Archive for August, 2010

Film-less Photography

August 27, 2010

Kodak’s Vintage 1975 portable all electronic still camera

“It took 23 seconds to record the digitized image to the cassette. The image was viewed by removing the cassette from the camera and placing it in a custom playback device.”

The above camera, built in 1975, looks like something right out of a Christopher Williams photograph.

Side-by-side comparison – Hardcopy vs. Film-less Photography

A few questions that followed the presentation of this Film-less camera:

“Why would anyone ever want to view his or her pictures on a TV? How would you store these images? What does an electronic photo album look like? When would this type of approach be available to the consumer?”


Scorsese + Chanel

August 25, 2010

C/O Berlin – Talents 2011

August 25, 2010

C/O Berlin is seeking young photographers and art critics for their 2011 Talents series of exhibitions. The theme this year is Cinematic Thinking and applications will be accepted until December 31, 2010.

The Talents series of exhibitions is really a fantastic opportunity for an artist just getting started. If chosen, the artist will be featured in a solo exhibition at one of Europe’s premiere photography institutions as well as have an accompanying catalogue published which includes an essay written by an art critic.

From the newsletter I received this morning:

“In 2011, the Talents series will focus on the theme of Cinematic Thinking. Engagement with the medium of film has become ever more central to photography in recent years. This can be seen in the increasing exploration of film production processes, experimentation with narrative structures, and references to film aesthetics and film myths. How can photography adapt film structures and simulaneously break them open? What strengths do still images have over moving pictures? Photography in the classical sense, with its conventional wall presentation, can be expanded through the utilization of projection and installation strategies, thereby creating new possibilities for reflecting on the medium of photography itself.

How do you apply? Photographers under the age of 35 can submit up to 15 samples of their work in print form – maximal size DIN A4, no originals. A short project description should accompany the photographs, as well as the application form that van be completed online on the C/O Berlin homepage. A fee of 20 Euros will be raised. Please note that art critics are welcome to submit samples of their work at any time.”

You can find further information here.


August 15, 2010


Tessellations: creating narrative through visual conversation. A two-person dialogue by Wm M Harvey and Leah Beeferman.

Summer Pop-Up Bookstore

August 9, 2010

If you like books then you might want to stop by David Zwirner’s First Annual Summer Pop-Up Bookstore, happening this week only. I stopped by to check it out and while I didn’t find anything that I must have, there are some nice deals on hand, especially some uniquely signed books by Marcel Dzama.

From the press release:

David Zwirner is pleased to announce the launch of the gallery’s first annual summer Pop-Up Bookstore. For one week only—Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 13—there will be special offers on a selection of rare and out-of-print books, signed artist catalogues, DVDs, and more.

David Zwirner Pop-Up Bookstore will be open daily from 10am to 6pm with extended hours to 7:30 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kenneth Anger + Missoni

August 6, 2010

Talk about strange collaborations, Kenneth Anger shot the Missoni Fall/Winter 2010 advertising campaign.

Watch the tripped out video here.


August 5, 2010

Some of you reading this might have noticed the spam-like titles on some of my posts lately, especially if you use a blog reader of some sort. I have been trying to deal with the issue and sort this thing out but I can’t seem to solve the problem.

One moment it seems fixed and the next it is back again.

I’m wondering if there is anyone out there reading this who would be willing to tackle this with me and help me out.

I can offer up something in return for your help and services.

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Summer Shows

August 5, 2010

We all know that summer shows in New York City can be a real downer but this summer there are three ambitious artist curated exhibitions on view in three different locations around the country.

Closest to home but not in the city, there is Matthew Porter’s Seven Summits exhibition on view through August 15th at Mount Tremper Arts in the Catskills.

Arthur Ou, Test Screen (Rincon I), 2010

From the press release:

Seven Summits is a group photography exhibition featuring fourteen pieces by seven artists. Recalling the mountaineering challenge of climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents, Seven Summits highlights the practice of artists whose adventuresome spirit leads them straight to the source of their subject matter, whether it be found inside the studio or across the country. Each artist is represented by two pieces—separated by wide geographical margins—that reframe the tradition of expedition photography within their independent creative visions.”

Further away from the city, there is Bill Sullivan’s New Genre Pictures</em on view at the Flanders Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina through August 28th. The exhibition features the work of Lucas Blalock, Sam Falls, Thomas Hauser and Bill Sullivan.

Bill Sullivan, Courts #21 & 22 (Wimbeldon 1994), 2007

From an essay by Lauren Turner:

“In the ubiquity of the nefariously popular mixed media designation, how can disparate artworks currently be categorized? In what ways can one judge technological manipulation in a work as a marker of an artist’s skill? And are the genres of old still relevant to contemporary society? New Genre Pictures presents the works of four artists and their variations of the art world’s current medium darling, photography, to start the process of untangling some of these questions’ answers.”

