Friday, May 6, 2011

Tara Hutton

I went to Tara's SMP presentation this past week and got to see what she has been working on other then helping us in class. She found an interest early in books, more specifically childrens' books. She also shows and interest in dolls. As children we play with paper cut out dolls, we get to pick which one we like, usually a princess or someone from a fairy tale. Then much like a Barbie doll we dress them us in pretty clothes and subconciously enbody ourselves within that doll. Yet in life the paper dolls we give children are like Barbie, disproportional and unrealistic.

Tara's dolls are for adults (college students if you can call us adults). They picture realistic body shapes of realistic people. The dolls start naked, and rather then being bare they do shoe sex characteristics that we cannot expose our children to. The male is large and is proportioned like true man in this day, along with the women. She also provides backgrounds colored in like a childs book but they are in settings more realistic to the age of the dolls, a bar, a hallway, and kitchen.

Tara is fascinated with the internet and how you can be completely anonymous on the WWW. You can be out of your personal sphere while on the internet you can be whoever you want to be. Look at facebook and myspace, people depict themselves as sometimes something completely different then in real life. A fifty year old man is a twelse year old girl. By her putting her dolls on a site she encourgaes interaction from the viewer. She wants people to dress them up and place them in a setting. Then the way they place people and display them, shows the creators personality.

Her work raises stereotypes and real world people but in a good way. Nothing is sugar coated. During her speech she talked about how art has came form the private to the public and back into the private world. The private world of million dollar paintings to the internet accessible to everyone and back to it being only in ones home in a private setting. Tara did a great job with her SMp and I believe I will see more of her work while exploring the web one day!

Courtney Teed

I was introduced to Courtney Teed first semester during my intro to Photography class with Colby. She was my TA for the class and was often working in the dark room when we were. I talked to her one day and found out she was actually an art major with a photo focus, which I did not know was possible at SMCM. Well I fell in love with the dark room and photography even more and from then on Courtney had set a path for me also. I knew first semester that her SMP was in Photography. I saw many negatives and photos floating through the drying racks of the dark room and saw how amazing her work was. I favored her work more then the other SMP photo student. Her focus is on the unseen. I too have always focused on the unseen. I like taking pictures of landscapes, nature, animals, and objects that most people never get the privaledge to see.
Not only the unseen but the things in everyday life that go unseen, much like behind a grocery store. She does not need to travel to the amazon or Gambia to show us images that many people never see, she just travels to odd places. Most of her photos were taken behind the locally owned grocery store up Route 5. I have seen many of her pictures that are just of simple objects that we see in every day life. Things like screws, bolts, wood, trucks and windows. Yet she takes those things that we quite often pass by and present them in a manner that makes the viewer discover the object like it a whole new thing. She strays off the conventional path to places that no one other then the packers see. She explores the back allies and romote places that the public don't see. She displayed a photo of the broken down wagon behind the store. Form the normal perspective it is just a little old wagon. But from her perspective, from the camera's perspective she showed a whole new view. She got low and showed the hole in the trailer, the grain of the wood and the textures of this antique "trash" in a magnificent manner. Other images in her show are of what seems to be a large gas can that is rusted and scattered with dirt. In real life viewed more as trash and useless, in a black and white photo is shown with so much texture it is unbelievable. She also decided to place this image on two boards and making it into a corner piece which adds even more meaning and character, It was by far my favorite piece in the show.

Another piece showed a bolt and screw in a perspective that the background was out of focus and only the threads of the screw were in focus. The camera's perspective transforms the image to a sight never seen by the eye. Courtney touched on the topic of monocular vision that is provided by the camera lense that cannot be achieved by the eyes. Photography focuses on vantage point alot. Many images are only unique and great are simply by the vantage point of the camera. Courtney and many photographers alter their vantage point to make a photo pop. Get on the ground, lay down, be tall, sideways heck hang upside down, any view other then your normal five foot tall binocular strait on view of the world is unique.
In her presentation she also talked about a few photographers: John Sarkowski being one. I believe he was the photographer that took the image laying down looking at a fire ladder on the edge of a building, or the hole cut in the building over looking a city. Courtney and these men make the familiar seem unfamiliar simply by the use of a camera. Courtney works with 35mm film and the dark room because much like myself she feels that there is more of a connection to each image this way. She talked about how with 36 exposure, you take more time to take each photo. Whereas with a digital camera you just click away and fill up a memory card that can hold thousands of pictures. There is also such a difference in black and white photography then color. It just abstracts every image even more. We see the world in color so anything in color is more normal to us. Black and white seems to be a thing of the past yet is such an antique quality that should never be lost.
Courtney Teed is an amazing photographer and shows us the world often unseen just through the camera lense.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kevin Fleming

In the spirit of the past project and this one I research a photographer. He is close to heart and my family's hearts because his photos have been very much a part of our lives. His photos are scattered through many of the magazines that I grew up with. His work although has taken him all around the world has been focused on Delmarva. Kevin Fleming was born in Delaware and attended Wesley college although not a photography major he kept this as his hobby and then made a career off of it.

