Thursday, July 31, 2008

10,000 Years

Kennecott Copper Mine No 22 Edward Burtynsky

Archival photograph solutions being pursued by Edward Burtynsky. Mining to save pictures of mines?

via Modern Art Notes

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine just blows my mind. Is it the first applet that engages in performance art? (Click on the Open We Feel Fine button at the top right to launch the applet after reading the mission and methodology)

Sunday, July 27, 2008


MagCloud is an on demand magazine publishing site that is currently in beta. They have just started releasing issues and when I saw that Jonathan Saunders of i like to tell stories had taken the leap I ordered one immediately. I have subscribed to his site for a while now and beyond my interest in his work and stories (visual and textual) I was very curious to see what the quality and format of the MagCloud product would be. I received my copy of one in the mail yesterday and am very impressed. The quality of the paper and reproductions is very good for this type of publishing. Currently they are publishing by invitation only but you may email and request an invitation. When I visited today to get the link I see that Minneapolis photographer Evan Baden has made a magazine of The Illuminati, so I promptly ordered it. These are certainly not books, but well made magazines at a price that can't be beat.

I'm going to do some work on a project I've had in a drawer and see about getting an invitation.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The new network

Stephen Shore Drinks Lemonade 2008 Robert Josiah (as posted on Flickr)

Thursday night's Stephen Shore lecture here in Milwaukee was satisfying in so many ways. It was satisfying to see this midwestern city get further exposure to important photography through this exhibit. It was satisfying to listen to Stephen Shore's straightforward, articulate description of his work and process (including a recitation from Hamlet). His ability as an educator was much in evidence as he encouraged novice and seasoned artist alike with the investigation of photographs, much as is outlined in his book The Nature of Photographs.

The event ended with the opportunity to meet Andy Adams, author and curator of Flak Photo. To finally meet in person and talk about the Web/blog experience and photography with one of the icons of the world wide web photography paradigm was wonderful. In his lecture Stephen spoke of meeting Steichen, Warhol, and Paul Strand as a teenager in the 60's in New York and the encouragement and opportunities afforded by those meetings. It is easy to look longingly at that time, and the easy availability that seems to have existed. I propose that the internet might be the new vehicle for creating a network that isn't limited by place and time. It doesn't at all replace the value and worth of physical meeting and discussion any more than a photograph replaces the experience of the world. But for those learning or doing or curious, it can serve as an introduction.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


It finally arrived. The error I made in placing my order was not paying additional for expedited shipping; which evidently meant that you were moved up the line for additional cash, as opposed to simply shipping faster. At least until they had done that for a few days and received so many complaints that they ended the policy.

I love it. It does precisely what I had hoped it would do in a straightforward manner. The biggest issue on the learning curve is to not over think the process. Flick, scroll, tap rather than hunt through buttons and menus. Yes indeed it does in fact sync with Outlook, which for a heathen Windows user, is huge.

I hate it. I had to go today to buy it an outfit (I'm all about purity and artistic design but if the REAL WORLD dictates that it really needs a cozy and chest protector haven't we gone astray?) at the Apple store. I realize I am about to offend some people, but this is my blog so if you don't like it tough. The hubris, smugness, and disdain that the mouth-breathing, t-shirt wearing, I drank the Kool-aid Apple employees show as they deign to check you out with their handheld (we're too good/cool for cash registers) thingys as they offer to email you your receipt in their holier than thou I am saving a tree way is almost more than I can bear. (When I'm on a rant I can't bothered with punctuation!) They make the camera store employees I have dealt with who correct me for saying Ma-me-ya by asking if I don't mean Ma-Mi-Ya look tame.

In honor of this occasion I am going to direct you to We're Just Sayin' for David and Iris' fabulous post on service. Take that Apple and AT&T! What they said! In honor of feeling conflicted I am going to watch this video again and again and again.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I'm very grateful that my friend pointed me to the Milwaukee Art Museum Flickr group which included pictures that serve as evidence of the kindness of artists, relating to this post.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


If you don't read Page 291 you missed this excellent post.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Talks and exhibits

I often read with envy the blog posts listing lectures, book launches, openings and exhibits around the country. I hope to make many of you envious with some events coming up in Milwaukee. Unmasked and Anonymous: Shimon & Lindemann Consider Portraiture curated by Lisa Hostetler opens August 14 at the Milwaukee Art Museum with a gallery talk at 6:00 PM by artists John Shimon and Julie Lindemann (be sure to watch their videos, "Experimental films and videos about music, artists, sages and living on a great lake.", here) .

The exhibit will run through November 30. A 68 page catalog is accompanying the exhibit and the mailing I received indicated it is available through the Museum Store but I don't see it listed yet.

On October 30 Jen Davis (here and here), fresh from finishing her MFA at Yale, will be speaking at MAM at 6:15 PM with a reception from 7-8 PM. Her work is represented in the Unmasked and Anonymous exhibit.

