New York City (Part Three)

As promised, here are (almost) all of the images I took with my phone while in New York City.

This church was directly across the street from the bed and breakfast that we stayed at in Chelsea. I was in awe every time I walked outside.

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More from The Whitney Biennial (I cannot recall the artist though).Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset The largest camera obscura I have ever experienced. This was by far one of my favorite things from the entire trip. I could have sat in that room for hours, and was wishing I had my tripod with so I could do a long exposure and show it off properly. Processed with VSCOcam with s5 presetThe Whitney permanent collection.
Processed with VSCOcam with a4 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Mira Schendel at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery. It is tough to see what exactly is going on in this image, but these drawings were between layers of plexiglass and then suspended from the ceiling. They were all on different planes, so depending on the angle you were looking the entire composition looked different. The red square was actually a ways behind and off to the right of the others as well. It was another one of my favorites from the trip. Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset Another piece by Mira Schendel. This room was filled with fishing line suspended from the ceiling. It was quite surreal. Processed with VSCOcam with p8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset The Guggenheim of course. Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset And from our flight home. Processed with VSCOcam with b6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b4 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m2 preset

New York City (Part One)

Last month a group of us art graduate students at KSU traveled to New York City with the main aim of seeing the Whitney Biennial (and of course lots of other museums and galleries). It was my first time in New York, and I absolutely fell in love. Since we had a crazy busy schedule and had to stay together as a group for most of it I didn’t have much time to take photographs (especially with cameras other than my phone), but I did manage to capture a decent amount, too much for one post at least.

Day one was spent walking around to some galleries and to visit a KSU alum who lives/works in NYC. Since we didn’t arrive until late afternoon it was a rather brief day exploring the city.

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Day two was a much busier day, filled with a lot more walking. We walked along the High Line greenway, through central park, and saw lots of art of course.

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More to come, so check back soon!

Spring Break Day 5

Day 5 of our spring break was a day off of climbing for all of us. It was also a day off from photography for me, with the exception of a few phone images, which I will share here. We drove into downtown Tucson and spent the day there. After eating lunch at a delicious local brewery, we headed to Museum of Contemporary Art of Tucson. It was a difficult place to find, and we wandered around it for a little before finally finding the entrance.

We saw this sign while trying to find the entrance (it wasn't next to this).

We saw this sign while trying to find the entrance (it wasn’t next to this).

The museum is a pretty unique place. It is located in the old fire station headquarters, and the old garage area is now an exhibition space. Unfortunately the work in the garage was being taken down, so we were only able to see the one exhibition that was inside.

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After finishing at the MOCA I really wanted to visit a more traditional museum, so we headed to the Tucson Museum of Art. When we arrived, we were told that it would be free in 15 minutes, so to kill time we visited the cafe and each got an Italian Soda (they were delicious). Photography isn’t allowed in the gallery spaces (of course) so this was the last shot I got of the day, but it was a wonderful, inspirational day for me.

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Leaves

In my last post I mentioned that my work is now dealing with collections. I have just started with this process, and so have only been working with one collection so far. Every fall I have the tendency to pick up a few leaves that I find nice and pin them to my walls for a bit. The leaves actually sparked my first collection piece. I started by placing the leaves on my copy machine and making simple black and white photocopies I also scanned them to see what I thought of a digital, color image of the collection. I have over 200 leaves copied and I finally had to force myself to stop picking them up. Once I had a large number scanned I started to piece them into a large Photoshop file, which is what I am sharing with you all today.

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Once I printed it out I realized that this is not the direction I want to go. The color and the format of the digital print are not doing what I want them to do, and so I will be leaving this behind for the time being at least. I debated sharing this here, but decided that I wanted this blog in part to be a place to show my progress and thought process on my work. I will be printing some copper plates this week and so will be sharing those with you as I work on them. Be on the lookout for another post soon!

354/366 – The calm before the storm.

I have been busy planning for the class I will be teaching this semester, and so when I saw the beautiful light in the empty classroom this evening I had to grab a shot. Ironically enough the file number is the same as the course number I will be teaching. And, this is my first photograph in daylight in 4 days, so that is exciting.

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The “final” installation

All semester I have been working on a body of work that was wrapped up last week in an installation for final critique. I had been posting about it on google + for those of you who follow me there, but for some reason never posted here. So I will finally update you all on what I have been working on.

First of all an explanation of the physical images. They are all digital double exposures done in camera. Part of the trick about digital double exposures is that they have to be pretty instant. Once you set the camera to do a double exposure you only have a few minutes before it goes back to a single exposure. So all of the images were pretty spontaneous. I printed the images in various sizes on transparencies. The images were then suspended using red string in a space that I created using white sheets.

The entire body of work focuses on the idea of how we process things that we see every day. It touches on how memories begin to form essentially, and how things of our daily lives begin to blend and blur together. It all stemmed from the fact that I can’t remember anything. It was my way of representing a terrible memory, but has evolved into something more that I can’t yet phrase quite yet.

So, here are the images of the installation. This is the outside of the installation. The space around it is not ideal, but I used a space that was available to me so it worked.

And the inside of the Installation. Unfortunately the images really don’t do it justice. In part because it is designed to be interactive, forcing the viewer to walk through the space to see the images.  It may just be because it was my creation, but for me walking into the installation was almost surreal. I can’t even really explain it but it created a feeling and experience completely unique.