WORK DONE THIS WEEK ON PROJECT. Friday Feb 8: Loaded up a few rolls of film, and went driving (125miles) looking at fences. I found some nice images along the Interstate 5 to-day, there was a board on the barbed wire fence that said “Repent.”
HWY-138 seems a possibility of my final project. I am still wrestling with my abstract image side, but feel that abstraction is more a one-off series of images as opposed to having a series or a story.
I am entertaining the idea to handle the FMP more as a ‘Happening’ than a story telling event. At present I am opposed to story telling through still images as it is too closely related to my career in film, and looking not to go in that direction, as it would be too parallel. I am looking to diverge away from story telling as opposed to converging in on it.
Had an early morning seminar with Dr. Stella and a few of my co-horts. As usual it was very stimulating seeing the work of others and being able to present my own work in progress. I mentioned that I am attempting to get in touch with Ed Rusha. Dr. Stella said she met him in Santa Monica when she was there at the 18th Street Art Centre as an Artist in Residence. https://18thstreet.org/about/ He was DJ’ing a gig. So that may be a nice story to tell him.
Had a response from Dr. Gary about my CRJ, commented on light text with dark background, not ideal from computer screen. I changed it to light background with darker txt. Looks good. waiting for comment on critical content.
Fast going well. Have a weigh in tomorrow and see how it’s going. Will set up a report of the process. Had a good “office” with Dr. Gary this week. Honed in on some of my images for HWY 138. Quite surprised that he was so knowledgeable and perceptive to the information on the image such as the DSC code and the Zoom position.
DSC= DSC Digital Sony Code. The top railway track is the Zoom position. Very strange indeed as this is a very early ‘LEICA’ camera, the Digilux Zoom made in 1998. Also it was made for Leica by FUJI, using sony parts.
I heard somewhere once that SONY is the ruler of the roost, and in this case it seems to be so, especially if the code, maybe even the chip is a SONY product.
Dr Gary used a strange word. He described the image as “Stinging” in other words it pricked his attention. I found the word odd, but liked it as opposed to the regular old: “Good, nice or I N T E R E S T I N G….” (the worst in the bunch) so Stinging was a way of describing it that I particularly liked. I may even appropriate the use of it my self.
Fast is going well. On week two. Down from 232 to 230 lbs this week.
Down 5lbs total since starting two week ago.
Should the photographs resonate with the space and place? This question, like anything else depends on a number of factors. If the imagery is part of the environment, I would say yes, sometime a piece is strong enough to survive on its own, without having to be in context with it’s surroundings. Generally I think the weaker a piece or a photograph is the more labels, framework and context it needs, because without it, it would just collapse or fall apart.
In my opinion, most art-works are so weak that without a framework it will just integrate into oblivion. The modern day ‘artist’ has learned to capitalise off the ‘soup label’ without which you as a viewer would nothing about the work, or even it is is fact a piece of art, or a nother piece of sidewalk garbage that has just blown in. In my piece that will happen at the site below, I hope the viewer steals, mutilates, or destroys the image. The only reason I am going to leave a guestbook is to find out why. Why steal, destroy or mutilate? It’s a very brutal location, the people driving past the installation are blue collar workers and most of them won’t get it. Some may steal it because they may perceive it as a piece with value, they may destroy it because it is out of place and does not fit their. This is all conjecture. I would love to see how well I can predict the future.
I have submitted my space, its the one below. I had already made up my mind to do this before the weeks activity required it. I just posted it, it was a little late this week. however, I will go back and see the response.
My methodology if I understand the word correctly, would be a system or ideology of methods or a system of methods that i will employ Well, I have moved out from the strict abstract limited restricted environment of my home out into the desert. I will employ the camera instead of camera less photography, I am going incorporate motion picture into the mix, I am going to draw on my prior technical, photographic skill and equipment and empty new ones such as vintage digital cameras, and I am going to take an open approach to the out come of the project to see where it goes as opposed to a specific location that I had in Carmel to get my work shown. I will show it there if the opportunity came but I am no longer aiming for it like i did in the past. I feel like I have been unshackled, in a lot of ways. No that i did not understand the advantages of chance and opens. I have studied the Tao and the works of John Cage for a very long time. Rigidity is the mark of death. I understand this conceptually, now I am having the opportunity to experience it. I guess the old adage is true. One can never in words explain the color red, to someone who has never had the experience of seeing it. Im seeing it!
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I have already considered an alternative space to show my work for this module. This is Llano Del Rio (A socialist commune, that was attempted here around the turn of the 20th century) off Pearblossom Highway very close to where David Hockney photographed his collage in 1986, it is a half a mile from there. I like this space for a number of reasons, one, mentioned above, secondly, it’s the remains of an old hotel from around 1914.
My show is going to be in the lobby of this hotel with a guestbook, left to the public of the highway immediately to the right off camera 75ft or so, and the elements, which is very harsh out here in the desert. There are a few challenges here besides the people from the highway and the elements. This is a national heritage site and I am going to have to obtain permission to do it.
I figure I will handle the site rep like a gallery curator, it is going to take some salesmanship to sell them the idea. Besides having become fascinated by this highway through the desert, I have discovered some interesting people who have worked and lived out here. Another person of interest was Aldous Huxley. Author of Doors of Perception.