Makers gotta make

Hat of Illumination

Hey Savannah! This post is for you. Can you hear Barry Manilow singing, This One’s for You?

No? You can’t.
Even if you listen really carefully?
Well, fine. I don’t think it’s creepy.
What is possibly creepy about Mr. Barry Manilow? Behold! His enviable mane! His 1970s sparkle! Savannah, don’t you know that he writes the songs, the songs that make the young girls cry?

Anyhow, during our in-progress critique, I mentioned photographers who liked to create objects specifically for the purpose of photographing them. I referred, in a slapdash manner, to these artists as “makers”.

Here is a list of those artists. This list is by no means exhaustive and some of the artists listed only use that methodology periodically. Feel free to augment the list.

The above image is from a series of hats that I made during graduate school. Makers gotta make, yo.

** listed in no particular order

Holly Roberts
Molly Springfield (not a photographer)
Laurie Simmons
Ann Hamilton (sculptor)
Andy Goldsworthy
Thomas Demand
Ruth Thorne Thomsen
Christian Boltanski
Robert Parke Harrison
Dieter Appelt
David Levinthal
Helen Van Meene
Niki S. Lee (this is more conceptual–she remakes her identity for each project)
Gregory Crewdson
Abelardo Morell (amazing camera obscura)
Vik Muniz
Sigmar Polke
Cindy Sherman
Gordon Matta-Clark
Aspen Mays

2 thoughts on “Makers gotta make

  1. This is great! I really consider myself a maker too! Savannah I are teaming up and MAKING a space for us to create in my basement!!! Thanks for the list of artists, it’s always so difficult to figure out where/who to begin!

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