There are several categories of images you can choose from. The photography section has an assortment of nice work but also includes a huge amount of Muybridge's cyanotypes which are working proofs. The contact prints he made from more than 20,000 negatives he took at the University of Pennsylvania between 1884 and 1886 while photographing human and animal subjects in motion from lateral (parallel), front and rear positions. Since the original negatives no longer exist, the cyanotypes provide us with the opportunity to see the pictures Muybridge achieved before he edited and cropped them for publication.
feeling disconnected from my art lately. having a hard time balancing work-teaching-personal life and art-making. hoping that spring will bring new inspiration. knowing that i need more time to be in my studio. do not know where to find it. could withhold sleep to make art but would be cranky and tired at work. realizing more and more how precious my time in graduate school was. sometimes i miss it.
have to start digging to find the art buried deep within me.
greetings from the hudson valley...where spring is almost in effect. it was a really beautiful weekend here in woodstock. we have been dog sitting so we thought it was a good excuse to go hiking! went a few new places and had a stellar time. lovin life!
Today is sunday and in the shadow of the levon helms saturday night rambles comes my own version...the sunday local artist ramble. this week i am highlighting the work of David Cahill, artist from Utica, NY (not too far from here) and a local group exhibition that he is in called Juxtapositions which will be in April at Limner Gallery in Hudson.
Cahill, check out his blog here or website here, and I went to graduate school together at UMass. He is extremely talented and worth checking out! This exhibition looks really interesting and includes lots of exciting artists. I will definitely be at the opening to support David. Hope to see you there!
In any case, this workshop cannot be the single reason we see so much encaustics. It sometimes seems like everyone is experimenting with it in some way. While I was in school i was not aware of anyone working with the medium, but now find that many people are using it as their primary form of expression. In my opinion, more and more people are wanting to incorporate hands on processes into their work and they want to add dimension & texture. Maybe this seems accessible?
One of the students this past summer pointed out that one of the earliest uses of encaustics was to coat large ships for protection from water and to make it visually attractive. I would like to look more into this. Besides use in art, does anyone know what encaustics has been used for?
FYI: encaustic is a mixture of wax and resin. If it is colored it will also include a pigment.
W.S. Burroughs (W.S.B. in Egyptian Museum Exhibition)
1953; reprinted 1997
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Howard Greenberg
The other exhibition at Dorsky celebrates 25 years of the Howard Greenberg Gallery. I cannot help but be very affectionate toward this because Howard Greenberg founded the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 1977. It is because of his vision that we exist. Every day we work very hard to maintain our mission in which he helped to create. Thank you Howard and Happy 25!
a) I did not write in the blog
b) I barely slept
c) I could not find the time to leave the hotel
Seriously, there were so many great things it is hard to name them all. below is a picture from the public portfolio walk that took place on Friday night. This was a really great event. People laid out their work and waited for curators, critics, other artists & faculty, and the public to walk around and talk with them about it. It was nice because it was very casual and you were not limited on time. Seemed like a lot of people were enjoying it. Like always, i was trying to lead a schizophrenic existence by walking around and viewing work that might be good for CPW and trying to show my own work when appropriate. I had a really fun time.
will share more about artists I met tomorrow....
I made it to the mile-high city safe and sound. I am delirious and exhausted but also very inspired and stimulated after my first day of programming at the Society for Photographic Educators National Conference (see website here). Lots to share on the blog but I need rest- so I will choose one artist to post (for now, but definitely more to come).
Lauren Greenfield is an artist I have admired for a while. Today she gave a talk about her work which i was lucky enough to go to. It was a completely packed room and was so energetic to see that many people interested in someone's work.
Some of the sub-cultures that Lauren has documented and that she spoke about today include California kids and young teens from very well-off families, girl culture from around the country, exotic dancers and females with devistating eating disorders. In addition to books & websites regarding these topics, HBO commissioned the film Thin which follows a group of girls through their treatment for various eating disorders.
Lauren's unique approach to this work involves lengthy interviews with the people being photographed- which adds an incredible depth to the projects. There is no indication in her work that her subjects are uncomfortable by her presence. It is actually quite the opposite. Lauren provides the viewer with a rare closeness as if we are thumbing through a family album.
The valley saw a lot of rain over the last few days. It was incredible to see so much snow melt in under 24 hours. A sure sign that spring is on the way once again. I spent the rainy day at my friends Dave & Jeanine's house in New Paltz photographing some of Dave's wood projects. He is a very talented artist and I was just happy to see some of the variety of work he has done over the years. (see how I am transitioning into my sunday local artist ramble!) He started as a design artist at F.I.T in New York City and shortly after that moved to the valley (where he is originally from). Like so many talented people I meet in this area, Dave is able to create in a multitude of mediums. Wood has been his prominent artform for the past several years but his skills as a graphic artist/designer are equally developed. I think what I like most about him is that he tends to create functional art that people can enjoy in their homes with (mainly) recycled wood. The box that is featured below was all wood that he found which would otherwise have be dumped. That kind of foresight into a material is invaluable today, especially when we are almost trained to dispose of things (what i like to call the wal-mart effect). That in its self is making a strong statement as an artist/designer, which is what I respect so much about Dave.
