Extended Practices: Thinking about systems

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Diane Borsato

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Tom Friedman | At Luhring Augustine Gallery  | At Saatchi Gallery | At Gagosian gallery | At Stephen Friedman gallery

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Approximately 1,500 pieces of chewed bubble gum molded into a sphere and displayed at head height in a corner, hanging by its own stickiness

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Georgia Grieve | Ikea Drawings

Allanah Volkes | Google Drawings  | UFC Drawings | More

Jason Polan | Every Person In New York (blog) (book)

Jenny Odell
http://www.jennyodell.com/projects.html

Nicolas Feltron
For those of you obsessed with data visualization created an app:

KATE BINGAMAN BURT

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Listen to an new interview with illustrator and author, Kate Bingaman Burt. Remember? We saw her work at the beginning of the term—she is the artist that draws everything she purchases.

Junk Mail into Art
Another excellent automated directive.

Christoph NiemannAbstract Sunday • He is also featured on the Netflix show, Abstract

Martin Brief | A Brief History of Time | Amazon God | almost any of the projects on his site

Christian Bok | Eunoia | web iteration | Wikipedia entry

On Kawara | Twitter |

 

 

 

 

Photo I • PORTRAIT • PERSONA

 

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Werner Bischof | website | Magnum photography agency on Instagram | Magnum Photo Agency

 

Cindy Sherman

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Profile in the Guardian | MOMA | Art 21

Annie Leibovitz
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American Masters: Life Through A Lens. Bio | Image gallery | At Vanity Fair | Documentary

Yasumasa Morimura

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Luhring Augustine | At Saatchi Gallery

Nikki S. Lee

Nikki S. Lee: The Seniors Project

Nikki S. Lee: The Seniors Project

Nikki S. Lee: The Hispanic Project

Nikki S. Lee: The Hispanic Project

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Video interview at The Creator’s Project | Leslie Tonkonow Gallery | Analysis of Punk Project

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

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| Gaultier’s Dream | Architect’s Brother

Hat of Illumination

 

 

Anna Gaskell

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At the Guggenheim | Bio | Turns Gravity | Analysis of Gaskell’s use of light

 

Juul Kraijer

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Book of photographs–see the book on Vimeo

 

 

 

 

2710: The Book

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Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum, collection of artist books

Ann Hamilton | Tropos

 

The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges

Artist project as an infinite website:

Library of Babel as seen from within (Article in The Paris Review)

The Artful Accidents of Google Books [The New Yorker]

The Art of Google Books

Ed Ruscha: Various Small Fires and Milk

Ulises Carrion | exhibit | Video

Artist Books and Multiples

Multiples (in Amsterdam)

International Art Book Fair in Toronto

PRINTED MATTER!! in NYC!

Artist book collection at The Smithsonian

Artist book Collection At The Victorian and Albert Museum

Reed College | Artist Book digital collection

A Brief History of Artists’ Books (Yale)—use the tabs at the top of the article to explore institutions and collections of artists’ books–great reference.

Collections of Artists’ Books

The Center for Book Arts [New York City]

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

San Francisco Center for the Book

Artists’ Book Online | An online repository of facsimiles, metadata, and criticism

EVERY ITEM IN THE ARTISTS’ BOOK COLLECTION AT THE BANFF CENTRE  (WOW!)

Artist Book 3.0 (Where book artist talk shop online)

The Top 8 odd and outstanding artists’ books in Ryerson’s Special Collection

Altered Books at Pratt University

Water Yam | Artist book by George Brecht (Wikipedia entry)

Fluxus and how it relates to artists’ books

Assignment One: What Is Colour?

REQUIRED LISTENING!

1. RADIOLAB
Listen to THIS episode of RADIOLAB. Click the LISTEN link at the top and you’ll hear the entire podcast. It is about one hour and eight minutes, but it’s broken into segments. Please listen to the ENTIRE podcast. It’s great!

After you listen to Radiolab podcast, watch this. Behold! Watch this Mantis Shrimp!

WHAT COLOUR IS THE SKY?
After listening to the RadioLab podcast, you might be thinking What colour is the sky?

