Monday, July 21, 2014

NOT AFRAID TO SAY IT

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CAROLYN MARKS BLACKWOOD
THE ELEMENTS OF PLACE
The Albany Institute of History and Art
June 25 - September 27 2014

Cloud I
Cloud IV
Cloud VI
Cloud IX
Cloud XII

Last week I left the city to attend a reception at the Albany Institute of History & Art. One of the artists participating was Carolyn Marks Blackwood. When someone asked why did she make her photographs, her art ? The answer spoken very softly was "I need beauty in my life " these very direct, delicate yet  plain spoken words have resonated since they were spoken. For me they have become the idea to get behind, I heard them as a call to arms to defend artists who create for beauty. I feel we need a moment /a movement  away from trying to provoke a time to admit the edgy, dark, commonplace and paranoia is not the only way to define art in the 21st century.

We need to clasp beauty to our hearts and defend it before all of it is destroyed leaving us in despair 

Thank you Carolyn Marks Blackwood for giving humanity a rallying cry.

I  NEED BEAUTY IN MY WORLD

 images copyrighted Carolyn Marks Blackwood and used with her permission  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

GORDON STETTINIUS : SIGNALS,SAINTS AND SIDE ROADS

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GORDON STETTINIUS
SIGNALS,SAINTS AND SIDE ROADS
ROBIN RICE GALLERY
325 West 11th Street
New york New York
212 366.6660
May 7 - June 15 2014

Summer is almost here, I think of being on the road the tedium of the super highway the eeriness and surprise good and bad of the the small back roads, where the rush of the moment create the souvenirs of a lifetime.The quirky  photos of  Gordon Stettinius honors the road and the moment where you turn around to check out something that was to good just to drive by.

YODA'S GARDEN, RICHMOND, VA, 2010
FAST MONEY, US ROUTE 1, FL, 2010 
ST. ROCH CEMETERY, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 2013 
 
GIANT BABY, PHOENIX, AZ, 2011  
POLE DANCER, ST. LOUIS, MO, 2008

LUKE, FLYING POINT, VA, 2000
Through the window @ Robin Rice Gallery with Gordon Setettinius courtesy Mark Peterson
LUKE, FLYING POINT, VA, 2000


"A fun and happy show at Robin Rice Gallery New York drop in to see a strong group of photographs at reasonable prices and if you need a smile.A great way to introduce young kids to classical black & white images." jb


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No 19. DOCUMENTARY : THE PHOTO CENTER N.W.

7 days left 
to submit and participate in
DOCUMENTARY
the 19 Annual Juried Competition 
from the PHOTO CENTER NW


 Last year I was the juror for the annual Photo Center NW juried competition this year my duties are being performed by 
Whitney C. Johnson, Director of Photography,The New Yorker.

I had a wonderful time working with the Photo Center NW, they restored my belief in juried shows the work submitted was intriguing and engaging and of a high quality there was a lot of energy.

The Photo Center NW staff were professional and it made the jurying from a distance easier. Jurying is a form of curating so the final selection takes place at the center. I think the best part of it for me was the community spirit among the photographers nation wide and local who support the Center. I fell in loved with Seattle and the Center. Can't wait to see what Whitney C. Johnson choses. 

There is 7 day left to enter please do, one of the best ways to support photography 

Photographic Center Northwest is expanding the conversation on documentary photography and providing a space to experience it through Documentary: 19th Annual Photography Exhibition. We are requesting submissions and welcome our esteemed juror, Whitney C. Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker, who will be jurying the exhibition.

We have an extended deadline of MAY 28th and $1,000 in cash prizes!

Extended Deadline: May 28th, 2014 (12 midnight mountain time)
Submit: http://goo.gl/OQoD0y

File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
File size: 3 MB maximum
Thank you to our juried exhibition sponsors





Thursday, May 15, 2014

JONATHAN SMITH : STREAMS

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Jonathan Smith
STREAMS
THE CURATOR GALLERY
New york New York
212 243-1806
April 24 - May 24 2014 













                                                                                
elegant meditative poetic severe calligraphic serene landscapes, pages from nature's hymnal   


all images copyrighted Jonathan Smith 2013-2014   
http://www.jonathansmithphotography.com 
http://www.thecuratorgallery.com 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