After college he became a newspaper photographer then a National Geographic photographer and was one for a decade there after, This job lead him to more then 26 countries. He has photographed subjects reaching from nature and wild life to New Zealand sheep ranchers and the death of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. (he had some of the few images of the incident). His work has spread world wide and his not so famous work is localized on Delmarva. Many of the art galleries at the beaches of Rehoboth, Lewes and Ocean City have many Kevin Fleming photos in their collections. His photos are also in many magazines such as: Wild Delaware, Newsweek, GEO and Beaches Delaware. The photos I am used to seeing are his more Delmarva focused works. He has taken thousands of photos of the landscape and wildlife of this unique penninsula. He has captures numerous moments in time that only a few people will very get to witness. He shows the world animals that are rarely seen to human eyes and moments in those animals' lives that not even scientists see.

His focus now is more on creating books (one of which I own). Ever since September 11th he has gotten back in gear and started traveling across the country finishing his book "The Heart of America". He has traveled across the nation to capture the "heart and soul of America". He traveled in helicopters, on horse back, in kayaks and even in hot air balloons all to get the shots that show America's beauty. In this book Fleming shows us the funny open hearted side of this country, he shows the back roads and the places often unseen. His other books include "Wild Delaware" published in 2008 which was sold out and was the number one best selling book on the peninsula. More recently he published "Wild Delmarva"

Monday, April 4, 2011

Jack Pierson

Jack Pierson's Self-Portrait #3 and Self-Portrait #28 were displayed in the National Portrait Gallery's Hide and Seek exhibit. Jack Pierson is a photographer and artist. He studied at Massachusetts college of art and has been successful ever since. His works include photos along with collages, word sculptures, installations, drawings, word art and artists books. His works are in many major museums world wide and he has had many solo exhibitions world wide since 1990 such as Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and London.

His work is an exploration of the emotions of everyday life and his collages create abstract shapes and create a narrative meaning. His series include the "Self Portrait series along with a show called "The Name of This Show is Not :Gay Art Now". He has also photographed many famous celebrities including Brad Pitt.

The photos I specifically saw and chose were Self- Portrait #3 and Self Portrait #28. They both are portraits of young males half naked. Although named Self-Portrait none of the portraits are of himself. I believe the portraits are named self-portraits because with every portrait he is revealing a different side of himself. Or maybe not of himself but rather of what he wishes to be. Maybe he wishes to be that stereotypical jock, famous, handsome male and the other half may be the shy, secluded and vulnerable young male. Each photo in this series shows a young male with an expression and the body language showing vulnerability yet confidence. Although the subjects are half naked, and are of an age that this state makes them look vulnerable and timid. Yet other portraits show that these males are comfortable in their skin or atleast they want to seem that way. They have a sexual confidence about them and this is shown in todays contemporary youth.

Specifically, #3 is a portrait of a typical television male, handsome, masculine and confident. With this series the statement of how sexuality is in everyday life. How the media perceives people as being the perfect people. They only show the most handsome and best. Within every photo Pierson takes there is an invisible person, himself. The photographer himself is within every photo.

These photos are very well taken and composed. There was great though that went into these from the placement of the subjects, to the background that conveys additional meaning. Also, the clothes and facial expressions and the lighting add to the story being conveyed by these portraits.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Virtual Public Art Project is a whole new kind of art. One where all the art is virtual in a 2 D perspective, yet presented in a 3D reality. This project spans over five continents with twenty eight locations in places like Philadelphia, Tokyo, Beijing and London. VPAP leads the public to a location such as an open field and even a city scape and with the use of smart phone technology presents a virtual sculpture on the landscape which the viewer can span practically 360*. Anyone with an iPhone 3GS or Andriod can download the app: Layer, and start the Augmented Reality art process needed to experience VPAP.

After the Layar app is installed on your phone you can search for sites and then once you are close to a VPAP site you can switch to Map view. This will direct you to the specific location of the virtual sculpture. Then you have to switch to reality view and the virtual sculpture will pop up on your phones screen and you can walk around the area and see it from multiple views. So in the end you are seeing the natural landscape along with the virtual sculpture. It is a huge contrast and a new art revolution. Many if not all of these virtual sculptures are never actually constructed into 3D models. This art style reminds me a lot of the hologram figures seen in movies such as Star wars. Where the actors would appear 3D, and walk around and gesture while talking yet you could still see through them and see the landscape of the room around them.

Three of the artists mentioned on rhizome that have created sculptures for VPAP are Alvaro Barata, Christian Meinhardt, and Christopher Manzione. Barata creates drawings use a technique called anamorphosis. This is when the drawing viewed from a different perspective reveals a different image creating a 3D effect. Meinhardt created the Mirrored City in France. This was ten blocked sections of Laval simplified to the core elements of the city, hovering over the real city. Manzione also has work in the U.S. called Symmetry and Growth.