2. THE FOSBURY FLOP!
CBC podcast, The Current | Mechanics of the Game Changers

Here is what high-jump looked like before Dick Fosbury. And here, is what the high-jump look like after Dick Fosbury. Further info about the Fosbury Flop technique.


EXTRA MATERIAL FOR PERSONAL EDIFICATION (fun!)

Below is a link to a pdf  of the a few chapters of the text, Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing by R.L.Gregory.

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Read the following:
Chapter 1: SEEING
Chapter 2: LIGHT
Chapter 8: SEEING COLOUR

Quit grousing, the chapters are short and there are pictures.

 

JUST CHECKING: CAN YOU SEE COLOUR?

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You should be able to see a brown boat in the above image. If you can’t, you might have colour blindness.


THE SCIENCE OF COLOUR AND LIGHT
Optical illusions show how we see.

Color and Physics

Colour and light, explained by Bill Nye (the science guy).

Light Fantastic 4: Light, The Universe, and Everything.

A BBC video that explores, “the research on the strange relationship between light, the eye and mind, and the development of new technologies such as photography and film”

This is an interesting TED talk about Colour Theory.

 

THE HISTORY OF COLOUR MODELS
To augment our class discussion about colour, learn about the history of the colour wheel.

History of Color Models
Color Models
Color: Standford University Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Jason Salavon, pushes boundaries between photography/computer science/video etc.  Here is his interpretation of the Colour Wheel.

 

COLOUR AND LANGUAGE
This video explores the relationship between the development of language and the processing and understanding of colour.

 

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RESOURCES ABOUT COLOUR and ARTISTS
Go here. It’s an amazing resource of artists.

OR, HERE TO THIS GREAT web-based component to a larger MOMA exhibition about reinventing color

Yves Klein | TATE Modern | MOMA

Sophie Calle | Chromatic Diet | Explanation about the project

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JESSICA EATON

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Jessica Eaton | Interview in The Believer | Her personal blog | Her professional site (click on galleries to access images) | Interview in Canadian Art | Good list of interviews
Lenscraft:Jessica Eaton Asks Us to Think About What We See

This following text is from various interviews with Eaton, published or referenced from her blog.

“She was aware of the science of light at work even in what she calls “normal” photographs, aware that subject and content buried those phenomena, preventing viewers from seeing what was there. In 2006, her work shifted and she began to bring those hidden elements to the forefront. She isolated light and color and time, even though to do so was to challenge the classical definition of photography as a way to capture a single moment.

“Using a wide array of experimental, analogue-based photographic techniques such as colour separation filters, multiple exposures, dark slides and in-camera masking Jessica Eaton builds images on sheets of 4×5 film that address fundamental properties of photography such as light, chance, duration, illusion and spatial relations.  Eaton has written: “I often set up parameters for phenomena to express itself. In the best of cases I push things so that the response comes in ways that I could not have thought up until I was shown it on film. Once you get to see or experience something you can use it. Then you can use it to see something else.”

A quote from a TIME magazine article:

“Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton uses her camera to create color invisible to the naked eye. She gives bright hues to gray forms in her series Cubes for Albers and LeWitt, and that work was recently awarded the photography prize at the 2012 Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography—a prize for which TIME’s director of photography Kira Pollack sat on the jury.

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“We’ve all mixed two colors of paint together, and either it makes another color or, if you keep going, it gets muddy and progressively gets darker,” she explains. “In light, things work really differently.” Eaton explains that she exploits the properties of light through additive color separation: whereas the primary pigment colors (red, blue, yellow) get darker as they blend, the primary colors of light (red, blue, green) move toward white. Eaton applies filters in those three colors to her camera and takes multiple exposures, a process that turns the gray form seen here into the vibrant ones seen above. “The color itself is mixed inside the camera,” she says.

One of the byproducts of Eaton’s process is an element of surprise: because her images are created within the camera, she doesn’t know what she’ll get until the photos are developed. “It’s a bit of a conversation with the world,” she says. “With the forces of time and space and contingency and errors that happen, because often there’s so many steps going into one of these, I get back something that’s also new to me, and those are the pictures that tend to end up in exhibits.”

