Archive for August, 2008

Photograph #16

August 31, 2008


Untitled, Arches National Park, Utah, 2008


(Detail)

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Photograph #15

August 30, 2008


Untitled, Leadville, CO, 2008

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Asa Ames

August 17, 2008


Head of a Boy by Asa Ames. Photo by Richard Walker

Do yourself a favor and head over to the Folk Art Museum in New York City before September fourteenth and spend some time at Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing.


Phrenological Head by Asa Ames. Photo by John Parnell

Asa Ames was a young sculptor from Evans, New York during the mid 1800’s who died tragically at the age of 27 due to Consumption. In his short life he sculpted a handful (12-13 known today) of wooden figures that are captivating, mysterious and nothing less than extraordinary.


Portrait of Asa Ames courtesy of John T. Ames, Austin, Texas

One of the most amazing things on display besides the sculptures is a single daguerreotype portrait of the artist (the only known image of him) sometime near the end of his life. He is pictured working on a sculpture (what appears to be a self-portrait) while a bunch of his other carved figures surround him and another human face looks on. Take a moment and imagine yourself leaving behind a single portrait as strange and bizarre as this.

Roberta Smith wrote a loving tribute and review of the exhibition in the Times awhile back and it’s worth reading before or after you see the show.

Young Curators, New Ideas

August 13, 2008


Talia Chetrit, Spectrum 2007, Inkjet print | Rainbow 2007, Inkjet print

Most of you probably know about this already but if not head over to Bond Street Gallery in Brooklyn tonight for the opening of Young Curators, New Ideas, a group exhibition organized by Amani Olu and curated by Alana Celii & Grant Willing (Fjord Photo), Michael Bühler-Rose, Jon Feinstein (Humble Arts Foundation), Laurel Ptak (I Heart Photograph), Amy Stein (amysteinphoto.blogspot.com), and Lumi Tan (Why + Wherefore).

I’m excited to see the entire exhibition but I’m very intrigued by the GIF segment, curated by Laurel Ptak. I’ve always loved the concept behind a film loop and GIF’s are essentially that except they are produced digitally.

Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Father, 2008
Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Father, 2008

The exhibition features work by: Charles Benton, Alison Brady, Brian Bess, Victor Boullet, Mikaylah Bowman, Olga Cafiero, Talia Chetrit, Tyler Coburn, Petra Cortright, C. Coy, Gerald Edwards III, Daniel Everett, Thobias Fäldt & Per Englund, Martin Fengel, Jason Fulford, Nicolas Grider, Pierre Hourquet, Konst & Teknik, Eke Kriek, Emily Larned, Bryan Lear, Miranda Lehman, Seth Lower, Matt MacFarland, Katja Mater, Kelci McIntosh, Mark McKnight, Erin Jane Nelson, Ilia Ovechkin, Robert Overweg, Alex Prager, M. River, Noel Rodo-Vankeulen, Asha Schechter, Trevor Shimizu, Alix Smith, Jo-ey Tang, Jesper Ulvelius, Anne De Vries, Hannah Whitaker, Karly Wildenhaus, Ofer Wolberger, Ann Woo and Damon Zucconi

RSVP REQUIRED: rsvp@bondstreetgallery.com
PUBLIC RECEPTION: 6 – 9 pm
ON VIEW: Wednesday, August 13 – Saturday, September 6, 2008

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RIP: The Drawing Project

August 5, 2008

Jason Polan officially put his Drawing Project to rest yesterday.

If you were lucky enough to receive a drawing (or two) in the mail over the course of this fantastic online project, then you know how truly wonderful the feeling was to open your mailbox and be surprised by an inconspicuous envelope with a drawing inside.

Thanks Jason for all the entertaining drawings, it’s been fun watching the project unfold.

Just for kicks, here’s a selection of some personal favorites I wish I had won:


Drawing #3, 3D Pyramid


Drawing #233, Educator Astronaut Floating


Drawing #62, Meat Thermometer


Drawing #60, John Kerr


Drawing #239, Alan and Wayne


Drawing #216, Colorful Face


Drawing #35, Man with Mustache


Drawing #218, Over & Over

Thrift Find: Woman With Eyes

August 1, 2008

As creepy as I think this painting is, I still couldn’t resist having it.

It’s obvious that the painter was just practicing by painting all those eyes at the bottom of the composition but somehow it manages to feel like a very purposeful and complete picture to me.

For all I know it could have been the painter’s total intention to make such a bizarre and freakish painting.

Click on the image for a larger version.

Sound vs. Image

August 1, 2008

As much as I love to both create and look at photographs, I am beginning to wonder whether a photograph can ever have the same kind of overwhelming effect on me that a song or a piece of music can have.

There’s just no comparison for me as music seems to be the more engrossing experience. I sometimes feel like it could be the “highest” art form there is. Cinema approaches that experience as well, most probably due to the combination of moving image, audio and narrative.

Somehow though, I find music to be the most affecting medium. Even when the music is an abstract composition, it somehow manages to communicate so effectively and directly to my cerebral cortex.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately each and every time I witness a magnificent live musical performance. Most recently I saw Fleet Foxes perform an incredible live set at Bowery Ballroom a few weeks ago and just the other day I saw a mesmerizing Bon Iver performance at The Music Hall of Williamsburg.

What was most remarkable about both of these performances was that they were so atypical of most concerts these days. The bands weren’t trying to be cool or give a “rock” performance. In fact, both bands seemed in awe of the crowd and surprised by the fanatical screaming in between songs. The band members stayed seated during the performances giving the songs and music the focus and attention they so necessarily deserved.

Both of these musical artists convey so much complex feeling and emotion with their songs, but that’s really only the beginning. Each song tells a story and places the listener in a complete sonic universe. The voices, the instruments, and the musical arrangements add up to so much more than their individual parts. Words don’t do the description justice. Photographers tend to say the same thing about photographs, that words can’t accurately describe what’s being captured in an image. While I believe that is true, I can’t think of any photograph that has affected me with as much power and intensity as so many songs have.