There is also a good write up of the show and some installation shots here.

For those of you in Los Angeles, Walead Beshty has curated what is probably the most ambitious summer group exhibition, Picture Industry (Goodbye To All That) at Regen Projects which is on view through August 21st.

The exhibition features a long list of people working with and/or around photography today: Tauba Auerbach, Thomas Barrow, Carol Bove, Troy Brauntuch, Tony Conrad, Abraham Cruzvillegas, De Rijke / De Rooij, Liz Deschenes, Isa Genzken, Wade Guyton, Robert Heinecken, Charline Von Heyl, Karen Kilimnik, Imi Knoebel, Michael Krebber, Glenn Ligon, Erlea Maneros-Zabala, Albert Oehlen, Manfred Pernice, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Josephine Pryde, R.H. Quaytman, Eileen Quinlan, Miljohn Ruperto, Michael Snow, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kelley Walker, James Welling, Christopher Williams and Christopher Wool.

Eileen Quinlan, Everything moves, Everything Shimmers, 2010

From the press release written by Walead Beshty:

“In most Los Angeles social circles, when one speaks of the “industry” they are referring to the Entertainment Industry (a.k.a. the “Picture Industry”). Pictures have a knack for supplanting the concrete, sliding as though self-lubricating around the globe, like poltergeists, they haunt the world they represent like vague recollections, inhabiting concrete forms briefly until slipping off to another host, a billboard here, a magazine page there, creating momentary associations, and chance resonances. And what to make of the application of the term industry, with the heaviness of factories and smoke stacks encircling it, to the production of ephemeral pictures whose power is synonymous with their lightness? It could be said that it is the seemingly invisible and ephemeral aspects–the means of distribution, the contextual frame, the vicissitudes of taste, and an object’s ability to “pass”–which serve as the most robust material of the contemporary work, an embrace of convention that produces an endless sequence of provisional “meanings.” Perhaps the only solution available to us is to allow pictures to be concrete, to reclaim their moments of heaviness, instead of pretending that they are endlessly able to float listlessly in the breeze.”

Found Shopping Lists

August 5, 2010

Found Shopping Lists is a website that compiles and catalogues exactly what it advertises in the title. The lists are simply presented, deciphered for content and then analyzed for who might have wrote them. The site is probably hosted by someone over in the UK so the humor and product list can be different from what we are used to over here but it’s still entertaining.

Thinking of shopping lists, I also found this site, Grocery Lists, that claims to have the largest collection of found shopping lists anywhere and has even published a book.

Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography)

August 4, 2010

I have been looking at the many photographic works of Mel Bochner these past few weeks and have also been reading his essays and various writings.

Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography) from 1967-1970 isn’t photography per se but it definitely touches on and explores many ideas surrounding the medium.

In a portfolio of nine photo offset prints on white lined notecard, Bochner compiled a selection of quotes relating to photography and included three that were fakes. Those were then placed in a manilla envelope with one offset printed photograph.

Here are the rest of the prints interspersed with Bochner talking about the project from an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist:

“When I realized in 1967, that my work had become about photography without wanting it to – I thought, I should do some research, look into the history of the medium and find out what’s been written about it, what the issues are.”

“What I found was really pretty dumb – it had no value in any theoretical terms. And the more I read, the more I began to see it all as a colossal misunderstanding. So I started compiling a set of misunderstandings.”

“After a while I had quite a large number of these quotations which I wanted to publish. The first title was “Dead Ends and Vicious Circles”…”

“…I submitted it to Artforum but Philip Leader said ‘we’re not a goddamn photography magazine, this is an art magazine, don’t give me anything on photography, we don’t do photography!’ Then I sent it to Art in America and they were not interested either, but suggested that I send it to a photography magazine! Like Popular Photography! Well I knew that no photography magazine could possibly be interested in this, so I put it in a drawer and forgot about it.”

“Then in 1970, Marian Goodman, who then had a gallery called Multiples Gallery, came up with the idea of doing a boxed multiple set of artists’ photographs. She made this box which was quite an amazing thing, it had Smithson, Graham, Ruscha, Dibbets, Rauschenberg, LeWitt, myself and a number of other artists.”

“My contribution was a version of Dead Ends and Vicious Circles, a compilation of quotations I titled “Misunderstandings( A Theory of Photography).” And to further add to the confusion, three of the quotes were fakes, I made them up.”

“The last card in the envelope is a reproduction of a negative of a Polaroid, but of course Polaroids don’t have negatives!”