But the photographer likes challenging definitions, and not just photographic ones. Although she dislikes the term “abstract” as a description of her work—it implies that the light she captures doesn’t exist in reality—Eaton says that her photographs acknowledge “how incredibly limited our ability to perceive the world is.” We lack the sensory mechanisms to see her colors with our naked eyes, and Eaton sees that as a metaphor for our inability to see the extent of the physical universe, whether it includes multiple dimensions or parallel universes. And, in that metaphor, she sees hope. “I love the idea that no matter how bad it gets,” she says, “there’s this wild so-called reality way beyond what we have decided it is.”

Found photo collage and pick up your stuff!

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You can pick up your work! I’ll be finished with it by 4pm tomorrow (Wednesday, December 16). If you’ve already left please email me and I’ll keep it in my office over the break.

The above collage is by Belgian artist Sammy Slabbinck. See more of his found photo work (including Vines) here.

Final Project Research

For my final project for Photo III, I am working with my scanner to attempt to take pictures with it through the means of a camera obscura and a modified scanner.  My interest lies in the interest of combining new technology with the oldest known camera.  I am interested in creating photographs without the use of what everyone knows to be a conventional camera.  I am also interested in capturing images from film and videos, in an attempt to capture a moment in time that has already been captured, and then reassembled into a moment that can be viewed an infinite amount of times, through an infinite amount of devices.
A few artists and things that have inspired me, or stuck with me while I was thinking about this theme for my project were Hiroshi Sugimoto who captures images via long exposures of movie theatres, seascapes, and architectural buildings.  Although he uses a conventional camera, the images that are captured I find quite engaging and it is based on a similar work style in thematic and possibly visual aspects.  Another source of inspiration that I found helpful when thinking about my work is Idris Khan.  With his use of appropriation in some works and layering in most, the aesthetic qualities are visually compelling, but also aid in the ideas of using appropriation from different sources.  Another source of inspiration that is behind a lot of what I do is Gordon Matta-Clark. I find him to be a very compelling figure in the field of art, and the images that are provided as documentation of his works are very interesting to me.  Oh and also Simon Starling.

I have Links below to information about the artists mentioned and also the technical aspects of my project.

Simon Starling:
http://caseykaplangallery.com/cat/artists/starling/
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Gordon Matta-Clark:
http://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/gordon-matta-clark/survey/
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Idris Khan:
https://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/idris_khan.htm
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Hiroshi Sugimoto:
http://c4gallery.com/artist/database/hiroshi-sugimoto/hiroshi-sugimoto.html

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Camera Obscura:
http://brightbytes.com/cosite/what.html

MOMA’s Version:
https://www.moma.org/collection/details.php?theme_id=10060
David Hockney’s Version:

Model for a camera obscura that is similar to the one I will be making:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwqemdN9zac

Scanner Camera:
http://makezine.com/projects/deluxe-scanner-camera/

Final Project: Research

Rineke Dijkstra's Beach Portaits

Rineke Dijkstra’s Beach Portraits

For my final project, I’ve been looking into conceptual portraiture as it is the direction I’m intending on moving towards and as it is the type of photography which interests me the most. Creating a powerful concept that viewers can relate to through portraits of others and possibly additional elements interacting with the subjects to support the concept is my main goal. To me, photographs with subjects that convey a strong message are the most powerful photographs. Therefore, I’ve been researching different technical ways of shooting portraits including natural settings as well as constructed sets with studio lighting, while also being inspired by all the various concepts that have been experimented with and exhibited and by all the stories that are told through conceptual portraits.

Through looking for inspiration, I have come across a couple links that inspired my final idea. The links explore photographers who used various subjects to create a series of portraits that gave off a particular conceptual message to their audience.

Phillip Toledano’s Hope & Fear was one of the projects that was most inspiring to me as he used Surrealism to create highly unusual and interesting photographs which expressed his message loudly and clearly. The way Toledano expressed the meaning of his project was by stating that the project was a “is the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society. What are we afraid of? What do we love? How does our society function, and what does it worship?”