Stephen Shore next week. These events to look forward to as summer winds down. Visit Milwaukee!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stephen Shore

Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts July 13, 1974 Stephen Shore

The Haggerty Museum of Art here in Milwaukee is exhibiting Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-1979 from July 24 - September 28. Stephen Shore will speak at the opening on the 24th at 6:00PM at the Haggerty.

I bailed out on a meeting to be there.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Missile update

This just in from Modern Art Notes: MANscoop: Prado researchers will soon announce that this is not a Goya.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Headed over to the dark side

So, this is how I spent last Friday morning. No, I didn't get one. They ran out, 2 people ahead of me. I was one of 3 women in a line of mostly 25-35 year old men. My cell phone is dying (I refuse to buy my third $50 battery in a year and a half) and my PDA is dying (again, overpriced battery issues). I hate Blackberries.
I'm so ashamed. Cluck, cluck.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Without the grit

If you’re looking for a new way to waste entirely too much time be creative, here you go....This is sand. Just click the little square in the upper left corner. Now have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I have found very little to smile about when it comes to air travel the last 8 years. I don't know which is worse. Taking off jewelry, shoes, making sure not to wear an underwire bra (in order not to be wanded which is when they find the metal plate and screws in my neck) or ending up behind those who haven't figured it out and have to take off belts, boots with multiple buckles, etc. and still forget to take the cell phone out of their pocket? Paying hundreds (and now more hundreds) of dollars to be treated like a convicted felon going through a sally port in order to get to the other side and have bad, expensive food and delayed flights?

This article in the newpaper yesterday was my first indication that there is any sense of humor when it comes to airports or the TSA. Leave it to Milwaukee.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Cluster XXIII (Rhizopolis) 2006 Richard Galpin

I had a wonderful surprise in the mail today. At Art Chicago (back in April) I was drawn to galleries showing photographs that had undergone physical intervention. I was making tentative explorations of the possibilities in my own work but have not had many opportunities to see others', beyond the web and books. One stop was the Hales Gallery space showing several of Richard Galpin's peeled photographs. I had a short conversation with a friendly gentleman (at Art Chicago the exception rather than the rule) who showed me a copy of a book they had just published, Surface to Surface, of Galpin's work. I asked if they had a copy I could purchase and he regretted they did not, although if I wrote my name and address down he would send me information on availability. To my utter delight the gallery mailed me a copy!

Tetratopia is currently showing at the Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis and you can read an excellent review here. A fascinating video documenting him constructing/deconstructing his cities through peeling can be watched here. An essay in Surface to Surface written by David Thorp titled Circular Geometry states:
"Galpin needs the depth of field that his original photograph provides in order to try to flatten the image by working against it. He works in opposition to the illusion his photographs depict by pulling the image out of the original in a manner that accentuates the tension inherent in his process."
The book will serve as a valued reminder of the remarkable, tactile nature of the pieces I enjoyed in Chicago. It will also goad and inspire me to continue my own investigation into getting physical with my photographs.

Monday, July 7, 2008

A better mousetrap

I have never been a big fan of the Flickr browsing interface. While I have used Flickr as a useful way to post a collection of images (mostly of events) I find clicking the forward/back buttons and cycling through the various size options to be less than ideal. When I have gone to Google Images or the Library of Congress Flickr photostream with their thousands of images it is even more tedious.

Enter PicLens, a browser add-on that has worked very nicely for me. Your mileage may vary but it is available for Mac and Windows, Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox. It also works with various other web sites i.e. You Tube and Amazon (looking through photography books/monographs is terrific). I have found it to be a nifty little tool.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


Image Fulgurator. This seems an appropriate time to trot out a quote I saved from 5B4; "Photographs show you what the light looked like bouncing off a group of facts at a particular moment." Mr. Whiskets (emphasis mine)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A room with a view

Sonja needed a place to hang a series she is calling Lacuna in order to photograph the installation, and 26 feet of wall space is not easy to come by. I offered my studio wall (another example of how I give and give and give. Do I hear snickering??).

She is headed off to spend 2 weeks in Florida for a Residency at The Hermitage. This gives me the opportunity to spend more time reading and absorbing the individual and collective work. You can see some of the images here, although she has greatly expanded the project to allow for more relationships as well as more spaces.

We're talking about having a small take down party when she gets back in late July. If you're in the area and would like an e-vite let me know.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Aaron Hobson of I shot myself, they did too posted on this. I find the technology fascinating but troubling. It becomes Guernica as a Disney or Pixar production. Who would have figured me for a Luddite?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Identity and re-photographing

Robert Frank

Frank Espich, The Indianapolis Star

Here we go again.....I understand journalism. I get the Who, What, Where, When. I'm not sure I understand Why in this case. I just don't know that it adds anything to my understanding of, or appreciation for, the work.