Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
If you haven't heard about, or taken the opportunity to look at, the newly unveiled public art installation by Jon Gitelson take a moment to do so. You can listen to a radio interview about the piece here. Public art is tricky, the old saying that "a camel is a horse designed by committee" tends to hold true in too many circumstances (this is not the time to delve into Milwaukee's upcoming unveiling of the "Bronze Fonz". Jon's piece avoids the pitfalls. His voice is clearly evident yet he includes the public in his conspiracy. The radio interview mentions that the expected lifespan of the materials is 100 years. Cool!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Grandfather Climbing the Telephone Pole to Replace Our Clothesline After Picking Peaches from the Tree 2008 Jane Tam
I had the good fortune to collect these two prints from Liz Kuball and Jane Tam in the last few weeks by pure coincidence. One was a purchase and one was a surprise. One is in Brooklyn and one is in Santa Barbara. Both are profoundly talented artists who make photographs that allow the viewer to enter and investigate, that allow discovery, rather than shouting "Here! Look Here!". Both prints are a pleasure to spend time with now and, I expect, in the years to come.
When I opened them and had them sitting side by side I thought of Amy Stein's Battle photo posts. I'm glad I don't have to do an either/or with them.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Last night I went to the Members opening of the Gilbert & George exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This is a knock your socks off riot of design, color and confrontation. They gave a delightful talk to an overflow crowd, answering questions posed by curator Joe Ketner as well as the audience. I found it interesting that when asked why they made the transition early on (early 1970's) from drawing to photographing George answered "... drawings are too beautiful. Photographs are confrontational. "
Just over a year ago as part of their "art for all" mode they offered Planed a file on the web to download for 24 hours. It is a full resolution file in 9 pieces for assembly. I printed it out, mounted the grid and have had it hanging in my studio. They ever so graciously signed a card for me last night that I can now add to the piece, although I think I need to reprint it and make a frame grid as they do with their installations.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It made me think of When Insults Had Class. Ah, the good old days... My reply?
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary" William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
"...Vewd it is an international photography website dedicated to continuing the tradition of storytelling through a visual medium - this includes documentary, photojournalism, street and portraiture in the form of galleries and multimedia pieces. "
from Riding Shotgun with Texas Sheriffs Jerome Brunet
As way of another coincidence of timing, Sunday night I finally watched No Country for Old Men. When Tommy Lee Jones (the sheriff) and his deputy first arrive on the scene of the drug deal gone bad the young man says "What a mess." In my favorite quote Tommy Lee Jones answers "If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here." The above image is from the series Riding Shotgun with Texas Sheriffs by Jerome Brunet. This photograph makes me think of WeeGee.
Very, very well done and they pay for submissions they use.
Monday, June 9, 2008
The Big Picture is new blog from the Boston Globe (it would seem Boston is the new home for photography). I am thrilled someone is finally putting up LARGE photographs for us aging baby boomers! Now it's time for artists to follow the journalists.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
I also highly recommend Conversations with Contemporary Photographers published by Umbrage. I would normally link you to it directly but for some reason Amazon has been down for the past half hour and I can only spend so much time at my keyboard. You'll have to your own search : )
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The feet you ask? The ever fabulous Sonja Thomsen. Remember, you saw them here first.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
34 years ago today I married the man I loved, with so little thought of the future it leaves me breathless. 12,410 days ( 297,840 hours, 17,870,400 minutes ) later all of the pictures have faded or shifted, but we are still very much in love and happy to be sharing another anniversary.