This is more than just art, VPAP is an art revolution. It is transforming the world of sculpture as we know it. A Sculpture no longer solely describes a 3D crafted, touchable, piece of work but it now can describe something in 2D viewed on a screen in a virtual plane. Also, since the artists have chosen to place their virtual masterpieces in places you must visit to see it gives it more of a realistic aspect. You can’t just watch a video online to see around the sculpture. You must physically go to the location and walk around in a circle to view the whole sculpture. It is fascinating just to think what might come next.

Our world is beginning to revolve completely around technology. Everything we touch and do has had some computer and technological effect on it. Art used to be only what you could touch and see not it is also what can be viewed on a computer screen and phone. I think the only was the artists around the world could improve this concept is to expand. Expand, expand expand. Publicize it more, put the idea out more so the general public will know about this whole art revolution also. I had never even heard about it until this research. But now through learning about it I want to go to one of the sites and look at the sculptures.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Artist post 2: Mark Napier

One Mark Napier's works, FEED, was featured in the recent reading: Defining New Media Art. He was included in the section of the article about New media art as a movement. In the article it talks about how new media art did not emerge until the end of the twentieth century, and how net art did not emerge from Germany until after 1997. Exhibitions of Mark Napier's art have been in Paris, New York, Berlin, The Princeton Art Museum and many more. He was also commissioned by Soloman R. Guggenhein Museum to create internet art as a permanent collection in their museum. (bio info)
Mark Napier was one of the first people to explore the internet as a place for public art to be shown. As early as 1998 his work was up on the web: Shredder, Riot (1999) and FEED (2001). More recently he is exploring: permenance, skin, mythology and texture. When exploring his website I found a very interesting collection of his work called PAM. It appears that he takes pictures of the famous Pamela Anderson and then through digital art techniques morphs her into this confusing yet interesting piece of art. He adds other images of her breaking her down by body parts, he adds arrows and numbers also.
I believe the statement he is trying to make with this collection is that the sex industry and just the public in general see people not as a whole but rather piece by piece. We analyze and judge people a lot by what they look like or have: big boobs, nice hair, a big butt, long legs, etc. Then if you notice in his
collection he seems to be taking the best part of each picture and morphing it together. A butt from this bikini shot, these legs, boobs from this picture, face from here and so on. He has his own style of art and meaning behind it but the only thing I think he could do better is to make the pictures a little more clearer and not so choppy.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ideas for project 1

re-post of first artist posting

Andreas Muller-Pohle was born in Brunswick, Germany he is an artist and publisher. He has been the editor of European Photography magazine since 1980. He has been a consultant and a visiting professor for many institutions.(biography) Pohle has written books , participated in photo festivals, has been in many exhibitions featureing his photography and digital works and participates in the Danube River Project. His current project is Hong Kong Waters, a multimedia water trilogy.

I researched Andreas Muller-Pohle because I thought his work was interesting due to the fact that he is a photographer much like myself. On his website his photographs are described as a result of “theoretical reflection”. Most of his work is based off of photography. And then he relates them to the digital world. Pohle believes that the camera is a program that is meant to see the outside world as the photographer/viewer sees it. This means that the viewers’ interests are projected onto the photo itself. Pohle’s alternate concept of photography is to follow these steps(1) take hold of the camera; (2) press upon the releaser; (3) look at the pictures that result; (4) choose one”. The decisions then go from you choosing what to photograph, to choosing an already made photograph. Then you will see that the camera alone can create elegant and abstract images. His collection of images using this technique is called Transformance. Much like digital art in these pictures you may not be able to tell what something is because it is from a different perception.

Transformance 3590, 1980

Through his work I see an alternate universe, when in reality it is everyday landscapes and objects just altered through digital art and other techniques. The perception of the world he creates is compelling and striking. Whether he has altered a mountain landscape into a dream like illusion, or taken photos without ever looking to create a “space-time-continuum” or even decoding the alphanumeric code of faces, he has created meaningful art if its own kind. More specifically in the reading his digitized images were shown. He took a photo and converted the bytes into alphanumberic code in eight panels. Then he also did a series called face codes where he took videos and then took the still images like photos of people and reworked them digitally to show a alphanumeric code and then showed that code on the bottom of the screen. Also, he took the worlds first photograph and through digital encoding created an image.

His work has its own style so, therefore I do not believe he could do anything differently to make it better. But I think he could have expanded on his Constellations and Transformance collections to incorporate more unique things then the side of a building or water.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I added some dog characteristics and cat eyes and ears to some of the people and into the sky. There is twins in the photo too.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Andreas Muller-Pohle

I researched Andreas Muller-Pohle because I thought his work was interesting because he is a photographer and digital artist. Most of his work is based off of photography. In the reading his digitized images were shown. He took a photo and converted the bytes into alphanumberic code in eight panels. Then he also did a series called face codes where he took videos and then took the still images like photos of people and reworked them digitally to show a alphanumeric code and then showed that code on the bottom of the screen. Also, he took the worlds first photograph and through digital encoding created an image. His work is very compelling and different he has a wide variety of work. .