" series, and "Strawberry Kisses". There is even a new selection for open edition print, which would be coming soon.
Behind the scene shoot with Brittany Bao for the last of my "Black Cherries" series with my wonderful designer Christopher. But don't worry, these will not be the last of the hooded beauties. Christopher and I have big plans in the future! Stay tune...
Graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA, Karen Hsiao is a self taught Fine Art photographer whom uses intense subject matters in an unconventional way.
Primarily a figurative painter in her early years, Hsiao has since explored the figure and its space through various mediums, creating pieces that are both tactile and intuitive. Photography was a natural extension of that process which Hsiao has sought to perfect. Her work has captured the attention of many, having been shown in galleries both nationwide and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles.