Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
First off, all apologies for the lack of updates. My energy has been firmly invested in my studio, which I think is probably important. I’ve also started a Tumblr–mainly for research, but also so you can see what I’ve been up to. Lastly, I redid my website. I’m hoping this is the last time I ever do this myself–but the main think you’ll notice is that I did away with the categories. At this point I’m starting to understand my work along one unbroken continuum. It’s not always smooth, but it feels less arbitrary than breaking up into different “projects” and forcing differences between them. Let me know what you think, and enjoy!
It’s Monday morning. I’m sitting in my studio, listening to Sparklehorse, fading photographs pinned to the wall, and receiving news that a number of my artworks were victims of hurricane Sandy. I am surrounded by loss, and yet I’m not sad. Far from it, in fact. I actually feel surrounded by beauty.
The sad and the beautiful cross paths more often than we think–I could understand how there is beauty evident in any powerful emotion. Mark Linkous’ music is laced with it–even more so given the singer’s untimely demise, the hurricane’s ability to bring out the empathetic in the country’s largest city (has a photograph of a power strip ever made you feel warmer?), and through the storm’s powerful destruction, it has fulfilled the natural goal of my art.
The works that were lost were a number of my unique blueprints from “Blue Line of Woods“, along with a number of prints from my “Sunburn” series. The images were being stored in a storage unit in Chelsea which apparently was completely submerged in the well-reported flood.
I could be angry and sad, but it wouldn’t bring the work back and it would actually go against the whole purpose of the work in the first place. The “Sunburn” images were created through destruction. By selectively bleaching and destroying the dyes of found images, I was able to cull the latent beauty of the sunset to the photograph’s surface. The images in “Blue Line of Woods” were meant to self-destruct–the images are produced on non-archival blueprint paper and thus will fade away and disappear over the course of their lives. So while the loss of these works is premature, it is by no means surprising.
The strange thing is that having digital photographs of these lost works almost makes it harder to let them go. It makes them harder to forget, and forgetting is a natural, helpful way for us to move on. I can’t imagine everyone feels this way, but as Chelsea rebuilds over the coming months it will be interesting to see how artists and galleries alike either choose to move forward or attempt to rebuild the past.
I’m in the midst of sorting out my current project, G.U.T. Feeling, and my mind is spinning. So many places I could go, so many directions this project could head in…it makes me realize how much deciding what NOT to do is part of the art process.
That said–I tried to take a close-up picture of a flower and the camera didn’t focus where I wanted to. In this case, the machine was right–it ended up being a better picture.
Perhaps of note–I use Tumblr. I’ve been using it for a year now mainly as a research tool–I would scour image searches for visual and conceptual connections for my G.U.T. Feeling project–but I’ve recently started to post original content. I actually found the experience to be very informative, especially on a formal level. The non-stop cascade of pure imagery has definitely influenced the structure of many of my collages, and judging by the studio shot posted previously it will probably affect the way I install images, too. If you’re interested in what I’m up to on Tumblr, please follow!
Printing out my photos and pinning them to the wall is an essential part of my photographic practice. They can’t hide away in a negative binder or a hard drive–I’m confronted with the existence and presence whenever I’m in my studio. This helps my projects immensely–both in editing and generating new work. Not only do I see what I have too much of and what doesn’t work, but I also see what I need and what I’m missing. The shot above is of in-progress G.U.T. Feeling work–I’m not sequencing or anything like that–just sitting with them for a bit and listening to what they tell me.
I feel like a number of interesting articles have been falling into my lap lately. So good, in fact, that they’re the kind of articles that make you want to talk about them with other people, or in some cases, debate the person who wrote them. A quick summary:
‘Film is Dead? Long Live Movies‘ is a conversation between A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis about the potential downsides and benefits to the digital transformation of the cinema–both in the creating and and exhibition of movies. Interesting topics discussed–the effects of economy/efficiency, new technology benefiting artists, and the responsibility of all artists to know their medium’s potential flaws.
‘This is the New Golden Age of Photography‘ is a short post where Joerg Colberg points to a NYT Lens blog post about the proliferation of photographs. Other phenemona that might be experiencing ‘Golden Ages’ according to Mr. Colberg: student debt, cancer, and Youtube comments. Remember folks, quantity ≠ quality.
Artforum’s 50th Anniversary issue has a number of timely articles including Rosalind E. Krauss’ take on Tacita Dean’s work ‘Film‘, a conversation with Michelle Kuo and Wolfgang Tillmans on the ubiquity of ink-jet printing in the art world, and a number of ‘Media Studies’–short pieces written by artists about working in their chosen medium(s). I rarely endorse picking up Artforum unless you love paying for a phonebook full of advertisements, but this is one that merits paying the cover price.
Lastly, I’m happy to announce that the limited edition artist’s book for ‘Blue Line of Woods‘ is finished. Available in a limited edition of 10, this version includes a light-sensitive silver gelatin print mounted to the front cover, custom endpapers, a special zine insert as well as the main feature: a removable accordion book that unfolds to reveal the entire series sequenced as a singular piece. Highly worth the investment–interested parties should email me for purchasing details.
I’m happy to announce the release of the latest issue of ‘Human Error’–News/Print. This zine explores the decline of one industry (film photography) through the appropriation of various newspaper articles. In addition to the articles, I created a series of my own ‘headlines’ by exposing newsprint to the sun through hand-cut stencils, thus burning my own headlines into the paper itself. If you splurge for the non-free version, not only will you receive the Human Error #02 zine printed on a higher-quality paper stock with a color cover, but you’ll also get an original newsprint headline. All this for $5! As always, if you want a free copy, email me or send me a SASE and I’ll drop a lower-quality copy, without the original print, in the mail. Art for everyone!