Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Jenni Tapanila is a photographer from Istanbul, Turkey. Her work is grotesque, blunt and straight to the point. She takes a basic photograph of a man and writes something personal on his chest. I think its a great play on an overdone theme. I love the photograph with the needle in the tongue a lot of her work is similar to this she loves gore and theatrics.
Akif Hakan Celebi is a Hong Kong based photographer, working mostly in nudes but also some fashion work. I came across this artist a couple of years ago on Deviantart. His nudes are no where near traditional, he is constantly placing woman in strange positions almost taking the sexiness out of the nude itself. But he shows these woman with powerful glances somehow taking control of the image. I like his work because it plays on the balance of power between the woman and the photographer. Not to mention beautifully shot.
I came across Emil Schildt while reaserching for my alternative processes class. This artist experiments with tons of alternative processes such as cynontypes, liquid light, and photopolymergravure. Mostly presents nudes and likes to experiment with ruining the negative, giving his photographs an almost painterly effect.
I came across Sue Anna Joe a couple of years ago on DeviantArt, her work to me is beautifully crafted. She is a Malaysian based photographer, mostly she creates portraits and her self portraits are striking. My favorite thing about this artist is her ability to go from one extreme to another, she can have something so beautiful but still emotional or sinister and sickening.
Lee Friedlander is an american artist, creating somewhat simple compositions while attempting to play on the obvious, he shoots an ordinary traffic scene but cuts the dog in half. Or he takes pictures of an event but instead of the actual event he shows people taking pictures of said event. He likes to play around with what a traditional photograph can show in a humorous way, well at least humorous to me.
Susan Kae Grant is a photographer who explores dreams, memories, the unconscious, and unexplainable experiences to create her body of work Night Journey. In researching Grant, I found that she herself did scientific research when creating this work. In her artist statement, she states, “This project is the culmination of research conducted at the Southwestern Medical Center Sleep Laboratory in collaboration with sleep scientist, Dr. John Herman. Using myself as subject, I was tape recorded in the laboratory on many occasions while awakened from REM sleep. These awakenings provided vivid access to the dream-state. Audio recordings captured in the sleep laboratory served as inspiration to create the photographs for this series.” As an undergrad, I am always looking for inspiration and knowledge, which I found when researching Grant. I have always been intrigued with creating my own worlds and stories. Grant has accomplished this with scientific driven research and using her own experiences to convey her concept.
Currently, as an undergraduate student I am working with the notion of storytelling, narratives, folklore, and fairytales. For my current work I am using and working with miniatures to covey my concepts. In doing research for my work I came across the photographer Corinne May Botz. Botz has several different bodies of work but the one that grab my attention the most was The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.
The artist documented miniatures of crime scenes that were created in the 1940s and 1950s by a criminologist Frances Glessner Lee. In Botz’s artist statement she states, “the models, which were based on actual homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths, were created to train detectives to assess visual evidence.” This work actually with out me realizing has inspired my current work as an undergrad. Even though Francis Glessner Lee created these miniatures for a specific reason, Botz has brought a life to the miniatures that create a setting for a story gone wrong. This is what intrigued about the work that when looking at it you start creating a story in your head to companion the photograph. This is the goal that I am searching for with my own work and hopefully I will accomplish as well as Botz has.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Laura McPhee was a guest speaker and distinguished artist at the SPE South Central Conference held at UTSA in San Antonio. McPhee spoke on Saturday October 1st at the San Antonio Central Public Library. McPhee spoke about her work River of No Return. This work depicts life and nature in the Sawtooth Valley in Idaho. She explores the region with her large format camera to capture landscapes, lives of the rural people, and the effects of wildfires. During her talk in San Antonio, McPhee started with describing her life as a child and the stories she would hear of family members. McPhee related these stories to her work and the investigation of living in a rural community by documenting a family living in this particular part of Idaho. McPhee takes a traditional art form of landscapes and turns them into so much more. This comes from the content of the imagery but also when standing in front of these large scale prints they seem to ingulf the viewer.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
“My Motherland”: Veteran photographer Joo Myung-duck is showcasing around 130 serene black-and-white photos of Korea’s traditional houses, relics and landscapes taken in different provinces of South Korea from the 1960s to the present. It is the third and final exhibition of the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum’s four-year project to shed light on the photographer.
Joo is one of Korea’s first documentary photographers to focus on critical social issues, landscapes and disappearing cultural heritages. He introduced a new genre, “Korean Realism” through his first solo show “Mr. Holt’s Orphanage” in 1966, which displayed photos of war orphans. The first documentary photos created a great sensation as most photos taken at the time were elegant indoor shots. ( from WALKHILL September 2011)
Jason Engelund creates compositions that investigate light's ability to evoke sublime and contemplative experiences. Approaching photography as a method of capturing light, Engelund starts from the Greek translation of photography: phos "light" and graphé "drawing". From there he has created a style that is interdisciplinary, combining the aesthetics of painting and mechanics of photography. Juxtaposing the subjective nature of perception and the "truth" of photography, Engelund's work raises questions regarding our experience of light, while exploring photography as a contemporary art form.
While the images in the main gallery of this website may lead the viewer to think the images have effects applied or were painted, all images were made in camera using long exposures and extreme out of focus. Shots include subjects such as colored lights of airport runways at night and printed as a negative, naturally occurring reflections of light, and in camera light leaks across frames and rolls of film. ( from website)
He is a photographic artist based in Seattle, WA. His work has been exhibited at apaces including the Museum of contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Institute of contemorary Art in Boston, and the Aperture Foundation in New York.
Jerry Uelsmann is a pioneer of surreal photography. He began assembling photographs from multiple negatives decades before digital tools like Photoshop were available. Back in the day, he was even friends with legendary nature photographer Ansel Adams and taught workshops with him in Yosemite for years.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Ventura's images are breathe taking. Many of his images remind me of a children's story, they have a nostalgic feeling about them, that makes me want to stare at his work for hours. Until I read the description of these pieces of work as a whole, I didn't really understand the representation of them, I just enjoyed the work. These pieces are a part of his collection he "the automaton."
Gianni Berengo Gardin is an Italian photographer. I love his work because of the attention to detail, and composition. I believe I am completely in love with this images because when I look at a work by Gardin, I feel like I am experiencing that landscape, or scene for the first time. While these images are simple, and not the most conceptual, I appreciate the technical quality of the work. Gardin's prints introduces me to a new aspect of an everyday situation I myself might not have seen without looking through the lens of his work. They are beautiful.
Galina Manikova was a woman I discovered in the Alternative Process textbook in the school library. I really admire her work to due the attention to the medium that she presents her work on, and how it effects the message she displays to her audience.
Susan Mullally's What I keep documents the members of a church that his held under a highway bridge and asked them what is the most valuable item they keep on them at all times. She has been working on this since 2007. Each image is accompanied with text about the person and how much the object means to them.
Joseph Auquier works primarily in with female nudes. According to the text on his site, His dedication to the female nudes equates to a cult following of Femininity. His pictures give the women a certain "god like" as they were one with the earth around them.
Michael Nye is another Local photographer who works in large format on a social issue from mental health to hunger. Each of his projects, he goes right to the person whom is effected by hunger or mental health rather than interview an expert who lives in an Ivory tower. With each portrait there is a recording from the person talking on the issue.