Further explanation of Toledano’s conceptual, technical and formal methodologies including an interview with Toledano himself.

Another inspiring project by Phillip Toledano.

An online book that I thought was an interesting read involving all things portraiture: Portraiture by Shearer West. (Might require UoGuelph library log-in)

What Makes A Great Portrait?

More conceptual portraits:
‘Humanae’ Portraits Match People of Different Ethnicities With Their Pantone Color

Fascinating Portraits of Young People Out Clubbing In Rural Spain

Photos of Rural Children Around the World Dressed Up As Their Dream Professions

Disconcerting Portraits of People Wearing Origami Animal Masks

Portraits of Kids From A Deprived Area in the UK

Besides conceptual factors, Chris Levine’s use of light and colour in his photographs as well as in his exhibition were technical factors that were equally as inspiring to me.

If you are interested in portraiture as well and have access to the University of Guelph Library there are also several compelling photography books that I have found to really inspire my thought process. These include “Face: The New Photographic Portrait” by William A. Weing, “At Work” by Anne Leibovitz, “Close Up” by Katharina Sieverding, “Portaits in Series” by Kerber, “Contemporaries: A Photographic Series” by Judith Joy Ross and “Studio Photography: Essential Skills” by John Child for technical matters – all of which could be found in the TR section on the 5th floor of the library.

Final Project Help | Resources

Research | The importance of looking.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good place to start.

Museum | Gallery websites
THIS
is a great list of photography-related museums
Saatchi Gallery
Tate Modern
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The British Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewittt National Design Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Centre Pompidou (Paris)
Guggenheim (Bilbao)
Guggenheim (NY)
MOMA
The J.Paul Getty Museum
MIT open courseware
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Musee d’Art Contemporain (Montreal)
Wexner Center for the Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago)

National Gallery of Canada
Victoria and Albert Museum

International Center of Photography. Especially their BLOG and their searchable image database/archive.

Magazines | Online Journals
Aperture Magazine (Especially the weekly blog)
The F Stop (professional photographers discuss their craft)
Border Crossings
Frieze Magazine
Art Forum
Art Papers
Canadian Art
Feature Shoot
(interviews with contemporary photographers)
Conscientious Extended
St. Lucy

Monoskop: A wiki for art and culture

Ciel Variable : The Archives

Shooting Gallery

OTIS College on YouTube (excellent resources for artist interviews, lectures, etc)

Art 21

My Modern Met

Miraprospekt

Artsy

Scholarly websites
TATE research
Smart History

Journal of Contemporary Art

Art Facts
Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture
Arts section of New York Times
Subject and Course guides from The U of G library

PHOTOGRAPHY at the Smithsonian Magazine

Keeping Track of your Research
Delicious
Creating a Google Alert. Tips for getting the results you want

Texture • Breaking the photographic surface Photo-based installationConstructed environments
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• Above image by Holly Roberts
• Drawings based on photographs, at the scale of 35mm negatives: Paul Chiappe
Robert Parke Harrison especially The Architect’s Brother

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Above image by Sara Angelucci
• Thomas Demand | website | about a recent exhibit in Montreal
• Annette Messager | about | interview in Bomb | interview/review in The Guardian |
Aspen Mays
• Christian Boltanski | Marian Goodman gallery | MOMA | Park Avenue Armory (scroll for video)
Robin Rhodes | At White Cube | At Lehmann Maupin | On this blog
STILL LIFE
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Tidying Up! (above images by Ursus Wehrli)
Ursus Wehrli | TED talk
Tony Cragg
Tony Cragg
Not sure what category this belong in, other than the GOOD! category
Ryan Park, Medium

Street Photographers

Helen Levitt
Stephen Shore
Robert Frank
Gary Winogrand
Lee Friedlander
Mary Ellen Mark
Bruce Davidson
Joel Meyerowitz
James Nachtwey
Black Star Agency
Magnum Photo Agency
And, I say this all the time, The New York Times Lens BlogThis is a good beginning, search this blog or any of the other zillion resources I’ve posted.