Thursday, August 11, 2011
Chris Jordan is best known for his large-scale photographs of consumer waste. As he has extensively explored this theme, Jordan has been indirectly labeled as a patron of the “green” movement. His photographs seem to form a dialogue with his audience; the world over exists in a consumer-based economy and our relationship to it allows us to identify with his works. He has also focused on other aspects of consumerism; his photographs of deceased albatross chicks from the midway atoll are testament to the harmful effects on other living organisms. Jordan’s compositional strategies incorporate formal elements such as color and shape which structurally organize his photographs. His ability to capture an aesthetic quality from consumer-refuse whilst communicating awareness of its effects is an impressive accomplishment.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Margaret Hiden has these lovely photographs about memories and how they fade after years. She has old photographs of the place with people and she has combined them with new photographs of the house as it has sort of decayed and the way she places them together is really beautiful. she lines them up almost perfectly and it just gives us an opening into her world and these peoples lives. These photographs show the personality not only of the people but of the home in which they lived. I am really inspired by her work.
I was interested in the idea of her work. For me it is about a group of people blending into nature and being one with the environment. Everyone is busy with their day to day routines and busy schedules that people don't stop to enjoy the beauty of serenity and nature.
Yee Ling Tang is someone I was looking at during our scale project. I was specifically focusing on her work "to lose the idea of dimensions". Her work for me is kind of an outsider looking in. She was from China and America was this unknown scary place. These pictures for me have a sense of curiosity to them. Almost a childlike view on the world. Even though she is much bigger than the people in the photographs the way her body language is being viewed as innocent unknowing. The layering of the photographs gives the image a surreal effect which I think makes these pieces successful.
Someone that has inspired me throughout our summer semester is Michele Monseau. She is actually an MFA graduate of UTSA and has shown work here in San Antonio. The work that I was most intruiged by is the work called Gone Again. It shows a dyptich of beautiful place with a man lying in a space where people do not normally lay and a women laying in the same place. It is interesting to me because it is so abnormal is she commenting on social norms? Why is this person laying there are they alive are they connecting with the environment? Her work raises these questions and I believe that any artists who can raise a question to the audience is a good work. It causes the viewer to interact and try to figure out exactly what they are trying to say.
Richard Gere, we known as him as actor. I was surprised when I see his work. The title " Pilgrim " He had an an exhibition in Korea , I did not see it in person but I saw few of his work from online. When I see his work I can see they are culture very well. He took all pictures in Tibet , and he criticizes China over abuse in Tibet. He said China's government is torturing and killing people in Tibet. His picture are very religious, cultural, and political. I really enjoy his picture because story behind and also give inculcation.
Her photomontage are funny, odd and powerful. What captured my eye in her work is the simplisity and the well thought photomontage. It is intreaging to me how she created tis images, how long did it take and how did she do it?
With texts by Martin Jaeggi and Shino Kuraishi.
“Previsualizing is the first essential of dance photography. The ecstatic gesture happens swiftly and is gone; unless the photographer previsions in order to fuse dance action, light and space simultaneously, there can be no significant dance picture."
What I found interesting about Thomas Barbey is he does not take the easy way out and resort to photo shop which many photographers do not that it is a bad thing to use photo shop but I was inspired by Barbey because he uses sandwiched negatives. He also uses double exposure for some of the effects he is getting. I really enjoyed the humor in his work. He pieces the different photographs together very interestingly. Each one captivates me in the lesson or story he is trying to portray. These photographs are intriguing because of the surreal way he places them. Each one makes me think of a dream in reality. I posted a couple of his photographs because I wanted to show you guys how different they are and I find them all really interesting. My favorite is the one on the bottom right with the man and the books it is called mind reader. Barbey is trying to say you can not read a book by its cover and you have to open your mind to the experiences that you get everyday in life and learn from them. I think it is really beautifully done the black and white the placement of the books, the man and the buildings are just perfect they make your eye go around the whole photograph.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sherri Nienass's series of work entitled "The Shoppers" caught my attention almost immediately; simply for its reference to consumerism. The 'shoppers', to me, begins to comment on the sociological affects of media and consumerism on our society.
Although many of the images taken from this series seem to fall short of being nothing more than candid shots of random shoppers doing just that; there are a few that capture this raw idea of the affects of consumerism For example, the image of the two older ladies sitting on the bench facing the giant Victoria Secret ads is absolutely one of the most effect images in this series; and by far my favorite. It's slightly humorous, yet the image (to me) seems to comment on the overpowering nature of ads as they begin to invade and dominate our culture.
Todd Hido is an artist who photographs American Landscapes. More specifically, he takes pictures of suburban neighborhoods at night using available light. His work is similar to Gregory Crewdsons’ with the main difference being that Crewdson creates narratives by the inclusion of figures and movie-like production qualities. Hido’s work seems to lack in any definitive narrative; they are void of people and feel very isolated. Todd Hido often takes his photographs from inside his car; this changes the dynamic and purpose of the work. As he isolates the subject-matter and shoots for long exposures the artist himself becomes isolated behind the camera. The photographs become ephemeral as they capture a moment in time that will never come again. Hido also has other works including portraits but is more known and criticized for his, often depressing, nighttime photographs of suburban America.