I have only posted three of the hundreds of wood projects that Dave has taken on. I highly suggest contacting him if you would like to find out what else he makes or would like to commission a project from him. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP: Dave made the table, cutting board, & knives. BOTTOM: bathroom cabinet
I recently discovered the work of artist Takashi Iwasaki. The embroidery series is breathtaking. I cannot help but be attracted to this kind of work. I think it all started with my great grandmother, who was an incredible embroidery artist. She would create reenactments of the world around her in these elaborate and very large pieces. There were many she made from her memory of her home in Czechoslovakia, but would sometimes make pieces of my family home. Those are especially important to me. I will try to get a hold of an image to share.
Congrats to William Cordova. His presence in the 2008 Whitney Biennial is well deserved. He came to CPW this past summer as an artist-in-residence and was a pleasure to have around. I really love his work and can't wait to see this.
I have to say, I am excited about a lot of the work featured this year. I was a bit skeptical after my experience in 2006- I did not dislike the show but I left it feeling confused about a lot of things. I consider myself well versed in contemporary art (and of course, have a lot to learn) but I felt uninspired and kind of stupified in 06. Though, here I am, still talking about this experience I had 2 years ago. what does that say? well, for one thing...it might not have been breathtaking but it was clearly not forgetable. maybe it will become one of those things i figure out long after it has passed. ahead of its time perhaps.
The 2008 Biennial opens at the Whitney tomorrow and features some favorites like Spike Lee and Sherrie Levine. Will let you know what I think when i check it out.
It is Wednesday and is Vintage in Print day. Since i am feeling kind of sleepy, i wanted to share some images from The Book of Sleep on the website Square America. This is an awesome site dedicated to vintage snapshots & vernacular photography. This collection covers a wide range of social topics...and it totally worth looking through. enjoy.
Below is an image from the upcoming exhibition at the PRC called "New England Survey" which opens March 27th. The show is inspired by the following poem by Robert Francis:
My mind matches this understated land.
Outdoors the pencilled tree, the wind-carved drift,
Indoors the constant fire, the careful thrift
Are facts that I accept and understand.
I have brought in red berries and green boughs—
Berries of black alder, boughs of pine.
They and the sunlight on them, both are mine.
I need no florist flowers in my house.
Having lived here the years that are my best,
I call it home. I am content to stay.
I have no bird's desire to fly away.
I envy neither north, east, south, nor west.
My outer world and inner make a pair.
But would the two be always of a kind?
Another latitude, another mind?
Or would I be New England anywhere?
photo by Tanja Alexia Hollander
Here are a few images from our adventures cross country skiing in the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, NY yesterday. Jeanine, Megan, Iris and myself had a great time. I fell a lot more than I would like to admit...but I have to say, I did not do too bad for my first time ever on a pair of skis. Lots of laughs & great times. I am realizing more & more that for me, art, people & nature are all one in the same. They equally challenge me in ways I cannot always describe...but am overwhelmingly grateful for.
Every inch of my body is sore from cross-country sking. I am laying in bed with my laptop trying to keep my mind off the aching bones & muscles. I had a stellar time- and clearly need to get used to it. seriously though, i had such a good time that i plan on doing this to myself again next week. that says something.
Regardless of my physical pain, I still would like to ramble for a moment about this weeks' sunday local artist. Myra Mimlitsch-Gray is faculty in the metals department at SUNY New Paltz. When I was an undergrad there, she was notorious for being an amazing teacher & artist. I never worked with her but many close friends did and always grew as artists from the experience. I was able to see her work in faculty shows and loved it. My understanding of metals was very limited. I could understand it as a tool to make functional items but was oblivious to its many other non-functional functions (he he). Myra guides her metal to act in a way I had never seen before. It is caught in a moment- constructed to alter our perception and infultrate our senses. what am i looking at? how did this happen? did scotti beam me someone and i did not realize?
Whatever the answers might be...hats off to another awesome local artist. The hudson valley rocks!
Had a great day at R&F Paints yesterday. Their studio is amazing. I worked on a large piece (about 24" x 24") which was challenging but exciting. Encaustics is such an interesting tool to work with. I especially like being in a studio with other people. Since I graduated i have not had that available to me and definitly miss it! It is very motivating to constantly share your work and to see what your studio-mates are doing. It is a huge transition from that to working alone. Luckily I got to spend the day with two great local artists.
The image above is a piece Stephanie started working on yesterday. And below, her and Patti are posing at the end of the day. I can't wait to go back soon!