Sunday, April 11, 2010

One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo Project was something I hear of indirectly by my inbred lifestyle of being a MICA nerd—I usually check the MICA alumni facebook page about every week, and I click on the MICA website more than once a week. I saw that someone had posted about an open call for submissions on the alumni facebook page. The show was created by Adam Good and curated with Chajana denHarder and Chandi Kelley. I submitted a self-portrait about my father’s death, looking into his gravestone. I have been through a rather rough patch in my life recently and I want to lay this sort of expression making to rest because I finally feel like I have other things on my mind. I agree to never show this work from this point, so I cant show anyone.

May 8—June 6, 2010

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Washington, DC

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tue-Sun

"One Hour Photo distills the photograph to the ultimate limited edition: 60 minutes. Photographic works will be projected for one hour each, after which they will never be seen again, by anyone, in any form. Each work will exist only in the limited moments of perception, in the individual and collective experience, then memory, of the observers.

One Hour Photo complicates the myth of photography as preservation, manifests the tension between the permanence of the medium and the impermanence of time, and subverts the profit model of the edition and the print.

Documentation of the experience will consist of signed release forms: each participating artist will pledge never to reproduce, display, or sell the piece they've include in the exhibition."

RM Fischer artist talk

RM Fischer is friend and father of BFF Dena Paige Fischer. Ronnie, (is it okay if I call you Ronnie on the internet?), is a New York artist that has been making work since the early 70's and has a very interesting evolution of how he defines his art as an artist, and what his art has done for both communities, and for his own personal definitions of what art can do, or shouldn't do.
PNC Bank Bulding in Philadelphia. Two steeples made by a mass producing steeple company attached to building horizontally. I think that this piece specifically speaks to how Ronnie's work is created and conceived. Traditionally, a church steeple is created to be the tall monument that dots the landscape in order to feel closer to God. However, in RM world, these implications are cast to the wind as he asks the audience to please forget the religious implications of this object and understand it's truer form in respect to the object itself. Unfortunately for the new brand of university driven conceptual artists who work slave away like termites with thinking caps, his work is not an overly convoluted sculpture damaged by institutional thinking. His work just simply is composed object.

Battery Park City

MacArthur Park, CA
Kansas City
Inspiration for newer work! I like that Ronnie finds a lot of his inspiration from younger genres and just simply likes stuff, as opposed to some people who make very pretentious connections to their art inspirations and their own work.

Newer work, recently on view at KS Art in SoHo. Work was rated as as part of Jerry Saltz's Top Ten Art in New York for 2009.

I think that Ronnie's talk at MICA was a breath of fresh air for the students there. Sometimes students need to hear something that isn't washed over with bullshit, like most of the art talks at MICA, and hear about something that is a passion for the arts, about making the life of the artist work for you in whatever ways possible, and to cut down on the unnecessary pretentious lingo.

Select Gender; Farmani Gallery

Curated by Paolo Morales, Elle Perez, and Rafael Soldi; This show is an example of the kind of thought process it takes to make a great curated show by young and upcoming artist curators. I won't allow myself to say anything more than that, as I don't want Elle, Raf, and Paolo's heads to explode too fast. Show explores gender in a number of ways through the medium of photography and digital medias. Located at the 111 Front Street (Brooklyn) gallery building, you can see many other shows as well; right AFTER you check out this one of course at Farmani Gallery. Work is a great collection, pieces that delve into the GENDER spectrum, something that I feel people without such knowledge don't really know exists. It is my opinion that gender should be introduced to grade school children at the same time they learn about sexual reproduction.
MICA picture at opening: Top left to bottom right; Momma Kate Burnley, Elle Perez, Rafael Soldi, Alexander Heilner, Chris Simpson, Iris Litwin, Andrew Bovasso, J. Aiden Simon.

Another MICAn and artist in Select Gender, Nick Dijanji
Elle Perez and coffee drinker and photographer Sean Scheidt, also works as MICA photo tech lab manager.
Senior Portrait; Sarah Sudhoff
Inspired by Edward Weston 1; Inspired by Paul Strand; Kate Hutchinson

Billy and Albert; Jamil Hellu

Untitled (Blue Shirt); J. Aiden Simon
Garden; Katie Koti
Alyssa and Alea; Diane Russo
The Escort; Coquette; Miss Coffee; Circle of Men; Carl Bower
Nick (from Basement Warrior series); Dan Aguirre

After seeing this show, I walked back into Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge, officially my first time on the pedestrain walkway. And it was pretty magical.