MARC YANKUS : The Space Between

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MARC YANKUS
The Space Between
CLAMPART
New York NY NY
646.230.0020
Commodore Criterion
I started to notice Marc Yankus's new project about a year ago.I am very pleased that it is now being exhibit at Clampart. Some art depend on the creation of a complete and believable world, I think Marc has done that.The relevance of these images touches  a cord with most New Yorkers (most people) as we hear of old touch stones in our cities being destroyed or change during the march into the rest of the 21st Century.A litany Rizzoli, J & R Music World, Saint Vincent's Hospital, Pearl Paint almost every parking lot. Some of the time I am lost trying to figure out where am I. New York is a city of change therefore to be New York it has to keep evolving but never have I seen it happen so fast with so much sorrow.I feel that this new body of work by Marc Yankus is a pavane for cities as they .

Anyway

Back in the 60's when watching one of many musical variety shows a skinny little girl came out stood in the glow of the spotlight and song a dramatic dirge. Her name was Skeeter Davis, the song written 
by Nina Gordon"The End Of The World " There is a mood in Marc images that remind me of such muffled sadness and heart break 

" Why do the birds go on singing 
Why do the stars glow above 
Don't they know it's the end of the world
It ended when I lost your love

I wake up in the morning and I wonder
Why everything's the same as it was 
I can't understand, no, I can't understand
How life goes on the way it does " Nina Gordon

Building Split 2013
Goldman Sachs 2013
Northern Dispensary 2013
Stairs Building 2013
The Space Between 2013
Tower Two 2013 
Pierre Hotel 2013
All Image: Copyright Marc Yankus
http://www.marcyankus.com
http://www.clampart.com



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BRENDA ANN KENNEALLY : Up Close & Personal, curated by Ruben Natal - San Miguel

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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
Curated by Ruben Natal - San Miguel
FUCHS PROJECTS
56 Bogart Street Studio 1E
Brooklyn New York
April 4  - May 20
hours : Friday - Sunday 1- 6




Now  that the excitement of AIPAD and all of it's satellites and parties are residing and before Paris Photo LA  hits us .Let us head out to Brooklyn, Bushwick Brooklyn to Fuchs Projects for an exhibition curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel .The group of artists  that are shown in Upclose & Personal include a lot of names in the photo world including Ruben'son a photography series of his by the same name ." The exhibition aims to explore the relationships of several artists to their close, intimate and very personal with their art creations. "

I came away with one artist's images firmly etched in my minds eye Brenda Kenneally. Upclose  & Personal represents the first gallery showing of her work which is a combine of street photography and photojournalism . Brenda Kenneally is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography.

So make some time to visit Upclose & Personal to see this work L train 15 minutes from Manhattan. Be delighted and agitated by Rubens choices I think it about being in your face. He is








All images copyrighted Brenda Ann Kenneally

Friday, April 11, 2014

MICHAEL ITKOFF : How to

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MICHAEL ITKOFF
How To
AIPAD 
Park Avenue Armory
April 10 - April 13

A couple days ago on Face book I posted a comment on Facebook about Michael Itkoff's presentation of How To at the 2014  AIPAD SHOW. I posted " one of the top ten best ideas at AIPAD "those words are still floating around in my head.I am adding a little more here.First there is a love and respect for the art & history of photography show here. Two the work vibrates between the past and the now.
It has humor that is refreshing as one think about the images. I started to think about Eadweard Muybridge. Aaron Siskind'  Pleasures & Terrors of  Levitation which always felt were movie stills. Enough of me below Michael explains everything and there is a link to his website to explore
the range and see these images move. They will bring a smile to your face better yet visit Kopeikin Gallery AIPAD booth 308


How To' video pieces I have sourced instructional booklets from the early-to-mid 20th century including books on Karate, Yoga, Aerobics and other physical activities. These texts are rooted in the Western ideal of bodily perfection and culminate within late-capitalism where individuals can fine-tune their abilities, and thereby their identities, via easily consumable books or YouTube videos. The short GIF-like loops that comprise 'How To' are made by scanning, editing and sequencing the crude black and white photographs that illustrate the books and the resulting videos are exhibited on editioned iPads. 
 
http://www.michaelitkoff.com/howto.php